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“Vindicate.” The latest video release from Vancouver pop-rock syndicate The Shrugs.

Unstoppable, undeniable, and absolutely remarkable are three phrases that barely scratch the surface with the dark pop-rockers known as The Shrugs. Their high-energy music layered with thoughtful lyrics and candy-coated vocals will pull you into a head-over-heels romance with this young band from Vancouver, BC Canada.

Capturing a sound that echos of the deep shadows of BC’s coastal waters, and the gritty streets of the Vancouver, The Shrugs perform music that twists the White Stripes up with songs that would put No Doubt to shame. Caitlin Connelly’s vocals soar over the Brandon Johnas’s guitar in every song, while Stephanie Cole on bass drives the listener to crave more of this quartet’s unique sound. – exert from website

It’s quite impossible to come to any conclusion that conflicts with the aforementioned description of The Shrugs. Their rugged, yet refined style jumps off the page and is only shadowed by their energy. “Vindicate” highlights Connelly’s soaring vocals and the group’s dark pop-rock style. The release of “Vindicated” is appropriate timed with the soon-release of their second EP, which will debut in July. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out, and make sure hop over to their facebook page to show them some love when you finished.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Shapes – “I’m OK” [VIDEO]

Shapes, an NYC-outfit, self -describes as “Gutter-glam, A true melding of pop and punk, sans penis and fart jokes. Brutally honest and ugly lyrics set to undeniably poppy music. Songs of love and death. This music is the sound of yearning. An earnest, sober (sometimes… but not too often), & mournful acceptance that life will never be what you want it to, tempered by an undying youthful exuberance and acceptance of nothing. It is the sound of going down drinking and swinging. SHAPES, will forever go, anything, but gentle(!), into that good night.”

I enjoyed hearing Shapes for the first time, partially because it was refreshing to hear something different, but mainly because it’s just a pretty awesome song. The video invokes nausea because of the camera perspective, but if you close your eyes (or minimized the browser) that feeling will be alleviated. You can check out their facebook page or follow them @shapesband for more information.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Rebel Ramon – “They Can’t Stop Me” [VIDEO]

From an early age, Brandon Ramon was attracted to sports and Hip-hop music. He can recall listening to songs like “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend.”

While his passion for hip-hop grew through childhood, his calling was not manifested until post-adolescence.

Brought up in the city of Richmond, Virginia, Brandon used events from his tumultuous upbringing, to fuel his music, even adopting the alias of the “Voice of Struggle.”

There’s something that just authentic about listening to Rebel Ramon. His music depicts the hardships of living in the inner-city while also presenting positive messages throughout. Recently, I randomly stumbled upon his latest video, “They Can’t Stop Me,” which presumably will also be featured on Rebel Ramon’s “Brainstorm EP” that is set to launch at the end of June. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this young hip-hop artist.

You can follow his tweets @RebelRamon.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Afrobeta – “Play House” [VIDEO]

This video is wild! “Play House” is a futuristic escapade which looks more like a scene from Tron than it does a music video. It’s a funky blend of quick-hitting lyrics and funky synths, guaranteed to keep your head bopping from beginning to end.

Afrobeta is an electro-funk doublet from Miami composed of Tony Smurphio & Cuci Amador. Noticeable for more than his sublime hairdo, Smurphio lays down the thumping beats, synths, and funky finger work on the keys (Smurphio actually served as Pitbull’s traveling keyboardist for a number of years before Afrobeta). Amador, the sexy Cuban, fronts the group and provides the seductive vocals.

Afrobeta was formed “as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression,” and you can feel the individual markings of each piece in their music. Their debut album Under the Streets will be released on August 9th of this year.

Music video by: Ruben van Leer

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Molella & Supafly Inc. – “X-Rated” [VIDEO]

It’s almost summer time and that means it’s time for summer jams. You know? Songs about gorgeous beaches, grilling out, or just simply trying to find that summer love. Molella & Supafly Inc. come together to create “X-Rated,” a summer song with a house, electronic, and reggae feel to it.

Molella is an Italian DJ and producer from Milan, who has been prolific in the business since he was 14-years-old. Supafly Inc., comprised of the power-duo of Mister P and One, is a London-based dance act that has amassed quite the following in Europe. Known for throwing crazy parties, the group has had enormous success in the last couple of years.

