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Download: Bad Rabbits - STICKUPKIDS EP

A while ago I wrote about the Bad Rabbits (read about them here) and basically how insanely awesome these dudes are. Well, I'm writing for you all to download their STICKUPKIDS EP for free. How can you  go wrong, these tunes will make you want to pump your fist and dance like the cast of Jersey Shore (not that Snooki's moves is actually dancing), but you get what I am saying.

Video: Mac Miller - "Knock Knock"

Mac Miller is taking over the rap game and Internet. He has tons of music videos for songs released on his mixtapes, and they are done really well. This one is a little different from his previous efforts, but still have a professional style.

Listen: Tennis - "Marathon"

If you have not heard of Tennis (the band) or the song "Marathon" you are in for a treat. The duo that consists of husband and wife, created one of the catchiest pop tunes I think I have heard in a long time. This is one of those songs with the wife's wonderful vocals over the organ and guitars, that you cannot help but enjoy. It has an old school feel, while doing something other bands are not.

Artist: Chris Webby

A few days a go I did a post to download Chris Webby's new mixtape Best In The Burbs. After listening to it a few times my self, I think the kid deserves his own artist profile. Chris Webby is one of the newest waves of rappers looking to bring hip hop back to the top. Lately, rap has been kicking back to life and it is about time.

Listen: The Notes - Wishing Well LP

The three-piece band from London called The Notes are making some noise. In fact, it is some garage/pop/indie/rock type noise that sounds really good. What also helps make the band stand apart from the rest, is the lead vocals have a female front, who shows she can lead just as good and better than the boys.

Video: Kanye West - "Monster" ft. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, & Bon Iver

Finally, the long waited video featuring rap juggernauts has leaked. "Monster" is probably by far one of Kanye West's best collaboration songs. It is also Nicki Minaj's best lyrically out of any of her own songs, too bad she can't always spit like that.

Video: Mike Posner - "Drug Dealer Girl"

The one with the smooth, yet somewhat raspy voice Mike Posner had a big year in 2010. Having two hits off his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff, Posner has become the next big thing in pop. Before he was this huge success, Posner had mixtapes and created videos while still attending Duke University that made there circulation on the Internet.

Listen: Rick Ross - "Play Your Part" ft. Wale, Meek Mill, & DA from Chester French

Rick Ross released his Ashes to Ashes mixtape last week as a Christmas gift to fans. I have always been on and off with Rick Ross, but this song is gold. Probably because two of my favorite rappers out now, Wale & Meek Mill, are featured on this track.

Artist: Minus the Bear

One band I discovered a few years ago and have become a fan ever since is Minus the Bear. The experimental/indie/rock band hails from Seattle and formed in 2001. Currently, they have released 4 albums and 4 EPs. Each with its own distinct sound, yet you can always tell it is Minus the Bear.

Listen: White House Band - "Grown-Ups"

A few weeks ago I did a feature on Brooklyn based White House Band. Plenty of people took interest in the post, especially finding out the blend of hip-hop and hard rock was pieced together so well.

Video: Graffiti6 - "Stare into the Sun"

Graffiti6 is a upcoming pop/rock band from London, only founded in 2008. Comprised of writer/producer/DJ TommyD and singer/songwriter Jamie Scott, they had worked on other musical endeavors, but made a collection of songs together. Those songs would be used in an ad campaign, which gave them a lot of exposure. They decided to work together more and released their music on their own label.

Artist: Jonny Craig

It is one thing to be a singer in a band, but it is another to actually have a powerful vocal range and balance multiple projects This is what Canadian vocalist Jonny Craig manages to do.

Listen: Cage the Elephant - "Around My Head"

Cage the Elephant has recently dropped another new track from their upcoming album, Thank You, Happy Birthday. The album is due out in January. The song will be on iTunes today as the single of the week, so make sure you check that out.

Video: Escape the Fate - "City of Sin"

Escape the Fate has gone from obscurity, to popularity, to without a singer, to one of the newest hard rock groups to hit the scene. This all in a matter of four years. They first gained notice back in 2006 with lead singer Ronnie Radke gaining tons of fans, but Radke would be sentenced to four years in jail due to things in his personal life, which would force the band to find a new lead singer.

Download: Asher Roth & Nottz - Rawth EP

Finally the wait is over! The Asher Roth & Nottz collaboration EP has been released for download. A few tracks had been released in the upcoming weeks and what I heard I was really digging. Although there is only 8 tracks, each is solid leaving you wanting more.

Listen: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - "In Friends We Trust"

Quirky name eh? Nevertheless, the name is sometimes what can help draw new listeners. I'll admit when I saw the band name I had to check the inclination to click and find out more. Yet, the name does not make the music and the 5 piece band from Paris, France sure make some good, fun pop-punk. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is fairly new to the scene only forming in 2007, yet they create some all in their own.

