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Listen: Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"

Well the Internet is buzzing right about now as indie folk sensation Fleet Foxes debuts a new track from their upcoming album. This would be the first glimpse of new music from the band since their 2008 self-titled debut. They blew-up big time with that album and received praises all over.

Video: Fortune Family - "My Energy"

Coming from the Philly suburbs comes the hip hop duo Fortune Family. The guys are starting to make some noise in the music world and looking to be the next thing you bump in your system. Some acclaim they have received and mentions were in: GoodMusicAllDay, Inside Lacrosse, MTV Iggy & Fresh New Tracks, and the track "Take Me Away" was voted as one of the Top 50 songs of 2010 by BigGreenBeats.

MP3: K. Vincent - "Ain't A Thang Change"

If you have been checking out the site once in awhile (I hope), you've noticed that I enjoy some hip hop/rap. I try to represent some artists who are true hip hop and not like most the bullshit on the radio. I was sent about an artist named K. Vincent from Chicago. He has a few tracks on his bandcamp page and I checked out "Ain't A Thang Change," produced By Nabs , co-production by Excel Cruz & Black Lion.

Listen: Purity Ring - "Ungirthed"

Every once in awhile you hear a song that on first listen makes you say, "Damn, this is a good jam."  This track by Purity Ring (whose un-google-able name makes it impossible to figure out who they are at this point) is one of those.

Video: The Lonely Island - "Do the Creep"

The Lonely Island is ridiculously silly, yet they always seem to make catchy songs. The comedy trio returned this past year with some new hits, the first single " I Just Had Sex" featured Akon and was a instant success. Now they debuted their new video on SNL with Nicki Minaj called "Do the Creep." I think this song will be the new dance craze, the dougie has some competition.

Artist: The Walkmen

Let me start by saying if you watch one video of a band today, make it the one at the bottom of this page.  You'd be doing yourself a favor, trust me.  

Listen: e-dubble - "Robots Can't Drink"

Okay so a few days ago I admitted that I was behind on the times when it came to supporting e-dubble's music, but now I am on board. The tracks are crazy and the concept of releasing a new track every Friday for 52 weeks is impressive. Unfortunately, I only caught on for #52, so epic fail on my part.

Artist: Thrice

Thrice has been one of my favorite bands since I had come across the Artist in the Ambulance back in 2004. Since buying that album and replaying over, I ended up buying their previous and after albums. Each album had somewhat of a different vibe and feel, but Thrice did each with such precision it is hard to not listen.

Video: Ghostface Killah - "2getha Baby"

Ghostface Killah has proved time and time again that since Wu-Tang, he can certainly handle being a solo artist. I really enjoy Apollo Kids, his latest release that came out a few weeks ago. It is good to see there is still some rappers who can make good music, sorry Soulja Boy.

Listen: Gees Extortion - "Mic Bust"

A few weeks ago I featured a song by a up-and-coming rap artist named Gees Extortion. It didn't take long for the post to get some attention and peaked at the number 2 most popular of the week. Well, it seems the new lyrical king is back with a new track called "Mic Bust."

Video: Young Jesus - "Eloise At The Plaza"

Young Jesus is a sweet indie band from Chicago. They have been working together for 2 years, crafting new songs and releasing 2 EP's along the way. The EP's are titled Late Night Standards and Young, Innocent, & Hairy. Young Jesus recently participated in Red Bull's Rock the Route tour, which is currently being featured in webisodes on YouTube.

Listen: Theophilus London - "Why Even Try" ft. Sara Quin

Since I discovered Theophilus London I haven't stopped listening to his tracks. He brings something so different and unique to hip hop. I love that a few new artists in rap are popping up and actually trying to rejuvenate the genre. London is doing just that, creating all sorts of unique tunes blended with other sounds, adding a new element to hip hop.

Video: Dynasty Electric - "Golden Arrows"

I was sent this video of a band called Dynasty Electric. I never heard of them before, but boy am I glad I know them now. The song "Golden Arrows" is a blend of electro-pop with some great guitar work and is the first single off their third album. The Ski Beatz-produced track (Jay-Z, Camp Lo, Curren$y) adds to the song, and is definitely a different genre for Ski Beatz to take part in.

