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Record Store Day is upon us. As a reminder, Warner Bros Records, the leading participant and partner of RSD, has yet another stellar menu of platters available for the November 25th, Black Friday event. These largely exclusive and limited editions will go on sale the day after Thanksgiving at over 700 independently owned record stores across the country.

Hello sports fans! Just writing to let you know some exciting news on popular Grammy-winning San Diego rock band Switchfoot, who are teaming up with ESPN this weekend to premiere 5 new songs from their upcoming album ‘Vice Verses’ during Saturday’s Oklahoma at Florida State game on ABC’s Saturday Night Football at 8 p.m. EST. The telecast will also feature Switchfoot’s new video of the first single “Dark Horses”.

Practically without guitars, without their typical pop-rock approach, and with a finished sound that is almost closer to Gibbard’s Postal Service sound than other Death Cab work, Codes and Keys is an album that succeeds in subtlety. The songs, the title track being perhaps the only exception, don’t have the typical instant-hit feel that many Death Cab songs brim with; which is refreshing.

Following news of their upcoming West Coast dates with Brand New, Long Island’s Sainthood Reps have just premiered two new songs from their forthcoming debut album ‘Monoculture’ (out August 9th on Tooth & Nail Records) HERE. The new tracks “Dingus” and “Hunter” follow the launch of the album’s pre-order which is available by clicking the link HERE.

Australian foursome Damndogs continue to unleash their self-proclaimed doom disco on fans worldwide, with the premiere of their latest track “Love”. Teaming up with Nylon, the band is giving away a free download to readers. Check out the piece and download the track HERE! The feature even made NME’s list of The 10 Best Downloads This Week.

Guitarist/vocalist Tim Jones of the Dallas based hard rock outfit Feel, Never Real, spoke with me recently about the bands newest release, VS. The Sea Of Disease. The band successfully melds tons of melody with a hard rock edge resulting in what I feel is a very solid disc. Here is what Jones had to say about the band, the new disc and the unusual band name.

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the 24 year-old Ukranian duo known as 2cellos became an overnight internet sensation with their self-made music video of themselves performing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” on their cellos. With “Smooth Criminal” racking up over 5 million views on YouTube, Sulic and Hauser have premiered the video for the next 2cellos single on VEVO: A rocking rendition of the Guns N’ Roses worldwide hit, “Welcome to the Jungle.” You can watch it HERE.

As a huge fan of the ’80’s “Big Hair” bands I’m very familiar with the work of Warrant, a band that was pretty much a staple on the scene. I loved their first release Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, but after that, for me they just never got my blood pumping; the scene was over-saturated with dime a dozen bands and their subsequent releases, even though they were hugely successful, did nothing for me.