Premiere: The Lawsuits' Funk Up on "You Aren't the Same"

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Forget New York, Los Angeles or Nashville, for the last few years the most fertile and vibrant music scene in the country has been in Philadelphia. The evidence is all around you: [ASSUMES PHILLY VOICE] you got your Kurt Viles over dere, and your War on Drugs over dere, and your Man Mans, and your Pissed Jeans etc. etc so on and so forth. That's present day Philly, which adds tremendously to that city's already stellar music history. Enter the Lawsuits: the band would make Teddy Pendergrass proud, and their sometimes-funky, R&B-laced sound, one could argue, would sound right at home on Philadelphia International Records. There's no doubt singer Vanessa Winters' soulful voice has some Gamble and Huff-ness injected into it, which is perhaps why she often lends it to Philly groups like rappers Ground Up when they need help murdering a hook. On the Lawsuits' new song, "You Aren't the Same," which you can hear after the jump, she sings a lovelorn tale of a relationship gone awry. "No dreams are designed for two," she puts it plainly.

The band plays Mercury Lounge on Oct. 1, so listen to "You Aren't the Same" over and over and sing the words back to them when they're in town.

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PREMIERE: Chromeo feat. Solange - "Lost On The Way Home (Mat Zo Remix)"

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Chromeo's White Women, their fantastic album released this past spring, was filled with amazing guest features, but the indisputable winner was Solange Knowles' contribution, "Lost On The Way Home." Combining the best of both their worlds -- Chromeo's disco-funk throwback and Solange's futuristic R&B -- the pair of acts made a sexy not-so-slow slow jam. As Chromeo prepares for their Frequent Flyer Tour, kicking off September 25 in Ohio, and we anxiously await more new music from Solange to follow up her True EP, British producer and DJ Mat Zo has turned up the already excellent track several notches.

We're happy to share the premiere of Mat Zo's remix of "Lost On The Way Home" after the jump.

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Premiere: Diabolic, Sean Price, and Vinnie Paz Knock 'Em Out on "Game Time"

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Broadcasting from a base in Long Island, Diabolic etched his mark on the underground's rap scene with 2010's Liar & A Thief long-player. Now the MC is gearing up for the release of his Fightin' Words album (out next Tuesday), spearheaded by the DJ Premier-produced single "Diabolical Sound." Building on the buzz of that dose of boom-bap goodness, Diabolic is leaking a second offering from the record. Titled "Game Time," the track includes guest turns from the gruff Sean Price and the firebrand Vinnie Paz, while for his own part Diabolic conjures the charming image of "Action Bronson cooking crack in Compton." You can stream the rowdy soiree after the jump, plus read on to hear Diabolic talk up his latest project.

See also: Stream Immortal Technique Cohort Constant Flow's "Dog Tags"

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Premiere: Lily and the Parlour Tricks Get Lovesick on "Lovesongs"

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The three-part harmonies of fiercely proud New Yorker's Lily and the Parlour Tricks are so big and bold and powerful they could knock down buildings, and the group puts them to good use on new track "Lovesongs," a slinky, danceable hit that just might signal their breakout. Chances are its theme -- "when your heart says yes and your head says no" -- is one all who've ever loved the wrong one (and who hasn't at some point?) can relate to. It's the kind of song that sounds best while dancing on a bed, and we can easily imagine hearing it over the top of every rom-com film trailer over the next year. You can listen to "Lovesongs" below. Bed not included.

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Premiere: Braeves Sweat It Out on New EP Drifting by Design

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New York City-based Braeves join Aeges and Thee Headcoatees in the "bands with a superfluous 'E'" department, but it's likely Grizzly Bear, Local Natives, and the Shins you'll hear bits and pieces of on their new, gorgeously sprawling five-song EP Drifting by Design. It was produced by Mike Watts (As Tall As Lions, The Dear Hunter, not Minutemen -- notice the "S" at the end of the name) and we're happy to premiere it in full after the jump before the band takes the stage for its release party at Cameo Gallery this weekend, Sept. 13. (If you can't make that one, they're at Baby's All Right with Snowmine on Oct. 12.) "This record means everything to us," the band says. It's easy to imagine why. They've worked on it the last couple years, with different band members and using different band names. Through all the -- excuse us here -- drifting, they refined the sound and style they were searching for, and Drifting by Design is the result. The EP, "allows us to breathe as musicians and will give us the pleasure of playing these songs for our crowd and humbly give out these records to anyone who wants to listen."