MP3: The Good Suns - "Shadow"

The Good Suns are looking to be your next favorite pop band and with a track like "Shadow," they show they can deliver. Creating straight pop with dreamy guitars and great songwriting finds The Good Suns at their finest. They shine well on this track, which they are offering for a free download.

Video: Hey Rosetta! - "Yer Spring"

A few days ago I featured a new song by Hey Rosetta! called "Yer Spring." Now they have released a brand new video for the single. The video contains a mix of their live performances (which looks like a damn good time) and also blending in their Newfoundland culture, where they hail.

Listen: The Dirty Lungs - Deregulate Your Heart (EP)

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama comes the psychedelic indie-rock band The Dirty Lungs. The band has played with other acts that include: Harlem, Jacuzzi Boys, Bonnie Prince Billy, Black Diamond Heavies, Monotonix, Ladyhawk, Tapes n Tapes, Dexter Romweber, Hacienda, and more. Earlier this month they released their new EP called Deregulate Your Heart, with 4 songs crafted with elegance and gradual build up of intensity. They are preparing to release a 7" along side a video in March, and will be doing a two week string of dates to promote it in the Midwest.

Download: Game - Purp & Patron (mixtape)

Well, the Game certainly can release some bangin' mixtapes and Purp & Patron continues that tradition. While it appeared the Game kind of fell out of the light, he is still working on his next album, R.E.D. While some early tracks had come out for the new album, Game was trying different things and to be honest, I wasn't really feeling it too much. Even so, I decided to check out this mixtape and I am glad I did.

Listen: e-dubble - "Space Rivers"

Well, after seeing the name e-dubble pop up on a few music blogs, I decided to see for myself why so many people were bangin' these tunes. I recently was checking out the song "Space Rivers" and wow what a fresh track. I listened to it three times through and was really into it. Let's just say I was realizing pretty quickly why he was getting praise in the music blog world.

Video: Balkans - "Cave"

The Balkans come out of Atlanta, Georgia with their indie/garage rock blend. They have performed and toured with the likes of Times New Viking, Atlas Sound, the late Jay Reatard and Black Lips.

Download: Kendrick Lamar - O.verly D.edicated (mixtape)

Wow how people are sleeping on this mixtape is just insane. I mean I only recently discovered him myself, but damn people should not be missing Kendrick Lamar. There is not a song on the mixtape that I did not like, for a mixtape this sounds like a full album release. Kendrick Lamar is making sure others need to step up their game to keep up with the quality of his music.

Video: Meek Mill - "Believe Me" ft. Dave Patten

I think we can all agree that in the past few years, Philadelphia has turned out some great musicians and artists, especially in the hip hop world. If you have followed this site for a while now, you probably have seen the name Meek Mill pop up. This guy is no joke and is seriously crazy with his flow. Yet, for those maybe not really into his hard style, Meek is showing he can also handle and mix in some mainstream.

Listen: Thick Shakes - Why Buy the Cow (EP)

If you miss the 60's and 70's garage-psychedelic-rock vibe or you dig music like that, then you are in for a treat. The Boston band, Thick Shakes, is refreshing that style in full force on their new 3 song EP Why Buy the Cow. The distorted effects, the fast paced music, and the vocals remind me of so many bands, I can't even list them. Yet, what makes them stand out, is they are making music that virtually does not exist anymore.

Listen: Destroyer - Kaputt (album)

A couple weeks ago, Todd posted a video for the song "Kaputt" by indie rock project Destroyer and it really caught my eye. If you watch the video, it's easy to understand why. And it wasn't just the strange, dreamlike video I enjoyed, but the song also. It fit the video perfectly and it was very lucid and dreamy in its own right. The lyrics were very interesting with lines like "chasing cocaine through the back rooms of the world all night" and "I wrote a song for America/ who knew?"

MP3: Sound FX - "Backstabbers"

Something about a good hip-hop beat makes me happy, now the beat doesn't make the whole song though. A track has to have some kind of lyricism for me to really bump, and California duo Sound FX's track "Backstabbers" is one of those.

Artist: Circa Survive

Circa Survive is probably one of the best progressive-rock bands to come out of Philadelphia. Between the beautiful guitars, emotion filled lyrics, and lead singer Anthony Green's impressive vocal range, this is one band that you should all be listening to.

