Title Fight – “Chlorine” (Video)

If this newly released single is anything to go by, Title Fight‘s upcoming LP will be new territory for the band. The album, titled Hyperview, has a scheduled release date of Feb. 3 via ANTI- Records. The quartet have roots in the Kingston, PA hardcore scene, but have grown to incorporate other styles and genres each time they re-enter the studio. 2011′s Shed felt very indebted to bands like Lifetime and Jawbreaker, while 2012′s Floral Green was a thoroughly-mixed amalgam of ’90s emo, punk, alt-rock, and grunge, feeling equal parts Saves The Day and Dinosaur Jr. On “Chlorine”, we get their now familiar brand of skilled songwriting and forceful melodies, but the vibe is completely different. The guitars are awash in cavernous reverb, and the dissonant chords between the verses feel jarring and unfamiliar. The throaty, angst-ridden vocals are replaced by a hollow, spectral voice tucked in amongst the fray. The result of all this comes across feeling indicative of shoegaze, maybe even a bit of new wave at times. Either way, I can’t wait to hear what the rest of the record sounds like.

-Tom Fullmer

Crying – Get Olde / Second Wind

I don’t know whether the point with Crying’s sound is to send people on a uniquely nostalgic trip back to the 90s, provide the weirdest backdrop for vocalist Elaiza Santos, or even a secret mission to get the world head banging to the Mario theme tune–but whatever it is, it’s working. Get Olde / Second Wind is a double EP from the lovable three-piece group and will hopefully be a project that might get them the recognition they deserve. Although slightly repetitive and contained in some places, the fast-paced, electric, 8-bit pop sound props up the faint melodic vocals in a tightly woven, energetic package. Just don’t get too into Crying in a public place, people might give you looks.

- Fin Worrall

Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You

Pianos Become the Teeth deliver a terrifyingly bland followup to 2011′s The Lack Long After.

Pissed Jeans – “Boring Girls”

Last month, Pennsylvanian noise-rockers Pissed Jeans reissued their 2005 debut album Shallow on their current label Sub Pop. Definitely check this re-release out if you’ve been digging the group’s recent output and want to witness the genesis of their “power dirge” ways. Above you can watch the music video for the LP’s second track “Boring Girls,” an amusingly uncouth love song whose visuals are part sitcom satire and part cartoony surrealist horror. Enjoy!

Dope Body – “Repo Man”

As you might recall from last week, we kind of sort of loved the new Dope Body record Lifer. It will almost certainly be considered among the very best rock releases of the year. And in the running for best rock video of the year is this Theo Anthony-directed one for standout cut “Repo Man.” An evocative portrait of socio-economic hardship in a presumably Marylandian town, the short is as thematically impressive as it is technically. It was a great idea to use “Intro” to set the stage and exponentially mount tension, and  the whirlwind intercutting of the noisy VHS footage, while something of a gimmick at this point, is appropriate and tastefully executed in this case.

Having delivered here a well-struck balance of kinetic, fun, and subtly moving; Theo Anthony is well-deserving of the Vimeo “Video of the Week” Award for which he’s just been nominated. If you really dig the video, vote for it here.

Lifer is out now via Drag City.

Dope Body – Lifer

Dope Body releases a chaotic and somewhat psychedelic followup to 2012′s Natural History.

Big Ups – “Rash”

Previously loved New York noise rock newbies Big Ups have a new split 7″ on the way via Exploding In Sound, and “Rash” is one of several tracks on it. Give a listen via the embed above, and try not to bob your head too violently.

USA Nails – “Am I A Man Or Not?”

Some heavy, crushing, and aggressive post-hardcore from the guys in USA Nails. I believe they’ll be dropping their full-length debut on November 17th via Smalltown America. The title: Sonic Moist.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

The new Shellac album is decent, but falls disappointingly short of the reaction “Dude, incredible!”

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies

Previously praised Connecticut emo revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have a new release out titled Between Bodies.

It’s a collaborative project that features a number of passionate spoken word performances from poet Chris Zizzamia. Sometimes the instrumentals underneath his words compliment him well, sometimes they don’t, but this is still a pretty good listen. Skip right to the song “Thanks” if you’re looking for a really wonderful climax! Give it a try via the widget embedded above.