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Jan 6, 2016
On forthcoming third album Love Yes Brooklyn band TEEN really find their sound, says BrooklynVegan. "Somewhere between the quirky rhythms of their debut and the future R&B of their second... the result is complex pop, idiosyncratic but effortlessly catchy."

Murals - Long Bridge

After first charming blogs in 2012, Louisville, Kentucky's Murals took their time completing a debut album (Violet City Lantern is finally out next month). But it's proving worth the wait, as evidenced by the languid chamber-psych/pop of the trio's latest single.

Rico Love - Please feat. PUSHA T

R&B hit-maker (see: Trey Songz, Beyonce, Usher) Rico Love follows his first studio LP in 2015 with this smooth Pusha T-featuring plea, striking an immediate chord with hip-hop minds (Nah Right, The Fader, etc).

Smerz - Because

Debuted today via i-D and already pulsing in additional key places, the second track from this Norwegian duo "opens up a world of soft techno." They've appeared at a few Scandinavian festivals (like our fav, Roskilde) and are surely one to keep an eye on.

Sunflower Bean - Easier Said

Having supported the likes of DIIV, Wolf Alice, and the Vaccines last year, dreamy NY three-piece Sunflower Bean ready their debut LP for Fat Possum. The new single is "light and romantic," says MOKB, and several more sites are tipping them as a 2016 breakout.

Starting off the nü year, here's Decibel Magazine on the rise and fall of nü-metal:

“Emerging with Korn’s 'Blind' in 1994, and ending around the summer of 2003, when Limp Bizkit was forced from a stage in Chicago by an audience hurling garbage and chanting, 'Fuck Fred Durst,' nü-metal remains one of the most maligned and despised genres since the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll."

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