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HXLT - HXLT (Album)

HXLT – HXLT (Album)

Life is G.O.O.D. for HXLT (pronounced Holt), a Chicago native who signed with Kanye West last March. HXLT released his self-titled, debut album on Friday to positive reviews. From his self-produced beats to his self-made music videos, we see HXLT’s artistic identity beginning to form. His unique style and determined, ambitious work ethic should make a him...
Review: Kid Cudi - Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven

Review: Kid Cudi – Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven

Review written by Jordan P. (@_jpounder). I can only imagine the cover art photo was taken mere minutes after recording in a tripped-out, studio-tent filled with psychadelics and other “candies” nearby. Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven (SB2H), Kid Cudi‘s fifth studio album, is his deepest plunge yet into unknown terrorities, solely aided by hallucinogens and a shredding...
KiD CuDi - Confused

KiD CuDi – Confused

With so many albums releasing this year, it seems only right that we receive one from none other than the man on the moon, KiD CuDi. After announcing Speeding Bullet to Heaven, his upcoming 5th studio album, we have been hit with the first lead single, “Confused.” Cudder went on a tweeting-spree to announce both...
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar

  Despite being snubbed at last nights Grammy’s and walking away empty handed, that fact alone didn’t stop K. Dot from having a terrific night. After delivering one of the nights best performances with “m.A.A.d. city” and “Radioactive,”  Imagine Dragons released the official remix to their chart-topping single featuring contribution from Kendrick Lamar. Watch the...
JMSN - †Pllaje† EP

JMSN – †Pllaje† EP

It’s been a minute since  we’ve seen some original music from the multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer JMSN considering his highly praised release †Priscilla† came out around October of last year. Well, the wait for a new project is over, as he released his sequel so his debut album on Tuesday. Titled “†Pllaje†,” the Albanian word for plateau, the EP is meant...
Party Supplies - Tough Love (Album)

Party Supplies – Tough Love (Album)

Yesterday, critically acclaimed producer of Action Bronson’s mixtape Blue Chips Party Supplies released his debut album titled Tough Love. By teaming up with musician Sean Mann, the duo created a one-of-a-kind futuristic/laid back sound that leaves the listener slowly stomping their feet or nodding their head to the nostalgic feel that this album gives. Any fan of 80’s rock and/or...
Contest: Win Tickets to Mansions on the Moon in Urbana, IL on 4/21

Contest: Win Tickets to Mansions on the Moon in Urbana, IL on 4/21

On Sunday, April 21st, Mansions on the Moon will be invading Urbana, IL for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event opens it’s doors at 8pm. Specializing in electronic down-tempo and ambient rock, Mansions On The Moon has been winning over music fans and fellow artists with their mesmerizing arrangements, creative remixes and wide range of...
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) ft. 2 Chainz (Video)

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) ft. 2 Chainz (Video)

Growing up in the Chicagoland area during the height of their career, I have been a Fall Out Boy fan since Take This To Your Grave and still enjoy their albums to this day. After three years of speculation and rumors, the band announced yesterday that they are finally reuniting after a brief hiatus. The video...
Wavves - Demons to Lean On

Wavves – Demons to Lean On

With an upcoming tour beginning in March, including a performance at SXSW, Wavves release their lastest single from their forthcoming album titled “Demons to Lean On.” Along with this latest track, the band also leaked the album artwork (above) and an official tracklist via iTunes. Expect Afraid of Heights to arrive March 26th. If you enjoyed this...
King Krule - Octopus (Video)

King Krule – Octopus (Video)

King Krule, previously known as Zoo Kid, has teamed up with Noisey to release his latest video for “Octopus,” directed by Paraic and Michael Morrissey. The single was released late last year along with “Rock Bottom,” which are both available on iTunes. The 18-year old creative based out of east London has been someone to keep...
Mike Posner - Back Home ft. King Chip

Mike Posner – Back Home ft. King Chip

Mike Posner is in the holiday spirit as he dropped this song for his fans earlier to celebrate Christmas Eve. It’s an acoustic track so this is definitely something more laid back than what we’re used to from the Detroit artist. King Chip has been impressive on all his guest appearances lately, and this smooth...
Kids These Days - Doo-Wah (Video)

Kids These Days – Doo-Wah (Video)

The young band from Chicago continues to bring innovative, fresh art to a game that so desperately needs it. From their sounds to their visuals, it seems like KTD is always trying outdo themselves. This visual for the track “Doo-Wah” is no different, as their talented go-to director Austin Vesely re-imagines the members of the...