Listen: Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows Album

Since I have started this blog I had put a few new Talib Kweli songs from his upcoming album Gutter Rainbows. From what Kweli let us preview, his album was shaping up to be on of my albums to look forward to in 2011. He has been a underrated rapper for a long time, but he has been getting more support and its good to see people recognizing what hip hop is.

Video: Saigon - "Greatest Story Never Told"

Finally after much delay, Saigon's debut studio album will be released on February 15, 2011. For years Saigon has been releasing mixtapes and street albums, but finally found a label for his much anticipated The Greatest Story Never Told.

Listen: Mac Miller - "Winner" ft. Young Scalla

If you haven't noticed in the past few months, Mac Miller has been taking over hip hop. The young 18 year old rapper from Pittsburgh has a nice flow and can get lyrical when he wants. The rapper does not have a debut album out, but his mixtapes have generated so much buzz, kind of like his label mate Wiz Khalifa did. I think this is a good thing though, it sets up a lot of interest before an album drops, good marketing strategy.

Artist: State Radio

State Radio is one of those bands that sneak under the radar, but still manage to see some moderate success. Yet, State Radio is a band that people should really have in rotation in their cars or iPods. The Massachusetts band combines a cool mix of roots-reggae, rock, punk, alternative, and ska. It is a blend that has proven itself quite success for them.

Video: Matt & Kim - "Cameras"

Ahh Matt & Kim, love them or hate them you cannot deny their energy on stage. I was not really into them at first but they have really started growing on me in the past couple years. They released their latest album Sidewalks back in November, which I overall enjoyed.

Listen: Ducktails - "Killin' the Vibe" ft. Panda Bear

Ducktails is the project of  Matthew Mondanile also of the band Real Estate, who hails from New Jersey. It is some wonderfully composed pop and garage sound. The music sounds like you are almost floating in a dream, especially "Killin' the Vibe" off his newest album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics.

Artist: Hey Rosetta!

Coming straight out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, the most easterly point in North America on the North Atlantic, is the indie group Hey Rosetta! The distance from the mainland of Canada and the United States separated them from the same old indie scene, but this allowed them to grow into their own sound.

News: Coachella Lineup 2011

Coachella is arguably one of the biggest music festivals in the United States and 2011 is looking to be another year of awesome festivities. Artists and bands range in almost every genre, and the names that have been announced are pretty awesome. While I won't completely list all of them (since there is a lot) I list some standouts. Man, I wish I could go (sigh).

Video: New Politics - "Dignity"

I actually came across this video the other day and enjoyed it, plus the song is pretty solid. I heard about New Politics only a few months ago, but never really got a chance to full listen to them. This is their second single and video from their RCA self-titled debut. The band is from Denmark, made up of only three members and sans-bass instrument. Vocals, guitar, and drums is all you'll hear, but it works in their favor.

Artist: James Blake

The more music I hear from James Blake, the more I have to say, "Wow, this guy's good."  A lot of the times it's out loud, in the middle of a crowded street and a lot of people stare, but it's worth it.  No, just kidding.  But seriously, this guy has talent.  James Blake, is a 22-year-old electronic composer/producer/musician from England, and his style is hard to pin down.  A lot of people call it post-dubstep, or post-Burial (which is the artist that started the whole post-dubstep thing).  Basically, Blake makes songs that precisely arrange vocal samples (sometimes heavily altered and sometimes not) with synths and electronic beats. 

Listen: Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde

These guys have been making a big splash in the "blogosphere" and for good reason.  Smith Westerns 2009 self-titled debut was a fun, youthful and noisy rock album with some really standout songs that stood out not only from the album, but also from the noise that surrounded them.  Their new album, Dye It Blonde just dropped yesterday and I encourage you to give it a listen. 

Video: Beast Make Bomb - "Rough It Out"

The female fronted Beast Make Bomb (interesting name huh?) creates some tunes with a 90's grunge feel, but filled with pop choruses and punk attitude. It's one of those blends of style/genres that make this band unique. The members all met in college and since joining forces have been comapred to bands like: Sonic Youth, The Pretenders, & Superchunk.

