Category: Reviews
Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Bad Wolf – Drowning Beautiful
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Bad Wolf will be releasing their music video “Drowning Beautiful” officially tomorrow but The Sound Alarm is proud to present an exclusive stream of the video a day early. With this only being the second single released by the California four-piece it’s clear many great tracks are to come. So hit play and enjoy! Like what you see? Let Bad Wolf know on Twitter.

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Album Review: Charming Liars – New Disorder EP
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These days, there is a prevalent music culture that too often celebrates a certain attitude that music must be anti-radio-friendly – sometimes even completely inaccessible – in order to be worth listening to. The ultimate irony of this is that it can be difficult to find an up-and-coming baby band that embraces that more straightforward rock anthem. This is where Brit-rockers Charming Liars come in. Their debut 4-track release, named…

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Album Review: Cautioners – Conditional Identity EP
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Cautioners are today’s version of the Wizard of Oz; however, instead of fulfilling fantasies with trifle items, this bands fulfills music-lovers cravings for emotional and well thought out songs. The UK band consists of Alan Tansley, Henry Montague Lambourne and Josh Duddridge. With very little information available on its respective sites, Cautioners seem to be hiding behind the curtain of the music and allowing its first EP…

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Album Review: Sarah Donner – Fossil Of A Girl
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Sarah Donner, an Indie folkpop musician from New England really took me by surprise with an overwhelming amount of talent. The album, Fossil Of A Girl is quite the musical masterpiece for many reasons. There are lots of artists out there with talent, and it takes a lot to stand out. I’d say the vocals on this album are strong enough to convince me this lady has a gift for music. As if that was not enough, she plays the piano…

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Tour Review: He Is We “Getting Back Up Tour” (April 25, 2013 – Denver, CO)
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Typically when a major label artist heads out on tour, the main goals are to fill arenas to capacity and plug the band’s latest singles with the primary focus of boosting album sales. He Is We’s “Getting Back Up Tour” followed no such formula; making it all the more special. The intimate 11-date tour featured the Republic Records band playing a stripped-down set at smaller venues…

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Album Review: The Racer – Passengers
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Out of New York City, comes a group of five musicians with the emotion and energy ready to share music with the world. The Racer, a band that has been together since 2008, excitedly brings its sophomore release Passengers to fans of independent music with pop and rock influences. Members include Pete Marotta (vocals), Mike Esserman (guitar), Eric Sosler (bass), Steve Kindracki (guitar) and Mike Perri (drums). With….

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Album Review: Nemes – Five Minutes EP
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There’s no question that in the landscape of the modern music industry that social media has created, there are hundreds of ways for artists to get their music into the hands of their fans. Worcester, MA quintet Nemes have taken this to heart and are releasing the 5-song 5 Minutes EP exclusively on their Kickstarter “I Carry Your Heart” project, which is running until April 21, 2013. “99 Cars” takes you on a journey…

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Album Review: Sarah D – Over You EP
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Born and raised in the South Australian capital city of Adelaide, pop/rock artist Sarah D knew music would be her future after buying her first Britney Spears album. It was because of Spears that D begged her mother for singing and dancing lessons, and by the young age of 12, Sarah shed all hesitation and found herself ultimately performing in front of crowds of hundreds at various events. A few years ago, a trip to the US…

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Album Review: Run For It – Better Days EP
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The Northeastern US has a knack for delivering only the best from the pop-punk world, and rockers Run For It are no exception to that trend. Seemingly determined to single-handedly prove that the genre isn’t dead, the five-piece is comprised of former members of bands Man Overboard and Bangarang. Better Days was recorded at Warminster, PA’s Overlook Studios by Bruce Wiegner in September 2012 and was released the…

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Album Review: Forget Me In Vegas – Coulda Shoulda EP
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Since their first release of Get Gone, Stay Gone, Forget Me In Vegas have made several changes as a band, including line-up changes and differentiating aspects of musical genre. Through the new Coulda Shoulda EP release, Forget Me In Vegas explores a more electronically-fueled method of musical creation. With Chris Wurzburg on vocals, Jamie Okrzynski playing guitar and Joe Raymond taking care of the…

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Album Review: Pilot For A Day – Better Air
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If not for Craigslist, Kansas City raised Pilot For A Day would not be a band today. Nolan Smith (Vocals, Guitar) and Brandon Rimmey (Guitars) met via the classifieds website in late 2010 and began writing the songs that would eventually comprise their debut album Better Air. Joined by Kyle Swanson (Bass) and Craig Harper (Drums) in November 2012, they worked hard to get the album released…

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Album Review: Before You Exit – I Like That EP
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Before You Exit first surfaced into the pop-punk scene a few years ago when they were asked to be one of the supporting acts on the My Small Package Tour where they quickly became All Time Low’s mini me’s. Many were impressed (including myself) with their talent at such a young age. Being only 14 and 15 they could command the crowd like a much more mature band and hold their own every night on such a big tour.

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Album Review: Sink Swim – Heights EP
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Heights is the second effort by LA pop-punk trio Sink Swim, and the follow up to their previously released Elements EP. The five-track EP was recorded by Bob Curtin in The Gravity Room studios and was released on January 8, 2013. Pop-punk as a genre has the tendency of focusing on the more intangible desires of life – dreaming of adventure, of struggling against an unseen enemy, of prioritizing dreams over all else….

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