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Jason Burns – Back To You

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We LOVE this. CLEVELAND artist Jason Burns’ “Back to You” has been around for a minute but we’re just getting back into now via our pal Anthony Valadez, who spun the tune this week on his late night KCRW show. “Back to You” is major (that beat is beautiful, crazy, sick, all that, love the A. Keys sample!) but it should also be said, Mr. Burns reps our hometown. We had NO IDEA music like THIS was being made back home (UK Garage-influenced 2 step in the CLE!)! Cleveland, we love you and we miss you!

Jason Burns – Back To You

Jason Burns ohio (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.8

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09-29-11

Kutcorners – Diamond (Feat. Curtis Santiago)

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Oh yes. Kutcorners brings the funk and the “hits from the 80’s” on new track “Diamond”. From the second you press play, this shit will transport you instantly to a dope ass circa 1983 Soul Train dance line. It’ll be you, Don Cornelius, and a bevy of fine females doing “The Steamroller” as everyone in the vicinity loses their minds.

Kutcorners canada (Soundcloud) (Myspace)

Rating 8.2

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09-29-11

LIVE SHOW REVIEWS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / Gossip Culture / Trade School @ Grog Shop, Cleveland 09/26/11

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It was a Midwestern affair on Monday Night at the Grog Shop, with Trade School (Minnesota) and Gossip Culture (Cleveland) opening for super-fresh Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Detroit). To be from the Midwest is to embody a certain mindset or philosophy that it’s OK to be the underdog, i.e. we don’t care about our forgotten industry because we’re really the backbone of this hackneyed American Dream.

The Grog is small and intimate with no strange corners for the sound to get trapped in; the beer selection is impressive and the prices reasonable; with a max capacity likely less than 300, it’ll rock with 75-80 people inside; really an ideal place to see a show. After a bout on the infamous Ms. Pac-Man machine, Minnesota’s Trade School took the stage — a guy and a girl playing synths with warmth and emotion, strong beats and stronger melodies. According to their singer, the other band mates are in rehab and prison, a tidbit he related with brilliant deadpan if he was indeed joking. Information’s scant beyond this – to give you a sense of their talents. With a full lineup they could be a force to be reckoned with.

Gossip Culture (Ryan Sheridan) is from CLE, and us Northeast Ohioans love to promote a homegrown product. I’d say there were 15-20 devotees who had seen him a few times before. Surely they would like Gossip Culture regardless of their place of origin. The music is fun and danceable, at times obscure but never pretentious. The bassist was an old pro and the drummer was proof that a wide variety of sound can erupt from an 8-piece kit. Their cover of “Maneater” by Hall and Oates was a highlight of the set. I loved the Pere Ubu / Devo influence, (two of the area’s most notable exports.) Fans of The Avalanches and Caribou must keep an ear to the ground for news of Mr. Sheridan’s whereabouts. In addition to an occasional Youngstown show (a.k.a. Steeltown, U.S.A.), Gossip Culture has an EP release show set for October 22nd at The Beachland Tavern.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. made their presence known between sets by carrying out a J & an R bedazzled with 100 watt light bulbs, easily an A+ shop class midterm. It helped brighten the dimly lit stage for a few moments at the beginning of the set. The letters embody D.I.Y. mentality, which is the ethic of the entire rust belt. The name of their acclaimed LP says it all: It’s A Corporate World. In a world where corporate greed has destroyed the American Dream, only a D.I.Y. ethic will allow the stomped-upon individual to cut his/her little slice of destiny. Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein took the stage wearing Detroit Tigers warm-up jackets with synths blaring and their fists pumped to the sky before opening with “Morning Thought”, and in that moment the drastic population flight from Cleveland and Detroit became moot. The 75-80 people in attendance rocked out with the fury of 200. As they played through their LP and made it to their cover of “God Only Knows”, those once-heralded titans of rock radio, CKLW and WMMS, still held sway in Michigan and Ohio. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s saccharine melodies are instantly relatable (think Wayne Coyne circa ’95), but a pervading world-weary wistfulness is only detectable by us fellow natives of the Midwest. There was witty banter full of site-specific references and irreverent swinging from the Grog’s creaky ceiling plumbing, which capped a night replete with an authenticity rarely found on the NYC / LA culture farms.

