• Hear Christopher Denny Triumph Over His Past in 'Watch Me Shine'

    Hear Christopher Denny Triumph Over His Past in 'Watch Me Shine'

    It's been nearly seven years since Little Rock native Christopher Denny released his debut album, Age Old Hunger. In that span of time, the heart-on-the-sleeve country singer has had his lows, struggling with addiction and an earlier, failed attempt at making a second record. Now clean, Denny returns with the jubilant "Watch Me Shine," taken from his sophomore LP, If the Roses Don't Kill Us, which will be released on August 5 via Partisan Records.He told Fader that the lyrics were "just about some of the more fucked-up times in my life," but Denny's resonant voice shimmers with defiant, positive energy, buoyed by warm guitar strumming and intermittent piano. Check out Christopher Denny's "Watch Me Shine" below, and pre-order If the Roses Don't Kill Us at Partisan Records or iTunes.

  • 7 Albums to Stream: Aaron Freeman, White Fence, La Roux, and More

    7 Albums to Stream: Aaron Freeman, White Fence, La Roux, and More

    To celebrate the end of yet another work week, we've rounded up a new batch of albums for your streaming pleasure. Grab a pair of headphones, scroll down, and dive into the latest releases from Aaron Freeman (formerly known as Gene Ween), White Fence, La Roux, and more. 1) Aaron Freeman, Freeman. "In some ways, Freeman is a continuation of Ween, but with additional mainstream appeal. (Think Paul McCartney post-Beatles.) The album delivers artful songcraft with subtly offbeat hooks; it's lush contemporary pop for fans of classic rock. While the 14-track full-length contains charming phrases for the masses, die-hard Ween fans can still enjoy quirky experimentalism via 'El Shaddai' or the mind-warping psychedelia of 'Golden Monkey.'" (via SPIN)2) White Fence, For the Recently Found Innocent.

  • Roses

    Roses Deliver Shimmering New Wave on 'It's Over'

    If emerging Los Angeles trio Roses' new song "It's Over" indicates what's in store for their first EP, Dreamlover will be a fitting title for the record. The whimsical track calls to mind '80s New Wave, with sprawling guitars, shimmering synths, and frontman Marc Steinberg's mellow vocals. The ethereal outfit's sound also matches the sonic evolution of guitarist Juan Velasquez, whose previous band Abe Vigoda shook off their tropical punk roots in favor of a more conventional darkwave sound on their last LP. Alex DeGroot, engineer for synth-pop outfit Zola Jesus, recorded Roses' debut effort.The Dreamlover EP will be released on August 5 via Group Tightener, but in the meantime, listen to "It's Over" below.

  • Robin Thicke

    7 Albums to Stream: Robin Thicke, Judas Priest, Braid, and More

    Happy Fourth of July! Kick off the holiday weekend by streaming new records from Robin Thicke, Judas Priest, Antemasque, and more. Find links and details below.1) Robin Thicke, Paula. "The LP is his latest ploy to win back his estranged wife Paula Patton, and, if you ask us, a potential publicity stunt engineered to sell loads of records. The cover features a melancholy Thicke with his eyes cast down, and the song names don't pull any punches — 'Get Her Back,' the number he performed at the Billboard Music Awards last week, is joined by titles like 'Love Can Grow Back,' 'Forever Love,' and 'Too Little Too Late.'" – SPIN (via USA Today)2) Judas Priest, Redeemer of Souls. "Guitarist Glenn Tipton told fans not to expect wild experimentation. 'Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically – so we have listened,' he said.

  • Favored Nations

    Favored Nations Soundtrack Summer Dance Party With 'Amazon' EP

    With roots in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Australia, Favored Nations truly are a globe-spanning band. Assembled through a fortuitous series of collaborations, the lineup comprises Surahn Sidhu (touring member for Empire of the Sun), Morgan Phalen (formerly of the swaggering New York hard rockers Diamond Nights), and James Curd (a DJ originally from Chicago). Now the electronic trio have returned with their second EP, Amazon, via Jupiter Clique. The record features sounds as diverse as the bouncy basslines and disco vibes of the title-track to the gentle acoustic guitar strumming and mellifluous vocals found on "That's Not Who We Are."Listen to the EP in full below and pick it up at iTunes.

