New Summer Tunes!

The summer heats up, and so does the world of alternative music, and here’s what you need to look out for! Brit-rock trio The Cribs continue to be a breath of fresh air in the garage and indie-rock. Bringing in the approval of radio stations, blogs and music news outlets all around the world, The Cribs grab the attention of anyone willing to listen, even acclaimed artists like the Smiths and Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr (who even helped the band in previous albums). This time around, the Cribs take bar-room ballads, charming…continue reading →

Oderus Rips Mustaine

Metal band Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is no stranger to the spotlight, even if it is for controversial reasons. From his stance on gay marriage to his views on Obama’s origins, the frontman has never shied away from giving his opinion. His opinion, however, has sparked the disapproval of Gwar’s Oderus Urungus, who recently spoke with our own Turbo of the Metal Meltdown at their recent Tulsa show. “Shut the **** up, Dave, shut the **** up,” said Urungus, going on a minute-plus-long expletive-filled rant on the Metal celebrity. To see the footage of…continue reading →

Fan Interaction: Deadmau5 Collaborates with Fan viaTweet

While live streaming himself working on his newest track, multiple-Grammy nominated electronic artist Deadmau5 received a Tweet from a loyal fan, who sent him a link of a sample of the unfinished single with the fan's vocals dubbed over it. After giving the track a listen, Deadmau5 was not only impressed with the way it sounded, but contacted the fan to work with him on the full length track. "Dude, let's do it…give me your number or whatever…that just made the track." Deadmau5 immediately found the fan's phone number, contacted him personally and…continue reading →

Hunger Games Soundtrack to Feature Decemberists & Arcade Fire

From Garden State to Twilight, major motion pictures have taken a liking to alternative music for their soundtracks. The newest book-to-movie blockbuster, The Hunger Games, features new music from Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, and many others. Arcade Fire’s newest single, Abrahams Daughter recently leaked online, showing a darker and more haunting side to the indie-rock group, while the Decemberists' new track is an upbeat, more rock-influenced track titled One Engine. The soundtrack also features new music from Neko Case, the Civil Wars, and much more. The soundtrack is slated for release on March…continue reading →

Bait and Switch: The Shins Release Second Track, Music Video from Upcoming Album

Indie-rock legends The Shins drop a second track from their long awaited new album. The New Mexico natives have released a music video to the new track, Bait and Switch, to promote their upcoming return to the alternative music scene. The album, Port of Morrow, a five year follow-up to their previous 2007 Wincing the Night Away album, is slated for release on March 20. The straightforward music video for Bait and Switch shows the band recording and playing the new song in an attic. Check it out here: “Bait and Switch” The…continue reading →

Silversun Pickups to Release New Album

Indie-fuzz-rock band, Silversun Pickups announce the upcoming release of their third album, Neck of the Woods. The Los Angeles natives made a buzz on the mainstream scene in 2006 with their debut release, Carnavas, with tracks such as Lazy Eye, which made the top 10 Billboard Modern Rock Charts in 2007, and was also featured in the video game Rock Band. The band confirms the album’s release date to be May 8th this year. The band also confirms the first single off of the album, titled “Bloody Mary.” To promote the album, the…continue reading →

Raise Your Voice: the Decemberists Release Live Album

Indie-folk giants the Decemberists release their first live album. We All Raise Our Voices to the Air is a two-disc album recorded over the course of their 2011 summer and fall Popes of Pendarvia World Tour, promoting their last album The King is Dead. The Portland, Oregon band has won over a slew of alternative music fans with intricate folk albums full of catchy and powerful storytelling and lyrics. Their newest release showcases their well-earned reputation for putting on stellar live performances and features work from almost every album of their decade-plus-long career.…continue reading →

R U Mine? Arctic Monkeys: New Single, New Album

British indie-rock giants Arctic Monkeys take a step in a different direction with the release of their new single, “R U Mine”. Unlike previous tracks, the song features a straightforward groove and catchy upbeat guitar riff deeply drenched in blues rock. While not completed yet, front-man Alex Turner says that the new album takes on a dirtier and grittier sound than their previous works. The Arctic Monkeys are currently touring with a well-known band that has a similar blues rock sound…THE BLACK KEYS! The two groups play at the BOK Center in Tulsa…continue reading →