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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Uncommon Nasa
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.

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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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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Stream Collisions by NYC's TAUK

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We already told you why people love Phish. And, perhaps, some of those very reasons are why folks are also gravitating toward NYC's TAUK, a dirty, funky foursome whose new album Collisions is out tomorrow. "Collisions is the next step for TAUK," says guitarist Matt Jalbert. "We took the things we liked from the last record and expanded on them. There's more texture, more groove, and each band members' personality stands out more. We've grown a lot since our last release and this album is a really great snapshot of where we are now as a band."

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Brooklyn's Jay Stolar Explores the Power of Sex in New Single "Just an Animal"

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New York's tempo may slow during the hot and sweaty summer, but the pace is only picking up for Jay Stolar. The Brooklyn poly-genre multi-instrumentalist has made a name for himself as a one-man musical enterprise, producing, playing, and songwriting for television and other artists in addition to composing his own music. A contempo brew of soulful pop-rock, his harmony-laden solo debut, More Than We Think, was released last year, unveiling a style and craftsmanship that earned him comparisons to Darryl Hall, Bruno Mars, and... Adele. More recently, he wrote and recorded "Just an Animal," one of several new songs-turned-music videos inspired by a fortuitous collaboration and a resulting session at Flux Studios, a "brilliant recording studio on 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan." In the midst of his summer-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Jay recently spoke with us about the story behind this hard-hitting R&B banger and life as a New York musician.

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Exclusive: It's "All Love" for Daytona and Harry Fraud

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Hi haters. Rapper Daytona has nothing but love for you. The Bronx native lets his detractors fuel his flow on "All Love," his new, summer-ready single with producer Harry Fraud.

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Exclusive Premiere: El Gant, Ill Bill and Chris Webby Are "The Three Amigos"

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El Gant announced himself on the New York City underground scene in the early aughts. The emcee's latest track, "The Three Amigos," sees him joining lyrical forces with Ill Bill and Chris Webby over a perky, guitar-laden Jack Of All Trades production. You can stream the track exclusively below -- and read on to hear El Gant plotting to update the '80s comedy of the same name, paying tribute to his new verbal cohorts, and reminiscing over Uncle Howie.

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Dead Stars Wrote the Perfect "Anti-Summer" Song Just in Time for Summer

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Dead Stars are going to share a bill with their heroes this summer. "We've been big fans of Dinosaur Jr. for most of our lives, so we're psyched to be on the same bill as those guys," says singer/guitarist Jeff Moore of the upcoming line-up for our 4Knots Music Festival. In Dead Stars' music, the influence of a band like Dinosaur Jr. is apparent in their lively fuzz.

The latest addition to the Brooklyn band's canon is the breezy "Summer Bummer," a fairly happy tune with some "anti-summer" lyrics, as Moore says. Check out the new tune from Dead Stars after the jump.

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Brooklyn's Mother Feather Draw on Missy Elliott for Inspiration

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Ann Courtney is huge Missy Elliott fan. "She's everything," says the lead singer of Mother Feather with reverence. "She sounds so empowered."

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