A white-hot flash of pop-punk, Philadelphia's Valencia blend rocketing chords with sweet, stacked harmonies and desperate, yearning vocals. The quick touch-point is Fuse-friendly bands like Fall Out Boy and Motion City Soundtrack; Valencia shares both groups 'affinity for heartache and hyperactivity. From the rollicking rocker "Que Sera Sera" to the sweet, moody "The Closest I Am to Living on the Edge", Valencia prove themselves eminently radio-ready, perfect music for breaking up — and making up.
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They may range from punk to power pop, but the bands on New Jersey's I Surrender Records all share a love for sturdy melodies. The artists on this sampler all hold fast to a belief in the dictum: "Don't Bore...
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Slim Twig's rich, twisted art-rock dances with a leer between gorgeous and hideous. Like St. Vincent, the Toronto native has a quizzical approach to rock songs, and a seemingly irresistible urge to pull at their ends to...