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ALBUM REVIEW: Mike Llerena & the Nerve

If The Decemberists and Green Day had a baby, they would conceive Mike Llerena & the Nerves. Hailing from Gainesville, FL., the band just dropped their first full length album on June 15th. The first song, “Last Words”, sets the tone for the album – high energy, feel good, real music that instantly gets stuck in your head. Tracks like “Crossfire” and “Mr. Favorite Son,” are the perfect recipe for a crowd of fans jumping and moshing. Halfway through, we hear a sentimental side with “Saturday Night” and “A Long Winter”. There…

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LIVE REVIEW: The Sick Tour w/ New Found Glory and Bayside

They say that seeing your favorite band from high school as an adult is a life changing experience. They’re not wrong. When I saw Bayside and New Found Glory on the same ticket, I screamed out loud. It was a pop-punk dream come true. Opening for them was William Ryan Key, that concert goers would recognize and the former frontman of Yellowcard. Key took to the stage with just himself and his guitar and played through his entire EP, Thirteen. He knew he couldn’t get off the stage without playing…

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LIVE REVIEW: Son Lux and Kimbra

Son Lux and Kimbra hit the road for a quick 10-stop tour mid May, finishing up in California just this weekend. Both acts have recently released new albums, Son Lux’s fifth and Kimbra’s third. Both acts have an eclectic following, so it only made sense to team up for this tour. Son Lux, a trio of musicians who have deemed themselves “genre-less” played a hearty set of tunes that were met with clapping and cheers. It was evident that many concert attendees did not know the group, but based on…

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Album Review: William Ryan Key – ‘Thirteen’

There’s a place off Ocean Avenue, you know the one — we were both 18 and it felt so right sleeping all day staying up all night. In Spring 2017, pop punk rockers Yellowcard announced their farewell tour. Tears were shed as the violin shred for the last time on stages all across the world. Now, a year later, vocalist/guitarist William Ryan Key is releasing a new solo debut EP, Thirteen, out May 25 via Lone Tree Recordings. Key and his fans may no longer be 18 anymore, but after nearly two…

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Kate Nash Releases New Album, Hits the Road

Kate Nash, a singer-songwriter hailing from England, has released a new album entitled “Yesterday Was Forever” and is set to hit the road for 21-date Canada-North America Tour starting in April. Additionally, she released a video for the single “Life in Pink” and tackles the topic of mental illness in her life. “I need the bunnies in my brain and the wild parts of me that send me into the black holes,” she said about the concept of the video, “and I also need the self care routine and to…

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UNSIGNED SPOTLIGHT: Laska

Blending a multitude of genres into your music can be either a blessing or a curse. Sometimes the end result is a mess with no identity, or the band isn’t quite comfortable with any one sound, or the music comes out great but can have difficulty reaching new fans. For Minnesota/Wisconsin-based sextet Laska, however, their mix of folk rock, alt-rock, Americana and soul is the kind of sound some artists strive for a decade or more to create. And their debut album, titled Ceiling Zero, is a blessing in every…

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PREMIERE: Lyra Star Releases Debut Solo Track “Devil’s Game”

Singer-songwriter Lyra Star sprinkles a little bit of magic into every song she creates. With her debut solo release, “Devil’s Game”, an ethereal, folk masterpiece rich with influence from her inspirations Imogen Heap and Tori Amos, Star has set the stage for what’s sure to be an incredible year. On March 2nd, she’ll release her debut solo album,  A Thousand Dreams. Recorded at Soundwire Studios in Fairfax, CA, this new collection of celestial songs comes complete with lush orchestral arrangements and Star’s magical signature vocals. “A Thousand Dreams” is a collection of songs that…

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PREMIERE: Amanda Rose Riley’s “Sharing a Stage” (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, Frank Turner)

Infectious is proud to partner with newcomer Amanda Rose Riley (RIYL: Allison Weiss, Michelle Branch, and Frank Turner) for the premiere of her debut track, “Sharing a Stage” off the upcoming full-length, Secrets I Told to a Sound Hole. The song is an ode to Frank Turner, a personal hero of Amanda’s, as well as someone she’s shared the stage with. There are even a few FT lyric references in there for diehard fans. “Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll agree that an album about my journey with music wouldn’t be complete…

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Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness Announces Acoustic “Pen and the Piano” Tour

Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness has announced an incredibly special run of tour dates called the “Pen and the Piano” tour, featuring an acoustic evening with McMahon, Allen Stone, Zac Clark, and Bob Oxblood (Formerly of Jack’s Mannequin.” Speaking about the tour, McMahon says “I am both pleased and terrified to announce The Pen and the Piano Tour,” McMahon writes. “I’m pleased because I’ll be boarding a bus with three dear friends, all gifted singer/songwriters to play six weeks of intimate shows around the United States. I’m terrified because I…

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Album Review: Noah Gundersen ‘White Noise’

Seattle indie singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen released his third studio full-length album, White Noise, via Cooking Vinyl on Sept. 22. The release verges on the edge of a concept album, with its inspiration and namesake being the idea of sensory overload — fear, anxiety, desire, lust, and love. “White Noise is the place between waking and dreaming, where the edges blur and the light is strange. It’s a car crash, it’s a drowning, it’s everything all the time,” Gundersen said. Having seen Noah Gundersen’s name around a lot leading up to the release,…

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