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The New MTV #26: King the Kid, Avatar, A Breach Of Silence

March 23rd, 2014 9:13pm EDT
The New MTV
King The Kid - "Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)

File Under: Pop Punk

Avatar - "Hail the Apocalypse"

File Under: Metal

A Breach Of Silence - "Night Rider"

File Under: Metal

The New MTV #25: A Failed Apology, Six Days 'Til Sunday, The Relapse Symphony

March 23rd, 2014 1:38pm EDT
The New MTV #25: A Failed Apology, Six Days 'Til Sunday, The Rel
A Failed Apology - "C4"

File Under: Pop-Punk

Six Days 'Til Sunday - "Disease"

File Under: Hard Rock

The Relapse Symphony - "Panic (Time's Running Out!)"

File Under: Rock

The New MTV #24: Cage9, Throw The Fight, Off & On

March 15th, 2014 11:04pm EDT
The New MTV
Throw The Fight - "When the World Stops Spinning"

File Under: Rock/Metal

Cage9 - "A Million Miles Below The Earth"

File Under: Rock

Off & On - "Madison"

File Under: Alternative

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The New MTV #23: The Bunny The Bear, Rush Midnight, Until Dawn

March 6th, 2014 12:59pm EST
The New MTV
The Bunny The Bear - "First Met You"

File Under: Post-Hardcore

Rush Midnight - "In Your Room"

File Under: Funknroll

Until Dawn - "This Fallen Fortress"

File Under: Metalcore

The New MTV Hopeless Records Edition: Taking Back Sunday, The Used, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside

March 6th, 2014 1:22am EST
The New MTV
Taking Back Sunday - "Stood A Chance"

File Under: Rock

Bayside - "Time Has Come"

File Under: Pop-Punk

The Used - "Cry"

File Under: Rock

We Are The In Crowd - "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)"

File Under: Powerpop

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CD Review: Black Map - "Driver" EP

February 22nd, 2014 11:59pm EST
Black Map
If you think that putting former members of dredg, †††, The Trophy Fire and Far into a room and having them record an album would result in something absolutely wonderful, you’d be correct. The result of such a collection of musicians with stellar resumes - guitarist Mark Engles (dredg), singer/bassist Ben Flanagan (dredg, The Trophy Fire) and drummer Chris Robyn (†††, Far) - is Black Map, and said album is their debut EP, Driver. First things first, Driver is only four tracks long, and really, that’s about the only downfall of this album. But as they say, beggars can’t be choosers, right? ...

The New MTV #22: Peace Mercutio, Deathpoint, Bleached

February 20th, 2014 1:44am EST
The New MTV #22: Peace Mercutio, Deathpoint, Bleached
Peace Mercutio - "(And That's How) Good Charlotte (Got Famous)"

File Under: Pop-Rock

Deathpoint - "Between the Lines"

File Under: Metal

Bleached - "Guys Like You"

File Under: Sunny Indie Pop

CD Review: Whores/Rabbits - "The Cure Covers Split 7"" (Brutal Panda Records/Eolian Empire)

February 19th, 2014 10:31am EST
If you’ve ever questioned the reach of The Cure’s everlasting influence, then look no further than Atlanta, GA noise polluters Whores and Portland, Oregon snarlers Rabbits. Whores and fellow Cure junkies Rabbits don’t merely take the easy way out and delve into The Cure’s commercial successes, say anything you’ll find on a greatest hits album like Galore or the coyly titled Greatest Hits. Instead they dig their heels in and revisit some of the perhaps more well-known deeper cuts from the Cure’s canon, including Whores dropping a flat out discordant noise bomb, complete with a sheer smatteri...

CD Review: Heidi Maria - "I’m Done Playing the Game"

February 8th, 2014 1:00am EST
Heidi Maria
On I’m Done Playing the Game, local hidden gem Heidi Maria is a kindred spirit; a passionate old soul sonically well beyond her years. Her voice is soft, sweet and hauntingly beautiful, and it’s her warm, welcoming docile tones that engulf the listener from start to finish on I’m Done Playing The Game, an EP brimming with heaping helpings of hearty, folksy Americana entwined with subtle undercurrents of beguiling alt-country. Maria’s voice is a revelation thanks to her powerful emotional delivery (“A New Song,” “The Star Song”), though I’m Done Playing the Game can get a bit bouncy at times...

CD Review: Abandon All Ships - "Malocchio" (Rise Records)

February 7th, 2014 2:05am EST
Abandon All Ships
Dancefloor metalcore merchants Abandon All Ships are back with Malocchio, their third studio release, and for those who like their metal heavy yet danceable, look no further. Malocchio is a staunch fusion of 808 bumps, Euro-dance interludes and fits of synth-drenched chaos and chugging double bass blasts, a dynamic vocal aesthetic and staccato guitar bursts prone to bouts of EDM lunacy (“Reefer Madness,” “Bloor Street West,” “High Roller”). Hardcores shouldn’t immediately move to dismiss Malocchio either, because as much as these tracks will make you want to grab the nearest shot off the ba...