Drake releases three new songs

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Drake has released three new tracks including “6 God”, “How Bout Now”, and “Heat of the Moment”. All three of these songs may be included on his upcoming album Views From The 6, though that is not yet known. Head on over to the OVO (October’s Very Own) Soundcloud to hear all three songs. If you like what you hear, please let us know in the comments!

Jack Bruce, former bassist of Cream, has died at 71

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Jack Bruce, former bassist and founding member of Cream, has passed away at the age of 71. While his family has released a statement on his official website, no cause of death has been given. You can read the statement from Bruce’s family below.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

The Decemberists announce new album

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The Decemberists have announced that they will be releasing a new album titled What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. A release date has not been set. Front man Colin Meloy performed a new song from the album titled “Make You Better” at the unveiling for the album artwork. The mural for the artwork (above) was unveiled in Brooklyn yesterday morning. You can watch Colin’s performance here.

Grateful Dead documentary to be released next year

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The Grateful Dead will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year with a new currently untitled documentary. The film will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer. The movie will focus on the groups beginnings in 1965, touch on Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and end with what the band is currently up too. All surviving members will be interviewed for the film, and will show concert footage as well as footage from behind the scenes.

Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen: Huron

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The new album Huron from Ontario band Trevor James &The Perfect Gentlemen is a relaxing folk record that you won’t be able to stop listening to for awhile. Full of catchy and emotional tracks, Huron is a record that will grab you right from the first notes. The group released their self titled debut album in 2008, and in 2010 the band released an EP titled Community EP.  While the band only has two main members, they make great use of their small lineup by demonstrating to everyone listening that they can really play as well as writing songs that sound haunting and memorable. Huron opens up with a breezy track titled “A Woman’s Pain”, which features dark acoustic guitar stylings and wispy vocals, along with a hard and edgy vocal performance from Trevor James, which gives the track an emotional edge that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Next, we have “Daylight”, a song that has a much happier tone to it than “A Woman’s Pain.” Bringing in more of a pop influenced tone to the track, Trevor and his band mate Tyson Hiseler on bass guitar, show listeners that they aren’t just completely focused on the dark and emotional tracks by changing up the feel and tempo at various points throughout the album.

“Glasses On” is another slightly up tempo track, once again backed by an acoustic guitar, while also being accompanied by bright guitar riffs that make the song shine, though its downfall is a repetitive sound which doesn’t make it the most memorable. Once again, we hear strong vocals from Trevor, and their Real Estate inspired sound will be an instant hit with indie and folk music fans to due to the group’s tight musicianship and lyrics that tell a story.

“Preacher” is the records strongest song, as it gives the bands sound a slight rock and roll vibe, by adding in subtle electric guitars, with the acoustic guitar still being the music’s main focus. On this track, we hear backing vocals from both members, adding an extra layer to the song that makes it feel complete. To close out Huron, “Run Away From It All” is a slower tune that has the same sound and feel as many of the records previous tracks. While it is a good option at the bands live shows for breaking out the lighters and cell phones, “Run…” doesn’t have many qualities that make the track special, unless you are already enjoying to the bands folk heavy sound.

Overall Huron is a great record that will be popular among folk and indie fans, as the albums simplicity will draw fans in and keep them listening for a long time to come.

Tyson Stevens died from a drug overdose

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A few days ago it was reported that Tyson Stevens formerly of Scary Kids Scaring Kids had passed away at the age of 29. It has now being confirmed that Stevens has died of a drug overdose, possibly from heroin. A toxicology report is expected in the next few weeks to determine the cause of death. Most recently, Stevens was the front man of a band called Coma Prevail.

McBusted set to release debut album in December

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McBusted will be releasing their self titled debut album on December 1st. You can see the track listing below.

01) Air Guitar
02) Hate Your Guts (feat. Mark Hoppus)
03) What Happened To Your Band
04) Get Over It
05) Riding On My Bike
06) Gone
07) Sensitive Guy
08) Beautiful Girls Are The Loneliest
09) Before You Knew Me
10) Back In Time
11) How’s My Hair?
12) Getting It Out
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13) 23:59
14) In Da Club
15) I See Red

Stream new Knuckle Puck EP

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You can now stream the new EP from Knuckle Puck called While I Stay Secluded over at Alternative Press. The band is also going on tour starting in November with Modern Baseball, Crying Somos, Foxing, and Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra. The dates are below.

11/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater*
11/12 – Buffalo – NY – Waiting Room*
11/13 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom*
11/14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*
11/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge*
11/16 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater*
11/18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater*
11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock*
11/21 – Oakland, CA – 924 Gilman**
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy**
11/23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction**
11/25 – San Diego, CA – The Epicenter**
11/26 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
11/28 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
11/29 – Austin, TX – Red 7
11/30 – Houston, TX – Walters
12/2 – Nashville, TN – The End***
12/3 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade***
12/4 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problems***
12/5 – Margate, FL – O’Mally’s***
12/6 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth***
12/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly***
12/9 – Washington, DC – The Filmore***
12/10 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry***
12/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA*
12/12 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater*
12/13 – Hamden, CT – The Space*
12/14 – Boston, MA – The Paradise*
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*
* = FOXING
** = WALTER MITTY & HIS MAKESHIFT ORCHESTRA

Taylor Swift accidentally leaks 8 seconds of static, charts well in Canada

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Due to a glitch on iTunes yesterday, 8 seconds of static was released from Taylor Swift’s upcoming album 1989, due to be released on October 27th. Titled “Track 3″, fans still spent $1.29 to download the song making it the number 1 song in Canada. On the Canadian iTunes charts, the “song” now stands behind two more successful Swift songs from the album including “Welcome To New York” (2) and “Shake It Off” (3.)

 

 

A Skylit Drive has lost two members

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Brian White and Cory LaQuay have left A Skylit Drive. You can read a statement from them below or on the bands Instagram.

A message for our fans and friends, from Brian and Cory: First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude towards our fans and friends who have believed in us enough to support the music we love to play. Whether you have been with us since the beginning of A Skylit Drive or have started listening recently, and regardless of how you showed your support (by coming to a concert, buying our CD or merchandise, or spreading the word about us)…thank you. After careful consideration and having spent a significant amount of time making our decision, we will be parting ways with A Skylit Drive. The life-shaping experiences we have had as individuals, with our band mates/fellow touring bands and especially with our fans and friends is what makes our departure weigh so heavily on our hearts. While we arrived at our decision to leave A Skylit Drive separately, our reasons for doing so are very similar. Unfortunately, the same passion for our band that once fueled our success has changed. How a person values their art and the creative process is their own right, but for the two of us it has gotten to the point that we do not want to lose our love of writing, playing and preforming music because our values and ideas are no longer aligned with others. When we started this band, we could have never imagined that our dreams to travel and perform on stages across the world would come true. Thankful is an understatement for the way we feel about the opportunities we have been given to live our dream for the past eight years. That being said, we hope that you—our fans and friends— will continue to follow your dreams, whatever they may be. Do what makes you happy; otherwise there is no point in doing it at all. Music and performing will always be a part of us, and so we look forward to embracing new opportunities. We will not stop dreaming and we hope you will continue to dream with us. With the sincerest love and gratitude, Brian White and Cory LaQuay