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The Virginmarys, 'Dead Man's Shoes' -- New Song

Wind Up Records

English rockers, The Virginmarys, recently dropped their debut single, 'Dead Man's Shoes.' It's the three-piece bands first exposure after signing to Wind Up Records late last year. It's the first single released off their upcoming album, 'King Of Conflict.'

'Dead Man's Shoes' brings back the rock and roll sound that artists have been moving away from the past couple of years. The heavy hitting drums and guitar pack a pretty powerful punch in the song. The main stars are the catchy beat and lyrics. "I want you more than happiness, but I need you like the plague/I wear my heart on a broken arm, I'm like a rusty razor blade/I want you more than happiness, so I guess I'll do what I choose/Hey girl, you're my dead man's shoes." With the band scheduled to play this years SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, and their new album hitting stores this February, it looks like things are on the steady up rise for The Virginmarys. Be on the lookout for them to be making a lot of noise in 2013.

The Virginmarys debut album, 'King Of Conflict,' hits stores on February 12th. Fans can check out 'Dead Man's Shoes' on AOL Radio's New Alternative First station.

Filed under: New Music, Alternative

Green Day, 'X-Kid' -- New Song

Warner Music Group

Green Day has released their new single, 'X-Kid,' off their latest studio album, '¡Tré!'. '¡Tré!' is the third album in the recent trilogy released by the band in the past year. The album features more of a pop-punk sound in comparison to '¡Uno!' and '¡Dos!'.

'X-Kid' is a song about a young man that missed out on his childhood. The song may be one of the most lyrically stimulating tracks to come from the album trilogy. "Hey, little kid/did you wake up late one day?/You're not so young, but you're still dumb/and you're numb to your old glory/but now it's gone." Combined with the feel-good vibe instrumentally, the track seems to balance out through the juxtaposition. Though the bands upcoming tour has been rescheduled due to Billie Joe Armstrong checking into rehab, fans are still excited from the continued success of the California punk rockers.

'¡Tré!' is available in stores and as a digital download now. The band also released a behind-the-scenes documentary film entitled '¡Quatro!' on YouTube in the beginning of December. Green Day fans can check out 'X-Kid' on AOL Radio's New Rock First station.

Filed under: New Music, Rock

Alice In Chains, 'Hollow' -- New Song


Grunge rockers, Alice In Chains, have released their first single off their still untitled fifth studio album. 'Hollow' is the bands first single since July of 2010 ('Lesson Learned'). The lyric video for the song was released in mid December and contains fan-submitted Instagram photos inspired from the lyrics of the song.

Sticking to their heavy sound, 'Hollow' rocks the listener with a heavy drum kit and a powerful guitar riff. The sound is very reminiscent of the older version of Alice In Chains, but still has a unique sound to it provided by the different vocal quality of lead singer, William DuVall (who filled the void of the late Layne Staley). There's a subtle sense of the psychedelic in the song, but it's wrapped inside the harmony provided in the vocals from DuVall and guitarist, Jerry Cantrell. "Hollow as a mountain, all tunneled and drilled below/Hollow as a mountain crowned, with a cold, blue sky." The true star of the song is the shredding guitar solo from Cantrell. If that doesn't provide goosebumps, then the volume needs to be turned up to 11. Fans can be on the lookout for the official music video for 'Hollow' dropping sometime before the end of January.

'Hollow' is available for digital download now. Alice In Chain's fifth studio album still has no release date as of now, but is expected to drop in the spring. In the meantime, fans can rock out to 'Hollow' on AOL Radio's New Rock First.

Filed under: New Music, Rock

Hollywood Undead, 'Notes From The Underground' -- Album Review


Los Angeles rap-rockers, Hollywood Undead, have released their third studio album, 'Notes From The Underground.' The highly anticipated release came as the lead single, 'We Are,' has been rising the rock radio charts. It is the second full length album to feature Danny (Daniel Murillo) as one of the lead vocalists for the group after the departure of Deuce in early 2010.