MP3: Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"

Bright Eyes has been pretty quiet for some time now, leaving fans drooling for new music. Well, the time has come for Conor Oberst’s new album and first new track to be heard. "Shell Games" is the first song we get to hear from Bright Eyes, and it is a good one.

Video: Hugo - "99 Problems" (Jay-Z Cover)

Hugo was born in England, but raised in Thailand is a singer/songwriter/musician with a unique blend of genres. In fact, it is not exactly easy to categorize his style. A mix of rock, blues, soul, pop, maybe even a dash of country, gives Hugo his very own sound.

Artist: The National

The Ohio indie-rock band, The National, as come a long way since their 2001 debut album. They are now recognized as maybe one of the best indie-rock bands currently out in the music world. The National's newest album, High Violet, has been on many music lists top albums of 2010, and rightfully so.

Download: Tech N9ne - Bad Season

What can you say about Tech N9ne? He has become one of the biggest names in underground hip hop. He has some fast rhyming skills and interesting word play. His beats can be tough, others are just real damn catchy.

Video: Anarbor - "Gypsy Woman"

Anarbor is a alternative/indie/rock group from Arizona. They have been making tunes since forming in 2003, and have since been signed to Hopeless Records while they were still in High School.

Artist: Sublime with Rome

After seeing Sublime with Rome live back in August I felt it was necessary to cover them. I also wanted to kind of get some things off my chest about this as well, as I have seen many arguments of Sublime with Rome. Now, any Sublime fan or even casual listener knows of lead singer Bradley Nowell's untimely death back in 1996 due to heroin overdose. This left remaining members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson to disband Sublime.

Listen: Consequence - "I'm V.I.P." ft. Diggy Simmons & Mac Miller

Released yesterday, "I'm V.I.P." is a pretty impressive track. It has a hard beat featuring a biggie part, which automatically makes you bob your head. Consequence has been releasing some pretty good tracks.

Download: Gorillaz - The Fall (Free Album)

Gorillaz fans rejoice, this Christmas they brought you a free album! Yes, the Gorillaz offered 15 brand new tracks for free, all you have to do is be a member of their fan club, which is easy to sign up for. You can also listen to the tracks and hear what they created.

Video: Lupe Fiasco - "The Show Goes On"

Lupe Fiasco debuts his new video for the single "The Show Goes On." The song samples Modest Mouse's "Float On." It is a great song and I expect the new album Lasers to be one of his best releases. The new album comes out in March. Watch the video below.

Download: Rick Ross - Ashes To Ashes

Looking for some in your face hip hop? Rick Ross debuts his brand new mixtape Ashes To Ashes just before the holidays. The 12 track mixtape features some guests like Drake, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Birdman, hell even the late Barry White has an appearance on a track.

Video: Farewell Continental - "Total Devastation"

Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack  has been working on his side project Farewell Continental, which many may not have heard before. 

Listen: A-Trak - "Ray Ban Vision" ft. CyHi Da Prynce

DJ and turntable master A-Track has been making some crazy music for a long time. He isn't even in his 30's but already has won 5 DJ Championships, the only one to do so. His first one at age 15, the youngest to ever do so. His brother is in the band Chromeo. He was also Kanye West's personal tour DJ a few times as well.

Download: Chris Webby - Best In The Burbs

Welcome to the world of hip hop Chris Webby. One look and again you might write him off as another white kid trying to rap, but one listen and those thoughts will disappear.

Listen: Rick Ross - "RetroSuperFuture" ft. Wiz Khalifa

Rick Ross is preparing to release a new mixtape Ashes to Ashes and has been dropping some preview tracks for us. Here he teams up with the Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa. The mixtape is set to drop Christmas eve for fans.

Artist: Japandroids

The Canadian rock duo Japandroids consists of Brian King on guitar/vocals and David Prowse on the drums/vocals. They started the band back in 2006 and have since began to gain attention, especially once their debut album Post-Nothing came out in 2009.

Video: Patrick Stump - "Spotlight (One man band-Live)

Patrick Stump, vocalist from Fall Out Boy has been working on solo material for a few months now. Many Fall Out Boy fans followed and waited to hear what he would have offer. Many also thought he would disappear after FOB.

Video: Breton - "December"

The band Breton has released two critically acclaimed EP's and are showing more people what they can do. Now their new EP called Counter Balance EP is taking their music a step further. Breton has an interesting sound and tends to fuse rock, electronica, and hip hop into one.The guitars are heavy, the beats are in your face, and the vocals are pure.

