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Mineral’s Aurora


Artist: Mineral

Song Title: “Aurora”

Single Sentence Singles Review: It’s been 20 years since Mineral released new material, and while expectations can build up over the course of two decades, the Austin quartet – which disbanded in 1997 – has delivered on them all with this moving single that is both nostalgic and contemporary in its crafting and production.

Beyond The Track: “Aurora” will appear on “One Day When We Are Young: Mineral At 25,” a limited edition hardcover book and collectible 10-inch that will also include the new song “Your Body Is The World.” Set to drop January 4 on House Arrest, a pre-order is available here.

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Stars’ Are You With Me?


Artist: Stars

Song Title: “Are You With Me?” (Get it  here tomorrow!)

Single Sentence Singles Review: An affecting six minutes from start to finish, future generations of graduates should cling to the deeply-felt emotion of it, name it their prom song, and let it serve as the soundtrack to their “Remember when…” memories for the rest of their adult lives.

Beyond The Track: The band is hitting the road throughout the fall. Check out the list of cities/dates here.

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Gold Star’s Get It Together (C’mon)


Song Title: “Get It Together (C’mon)”

From The Album: Uppers & Downers  (art pictured at left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: Gold Star, aka Marlon Rabenreither, got it together big time with this poppy parasitic track, an impossibly infectious groove that latches onto the folds of your brain and screams SINGALONG right out of the gates.

Beyond The Track: Gold Star is kicking off the release of Uppers & Downers on September 13 with a show in his hometown of Los Angeles. Pre-save on Spotify here, and look for tour dates here.

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Down By Law’s Undone


Song Title: “Undone”

From The Album: All In (art pictured at left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: If this song were a bagel, it would be an everything bagel, because it has, well, everything; a beat that gets you pumped, melodic vocals that will have you singing along, and a horn melody that accents this already-tantalizing tune.

Beyond The Track: Down By Law, which has been a pillar in the pop-punk community for nearly three decades, is back with All In, their first album in five years. “Undone” is pure energy – lightning – that has busted out of the bottle and just kept on jamming to infinity and beyond. All In is due to drop August 3rd from Cleopatra Records. Preorder is available here. Listen to the track here


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Like Pacific’s Had it Coming


Song Title: “Had it Coming”

From The Album: In Spite Of Me (art pictured left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: If Warped Tour wasn’t taking its final bow this summer, “Had it Coming” is the audible proof that Canada’s Like Pacific would be headlining the annual punk festival sooner rather than later.

Beyond The Track: In Spite Of Me is set to drop July 27 on Pure Noise Records. To stay on top of Like Pacific tour dates, visit here.

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The Young Mothers’ Jazz Oppression


Song Title: “Jazz Oppression”

From The Album: Morose (art pictured left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: With a beginning that feels as if it started out as a jam session that went off the rails, “Jazz Oppression” stuffs as many genres into a two minute span as possible, playing out like a Rage Against the Machine/Mr. Bungle stew with plenty of original flavor packed into each bite.

Beyond The Track: The Young Mothers will drop Morose on June 22 via Self Sabotage Records. For upcoming tour dates click here.

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Spiral Skies’ Dark Side Of The Cross


Song Title: “Dark Side Of The Cross”

From The Album: Blues For A Dying Planet

Single Sentence Singles Review: Combing Black Sabbath-like guitar riffs and power vocals, Spiral Skies delivers a haunting and melodic sound with “Dark Side Of The Cross,” transporting you to another time full of witches, and of course, METAL!

Beyond The Track: Blues For A Dying Planet is out now on AOP Records. Stay up to date on future tour dates here.

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Chief White Lightning’s Bleach Blonde Heritage


Song Title: “Bleach Blonde Heritage”

From The Album: Chief White Lightning

Single Sentence Singles Review: Like a cliffhanger ending from your favorite television show, this track from the upcoming Chief White Lightning debut leaves you wanting more, so much so that you’ll be binge-listening the song as a replay until the album drops later this summer.

Beyond The Track: The brainchild of Joshua Logan, the Chief White Lightning self-titled debut is out July 13 on El Camino Media. Keep track of future tour dates here.

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Damien Jurado’s Percy Faith


Song Title: “Percy Faith”

From The Album: The Horizon Just Laughed (art pictured at left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: If the singer/songwriter genre came with a secret sauce, Jurado would have mastered the recipe in the kitchen with “Percy Faith,” a musical course best served frequently.

Beyond The Track: The Horizon Just Laughed is out now and will be available for streaming July 6 via Secretly Canadian. Although Damien Jurado is finishing up the last leg of his North American tour now, he’ll be out on the road throughout the summer playing festivals and will then travel overseas in the fall. For a full list of dates, visit here.

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Halestorm’s Uncomfortable


Song Title: “Uncomfortable”

From The Album: Vicious (art pictured at left)

Single Sentence Singles Review: After waking up on the wrong side of the bed, we were feeling the dump of this hump day, but then this machine gun single with its rat-a-tat-tat of Lzzy Hale’s vocals had us embracing the sonic comfortableness of “Uncomfortable.”

Beyond The Track: Vicious drops July 27th from Atlantic. The band will be out on the road in support of the album later this summer. For a complete list of dates, visit here.

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