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Music Video Follows For Port Lucian Fans

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Back in November we covered Port Lucian’s first single, “Lucid Dreaming II,” a dreamy, love song for those romantic at heart. The recent Philadelphia transplant is making sure to pick up the pace as they debut the accompanying music video for “Lucid Dreaming II.”

The music video is just as soft as the track itself. A collection of retro images and graphics that stand idly by, being experienced. Enjoy it for yourself down below, debuting today!

The track: a layered collective of vocals & instrumentals lends itself perfectly to layered, tapered images of calm, and longing. Port Lucian has already proven the gravity of their emotions, as well as ours - and we’re ready for more. What’s to expect in the New Year for this newfound favorite!

To follow along with us on Port Lucian’s remarkable journey, check out their social media down below!

Port Lucian: Website

Hope Vista Shares Brand New Single

One of the hardest working women in music & a peer I admire greatly, Hope Vista has been spending her downtime productively, and with Hope, there never is downtime (lucky for us).

Her first solo release since 2015, Hope now spends the majority of her time leading her full band VISTA. “Skin & Bones” is due out on December 28th, and harkened to be the only release from her solo act in the foreseeable future.

About the single, she states, “For the last three years, my life has been VISTA. It will remain VISTA, and that will always be my main priority. While VISTA is focusing on writing, I wanted to share with you all a song I wrote this fall that I felt was important to share. I have no further plans to release any other solo music again, but I felt this one was special.”

December 28th, we expect you guys to be right here for “Skin & Bones” debut! The single is a tantalizing teaser not only as a solo single, but for the future of VISTA. We can’t wait to see & hear what happens as the year ends with this fast moving, hard working band & artist.

Check out their social media links below to stay in touch!

Hope Vista: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Exclusive Premiere: War Twins Share New Single "American Kids"

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LA Natives and iconic two piece War Twins are up to bat with their fiery new single, "American Kids." After touring non-stop and calling their van home for the last 5 years, the duo partnered with the famously innovative producer, Sylvia Massy (Tom Petty, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers),  Massy was able to capture and accentuate the combination of raw emotion and radiant energy of several of War Twins songs in a quick week of recording.

We've got this hot new single streaming below via Spotify!

After having spent the last few weeks touring the Northeast, including our home city of Philadelphia just yesterday, War Twins should be celebrating this release by relaxing and enjoying their hard work!

Definitely check out the single streaming on Spotify, and checkout War Twins social media down below to keep up with everything they've got going on!

War Twins: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

The Foxfires Share Brand New Music Video With Listeners

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New York indie favorites, The Foxfires, have been busy releasing new music in 2018 - and we couldn't be more hype about it.

With nearly five years of hard work under their belts, The Foxfires have recently shared a lighthearted, good spirited new music video for their track, "Don't Give Up." Following their mantra of feel good tunes, The Foxfires won't disappoint you with this one!

Check it out below!

With the help of good vibes and friends, The Foxfires have created a sweet hearted little music video for fans and listeners that speaks on both their talent as well as their fun, and easy going nature.

To keep up with The Foxfires, check out their social media down below!

The Foxfires: Facebook // Twitter // Website

The Burns Share New Music Video With Listeners

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Straight out of New Jersey, The Burns have been hard at work since 2018 started!

With the recent release of their debut album, Splenderson, The Burns are celebrating with a brand new music video! "Wolves" is a bit of a teaser for listeners and fans, a pre-release for their upcoming EP expected out in June - and there might be a little personal surprise in there when you watch!

You can check out the music video streaming down below, so definitely do that!

"Wolves" is a rumbling track that builds into a fierce and emotional listen - The Burns make you want to feel things, and gosh darnit, we're feeling them! The band is celebrating their one year anniversary on March 2nd at The Saint in Asbury Park - so if you're in New Jersey you definitely want to check that out.

To keep up with The Burns, definitely check out the music video above, and then check out their social media to make sure you never miss an update! We'll be hosting the NJ band on February 23rd at our place in South Philly, so if you're around and you dig it, come check it out!

The Burns: Website // Spotify

Hopeless Records Signs Hold Close To Roster

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Hopeless Records is thrilled to add Midwesterners Hold Close to their roster. Today, Hold Close releases the brand new EP I'll Never Go Back, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck). Along with the new EP, the band has also released a new music video for the single "Bloom," which fans can now watch below!

On the EP, vocalist Braxton Smiley states, "I'll Never Go Back means being you...not wasting time making other people happy before you're happy with yourself. Find your place, find your happiness, and don't let anything break you down. Once you've found it, you'll never go back, only forward."
 
Fans can stream I'll Never Go Back in full now on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify.
 
