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The Prayer Chain to Press “Mercury” On Double Vinyl For 20th Anniversary

The Prayer Chain 1995 alt-rock masterpiece, “Mercury”, is getting the (double) vinyl treatment. The group is looking to raise $3000 to cover the cost of pressing these vinyl records. Check out the kickstarter campaign right here. You can listen to the album below.

Five Iron Frenzy – So Far

Five Iron Frenzy have launched their brand new music video for the track “So Far” off their latest album, “Engine of a Million Plots” which is available now. Check out the video below. Make sure you head over to their webstore here and check out the latest merch.

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New Sounds: Come Wind

The fabulous indie rock band, Come Wind, have gone through somewhat of a reawakening and reemerging as forerunners in a scene overrun with stagnant clones and boring sameness. My pals at I Am Tuned Up have put up a brand new feature with this great band right here including two brand new songs as well as a feature on the group. There is plenty of tasty info and a backstory to keep you glued to your screen. Please read up on the band and listen to these deeply touching and introspective songs. I can’t think of a better band of their genre that are making music in the independent realm right now. Give Come Wind a whirl. Enjoy!

New Sounds: Sean O’Donnell “Spirit Junkie”

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I just recently purchased this new album from Sean O’Donnell titled “Spirit Junkie” off of iTunes and so glad I did. Sean has been playing in bands for nearly two decades including such groups as Dogwood, Yellowcard, and Reeve Oliver. Heck, his band Reeve Oliver even appeared on an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba that my kids were watching one day, that’s big time right? Anyway, back to the music. Sean has truly perfect his craft from years of past experiences songwriting and slinging the guitar around. It pays off on “Spirit Junkie”, a alt-rock gem hidden among and endless trove of bands all clamoring for the spotlight. Sean’s witty, and sometimes sarcastic lyrical input, gives these songs a certain charm lacking in today’s modern alternative rock. The songs strike me as finding a balance somewhere between Death Cab For Cutie, Yellowcard, and Jimmy Eat World if that makes sense.

I still remember watching Sean shred on stage many nights behind Josh Kemble (Vocals/Dogwood), some shows even I booked. Best show I witnessed was with Thrice and Dogwood at House of Blues of Anaheim in 2001. BEST.SHOW.EVER! Enough about that. Spirit Junkie is the album you absolutely need to add to your collections as soon as possible. It’s available in most digital formats including bandcamp here or on iTunes.

New Sounds: Islander

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This band I’ve been spinning lately I just found out, has a spiritual side (read interview). While that is not a prerequisite for listening, it certainly makes for deeper subject matter and a slight touch of more substance to songs that may otherwise be considered aggressive, angry tunes. This is of course for those that listen at face value and don’t dig deeper into the music. Some of those from an older generation may hear aggressive music and immediately peg them as some angry youngsters, hell bent on terrorizing planet Earth with a diabolical plan for world domination. lol. I think you know what I am getting at. The spiritual subject matter here and deeply personal songs, are meant to engage the listener. The band’s ferocious and passionate music can and will please fans of P.O.D, Deftones, Spoken, Ignite, Downset, and A Day to Remember (slightly). So check out their video for “Count Dracula” and pick up the band’s latest album “Violence & Destruction” on all Digital networks or on CD.

New Sounds: ForeverAtLast

I’ve been browsing the net and came across this great female fronted punk rock band called ForeverAtLast from Indianapolis, Indiana and as expected, they RULE! You can watch a studio video for “Mr Whitecoat” above. Check out ForeverAtLast on Facebook / Twitter. Check out their 2012 album here on iTunes. Check out an older video for their song “Paper Hospital”, below.

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