Monthly Archives: April 2015

VIDEO: Chris Rivers Featuring Whispers – “Steel Sharpens Steel”

One thing I will always reward is solid visuals. In the case of Chris Rivers and Whispers’ “Steel Sharpens Steel”, there is definitely some original video work done. Director Danny Cinema did an excellent job of painting the two emcees in a separate but equally sinister limelight, and the awkwardness of making them neighbors only contributed to the value of

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AUDIO: Profit & Shawn Kitt – “Pre-Game”

When you take the memorable Sauce Money & Jay-Z “Pre-Game” instrumental, and put two upcoming Brooklyn emcees on it, you can actually get a way better product than most would expect. In this instance, Profit and Shawn Kitt of Bangout Records do the instrumental justice, with a pair of solid verses over some timeless production. Brooklyn doesn’t play around, as

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AUDIO: Gengahr – “Heroine”

North London band Gengahr recently released a new song, “Heroine”, on Transgressive Records. This is definitely a name to watch. Their debut album, “A Dream Outside” comes out on June 15th, and the band will be joining Alt-J on their European tour this year. Look for them to break stateside in the near future, as well. In the meantime, check

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INTERVIEW: Kevin Lyman

Earlier this week, we had the privilege of speaking with Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour. Kevin was in town for a speaking engagement at Turner Hall Ballroom, and was nice enough to sit down with Noelle Searles to go over a wide variety of subjects, including the early years of Warped, awkward moments with Pete Wentz backstage,

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AUDIO: R. Ring – “Loud Underneath”

If you’re familiar with either The Breeders or Ampline, you’ll be familiar with at least half of duo R. Ring. Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline combine to form this lo-fi, garage duo. This single is part of a split 7″ with Detroit’s Protomartyr, and is a departure from the normal sound of each member’s other

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