"Signing a record deal was never a main focus for us," explains guitarist Jessee Everett. "We just loved writing music and touring. We're very humbled and honored to be a part of the Hopeless family tree, and to finally share the news with our fans along with everyone else who ever had the slightest bit of faith in us. This is only the beginning of something beautiful."

For more on Hold Close and what they have lined up, check out their social media down below!

Hold Close: Website // Facebook

The Used Announce Upcoming Album

The Used have announced they will be releasing their seventh studio album titled, The Canyon due out October 27th on Hopeless Records. Produced by Ross Robinson (The Cure, At The Drive In), the 17-track album is the most raw, unadulterated and personal piece of art the band has ever released.

The Canyon will take fans on a lyrical journey through the intimate psyche of Bert McCracken.

"I've learned as an artist that a great idea is such a gift. If I don't stop whatever it is I'm doing, even if while driving, if I don't pull over at that moment, then maybe I didn't deserve the idea to begin with. I learned to respect and worship the ideas in that way, that they are and will always be something sacred. Stopping in that moment was a brand new approach for us during this process" says McCracken.

To keep up with this upcoming album, check out The Used's social media down below!

The Used: Facebook

The Flatliners Release New Video 'Indoors'

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Toronto's The Flatliners released a brand new music video recently for their track "Indoors." The video takes place at a local karaoke night, where the patrons are only interested in singing 'Indoors,' and those participants are clearly ready to fight to keep "Indoors" playing all night long.

Check out the smooth little diddy below!

Frontman Chris Cresswell says, "'Indoors' comes from a place of deep winter isolation and serious reflection - with the help of some burning paper and that familiar smell. Nights like that, that can really help take you to where you want to be once the snow melts."

He adds, "So now that it's summertime when you're out with your friends burning the candle at both ends, enjoy it, cause the snow's gonna fall before you know it. This one's for all those karaoke kings and queens out there, singing along like no one's watching."

Check out The Flatliners social media to keep up with everything they're up to!

The Flatliners: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Web

Have a Good Season Shares New Single 'Gum'

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Maybe I have a slight fondness for bands near my hometown, and Have a Good Season may just be the latest band on my radar!

The Eatontown, NJ natives are a sly mix of emo/indie/alternative sounds that evoke memories reminiscent of your teen years. Their latest track "Gum" is a provocative single that aims to chew away at those adolescent crushes. 

Check out the track below!

Keep up with Have a Good Season on their social media to stay up to date on all that they're up to!

Have a Good Season: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // SoundCloud // YouTube

The Wonder Years Announce Intimate Acoustic Tour

Following the recent announcement of their upcoming acoustic EP, Burst & Decay, The Wonder Years will be heading out for a run of intimate shows, performing the re-imagined songs live. The tour will kick off on September 24th at The Shelter in Detroit, MI and wrap up in New York City on October 8th at Le Poisson Rouge. Laura Stevenson, The Obsessives and Jetty Bones are confirmed to support.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am local time at their website

Vocalist Dan Campbell explains, "The goal of this tour is intimacy...small rooms, different song arrangements and instrumentation. We want this to be a very unique experience for fans used to seeing us in a much different setting."

Check out the dates below!

For more on The Wonder Years, and their upcoming announcements, check out their social media below!

The Wonder Years: Facebook // Twitter

Debut EP Out Now From VANISH

Post-hardcore band VANISH is recently celebrating the release of their debut EP, From Sheep to Wolves, with Outerloop Records. Produced by Johnny Franck (Attack! Attack!), From Sheep to Wolves is filled with six dynamic tracks for fans of bands like Pierce the Veil or Ice Nine Kills, while presenting a unique, theatrical take on their genre!

Check out a stream of the EP below!

On the EP's release, the band stated, "[We] hope everyone enjoys our music as much as we enjoyed making it. VANISH FOR WARPED TOUR 2018. Thank you Jackie Chan we love your karate."

From Sheep to Wolves is out now via Outerloop Records and can be purchased here. Follow VANISH online for new music, announcements, shows, and more.

VANISH: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Sun Kin Share 'Under Standing Waves' With Listener

After a premiere on Impose Magazine, Oakland's Sun Kin is sharing "Under Standing Waves" with listeners everywhere. The project consists of Kabir Kumar (lead vox, guitar) along with Kevin Lehner (guitar), Phil Di Leo (keys and guitar), Nick Blossom (drums), and Bryan Lovett (bass), and eccentuates an electrifying post-pop sound that fits right in with this new music renaissance we're experiencing. 

Check out the single below!