OSF's Best Songs of 2010

It is safe to say that 2010 was a good year for music, and 2011 is promising to be just as good. Now most top lists in the music blog world do 10, 50, or top 100. I decided to do a top 12 for two reasons. The first being that narrowing songs down to the top 10 was almost impossible for me. The second being, I do not have the time to go through a much larger list as I created this myself.

Listen: My Arcadia

Taking notes from Paramore and expanding the rock, My Arcadia is bringing their sound to your ears. Only forming a year and a half ago, the New York band is already generating buzz. Lead singer Jacqui Sandell has a perfect voice for the guitar driven sound and pop influences.

Listen: Dam-Funk - "Hood Pass Intact"

Dam-Funk, the Californian funk singer, DJ, and producer debuted 5 LP's worth of material in 2009 on to a two disc album called Toeachizown. Then, more recently, he released material from his early days in music called Adolescent Funk.

Listen: Travis Barker - "Hard Liquor" ft. Tech N9ne

Travis Barker continues to impress with his fusion of drums and rap songs. First he started by drumming over popular hip hop track and then moved to original work with different artists. Here he teams up with indie-rapper Tech N9ne, who proves he is a beast of a lyricist. This track is also co-produced by Dr. Dre, so you know it is going to be on point. Listen below.

Video: Mac Miller - "Kool-Aid & Frozen Pizza"

Hip Hop has been seeing some new fresh faces lately, rejuvenating the genre. Mac Miller is the latest young rap prodigy to come from Pittsburgh. Already making a name for himself in high school, this recent graduate is only 18 years old.

Artist: The Wonder Years

Many of you probably read The Wonder Years and automatically thought of a young Kevin Arnold chasing around the dreamy girl Winnie Cooper, but it is also the name of a pop/punk band from Philadelphia.

Video: Dev - "Booty Bounce"

Dev is a California singer who was discovered on MySpace and her song "Booty Bounce" was sampled in Far East Movement's huge hit "Like a G6."

Artist: Portugal. The Man

If you are into experimental-rock music or are looking for some new music to add to your collection and have not heard of Portugal. The Man, then you are welcome for this post. These guys have been around as a group for about 4-5 years, but within that time span have released 6 albums and 5 EP's. Pretty impressive if you ask me. Yet, what also makes it so impressive is that each album, is really good.

Download: Lerix - New Heights

A few weeks ago I featured an artist profile on rapper Lerix. The article was pretty popular for that week, and it deserved it. I have received plenty of emails of "rappers" and also found myself finding hundreds of MySpace pages of people looking to be then next rapstar.

Video: The Lonely Island - "I Just Had Sex" ft. Akon

It was pretty hard in 2009 not to have heard the comedy troupe of The Lonely Island. "I'm on a Boat" and "Jizzed in My Pants" were YouTube sensations, generating millions of views. The group composed of comedians Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Andy Samberg dominated that year, even reaching #13 on the US Billboard with their debut Incredibad.

Listen: Asher Roth & Nottz - "Gotta Get Up" ft. D.A.

Here is another track from rapper Asher Roth and producer/rapper Nottz. This song has a simple beat, but is quite catchy. The chorus will also be stuck in your head, whether you want it to be or not.

Video: Warpaint - "Elephants"

For those who never heard of Warpaint, you are in for a real treat. This experimental rock group formed in LA back in 2004. Actress Shannyn Sossamon use to be in the band, but left in 2008. Her sister is also in the band. Warpaint also use to feature Josh Klinghoffer, who is now the current guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Artist: Passafire

Formed by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design, Passafire brings their reggae roots and mixes it with rock. The band was started in 2003 and has never looked back. After one show the band Pepper was playing, they slipped them a copy of their CD. Not long after, Pepper would sign them to their label.

Video: New Kingdom - "Stepped On The Scene"

Representing the Los Angeles area comes a group combining numerous elements of music into one. Blending rock, soul, funk, and pop, the guys are showing the charisma they have to take the music world by storm.

Listen: Ghostface Killah - "Troublemakers" ft. Raekwon, Method Man, & Redman

With Ghostface Killah's new album, Apollo Kids, dropping next week, he drops another track for us to check out. This time he has a nice arsenal of favorite guests that include fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Method Man. Also included is Redman who almost always fits in with the Wu-Tang Clan members.

MP3: Iron and Wine - "Tree By The River"

Iron and Wine (Samuel Beam) is returning with a new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, on January 25, 2011.  Eager fans rejoice, Iron and Wine is offering a new track for free. 

Artist: Frightened Rabbit

It is so refreshing to find some good indie rock, and not that long ago I would be introduced to Scottish band, Frightened Rabbit. Initially the band started out with only guitarist/vocalist Scott Hutchinson performing as a solo artist. However, through the course of 2003, he added other members to form a more complete band.

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