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First Listen: The Cars – Move Like This

May 5, 2011 by  
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The Cars new album Move Like This is out next week but the band is giving you a chance to hear it now.  Head over to this page to stream the album and let us know what you think!

You can pre-order the album here:  Amazon ::: iTunes :::

The Cars will be spending most of May out on the road, check out the list of tour dates here to see when they will hit your city:

5.10.11 – Showbox @SODO – Seattle, WA
05.12.11 – The Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
05.13.11 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
05.15.11 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO
05.17.11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05.18.11 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
05.20.11 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
05.22.11 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
05.23.11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
05.25.11 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
05.26.11 – The House of Blues – Boston, MA

CD Review: Sum 41 / Screaming Bloody Murder

March 28, 2011 by  
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Sum 41
Screaming Bloody Murder
Island Records
Release Date:  March 29, 2011

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 Reviewed by:  Ryan Labbe

Many bands come to a point in their career when they try something different from their past efforts, and show they’ve matured as musicians and lyricists. Despite Sum 41’s last album, Underclass Hero,”  which many fans felt was a forgettable regression, Sum 41, comprised of Deryck Whibley ( lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards, piano), Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Jocz  (drums, percussion) are back and trying to make good with their fifth album, Screaming Bloody Murder.  It’s no longer simply about power chords and fast drumming.  Screaming Bloody Murder is 14 tracks displaying everything from screeching guitars and pounding drums to acoustic guitars strumming alongside a somber piano.

The album begins with “Reason to Believe,” which showcases a strong, marching heavy-metal like intro that gives way to an edgy pop-punk chorus, not unlike the kind we’ve come to expect from Sum 41. The song feels more like an introduction than a cohesive song.  After hearing the remainder of the album, it’s clear that “Reason to Believe” is a fitting choice for the opening track, as it has all the elements you can expect from other 13 tracks: dirty heavy metal riffs, mid-tempo ballads, quiet breakdowns, and strong pop-punk melodies.

Next up is the album’s title track, and first single. As the name might suggest, it’s an aggressive song, and perhaps the song most reminiscent of classic Sum 41. It’s a rare day that I claim the single is the strongest track on an album, but today is that day. “Screaming Bloody Murder” begins with a mid-tempo piano-driven intro. Whibley sings, “I’m not quite myself these days/I guess we all come undone time to time in different ways.”  In come the pounding drums and scathing guitar riff that make the song a good choice for a first single. McCaslin’s bassline moves the song along, muted guitars join and the chorus explodes in true Sum 41 fashion. “Tear me open I believe/God will send you all to bleed,” screams Whibley, “And no one can deceive/what it’s meant to be/ a Bloody Murder we will scream!”

“Blood in My Eyes” starts off with an eerie guitar intro, and gives way to a really fun heavy metal riff that you makes you believe it when Sum 41 once proclaimed that “Maiden and Priest were the Gods that we praised.”  The verse is quiet, subdued, and the chorus is fairly forgettable, but when they go back to the heavy riff, it makes things all better.  After the second chorus, Sum 41 break into a fast, furious heavy metal riff that is the main reason this song deserves multiple listens.

Other highlights include “Jessica Kills,” another fully charged rocker from top to bottom with a strong low-end that drives the song towards a sonic chorus, and Whibley’s aggressive screams in top form.  “All Comes to an End”, when it gets going, reminds me of something from My Chemical Romance.  It’s fast, energetic, has a great chorus, but just doesn’t sound like Sum 41 to me.  

The somber “Over Now” is a song about a dying person singing to their loved one.  The instrumentation is subdued and simple, with only a piano and guitar. “Hold me now, cause I couldn’t even if I tried/It’s over now, I guess it really is my time,” Whibley sings during the first verse.  The lyric that really stuck out to me comes at the end of the chorus:  “What do you I have to do/I was supposed to grow old with you…but that ain’t gonna happen.”  It’s a simple sentiment, but one that stirs emotion, and I like this song for that reason.

“Exit Song,” the final track on the album, is short slow outro. “There is nothing left to say/‘cause  you don’t want to try, and I don’t want the pain,” sings Whibley. “It’s time to let you go and bow out of the game/Maybe we will find the answers through the blame.” Given Whibley’s recent divorce from fellow musician Avril Lavigne, it’s easy to see this as a possible message to her.  It clocks in at less than two minutes, and is a fine, although bittersweet, way end the album.  

Another item worth mentioning is the appearance of Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., one of the founding members of Jellyfish, on piano.

Screaming Bloody Murder is a decent effort, but is not without its flaws.  Sum 41 could have easily cut a few tracks. “Time for You to Go” and “Baby You Don’t Wanna Know” could easily have been saved as bonus tracks, as they don’t really fit the album, and just feel like filler.  Some of the choruses sound too similar and, as a result, some of tracks blended together.

Sum 41 has put together a very ambitious album, one that hits the mark at times, and falls short at other times.  Sum 41 is a band that is at their best when they’re making fast, pop-punk tinged with metal.  I can accept that they are maturing and evolving, and I really enjoy some of the new songs, but all in all, on Screaming Bloody Murder there’s too much filler, not enough killer, and just not enough of what I’ve come to love about Sum 41.

