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Free Fearless Records Sampler

In exchange for a “Like” on Facebook, Fearless Records is giving away a free download of a label sampler. The sampler features brand new songs from Sparks The Rescue and Go Radio.

Check out the tracklisting below.


1. Breathe Carolina – Hello Fascination
2. Every Avenue – Tell Me I’m A Wreck
3. blessthefall – Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
4. Go Radio – Lucky Street
5. Sparks The Rescue – Postcard of a Tidal Wave
6. A Skylit Drive – XO Skeleton
7. The World Alive – 2012
8. The Aquabats – The Shark Fighter!
9. Motionless in White – Abigail
10. Amely – Sing For You
11. For All Those Sleeping – I’m Not Dead Yet

Kid Cudi Confirms ‘Wizard’ Singles, Previews Songs

joomplu:131“Perfect Is The Word”, “Rocket”, and “Upper Room” have been confirmed by Kid Cudi to be the first three singles off of his upcoming Wizard album. He announced the singles and even played the first two while on Ustream last night, celebrating his 27th birthday. Happy birthday Scott!

Check out a preview of “Rocket”, the second single, from the UStream session last night below, recorded and uploaded by a fan who was in the Ustream room.

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Track: XV – “SmallVille (Prod. J. Cole)”

Track: “SmallVille (Prod. J. Cole)”
Artist: XV
Release Date: January 28, 2011
Label: Warner Bros. Records and Roc Nation

Recent Warner Bros. signee XV dropped his latest track “SmallVille” a few days ago, collaborating with fellow rapper J. Cole. While Cole doesn’t grace us with a new verse, he crafts a superb track as producer, sampling The Smashing Pumpkins‘ “To Forgive”. Needless to say, XV goes in on the track, dropping clever line after clever line – “They’ll never steal my dreams like Leo DiCaprio.” – all while chronicling his relatively meteoric rise to fame. I haven’t watched the TV show Smallville, so I’m not entirely sure how the track relates, but Vizzy’s superhero references are smooth over J. Cole’s mellow, bass-heavy beat, taking the artistic liberty to add superhero inspired rhymes to the sampled chorus. Stream and download the song below.

“Smallville (Prod. J. Cole)” was released via Twitter; happy birthday to J. Cole! XV is expected to release his highly-anticipated album The Kid With The Green Backpack later this year.

Rating: 8.5/10

State Radio Announces Tour Dates

State Radio have announced tour dates throughout March and April. The tour will take the band throughout the United States, ending with dates at the Bamboozle Festival.

Check them out below.

Tour Dates:

03/10/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
03/11/11 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
03/12/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
03/15/11 – Redondo Beach, CA @ Brixton
03/16/11 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
03/17/11 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/18/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/19/11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
03/22/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/23/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
03/24/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
03/26/11 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre
03/27/11 – Jackson, WY @ Roadhouse
03/29/11 – Ames, IA @ Maintenance Shop
03/30/11 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
03/31/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
04/01/11 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic
04/02/11 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
04/03/11 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
04/29-05/01/11 – East Rutherford, NJ @ New Meadowlands Stadium for Bamboozle

Kid Cudi Announces Rock Album, New Mixtape ‘A Man Named Scott’

Kid Cudi has announced via Twitter that he will be releasing his rock album (under the name Wizard with Dot Da Genius) this year. He also announced the release of a new mixtape this summer, titled A Man Named Scott, a twist on his first mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.

Read more to see Cudder’s tweets.

“pushing for a summer release of the wizard album. i produce and play guitar on everything with my main man @dotdagenius. he’s learnin bass. the maniac film will b released later this year. cage, shia and i really want everything just right, and i need the proper time for scoring. the edit must be epic.

wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. brand new thing. flavor. dose of dopeness however will be on the wizard album as a bonus jam. bout fuckin time aye. ive been wearin the same jeans for months, and i feel good about that dedication. workin on some jay and ye shit. ima finish up some thangs and then ima chop it up with yall. word : ). annnnd officially going ham.

oh i forgot the best news ever….new mixtape “a man named scott”. thats this summah. for all those who fucks with my raps, this is for u since ima be all rocked out with the wizard shit. also its free! yes! man im really happy to FINALLY get all that good news out there. more to come, not even close. oh and new york catch me if u can, i start filmin “how to make it” in march. domingo dean shittttttt. legiTay”

Single: The Fair Weathered – “Glass Cities”

Track: “Glass Cities”
Artist: The Fair Weathered
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Unsigned

Piano ballad “Glass Cities” closes The Fair Weathered‘s debut album Last Year slowly and passionately. The track, part pop-punk and part piano rock, primarily features the soothing voice of vocalist and guitarist Tom McQuade, who carries the song with the emotion and passion of his words. The trio, though young, has no doubt experienced the same emotional troubles that pretty much every band in the genre has, and “Glass Cities” is their reflection on the world and their changing lives, opening with the claim, “I can’t explain feelings that I see, like neon skies and these glass cities.” Towards the end of the song, Tom raises his voice and the drums and guitar join in, launching the listener into an inspiring breakdown that ultimately ends the song. For such a low-budget production (see music video), “Glass Cities” is a great song and a fantastic closer for the band’s first album.

“Glass Cities” is from Last Year, out now.

Rating: 6.5/10

Smith Westerns Tour With Yuck

Having just finished a European tour with MGMT, Smith Westerns are beginning a US tour this week. They will be joined by Yuck, over from the UK for the first time. Check out the tour dates below.


01/28 Nashville TN The End*
01/29 Knoxville TN Pilot Light*
01/30 Chapel Hill NC Local 506*
01/31 Athens GA 40 Watt Club*
02/01 Atlanta GA Drunken Unicorn*
02/03 Orlando FL Backbooth*
02/04 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder
02/05 Baton Rouge Spanish Moon
02/06 Houston TX Fitzgeralds*
02/07 Austin TX Emos*
02/08 Dallas TX The Loft*
02/10 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room*
02/11 Los Angeles CA Echo*
02/12 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar*
02/13 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill*
02-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02-16 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
02-17 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
02-18 Boise, ID – Neurolux
02-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
02-21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
02-22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
02-23 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
02-24 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
02-25 Madison, WI – The Frequency
02-26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
02-28 Toronto, Ontario – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03-01 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-02 Boston, MA – Great Scott
03-04 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
03-16 – 03-19 Austin, TX – SXSW
* = w/ Yuck

Panda Bear Reveals Album Art, New Release Date for ‘Tomboy’

Panda Bear has revealed the album art for his upcoming album Tomboy. The cover art for Tomboy and for all of the singles leading up to Tomboy were created by Scott Mou. Mou is also a member of another band, Jane, with Panda Bear. Tomboy will be released on April 12, 2011 via Paw Tracks, a week earlier than the originally announced release date.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? New Album and Single

Does It Offend You, Yeah? have reportedly finished their sophomore album Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You, which is scheduled for a March 15th release via The End Records/Cooking Vinyl. You can listen to the new single “The Monkeys Are Coming” on Soundcloud, courtesy of Some Kind of Awesome.

Check out the tracklisting below.

1. We Are The Dead
2. John Hurt
3. Pull Out My Insides
4. Yeah
5. The Monkeys Are Coming
6. Wrong Time Wrong Planet
7. Wrestler
8. Wondering
9. The Knife
10. Broken Arms