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Play Me: “Go On” by Blur

Well, burn my biscuits, I didn't see this coming. Brit-Pop icons, Blur, announced today that they will be releasing Magic Whip, their first album of new material, in 12 years on April 28th. Not only that, but they've released the first preview track from the album, too. Oh, and the news gets even better: guitarist Graham Coxon is back in the fold, too.
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This One Rips: “Acetate” by Metz

If you're at all familiar with the Toronto trio, Metz's debut, then you should have a good handle on what to expect when you click on that new track, "Acetate," below, from the band's new Sub Pop release, II, due out on May 5th, but, sweet baby Jesus, does this jam rip. It's like everyone in the band changed their name to Ripper and took their new names to heart by ripping up everything in sight: the joint; guitar, bass, and drums, punk; noise and post-hardcore.
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Jam City: New Jams by Lightning Bolt, Blaxxx, Joanna Gruesome and Colleen Green

Six years is an eternity in modern music. In six years, your old fan-base has grown up, moved to the suburbs, and bought a baby-hauling, suburban utility vehicle, or two. It's not like the influential, noise duo, Lightning Bolt, intended such a long delay between albums, either. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Brian Gibson and Brian Chippendale recounted multiple recording sessions that simply fell flat.
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Jam City: Hear New Jams by feedtime, Axis: Sova, and Moon Duo

"Flatiron" is the first new track by Aussie punk legends, feedtime, in some 20 years, and whether you first got into 'em by the recent Sub Pop box set, or were hip to the band back in the day on the good word of Mudhoney's Mark Arm, you will want to crank this monster jam. It's all gruff and guitar, broken bones and broken homes. Gutter punk is rarely this exuberant.
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Top Jam: “Do the Get Down” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Some people find the incessant bragging of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to be off-putting. Like, we know you're the BLUES EXPLOSION, HOT DAMN, YOU TOLD US TEN TIMES ALREADY, AND WE WOULDN'T BE HERE IF WE DIDN'T WANT TO ROCK SO YOU CAN QUIT IT ALREADY. Point taken, but, consider this: How many other acts with the audacity to claim their new record captures all of New York City, from disco and punk to the rent is too damn high, can actually pull off such a feat? THE ONE AND ONLY BLUES EXPLOSION.
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Play Me: “Quetzalcoatl” by Liturgy

Ok, so this is the new track by Liturgy, the not hipster metal, not black metal band who had unexpected, albeit hotly contested, success with their 2011 release, Aesthethica. It's different. Youtubers, being youtubers say it's the gayest shit ever. I would never say such a thing. Feces, being feces, cannot express sexual preference.
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Exploding in Sound, Indeed: New Jams by Pile and Krill and the Burgeoning Boston Rock Scene

Back in the day, and on the wrong side of 40, I've earned the right to say back in the day without a trace of irony, one could judge a band by its label.
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A Jam Packed Wednesday with JEFF the Brotherhood, Disappears, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dirty Dishes, and Twerps

That picture up there, the one of the new JEFF the Brotherhood album, Wasted on the Dream, is reason number one why you should be worried about ...
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