TNF Premiere: EXNATIONS release new song & lyric video with new lineup, “Never About The Money”

Armed with a new lineup and a fresh sound, indie pop band EXNATIONS are here to deliver their newest single, “Never About The Money”. A catchy track with that all too elusive “stuck in your head” quality, it’s also one that should be all over the radio airwaves in a short time. We’re excited to be partnering up with the band on the new single.

It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS’ love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally the case. Sal Mastrocola (vocals/guitar/synth) resides in Brooklyn, just a few state boundaries away from Dan Ciarrocchi (guitar) and Taylor Hughes (drums, synth) in Baltimore. Through the miracles of file sharing, home-recording software and caffeine, they present “Never About the Money,” their latest single that came to life from multiple East Coast cities. Drummer Taylor Hughes says, “We were never all in the same room during this process, Sal recorded vocals in his bedroom, Dan recorded guitars with Chris Freeland(Future Islands, Wye Oak) and drums were done with JK Royston out of his studio in Richmond, VA. We’re literally all over the place”. The band plans to release an EP in the coming months in addition to playing shows throughout the East Coast to support its release.

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One song, two versions: Which version of “Let Him Burn” is better?

The first track from the upcoming Sumerian Films movie American Satan has been released. Titled “Let Him Burn”, it features Andy Black in the video, but with Palaye Royale vocalist Remington Leith actually singing. However, the song, originally written by Lee McKinney and Nick Rossi for their new project In Motive, was demoed by vocalist Jonathan Wolfe of Vespera (whose first single “Bloom” has already racked up impressive accolades, including a Billboard premiere, in just 3 months). It’s a radically different version of the song with a grittier, more dynamic vocal performance. And while the just released song is a decent listen in its own right, it’s hard not to say which one is the better song overall.

But we’ll leave that for you to decide. Which version is better? The new version, or Wolfe’s demo version that was recorded in an apartment? Listen to both songs below, and let us know your thoughts.

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Watch one of Linkin Park’s first LIVE performances, months before “Hybrid Theory” was released

No matter what Linkin Park does from here on out, vocalist Chester Bennington will be remembered forever as one of the prominent voices of this generation. The gateway for many a music lover to experience what was likely one of their first favorite bands they connected to, Linkin Park was once a very tiny band that nobody knew – and that record labels had rejected time and time again.

Months before Hybrid Theory had released, the band played a show at the Mason Jar venue in Phoenix, Arizona, where it appears (according to LP Live) that most of the songs from the upcoming album were actually played for the first time. It’s important to remember that even Linkin Park started out as a local band, and your favorite band likely had humble beginnings as well. You can check out the full live set below, complete with tracklisting. Of particular note is the sheer power of Chester Bennington’s vocals – even in his early days, he had the poise to be a star. And the crowd knew it, too.

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Let’s Talk: The Integration & Overlap In Soundcloud and Various Rock Subgenres

In the past few weeks, popular Soundcloud artist and songwriter Lil Aaron has released 3 new songs, each opening with samples from classic emo/pop punk hits. It started with the track Warped Tour, featuring Paramore’s Misery Business. Then, a week later he released Hot Topic, which begins with Panic At The Disco’s iconic I Write Sins Not Tragedies intro. About a week after that, he released the most recent track, Top 8 which samples Sugar, We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy. His song Drugs also gives off a pop punk vibe on it’s own with no samples, and he even referred to it as being “like a Blink-182 song on drugs” in an interview with Pigeons & Planes just about a month before releasing it.

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