First Listen: Sum 41’s “Screaming Bloody Murder”

March 23, 2011 by  
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Sum 41’s new album Screaming Bloody Murder isn’t out until March 29th but you can currently preview the first five tracks from the album here and the last five tracks here.

Tune in later this week for our full review of the album!

Preview The “Tron: Legacy” Soundtrack Scored By Daft Punk

November 30, 2010 by  
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If you’ve been dying to check out the soundtrack to the new TRON movie, die no more!  Head over to MySpace Music to hear the exclusive preview of the original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy, composed and produced by the iconic  French duo Daft Punk.

Beginning today, the stream for TRON: Legacy will be featured on the MySpace Music homepage as one single streaming 21-minute body of work showcasing the liveliest moments of the soundtrack.

Having grown up with admiration of Disney’s groundbreaking original 1982 film TRON, Daft Punk took on the scoring of the next chapter of the story with extraordinary thought and precision. The duo assembled a symphony of one hundred world-class musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain’s premier scoring facility. TRON: Legacy marks Daft Punk’s first ever film score.

Video: Preview The New My Chemical Romance Album With The Help Of Dr. Death Defying

November 16, 2010 by  
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Preview My Chemical Romance’s new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys with the help of Dr. Death Defying, a DJ who is spinning the album in its entirety and providing commentary between songs, including the band’s two new singles “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” and “Sing.” Check it out in the video below:

Preview Punk Goes Pop Volume 3

October 29, 2010 by  
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If you head over to MySpace Music right now you can listen to an exclusive preview of every track on Punk Goes Pop Volume 3. The tenth in the Punk Goes… series, Punk Goes Pop Volume 3 is in stores on November 2nd, 2010. 

Check out Family Force 5 covering La Roux’s “Bulletproof” and Sparks The Rescue covering the Lady Antebellum tune “Need You Now”.  Check out the full tracklisting below:


1. Breathe Carolina – “Down”
(originally recorded by Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne)

2. Woe, Is Me – “Hot ‘N Cold”
(originally recorded by Katy Perry)

3. Artist Vs Poet – “Bad Romance”
(originally recorded by Lady GaGa)

4. Mayday Parade – “In My Head”
(originally recorded by Jason Derülo)

5. Asking Alexandria – “Right Now (Na Na Na)”
(originally recorded by Akon)

6. This Century – “Paper Planes”
(originally recorded by M.I.A.)

7. The Word Alive – “Heartless”
(originally recorded by Kanye West)

8. Family Force 5 – “Bulletproof”
(originally recorded by La Roux)

9. Of Mice & Men – “Blame It”
(originally recorded by Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain)

10. Miss May I – “Run This Town”
(originally recorded by Jay-Z ft. Kanye West and Rihanna)

11. The Ready Set – “Airplanes”
(originally recorded by B.o.B ft. Hayley Williams)

12. Cute Is What We Aim For – “Dead And Gone”
(originally recorded by T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake)

13. Sparks The Rescue – “Need You Now”
(originally recorded by Lady Antebellum)

14. We Came As Romans – “My Love”
(originally recorded by Justin Timberlake ft. T.I.)


Preview “Wounded Knee” From Micki Free’s New Album “American Horse”

July 22, 2010 by  
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Micki Free amd his star studded band (featuring  drummer Cindy Blackman from Lenny Kravitz fame and bassist David Santos who previously worked with Billy Joel and John Fogerty) rceently released his new album American Horse“. 

“American Horse”, the first in a series of Native Music Rock Records showcases Free’s guitar work and hard rock roots.

For a preview take a listen to the first single “Wounded Knee” below:

More? Purchase the album here.

The Dirty Heads Listening Party – Preview “Any Port In A Storm”

April 27, 2010 by  
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The new album from The Dirty Heads “Any Port In A Storm” debuts today.  You can check it out before you buy it by listening to it right here. You can also download “I Got No Time” for free below.

Visit the band at: and

Preview The New Album “Enemy Of The World” From Four Year Strong On March 4 & 5

March 3, 2010 by  
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New England’s own Four Year Strong have a new album “Enemy Of The World”  dropping on March 9th but fans can check it out before it hits stores by heading over to  MySpace Music on March 4th – March 5th.  Stay tuned for our review of the album!

New England’s own Four Year Strong have a new album “Enemy Of The World”  dropping on March 9th but fans can check it out before it hits stores by heading over to

New England’s own Four Year Strong have a new album “Enemy Of The World”  dropping on March 9th but fans can check it out before it hits stores by heading over to

Lifehouse Offering Fans A Preview Of “Smoke & Mirrors”

February 11, 2010 by  
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Lifehouse’s new album, Smoke & Mirrors, won’t be released until March 2nd, but fans can get a sneak preview right now of five songs from the album on the band’s official website,

Register on the site (using email or a social networking account) to listen to song samples and watch exclusive video clips about the recording process, the stories behind the songs, and more.

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