Contributed by Chris Gedos

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought michigan (Official)

Gossip Culture – Horses Run Wild ohio (Facebook)

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Rating: 8.5

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09-29-11

Jodie Marie – On The Road (Summer Camp Remix)

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The awesome Summer Camp turned an already great song, UK songstress Jodie Marie’s “On the Road”, into an absolute must listen. Jodie’s voice is incredible, little hints of trip hop and a classic country twang give it a depth and broadness that is really arresting. The melody reminds of something taken from mid 90’s alt rock radio, like one of those big anthemic “Black Hole Sun” sort of songs. Amazing.

Jodie Marie england (Official)

Summer Camp england (Facebook) (Blog)

Rating 8.3

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09-29-11

Skrillex – Syndicate

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Something new for your speakers from The Prince of Brostep, Skrillex. The gut busting “Syndicate” will be featured on the forthcoming EA video game release of the same new due next Summer. The broader trend of high profile musicians cutting exclusive tracks for video games continues. Don’t hate, participate. (DoML)

Skrillex – Syndicate

Skrillex california (Official) (Facebook)

Rating 8.18953

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09-29-11

Duologue – Push It

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The stunning “Push It” is new from UK dance act Duologue. “Push It” is the sound of a band in transition. Formerly of a more electronic extraction, Duologue are pushing their sound forward into a more guitar-driven melodic territory. The dance references are still there, they’re evident in the percussive nature of the vocal melodies and guitar layering but the band is really moving into some extraordinary sort of material. “Push It” is beautiful, epic but also interesting and fresh. We cannot wait for more.

Duologue england (Myspace) (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.8

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09-28-11

Ronika – Only Only

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Up and comer popstress Ronika has a new EP due out October 3rd. The catchy as hell single “Only Only” is a nice sharp sounding update to “80’s club music”. Play.

Ronika – Only Only

Ronika england (Facebook) (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.0

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09-28-11

Patrick Wolf – Time Of My Life (NO CEREMONY/// REMIX)

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The dark! mysterious! cryptic! (ooooh spooky!) NO CEREMONY/// just turned in this glitch-y, garage-y mix of Patrick Wolf’s “Time of My Life”. Definitely feeling the track after first couple spins. And now spin three…

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Rating 8.1

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09-27-11

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)

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Zane Lowe just dropped the premiere of The Weeknd’s remix of Florence’s latest single “Shake It Out” and now you can stream it live on b3sci. It’s moody, it’s ethereal, it almost sounds of a space age spaghetti western. It’s The Weeknd, it’s Florence, it’s b3sci.

UPDATE: (HQ RIP via DoML) Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out (The Weeknd Remix)

The Weeknd canada (Official) (Twitter)

Rating 8.4

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09-27-11

Monarchy – You Don’t Want to Dance With Me (Moonlight Matters Remix)

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Belgians Moonlight Matters pick up Monarchy’s hit “You Don’t Want to Dance With Me” track supporting it with big kicks, big syncopations, and a sweet new piano hook. Result.

Monarchy – You Don’t Want to Dance With Me (Moonlight Matters Remix)

Moonlight Matters belgium (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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09-27-11

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (White Lies Remix)

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White Lies take every blogger’s fav pair of lips to The Factory circa 1981. The mix doesn’t really sound like Lana nor does it really sound like White Lies either, layer upon layer of analogue synths and drum loops. The result is a sharp sounding remix that would have even pissed Pete Hook cutting a serious rug.

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (White Lies Remix)

White Lies england (Official) (Myspace)

Rating 8.2

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09-27-11

Neon Hitch – No Hands (Waka Flocka Cover)

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I said “Look, Ma, No hands!” Our girl Hitch continues her hip hop covers (she’s also dropped bombs on Wiz, M. Miller & Kreayshawn) vid series with Waka and Roscoe’s “No Hands”. Turn that shit up.

Neon Hitch – No Hands (Waka Flocka Cover)

Neon Hitch england (Official) (Facebook)

Rating 8.3

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09-26-11