Citizen describe losing someone important in their new single, "The Summer."
Just when we were getting used to the idea of a new wave of bands reaching back to the glory days (aka the bummer days) of vintage emo, we're already jumping ahead to the brand-new days (or Brand New days, we should say). It's getting kind of hard to keep track of where we are in time lately; sometimes it feels like we're in a music-themed episode of "Lost." ("We have to go back!!")
Speaking of being lost, it's a feeling that the boys of Michigan's Citizen sound like they're familiar with on "The Summer," the first song off their upcoming album, Youth, on Run For Cover Records.
Listen to Citizen's "The Summer" after the jump.
Kyle Andrews is all about the good times in his new track, "The Way To Wonder."
Nashville's Kyle Andrews, an indie pop player since 2006, not only has an obvious knack for next-level infectious melodies, but he's somehow mastered the art of hooks with a sound so unshakably happy, it could even make Debbie Downer crack a smile. In terms of sound, Kyle's style lands somewhere between the whimsy of fun., the plucky pitter-patter of Good Old War, and the vocal expressiveness of Conor Oberst. But unlike Mr. Oberst, Kyle has no malaise to speak of, and his predilection towards pure, no-holds-barred ebullience is currently on full display in "The Way To Wonder," the lead single off of his forthcoming album, Brighter Than The Sun.
Listen to Kyle Andrews' "The Way to Wonder" after the jump.
This Century set heartbreak to a dance beat in "Love Killer."
Phoenix's This Century have been making waves on the pop-punk circuit since 2007, and they're on deck to bust through the mainstream any day now. The four-piece outfit are masters of bouncy, party-starting anthems that sound cut from the same cloth as anything by The Ready Set, Metro Station, or The Maine. And with their new dance-until-your-body-cries track "Love Killer," you'll be all, "WHY IS LOVE SO HARD?" whilst fighting back the urge to do "The Carlton." (Keep fighting. OK, fine, LET IT GO.)
Listen to This Century's "Love Killer" after the jump.
Forever The Sickest Kids hit the reset button on love in their new song "Chin Up Kid." Plus: Watch the "Chin Up Kid" lyric video!
It might take you a second to confirm that you hit play on the right video at the outset of Forever The Sickest Kids' new song "Chin Up Kid" (from their forthcoming album, J.A.C.K.). The track opens with a scratchy vinyl effect, a playful string jaunt, and an unexpected triumphant burst of old-timey, guy-on-a-penny-farthing harmonies. Have FTSK gone all Panic At The Disco-meets-Queen on us? But things return to form for the Dallas band soon enough, however, and we're off to the races on a rush of guitars and pop-punk energy.
Listen to Forever The Sickest Kids' new song, "Chin Up Kid," and watch the lyric video after the jump. Read More...
The Trophy Fire get sleepy (in a good way) in their new song, "Hey Dreamer."
This isn't usually the type of thing you'd say about a song and mean it as a compliment, but "Hey Dreamer," the first track from The Trophy Fire's upcoming Directions For Daylight album, makes us want to crawl right back into bed. If you're going to address a song directly to a dreamer, you'd better deliver on the subconscious imagery and the delightfully drowsy musical tones. Fortunately, both of those are in full supply on the San Francisco trio's gently unfolding guitar-driven lullaby. We're a little tuckered already.
Listen to The Trophy Fire's "Hey Dreamer" after the jump.
Dylan Reynolds is a sick singer. HE'S ALSO MAC MILLER'S BFF!
Did you ever think that a hip-hop mogul like Mac Miller would sign a gentle singer-songwriter type? Yeah, we didn't think so either! But you know us -- we love surprises, especially when they come in the form of Dylan Reynolds, a 21-year-old alt-folk/pop musician who just so happens to be Mac's old buddy from Pittsburgh AND a refreshing signee to Mac's REMember Music label. (#BFF4LYFE!) So far Dylan's released a handful of M. Ward-meets-John Mayer ballads like "Happy Birthday" and "Letting You Go," but now he's unveiled a brand-new song, "Spanish Civil War," a minimalist, piano-driven tune slated to appear on Dylan's upcoming debut album, out this June.
Listen to Dylan Reynolds' "Spanish Civil War" after the jump.
Alien Ant Farm return from a seriously long hiatus with a new track, "Let 'Em Know."
When the going gets tough, the tough get back in the studio. That's the lesson behind "Let 'Em Know," a brand-new song from Alien Ant Farm (yes, that Alien Ant Farm), who are finally back after a lengthy hiatus. "You gotta get invincible, problems are minuscule," frontman Dryden Mitchell sings. We couldn't agree more.
Listen to Alien Ant Farm's "Let 'Em Know," and read an interview with Tye Zamora after the jump.
98 Degrees mourn a lost relationship in "Lonely."
Not sure if you're aware, but we're kind of in the middle of a boy band Renaissance. And no, we're not just talking about One Direction and The Wanted, who are literally still boys. We're mostly talking about the first and second wave of boy bands (now affectionately known as "man bands"), like New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees (and *NSYNC if they'd EVER GET BACK TOGETHER PLEASE).
Now, you might already be aware of 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men and NKOTB's upcoming "Package Tour" (*tee hee!*), but it's time to wave your thermometers in the air, 98 Stans: In addition to releasing "Girls Night Out" just last Monday, 98 Degrees has officially unveiled their latest single, "Lonely," the second track from their upcoming 2.0 album!
Listen to 98 Degrees' "Lonely" after the jump.
Free Energy are sick of the bachelor life on their brand-new B-side, "Love Sign."
Bad Company once said that they were "Ready For Love," a sentiment Philadelphia indie-pop outfit Free Energy echo on their brand-new single, "Love Sign," the B-side to their 2013 album of the same name. With their large-hearted, jaunty, guitar-pop-packed singles (best heard on 2010's Stuck On Nothing and their follow-up Love Sign), Free Energy's an open book as far as indie bands go (why hide behind thick-rimmed glasses, beards, and knitted caps when you can sing about believing in a thing called love à la The Darkness?), so a steady flame shouldn't be too far behind.
Listen to Free Energy's "Love Sign" after the jump.
Emii disconnects from an old flame in "Time To Move On."
It's been a minute since we've heard from Los Angeles popstress Emii. You might recognize the golden-haired goddess from her infectious "Stilettos" dubstep remix, or perhaps you'll recall that time Snoop Dogg made a cameo on her single "Mr. Romeo." (And do NOT tell me that jam doesn't still hold a place on your "getting revved for pilates" playlist.) Now, Emii's back with her latest endeavor, a sugary-sweet, synthed-out pop tune called "Time To Move On."
Listen to Emii's "Time To Move On" after the jump.