Motion City Soundtrack do Rilo Kiley's "Pictures Of Success" serious justice.
Pop-punk pioneers Motion City Soundtrack have been in the game for years (they first got together in, wait for it...1999), releasing such genre standby albums as 2003's I Am The Movie, Even If It Kills Me, My Dinosaur Life, and most recently Go in 2012. All the while, the crew has toured with everyone from blink-182 to OK Go and has worked with pop-punk vets such as Mark Hoppus (from the aforementioned blink-182), the Get Up Kids' Ed Rose, and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger. Plus, they've played Warped Tour so many times I've lost count. How's that for some cred?? We're pretty sure it doesn't get more credible than that. In fact, it's probably because MCT has so much cred that they covered Rilo Kiley's classic indie jam "Pictures Of Success" with such great, well, SUCCESS.
Listen to Motion City Soundtrack cover Rilo Kiley's "Pictures Of Success" after the jump.
Listen to Fort Lean's brand-new jam, "All The Lights."
You might remember the too-cool-for-school Brooklyn-based rockers Fort Lean from way back when we buzzed about them. You might also recall that you totally loved them! Or maybe their song "Sunsick" rings a bell? No? Yes? YES! Good! Because we've got the premiere (hair flip!) of Fort Lean's brand-new song, "All The Lights." And no, it's not an angsty rock tribute to Rihanna and Kanye's jam, in case you were curious. (Maybe a cool idea for another time.)
Listen to Fort Lean's "All The Lights" after the jump.
Even this three-legged dog can't resist The Skies Revolt's perfectly spastic pop-punk gem.
The Grand Rapids, Mich. quartet The Skies Revolt's forecast may have cleared up a bit a few months ago when they were approached by fellow alt-rockers Motion City Soundtrack. Back in April, we spoke to MCS about their new Making Moves project, which is their cool collaboration with Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records that's resulted in a carefully curated set of 7-inch single releases by emerging artists. Well, The Skies Revolt, upon the LARGE insistence from their fans to Motion City Soundtrack's Twitter account, finally got their number called. "For Your Health" is the culmination of all that rallying by the band and fans alike, and it was fully worth it.
Listen to The Skies Revolt's "For Your Health" after the jump.
A Lion Named Roar might get loud.
A Lion Named Roar are ready to make a big sound. The Louisville quintet has been together for more than six years -- a seemingly Olympic-size prep time that's led to songs sounding more focused than a mid-race Ryan Lochte.
Emerging from the birthplace of groups such as My Morning Jacket and Ben Sollee, ALNR have already drawn nationwide attention: When the band went by the name Waketheday, they beat out 6,000 acts on Fox's reality competition "The Next Great American Band." Now the group's released their latest, "This Won't Last for Long," a passionate guitar anthem that'll stick in your mind like the pilot for "Lost." (Or was that just us?)
Listen to A Lion Named Roar's "This Won't Last For Long" after the jump.
All Time Low's "Outlines" is gonna make you wanna live like a legend!
We're sure the All Time Low dudes are sweet and all, but we'd serrrrriously appreciate it if they'd just release their forthcoming Don't Panic album early rather than releasing song after song after song! And don't get us wrong -- song after song is way better than no songs at all, but still -- we're basically about to lose it with all this waiting. If you've lost track, we'll remind you that so far we've already heard the full version of "For Baltimore," watched a cheeky lyric video for "Somewhere In Neverland," and now ATL has released the full-length version of their latest tune, "Outlines."
Listen to All Time Low's "Outlines" after the jump.
Mario is back with his latest song, "Killa." Let him love you, you guys!
You and I both know that we each listened to Mario's "Let Me Love You" and "Breakup" about 99,000,000 times respectively when they dropped. You and I also both know that our undying love for that song has made you TERRIBLY excited to check out "Killa," Mario's latest jam. We both know a lot. Let's pat ourselves on the back.
Listen to Mario's "Killa" after the jump.
Listen to Matt Hires' brand-new song, "Restless Heart."
If you're not exactly sure who Matt Hires is yet, allow us to elaborate: the 27-year-old Tampa, Florida native has been writing and performing acoustic-driven pop rock since about 2008, and has an obvious ear for hooks. Drawing frequent comparisons to musicians like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer, Matt's predilection towards finger-snapping, toe-tapping jangle-pop is best displayed on the brand-new single "Restless Heart," which is slated to appear on his upcoming yet-to-be-titled sophomore album.
Listen to Matt Hires' "Restless Heart" after the jump.
Go Radio is happy to tell you exactly where you can go.
After the fiery fist-pumping of "Collide," Go Radio, from Tallahassee, Fla., descend into the flames once more on "Go To Hell." Singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster brings the drama with his whiskey-drenched vocals: "I'm O.K. by myself/You can go to hell." Easy, dude! We just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar. Thanks to its plonking piano, the track is unexpectedly bouncy, lending sweetness to the sour lyrics. But Lancaster saves his best grungy growling for the two-minute mark, as the guitars sizzle around him. The heat continues as the song leans briefly into ballad territory before another stomp-along chorus.
Listen to Go Radio's "Go To Hell" after the jump.
Yellowcard returns with 'Here I Am Alive.'
After taking a few years off to, we imagine, reconnect with family and friends, do yoga (this is just a guess) and become full-fledged adults (more on that in a second), Yellowcard dropped 2011's When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, basically toured the planet (hyperbole, but they definitely busted their asses), and then recorded Southern Air, their sixth studio album. And on "Here I Am Alive," the album's first official single, the boys are taking a look back.
"If I could write to the kid I was before/I'd tell him you'll get everything you ever wanted/but you'll still want more," Ryan Key sings on the introspective song about growing up versus growing old. In lines that could be interpreted as tracing Yellowcard's own rise to fame, Key looks back at his mistakes and failed relationships but, as the title announces, comes out a bruised-but-not-battered survivor who's in it for the long haul.
Listen to Yellowcard's "Here I Am Alive" after the jump.
Don't sleep on Philly-based pop/rock outfit June Divided.
It's time to get involved with June Divided, guys. The Philly four-piece pop/rock band is set to release their debut album, Backbone, and trust us, you're gonna want the cool points of knowing about them before they blow up. (FYI, that's gonna happen in like 5 minutes.) After college graduation, vocalist Melissa Menago and guitarist Chris Kissel took a quick break from the job hunt to toy around with music. Eventually, they stumbled across their drummer Keith Gill on, wait for it, Craigslist. As a threesome, the band found success: They played SXSW, Warped Tour and released a video for their smash "Bullet." Their connection as musicians grew, but it wasn't until the band found their permanent fourth member in bassist Lenny Sasso that they began to work on their debut full-length album.
Listen to June Divided's "The Way We Started Out" after the jump.