Community Features Music Cities Series 

MUSIC CITIES: Cincinnati

Cincinnati is known for flying pig effigies and an affinity for outrageous chili combos, but the Southern-Ohio city also harbors a rich art scene, especially in regards to live music.  Southern blues, Kentucky twang, urban beats, and post-rock experimentalism blend throughout the clubs and streets, creating a multi-genre environment in which any sound could find some belonging. For the musician, Cincinnati is a destination. The city is home to a host of live music venues, many of which are booked by veteran musicians. The result is that many venues are…

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News Rock 

The Gaslight Anthem Announce ‘The 59 Sound’ Tour

When The Gaslight Anthem announced they’d be playing The 59 Sound in full at Governer’s Ball in NYC, I think I speak for many of us when I say we were all pretty bummed that we wouldn’t be able to see such a momentous occasion. That’s why the news of an official tour where the band will hit 10 cities to play the album in full, comes as such sweet news. Special guests will include Matt Mays, Tim Berry, Flatliners, Matthew Ryan, and Joe Sib. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, and you…

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Folk Indie News Rock 

Frank Turner Announces New Album “Be More Kind” + Worldwide Tour

After days of teasing fans with cryptic photos, Frank Turner has announced his new album, Be More Kind, will be released on May 4th. The album’s title comes as inspiration from a Clive James poem, with Turner commenting; “A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that’s a lesson that all of us, myself included could do to learn.” The…

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Album Reviews Alternative News Rock 

ALBUM REVIEW : Black Veil Brides “Vale”

The leather-clad heavy rockers of Black Veil Brides are back with their fifth full-length album Vale released on January 12, 2018. With Vale being one the first few rock records of 2018, I was curious to see what this addition added to the already expansive discography of BVB, and what it would bring to the rock genre in the new year. On the first listen, Vale plays out as a combination of 2013’s Wretched & Divine and Andy Biersack’s solo record The Shadow Side, as musically the albums share a lot of similarities and themes. From showing…

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News Pop 

WATCH : HOLLAND – “Neverland”

The music industry is unique and ever-changing, and a singer from Korea has sparked a new following. Korean singer and songwriter Holland has recently made headlines for being considered the first ‘openly gay idol’ to debut within the heavily competitive music scene. By coming out and embracing his sexuality, many fans in Korea and around the world believe that Holland could be a catalyst for the still rigid Korean society and views on homosexuality. The newcomer released his first single “Neverland” on Jan. 21, kicking off the new year with…

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Alternative Indie News Pop Punk 

Moose Blood Announces North American Tour

Moose Blood just announced on Twitter that they will be adding a North American leg of their tour featuring special guests Lydia, and McCafferty. The tour kicks off March 14 at The Royal in Boston, MA, and spans out across the US into Canada ending in Montreal, QC. Their upcoming album, I don’t think I can do This Anymore comes out March 9, but is available now for preorder on their website here!

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Alternative News Rock 

WATCH : Rivals “Over It”

Unique pop-rock powerhouses, RIVALS are gearing up to drop their first full-length album, Damned Soul, which is set for release on February 2, 2018 via Smartpunk Records. RIVALS hail from Los Angeles, CA, where the band was formed in 2014 by vocalist Kalie Wolfe, bassist Sebastian Chamberlain, and guitarist Micket Woodle. Driven by Wolfe’s strong vocals and the band’s infectious yet raw sound, RIVALS is fueled by powerful and energetic songwriting, bringing forth a type of fearlessness in their music that stands out among the rest. Since the release of their debut EP…

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Folk News Singer/Songwriter 

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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News Pop 

STREAM : Troye Sivan “The Good Side”

The second single from the Australian singer Troye Sivan’s upcoming album has surfaced. Entitled “The Good Side”, Sivan pulls a complete 180 from the intensity of first single “My My My”, using much softer vocals and light instrumentals to accompany. “The Good Side” highlights the struggle of a relationship, as the lyrics suggest an apologetic tone; “But I sympathize and I recognize/And baby I apologize/ That I got the good side/ The good side of things,” he sings on the chorus. The track was written by Troye, Leland and Allie X with writing and production by Ariel Rechshaid, Bram…

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Features Guest Blogs The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Staying True To Myself

The most important thing I’ve learned as both an artist and young woman is to stay true to myself. Growing up, I always wanted to sing and perform for people one day. I began my musical journey in theatre, begged my parents for guitar lessons, and wrote my first song when I was 12 years old. What I didn’t really know at that time was the amount of work artists put in other areas outside of the music. In this day in age, the artist’s identity is key for success…

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