Following the success of 'American Tragedy' was one of the main concerns for the group. After waiting three years to release their sophomore album, the release of 'Notes From The Underground' came in just a year and a half after the release of 'American Tragedy.' The unique style and sound of Hollywood Undead brought them to the level of success they are at today, and 'Notes From The Underground' retains their style and personality. There's a higher mixture of rap mixed in the songs, which is reminiscent of their first album, 'Swan Songs.'


Filed under: Rock, New Album Preview

Top 10 Rock Songs of 2012

AOL Radio's Top 10 Rock Songs of 2012 features favorites, new-comers and a few unexpected hits. Linkin Park, Shinedown, and Chevelle all make the cut, but there are a few bands that might surprise a few listeners. Find out who ranks where and which songs blew us away in 2012. Enjoy the Top 10 Rock Songs of 2012 as chosen by AOL Radio listeners.
'Stand Up'
All That Remains
Kicking off our countdown of the Top 10 Rock songs of 2012 is Massachusetts metalcore band, All That Remains. With the release of their sixth studio album, 'A War You Cannot Win,' came the lead single, 'Stand Up.' Peaking at number nine of the Mainstream Rock chart, 'Stand Up' continued the success of the band after their rise to popularity started in 2008 with the release of their album, 'Overcome.' Since then, All That Remains has snagged five top 10 singles on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and they also snag the number ten spot on our countdown.
Razor & Tie


Top 10 Alternative Songs of 2012

AOL Radio's Top 10 Alternative Songs of 2012 features favorites, new-comers, and a few unexpected hits. Some expected to the list are The Black Keys and Linkin Park, but there are a few new up-and-coming bands that are making a name for themselves. Find out who ranks where and which songs blew us away in 2012. Enjoy the Top 10 Alternative Songs of 2012 as chosen by AOL Radio listeners.
'I Will Wait'
Mumford & Sons
After being the biggest selling album of 2012 in it's debut week, the second studio album from Mumford & Sons, 'Babel,' was at the top of many people's lists for the best album of the year. The platinum selling album spawned the lead single, 'I Will Wait,' which is the groups highest-charting song in both the US and UK (to date). The song peaked at number one on both the Alternative and Rock charts on Billboard. The indie folk rock song kicks off our countdown of AOL Radio's Top 10 Alternative songs of 2012.


50 Cent, 'My Life' feat. Eminem and Adam Levine -- New Song

Shady Records

50 Cent has released his brand new single, 'My Life.' It is the third single to be released from the rappers upcoming fifth studio album, 'Street King Immortal.' 'My Life' features Eminem and Adam Levine (Maroon 5).

Produced by Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce, 50 Cent, etc.), 'My Life' has the sound that fans have come to expect from 50 Cent, but with a bit of a twist. The song has a bit of a rap-rock feel to it, mainly from the instrumentals. The vocals truly shine with the different styles from 50 Cent, Adam Levine, and Eminem. The chorus has a catchy harmony from Levine. "My life, my life/Makes me wanna run away/There's no place to/No place to go." The verse from Eminem gives the high-energy and infuriating lyrics that made Eminem's alter-ego, Slim Shady, so popular in the late 90's. "I'm trapped, so all I do is rap, but everytime I rap I'm more trapped/And I rap myself right into this bubble, oh oh, I guess it's bubble wrap." 50 Cent seems to find a happy medium between the two. "I haven't been this f****** confused since I was a kid/Sold like 40 million records, people forgot what I did/Maybe this is for me, maybe/Maybe I'm supposed to go crazy/Maybe I'll do it 3 AM in the morning like Shady." The unique combination and well-structured song proves that 50 Cent is still a force to be reckoned with in the rap game. 'My Life' is going to be making quite an impact in the world of hip-hop.

Fans can check out the video for 'My Life' now. The video was shot primarily in Eminem's hometown, Detroit, MI. 'My Life' is available now for digital download. 'Street King Immortal' is set for release on February 26th. 50 Cent fans can hear the song on AOL Radio's New Hip-Hop First.

Filed under: New Music, Hip-Hop

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