  • Zeds Dead

    Zeds Dead and Perry Farrell Collaborate on Paranoid Dubstep Burner 'Blink'

    Zeds Dead have enlisted Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell for their new slow burner of a track, "Blink." At a glance, the partnership might seem unlikely, but Farrell has shown his affinity for EDM, even remixing house legend Matthew Herbert."Blink" appears on the Toronto duo's new Somewhere Else EP and begins with Farrell's subdued crooning backed by sparse synths before giving way to an earth-shattering drop. The record also includes the disco-infused collaboration with Twin Shadow and D'Angelo Lacy, "Lost You." Check out the new cut below and preorder the EP, which will be released tomorrow, at Mad Decent. You can also catch Zeds Dead at select dates during this summer's Mad Decent Block Party tour.

  • White Reaper

    White Reaper Throw a Rowdy Basement Party in 'Cool' Video

    Rising Louisville trio White Reaper throw a rowdy basement party in a new video for "Cool," the punchy lead track from their self-titled, psychedelic-meets-garage EP. At the start, the band performs for aloof onlookers, realizing it's tough to crowd-surf with only two people in the crowd. Eventually, though, the raucous punks find their audience, and frontman Tony Esposito celebrates by letting loose with a searing guitar solo as a small circle pit forms around him.

  • Elephant Stone

    Hear Elephant Stone's Rollicking 'Knock You From Yr Mountain'

    Canadian outfit Elephant Stone have shared a new sitar-infused psych-rock track, "Knock You From Yr Mountain," taken from the band's forthcoming album Three Poisons. The anthemic song plays like a reverb-filled, modern take on "We Will Rock You," featuring frontman Rishi Dhir's swaggering snarl. Fellow Montreal-based singer Malika Tirolien soulfully croons as Dhir's guest backing vocalist. The new record marks the crew's third LP after 2013's Elephant Stone and 2009's The Seven Seas.Three Poisons will be released August 26 on Hidden Pony Records (vinyl/CD/digital) and Burger Records (cassette). Listen to "Knock You From Yr Mountain" below and preorder the LP at Elephant Stone's website or iTunes.

  • Cre.scen.do

    Hear Cre.scen.do's Cosmic Shoegaze on 'Jacqueline's Apartment'

    Newly emerging Los Angeles quintet Cre•scen•do may only have two songs to their name, but they've already managed to inhabit an uber-catchy musical space between shoegaze post-rock and dream pop. The cosmically inspired outfit has just released "Jacqueline's Apartment," the second track taken from the band's upcoming debut album, Lost Thoughts. Although the warm cut clocks in at under two and a half minutes, its layered sounds pack considerable punch, from dense guitars to a driving drum beat to distorted, distant vocals.Lost Thoughts is slated to be released later this summer, but you can check out Cre•scen•do's SoundCloud and stream "Jacqueline's Apartment" below.

  • The Family Rain

    The Family Rain Romance a Sex Doll in 'We Are in Love' Video

    Will Walter, the bassist for British outfit The Family Rain, reenacts Lars and the Real Girl as he woos a sex doll in the band's new, lo-fi video for the "We Are in Love." The clip for the upbeat garagae-rock track is both shot and edited by the trio and pays homage to both VHS camcorder footage and cheesy karaoke visuals, complete with unexplained French lyrics that flash on screen. The imagery works well with the slightly creepy chorus ("We are in love/But you don't know it yet") as a gleefully smitten Walter takes Carla—that's the doll's name—out on the town.The song appears on Hunger Sauce EP, which is due out on July 29 via Virgin EMI/Mountbatten Recordings. In the meantime, you can watch the music video for "We Are in Love" above.

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