If that's you (and it should be) you can give Braeves a listen after the jump.

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Lucinda Williams Premiere: 'East Side of Town' From Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone

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Lucinda Williams will release a double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, September 30, on her very own label, Highway 20 Records.

She borrowed the title from a line in a poem by her father, Miller Williams, called "Compassion," which she adapted into the lyrics of the first track. Another cover — if you can call "Compassion" a cover — a version of the late J.J. Cale's "Magnolia" that clocks in just shy of 10 minutes, closes the 20-song collection. Other than that, the material is all original.

And the album is — how to put this? — the best work of Lucinda Williams's career.

See also: Lucinda Williams Brings Her 1988 Breakthrough Disc Back to Life

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Premiere: The Future Laureates Get "Sinners and Saints"

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Chicago pop-folk-rockers the Future Laureates are in town at Pianos this Thursday, and before they deliver the live goods there, they've gifted us with this exclusive listen of their new track "Sinners and Saints." The song, according to Future Laureate Danny Surico, is "set on the brink of the apocalypse, two characters are presented the opportunity to escape the conventions of heaven and hell," and despite that dark-ish description it manages to be a sweeping, jaunty uplift of a song, complete with big, swinging hooks. That's due in part, perhaps, to the track's producer, Chris Grainger, whose work with Old Crow Medicine, Wilco, and (HELL YEAH) Sixpence None the Richer has been nominated for Grammys in the past. Dude knows what he's doing, and so too do the Future Laureates. Check them out at Pianos Thursday and stream "Sinners and Saints" after the jump.

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Exclusive Premiere: Uncommon Nasa's "574s" Video

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New York underground mainstay and prog rap pioneer Uncommon NASA returned to many of the areas of New York where he came of age for his new video "574s." Not your average song about sneakers, the track from his new album New York Telephone covers the cross-section of lifelong brand loyalty and how a passionate appreciation can lead to a lifetime of setting goals. We spoke to NASA about his new video and how these locations of many of his memories lead to his life finding a "new balance" during his formative years.

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Stream Immortal Technique Cohort Constant Flow's "Dog Tags"

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The rapper Constant Flow rolls with Immortal Technique and is currently readying his suitably incendiary Ascension album (out September 2nd via Viper Records). Ahead of the project's release date, CF has dropped a new track titled "Dog Tags" which you can premiere here. While you're streaming the rambunctious rap workout, which also features verses from Swave Sevah and Akir, read on to digest Constant Flow's words explaining away the song's concept, what it's like working under Immortal Tech, and how he'd change parts of the prison system's private sector.

Stream "Dog Tags" after the jump.

See also: Non Phixion: Diggin' in the Vault With the Underground Rap Heroes


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Exclusive Premiere: Rob Sonic's "Jesus Christ Supertramp" Video

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Rob Sonic: Great Rapper, Great with Song/Album Titles
From his new album Alice in Thunderdome out August 26th, we're proud to premiere the new Rob Sonic video "Jesus Christ Supertramp." Sonic, an elder-statesman of the New York hip-hop scene for almost two decades, has previously put out solo releases on Definitive Jux as well as part of Rhymesayers trio Hail Mary Mallon (With Aesop Rock and DJ Big Whiz) and, prior to that, in east coast cult classic duo Sonic Sum. Alice in Thunderdome is arriving on his own OK-47 Records imprint. We spoke to Sonic about the new album, where he's sharing production duties for the first time with Aesop Rock and Edison, video and what makes the Bronx the Thunderdome.

Watch Rob Sonic's new video after the jump.

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