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Dan Henig - Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Dan Henig – Paper Planes & Hurricanes EP

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Dan Henig has officially released his new EP, Paper Planes & Hurricanes. Best known for his daring public covers of tracks like Lil Jon’s “Get Low,” Henig built a considerable and loyal following on YouTube through his videos. Yesterday, he finally presented the world with his own original body of work in...
CORESH - HEVVY EP

CORESH – HEVVY EP

West Coast band CORESH has just dropped their first project HEVVY. The Los Angeles-based crew originated on the Southside of Chicago, but have since moved West to hone in on their sound and intense live performances. The EP features five tracks for listeners to get acquainted with, including the lead single “Run,” which also received the...
Vic Mensa - Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story) [Remix]

Vic Mensa – Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story) [Remix]

For those of you who attended this years Pitchfork Music Festival you might recognize this track, as Vic performed it live for the first time this past weekend. Today, the Savemoney militant gives us the CDQ of his remix to Future‘s popular song “Codeine Crazy.” His adaption is a bit different than the original, taking the...
Interview: The O'My's

Interview: The O’My’s

If you’re ever in a funk and need some music to rejuvenate your soul, look no further than The O’My’s. Hailing from the Windy City, the six-man band has a distinct sound that blends rock, soul, funk and jazz. The O’My’s have worked with many familiar names over the years such as Chance The Rapper, Ab-Soul, Nico Segal and...
Stefan Accardo - No Man's Land

Stefan Accardo – No Man’s Land

Its been a while since we’ve heard any new music from UPC affiliate Stefan Accardo, but rest assured he’s been busy. Today he introduces his single “No Man’s Land,” which features him debuting his singing-songwriting skills for the first time. Musically speaking, the track is much darker and eerier than his previous work, with a...
Kendrick Lamar - Backwards ft. Tame Impala

Kendrick Lamar – Backwards ft. Tame Impala

The movie Divergent — due out on March 21st — will feature several big name hip-hop artists on its soundtrack, including Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and A$AP Rocky. Listen to the K. Dot cut below, as the Compton rapper teams up with Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala for “Backwards.” Although we’re so used to hearing...
Contest: Win Tickets To Savoy in Urbana, IL on 10/17

Contest: Win Tickets To Savoy in Urbana, IL on 10/17

On Thursday, October 17th, Savoy‘s Get Lazer’d Tour will be invading Urbana, IL for a show at the Canopy Club. Joining them will also be LoBounce. The 18+ event opens it’s doors at 8pm. Brooklyn-based SAVOY’s rock edged, yet club-geared releases, along with their notoriously high energy live shows have spawned a hybrid dance culture of its own. In...
King Krule - Easy Easy

King Krule – Easy Easy

You may know him as Zoo Kid if you’ve heard his standout track from a couple years ago “Out Getting Ribs,” but the London rock phenom officially known as King Krule is back and still creating laid back, yet powerful music. Above is the video for the first single off of his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon...
KiD CuDi - Going To The Ceremony

KiD CuDi – Going To The Ceremony

Cudder comes out of the shadows tonight to drops us this new WZRD-produced (CuDi and Dot Da Genius) cut titled “Going To The Ceremony.” The track is a dope mix of ethereal vocals and guitar strums, going along the lines of his recent album. Give it a listen below and let us know if you’re vibing with...
Contest: Win Tickets to Kids These Days & Chance The Rapper in Urbana, IL on 3/29

Contest: Win Tickets to Kids These Days & Chance The Rapper in Urbana, IL on 3/29

On Friday, March 29th, Kids These Days along with Chance The Rapper will be invading Urbana, IL for a show at the Canopy Club. The 18+ event opens it’s doors at 7:30pm. Kids These Days come from Chicago but their music comes from everywhere. With a horn section, a rapper, a blues-rock trio and a female singer, KTD blends a...
Savoy - AfterShock ft. Big Gigantic

Savoy – AfterShock ft. Big Gigantic

The hard hitting electronic masters Savoy are starting the new year with a bang! They have collaborated with electronic rock juggernauts Big Gigantic to create the massive song “AfterShock,” which will surely blow your hair back. “Aftershock” is one of the tracks off of Savoy’s latest EP, Personal Legends. With deep bass, heavy synths, and sax this is...
Pretty Lights - Pretty Lights vs. The End of The World 2012

Pretty Lights – Pretty Lights vs. The End of The World 2012

Well, the world didn’t end but Pretty Lights still found a reason to celebrate the Mayan Calendar and get everyone ready for the supposed end of the world by creating a new mix titled “Pretty Lights vs. The End of The World 2012.”  This compilation piece is a beautiful mix of electro-funk, dubstep, hip-hop, and rock...