“X-Rated” is full of energy derived from its house beat, but also folds in funky reggae melodies.

Video directed by: Kris Koster at Radar Music Videos

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Branden Sipes – That Side of Me [Album Review]

There is something about Branden Sipes’ music that is purely authentic and that genuineness cogently manifests in his latest released album, That Side of Me. The talented, Colorado troubadour engages his listeners with a refined, baroque guitar style, accompanied by his soft, affectionate vocals. Quite interestingly, That Side of Me takes us on an acoustic journey, encountering the usual suspects of love and life while challenging us to confront said topics in respect to our own life experiences.

The journey begins brightly upbeat in the form of “Everything’s Right,” an inspiring track that sets the tone for the album while introducing to the audience Sipes’ delicate, yet intricate guitar work, which resonates throughout the album. The title track, “That Side of Me,” (which we featured in March) follows suit delivering catchy guitar riffs and honest melodies.

The journey, then, takes a turn after the opening two numbers, presenting a dark moment in our quest. Similarly to classic literature, the protagonist must fall, or metaphorically die, before rebirth can occur. “Winter’s On its Way,” a soulful ballad, uses clever lyrics conjoined with beautiful musical composition to invoke feelings of desolation and regret; the feeling of fleeting love. However, within this moment of despair and emptiness, reflection emerges in the form of “Searching,” a selection revelatory of the artist’s acceptance of the growth process: “’Cause I am a searching for the reason, for the beating of my heart / and I am finding out the answer, is a long way from the start.”

In “Standing as I am,” we experience a rebirth, a declaration of awareness, and, while incognizant of what future may hold, a fervent renewal of passion for life and love. This rebirth is evident in the lines “When the evening is over and the stars are shining through / I just want to be with you” and “Walk with me into this morning / There’s more of you I’m wanting…to see.” Sipes creatively uses these allusions to bring his audience to a place of enlightenment. “Take Me Over” is a beautiful song which speaks to the yearning for the kind of love that completes us. The bright, poppy guitar licks in the verses lull the listener into a false sense of security before the hook and chorus create a truly captivating moment.

Branden delivers a truly remarkable composition which has thoroughly impressed our staff as well as our readers. That Side of Me plays like a classic novel, taking us the through dynamics of the protagonist’s plight, from trial and tribulation to rebirth and enlightenment. If That Side of Me is any indicator of what is to come from Branden in the future, we are all in for a treat. Keep an eye out for this talented troubadour.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Stereo MCs – “Tales” [VIDEO]

And the hits keep coming! More new releases for you today. This time it’s coming from London, England in the form of the new single, “Tales” by Stereo MCs. The electronic dance group has now release two videos in as many months (“Boy” was featured in April). “Tales” seems to pick up where “Boy” left off last month. Check it out below.

Also, Stereo MCs also recently released Spring Selection Mixtape which is now available as a free download.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

The Get Up Kids – Shatter Your Lungs [VIDEO]

The Get Up Kids rose to popularity in the mid-1990’s punk scene opening for bands such as Weezer and Green Day before headlining their own shows. After a three-year hiatus beginning in ’05, The Get Up Kids reunited in 2008 and recorded Simple Science the subsequent year. “Shatter Your Lungs” is a single of their latest project, There Are Rules, that was released earlier this year. Check it out.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Cobalt & The Hired Guns – “Of Summer” [VIDEO]

Cobalt & The Hired Guns, a Chicago-based band, has been rocking stages in Chicago since their move to the city in 2006. The group released their first studio album in 2008 titled “Jump the Fence,” and are currently working on their latest project that will be released later this year. With the addition of an accordion and full brass section, their latest project looks to be their most energetic album to date. Can’t wait. “Oh Summer” is a single off their most recently released EP, The Double Single.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

American Aquarium – I Hope He Breaks Your Heart [LIVE]

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.

25-year old songwriter and band leader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the five other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries.

With 5 years, 5 albums, and over 700 shows under their belts, American Aquarium is the continuance of the road warrior meets studio craftsman ethic that has long been a part of the rock & roll and country music cultures. They are a band and crew that spend their lives between a van with no air-conditioning and stages all across the country. Their collaboration forms a wholly new and polished version of what Americana might start to look like in the years to come (exert from facebook)

Bonus: You can here their single “Hurricane” off their album, Small Town Hymns, here: American Aquarium – Hurricane.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com