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Mineral’s Aurora

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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?

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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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Grave Danger’s Let ‘er Rip!

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Artist: Grave Danger

Album: “Let ‘er Rip!”

Label: Self-Released

Reason We’re Cranking It: It’s that dark and haunting time of year when you want some good tunes with Halloween vibes, but you’re not looking for “Monster Mash.” You want something with bone-shaking rhythm, meaty hooks and hair-raising lyrics. Grave Danger has got you covered with their mix of Ska and Goth music that you’re going to want to play loud enough to wake the dead!

What The Album Tells Us About Them: This EP gives you a glimpse at the style and sound Grave Danger is going after, and they definitely nail it down like a coffin lid! Though they have a fun and gothic persona, you can tell right away that you are listening to some of the most talented musicians this side of the Upside Down. Every song carries a beat and melody that will have you singing along to the morose lyrics while rocking air drums like nobody’s business!

Track Stuck On Repeat: “Grave Danger” is a painting, a masterpiece of a haunted portrait, with eyes that follow you everywhere you go because you won’t be able to get this song out of your head. It’s just too groovy!

Coming To A City Near You: Like that haunted portrait, you can keep eye out for future Grave Danger concert dates here: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram

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Gold Star’s Get It Together (C’mon)

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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

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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

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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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Sam Evian’s You, Forever

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Artist: Sam Evian

Album: “You, Forever”

Label: Saddle Creek

Reason We’re Cranking It: With endless grooves that mingle in your mind like the crackling of static electricity, the album is aptly titled because the tracks stay with you, seemingly, forever.

What The Album Tells Us About Him: Some songwriters just get it. They have figured out the purpose of music, which is to take the listener out of their own existence and transport them to a place where every care is swept away and the world suddenly understands everything that they do. Whether Sam Owens (the brainchild behind Sam Evian) is aware of his own musical enlightenment or not doesn’t matter, because that mindfulness, conscious or not, is present in every song that he touches, and because of that, we win.

Track Stuck On Repeat: “Where Did You Go?” is every single beautiful day spent cruising around with the windows down – no particular destination in mind – all rolled into one song. It’s pop magic.

Coming To A City Near You: Sam Evian tour dates can be found here.

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The Young Mothers’ Jazz Oppression

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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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Brother Dege’s Farmer’s Almanac

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Artist: Brother Dege

Album: “Farmer’s Almanac”

Label: Psyouthern Records

Reason We’re Cranking It: Brother Dege is, in a way, one of the music world’s best kept secrets. He remains entirely independent and thus maintains his own sense of artistic integrity and focuses on his craft instead of being forced to produce for a huge record label. This formula has worked well for Brother Dege, and it even landed him a Grammy nomination for his track “Too Old to Die Young,” which Quentin Tarantino personally chose to be part of the musical background for “Django Unchained.” The fact is, you know that when you pick up a Dege album, it’s going to be legit, and it’s going to be a serious piece of music.

What The Album Tells Us About Him: Brother Dege’s look, life and music is not just an act or a persona, and “Farmer’s Almanac” gives us a deep and leering glance at the ghosts and stories that populate his consciousness. From the musical intro to the final musical outro, the album takes you on a boot-stomping journey that will leave you with the same warm, comfort food feeling you would get from eating at your favorite local gumbo joint.

Track Stuck On Repeat: We can’t get enough of “Country Come to Town.” It’s the perfect storm of a catchy beat and the marriage between Dege’s vocals and steel guitar. The song is more of a feeling and emotion that grabs you, only to then sink in like humidity on a summer day.

Coming To A City Near You: Brother Dege tour dates can be found here.

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Spiral Skies’ Dark Side Of The Cross

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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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