Listen: Shad & Dallas Green - "Live Forever"

This is probably the most insane track I have heard in 2011. Big shout out to thisbonustrack for posting this on their site and leading me to hear this track. I am a big fan of Dallas Green (Alexisonfire, City & Colour fame) and was lucky enough to interview him about 3 months ago, great dude.

Artist: The Sword

Sometimes I like to reminisce about how good rock and heavy metal used to be. No I am not one of those die hard Judas Priest fans who wears leather jackets, chains, and some big ass boots. Not my style. But I do love some good rock music with in our face guitars, like back in the early 80's when Metallica would blow your face off. Well, The Sword is the best present day band to provide that in-your-face metal.

Download: Ab-Soul - Longterm 2: Lifestyles of the Broke and Almost Famous

Maybe you have heard of Ab-Soul, but you haven't he should be on your radar. The album is a street album following Ab-Souls growth as an artist and someone worth some buzz. He hails from California and it seeps through his tunes, as I hear that classic west coast vibe that was huge in the 90's. This is the kind of rap the scene needs.

Listen: The Aquabats - "The Shark Fighter!"

You know when you used to listen to an awesome band, then kind of forgot about them for awhile only to discover that they have a new song and it sparks your interest again? Yeah, that just happened to me with The Aquabats. This rock band makes some fun and goofy songs, but damn are they infectious. The band is into mythology and superheroes and adopted their own character names, which are pretty humorous (The MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, etc.).

Listen: Rival Schools - "Shot After Shot"

The New York based band Rival Schools is on the verge of releasing a new record on March 8th called Pedals, and from the first song that they have previewing, the album is sure to be a must have. The song "Shot After Shot" is a perfect blend of post-hardcore, rock, and some hint of pop.

Artist: J. Cole

I'd say 2010 was a decent year for hip hop/rap music. While there was plenty of unintelligent and annoying rap songs, the world also got introduced to some damn good rappers. North Carolina raised J.Cole is one of my favorite to emerge in the last two years or so, and he certainly deserves the spotlight.

Video: The Left Rights - "I'm On Crack"

So I saw this interesting video on The Music Ninja and had to post this for my readers. This video is a literal acid trip, eventhough it is about crack. All I know is I lost it when the dancing cats appeared around the 16 second mark. Yes this video took me a few seconds to start laughing.

Listen: Ghost Heart - "Wilderness"

Ghost Heart is ready to debut their indie rock style on their first full length album, The Tunnel, due to release January 29. The band combines numerous styles into their music to create some epic tracks. They could be described as straight rock songs that have influences of electronica, American folk, samples, tribal percussion, shoegaze guitar sounds with distinct vocals.

Video: Tinie Tempah - "Pass Out"

It is pretty wild to me when some artists with huge talent from other countries do not see much attention in the United States, it doesn't always happen, but Tinie Tempah is one of those artists. This London rapper reached #1 on the UK charts with his debut album in October called Disc-Overy. The album spent thirteen consecutive weeks in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart to date, yet who in the states has really heard of him?

MP3: Big Hurry - "Gets Me Low"

I love being introduced to new bands by people who enjoy music as much as I do. Our friends at Draw Us Lines in Pittsburgh encouraged me to check out a band from his area called Big Hurry. Since he posts some good stuff I figured this should be pretty good an worth checking out.

Listen: Poster Child - "Scaptoma/Variety of Prey"

The electro-pop artist Poster Child (Enzo Tiano) has made some changes with his upcoming EP Suspicious Characters, adding some different tracks and newer cover art. His style is different, but it is clearly unique. Some newer tracks he worked on for the EP are called "Scaptoma" and "Variety of Prey."

Video: Theophilus London - "I Want You"

Early in the week I featured a download of Theophilus London's  I Want You mixtape, which you can check out here. I found London to be pretty refreshing in the upcoming hip hop world, especially for the title track "I Want You." If you didn't pick up on it when listening to the song , this is his cover of the Marvin Gaye track of the same name.

Download: Consequence - Movies On Demand Mixtape

Another one of Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music signee's, Consequence, is on fire. This rapper has been around since the mid-90's, but has continued to impress me along with the rest of G.O.O.D Music artists. Consequence is currently working on a new album, Cons TV, due out sometime in 2011.

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