While the song was being written, Kabir’s Nani (maternal grandmother) passed away suddenly from a stroke, and the song feels lit with her vivid passion and pride for making her loved ones feel loved, even thousands of miles away. "Under Standing Waves" follows and is paired with Sun Ray's recently released single, "Bijak."

To keep up with Sun Kin, check out their social media below!

Sun Kin: Facebook

Rent Party's New Single 'Involved' Out Now

Philadelphia's own Skylyne Records are proud to support Maryland innovative rock band, Rent Party. The band is celebrating the release of their brand new single, "Involved," which you can check out streaming below!

The black and white video exudes a type of contagious confidence that makes "Involved" a must see and hear video.

The band is made up of lead singers, guitarists Finn Cohan and Ryan Conway as well as Michael Silverglade on bass and Jack Kessler on drums. Formed in 2016, the guys mashed together blues and alt-rock styles to create their unique sound. The band’s first demos were released on Soundcloud in the beginning of the year with new music being released throughout 2017!

To keep up with Rent Party, check out their social media below!

Rent Party: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

Imminence Records Signs Ætherial, Releases Teaser for Forthcoming Single

Imminence Records has recently announced the signing of Melbourne's melodic death metallers, Ætherial! 

To celebrate the announcement the band has released a teaser of their upcoming debut single that will be on their debut album, entitled The Still Waters of Oblivion. The label debut will drop this fall with more news being shared closer to the release, but in the meantime check out the teaser below!

Bassist, Cassandra George had this to say about the recent news, "We are absolutely thrilled to be joining the Imminence Records family! Their exceptional work ethic and dedication to their bands is second to none and we are ecstatic to be releasing our debut album with them. We really appreciate our amazing team for all their handwork behind the scenes and would like to thank both the EMG and Imminence crew for their belief in us - we are extremely excited to unleash Ætherial in all its dark and devastating glory upon the world really soon..” 

The band from down under is one not to be missed, so definitely check out their social media to keep up with future announcements!

ÆTHERIAL: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Major Announcements From Becomes Astral

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Ontario-based death metal outfit Becomes Astral announced their album Paleblood Sky, which has been set for release on August 18, 2017. Paleblood Sky includes six pulverizing tracks and was recorded and mixed by Christian Donaldson and Marco Frechette at The Grid.  

Upon the release of Paleblood Sky, the band will set out on their album release tour throughout Canada, starting on the Eastern leg with Eye of Horus and later adding Into Eternity for the Western leg of the tour.

Check out the dates below!

Of the new release, Layne says, "This is our breakthrough into the minds of the creators, early development in our quest of outcasting ourselves. Dark souls will manifest themselves in these hymns of insanity."

To keep up with Becomes Astral, check out their social media below!

Becomes Astral: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter  // YouTube

New Single Out Now From CONS

Arizona Hardcore 5-piece, CONS, have recently announced their debut EP, Slowhealer, due out August 11th. Recorded, produced, and mixed by Beau Burchell (Saosin, It Prevails, Emery), Slowhealer captures the angst of a band having gone through the death of their friends and both the regrets and triumphs of growing up disenfranchised in a small desert city.

In anticipating for the album, CONS shared a brand new single, "The Burden of Knowing Why" which was released originally on Metal Underground. Check it out streaming via youtube below!

Talley expands on the importance of the record by stating, "We recorded Slowhealer almost 2 years ago and had plans to self release and basically give it away just to get our music out there. That being said we couldn't be more honored and stoked to release this through Revival. It brings a sense of validation to what we've been working so hard on, to have a great label show interest and pick up the reins and give it the proper release that we feel it deserves. Thank you to everyone involved in this with us. We can't wait to get this out there and get to work."

Stay tuned for more from CONS!

Hero Without A Face Tour Announced From Alesana

Alesana are thrilled to announce they will be hitting the road this August on the Hero With A Thousand Faces Tour alongside special guests Eyes Set To Kill, fellow Revival Recordings artist Alesana, Outerloop Records artist Lakeshore, and The Amatory Murder. The tour follows their successful run in February where the ban performed their debut LP On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax in its entirety!

Vocalist/Guitarist, Shawn Milke had this to say about the announcement, "Due to very humbling popular demand, I am excited to announce a 2nd edition run of 'Annabel'.  It has a new introduction, Q&A with fans, exclusive new cover art, AND a sneak peek at chapter I of the sequel 'Madeline'.  We are also pressing a limited amount of vinyls for the special edition extended release of Confessions! This book is because of you, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Believe in the unbelievable." 

To keep up with Alesana and their tour plans, check out their social media below!

