Bird Peterson has been gaining momentum for such a long time, and has some great remixes under his belt. In conjuring up the Drankenstein series, Bird has taken his love for Trance synths and Southern rap beats and combined them to make something totally new.

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The first time I heard Benjamin Francis Leftwich ‘s More Than Letters on my Communion Compilation record, I instantly knew the young singer/songwriter was headed for greatness. Co-founded by Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons), Communion Records has been well known as introducing those of us ”across the pond” to extremely [...]

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Twenty five year old singer/songwriter Sam Bradley may not be on everyone’s playlist (yet), but this artist is certainly gaining notice in the music industry, and his ever-growing audience will tell you that he’s definitely one to look out for.

In November 2010, Bradley unveiled (to an eager base of listeners) Zuni, his second album. [...]

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Introducing our Guest Bloggers for the month: While Giants Sleep. You have got to check these guys out.

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New emo rock is on a winning streak. Basement and Joyce Manor have both made significant contributions to its revival with their latest albums, so we need to discuss them.

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What’s poppy, metal and shreds all over? Michigan’s I Am Abomination, for one thing. In their glamorous vocal stylings, vehement guitar solos and relentless riffing we find a response to the question, “What would happen if we combined Fall Out Boy and Dragonforce?”

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Bon Iver is on the up and up and you should get on board – not because you feel as though you’re supposed to like them (see: Radiohead, Muse), but because Vernon is providing an original spin on a style of music that has shared fame on top of the alternative charts for the past five years.

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Intensus is the product of Eli Litwin’s (Drummer of Knife the Glitter and Normal Love) rather bold idea. As a multi-instrumentalist with tons of experience in the metal and underground hardcore scene, he set out start a new project with one goal in mind: intensity. As anyone who hears this album will come to know, he succeeded with flying colors.

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Roads to Judah may be an acquired taste for some, but with the rising popularity certain genre-bending groups, I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be as dumbfounded with this album as I am. Its progressive/atmospheric instrumentation in a hardcore framework is one of this year’s masterpieces, in my opinion.

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Fay Wrays have a knack for balls-to-the-wall rock musicianship in both the instrumentation and vocal delivery, and they’ve only gotten stronger over time.

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Listening to 100 Monkeys’ Liquid Zoo (complete with a trippy acid rock inspired album cover) is like a journey through musical inspirations of the late greats, all mashed up with a youthful spin. It’s definitely a trip — totally worth the smooth yet consistently entertaining ride.

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Unearth has reclaimed the components of metalcore and honed them to a contemporary edge. Each breakdown on Darkness weighs about a metric ton and is delivered as only an Unearth breakdown can be. This band has modernized with integrity and left its core intact.

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