Alesana: Facebook

Sleeptalk Release Music Video for Dizzying New Single "Young"

Electro-pop quartet Sleeptalk from Los Angeles has released a new music video for their single "Young." The track comes from their debut self-titled album that will be released on July 28th via Artery Recordings, which includes a combination of remastered versions of songs from their earlier EPs as well as brand new tracks. 

Check out the video below!

Vocalist Anthony Fitzpatrick says "This song is about a specific night where 10 PM turned to 5 AM within minutes. It's about those nights where the only thing to look forward to is the rest of the night. The type of night when congenial is not only a word but a lifestyle. Stumbling around, lighting continuous cigarettes and enjoying a group of friends where nothing can go wrong, except the end of the night."

Pre-orders for Sleeptalk are available now on iTunesMerchNow, and all other digital retailers. For more on Sleeptalk, check out their social media below!

Sleeptalk: Facebook // Twitter // Soundcloud // Instagram

 

Additional Tour Dates and New Merch Collection Announced from Emo Nite LA

Emo Nite, an event that hosts music shows monthly in LA, is heading back out onto the road to bring more bands together for a celebration of emo rock music from the 90’s and onward. This time, Emo Nite will be stopping in cities including Chicago, Orlando, Dallas, our own Philly, Lawrence, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. The regular Los Angeles date will be on the second Tuesday of July (the 11th), and tickets will be available at the door. 
 
Not only are they going back on tour, but Emo Nite has also launched a new collection of merchandise in collaboration with everybody’s favorite overpriced hipster haven, Urban Outfitters. The new line will include t-shirts, hats, and long-sleeved tees. To celebrate the release of the line, there will be a three-day pop-up show at Space 15 Twenty in LA, from June 23rd to the 25th, featuring a myriad of different artists and performances. 
 
The Emo Nite LA events have drawn some familiar celebrity faces to their doors in the past, including Halsey, Demi Lovato, Post Malone, Kristen Stewart, Tyler Posey, and Cole Sprouse. Certain stars have also been seen wearing pieces from Emo Nite’s previous merch collections. Emo Nite has been featured in MTV, Teen Vogue, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Billboard and other major entertainment news sources. Their events are influential and notable in the music world, so peep the upcoming tour dates down below, and don’t miss your chance to catch a piece of the action and see what everyone’s talking about. 
 
Tour Dates:
June 30 - Phildelphia, PA - Voltage Lounge
July 7 - Dallas, TX - RBC
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo + Echoplex
July 14 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
July 18 - Phoneix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
July 25 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
July 25 - Portland, OR - Holocene
July 25 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop
August 8 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
August 10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
August 18 - Orlando, FL - The Social
September 7 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
September 8 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
September 9 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
November 4 - Nasville, TN - Exit/In
November 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell)

Dates, Tickets and Merch Available here!

Hands Like Houses Sign To Hopeless Records & Release New Music

Hands Like Houses are officially the newest members of the Hopeless Records family. To celebrate this signing, the band has dropped a brand new single and music video for "Drift."

Check out the video below!

Frontman Trenton Woodley says "Drift" is about finding the connection: "Drift is about a momentary lapse in momentum, where everything is still long enough to question where you're going, where you've been and how they are somehow supposed to connect in the middle."

On joining the Hopeless Records family, Woodley states "In terms of our career, we're incredibly excited to be working with our friends at Hopeless Records, as they become that key link between our present and our future as a band."
 
Fans will have a chance to hear Hands Like Houses perform "Drift" all summer at this year's Vans Warped Tour. Tickets for the tour are on sale now here.  

Returning home in October, the Drift Australian Tour will be Hands Like Houses biggest headline run to date.
 
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2017 Vans Warped Tour

June 16 - Seattle, WA @ Centurylink Field North Lot
June 17 - Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fairgrounds
June 21- Albuquerque, NM @ Balloon Fiesta Park
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ @ Fear Farm Festival Grounds
June 23 - Las Vegas, NV@ Hard Rock Hotel
June 24- Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
June 25- Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
June 27- Nashville, TN @ The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 29- Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 30- Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
July 1 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
July 2- West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 4 - Wilmington, NC @ Legion Stadium
July 6 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 7 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
July 8 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 9 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
July 10 - Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
July 12 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
July 13 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
July 14 - Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
July 15 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 18 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 19 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 20 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
July 21 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 22 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
July 23 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
July 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds)
July 26 - Maryland Heights, MO@ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis
July 27 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 28 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
July 29 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
July 30 - Houston, TX @ NRG Park - Main Street Lot
August 1 - Las Cruces, NM @"New Mexico State University (Intramural Field)
August 4 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 5 - San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field
August 6 - Pomona, CA @ Fairplex Pomona

For more on Hands Like Houses, check out their social media below!

Hands Like Houses: Website // Facebook