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Northbound Flaws

Northbound

The Flaws In Everything

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

From their humble beginnings as an acoustic solo project back in 2012 Northbound have steadily evolved into a fully fleshed-out band. Jonathon Fraser remains at the creative heart of Northbound, his songwriting sits at the core of the band and his style seems at home here, whether he’s armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice, or with the full band fleshing out his songs with some muscle. Northbound have now bought us their latest EP, The Flaws In Everything, that was released on the 21st April 2017 via Animal Style Records, and it is now available on two different vinyl variants, white and blue and black and blue, as well as on CD and digital formats.

The Flaws In Everything introduces itself with the strong pop punk opening of Fade To Black, the classic pop punk combination of harmonised vocals and strong catchy guitar hooks is well in evidence, on the basis of this you might think you know what you’re in for, but you’d be wrong, Suitor Type still contains the pop punk element, but this time it’s darker with a touch of post hardcore. The opening duo of tracks is then followed by the crunching distorted riff of Well Water, a song that drifts into alt-rock territory, The Flaws In Everything continues to keep you guessing as Lonely Squid boasts a stripped down acoustic quality until finally Tell Me Something Good, with it’s impassioned chorus, brings things to a reflective thoughtful close.

The Flaws In Everything is a varied genre spanning EP that hits the spot nicely, for me Fade To Black and Well Water are the two stand out tracks, both bring a distorted energy to the EP, but that’s not to put down the remainder of this release, but with such a varied blend of styles on display you’re going to gravitate to the ones that appeal to your sensibilities, in my case it’s the noisier contingent of tracks. Whether every track on this EP will be to your taste is debatable, but I can guarantee there’s a good chance that you’ll find something to your taste on The Flaws In Everything.

The Flaws In Everything can be pre-ordered on physical formats here and digitally here

Belmont Release New Single ‘Water Weight’

Belmont WWChicago pop punks Belmont have debuted a new single titled Water Weight, the track was recorded and mixed by Seth Henderson at ABG Studios and was produced by Dave Knox of Real Friends. Water Weight is now available via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon and Belmont will be touring the US this spring with Hot Mulligan.

You can stream Water Weight here

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One Man Boycott Release ‘Stockholm Swing’ Video Single

One Man Boycott SSSouth West pop punkers One Man Boycott are back from the brink after health problems and the abrupt departure of their drummer derailed them, the band have now released their explosive new video single, Stockholm Swing. The track is taken from the band’s debut album, Counting The Seconds, that is available via digital retailers and on CD, One Man Boycott also have tour dates lined up for this Spring and a brand new EP waiting in the wings for the summer.

You can order physical copies of Counting The Seconds here

You can view the video for Stockholm Swing below Read More…

2far2jump Reveal Video For ‘Set Your Goals’

2far2jump FAAEFast rising UK Pop punkers 2far2jump have unveiled their new video single, Set Your Goals, the track is taken from their debut EP, First Attempts At Everything, that is due out on Friday 5th May. Taking influence from Blink 182, All Time Low, Neck Deep, Paramore, and Green Day, 2far2jump have fashioned a sound of their own while tipping their hats to their contemporaries. To date, the band have enjoyed a plethora of support from the underground. Dropping three singles and playing a slew of successful shows has only added to their ever-growing stock.

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At The Wayside To Release ‘The Breakdown And The Fall’ Album

At The Wayside TBATFAt The Wayside have signed to Indie Vision Music and they will release a new full length from Wisconsin’s own pop-punk warriors, the album will be released on May 26th through all digital networks. The album is titled The Breakdown And The Fall and is something the band has been working on feverishly for the past few years, ahead of the albums release the band have released a stream of the track Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself. If you enjoy the sounds of Blink-182, Something Corporate, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard and The Ataris, then make sure you check out the music of At The Wayside.

You can stream Lose One Friend, Lose All Friends, Lose Yourself here

The Dollyrots Release ‘Squeeze Me’ Video

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on the 31st of March and the album is now available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have wrapped up the first leg of their tour and will be back out on the road in May, in the meantime the relentless duo have now released a video for the track Squeeze Me.

 You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Squeeze Me, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Super American Disposable

Super American

Disposable

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Super American released their seven track mini album, Disposable, yesterday, the 7th April 2017 on CD and Digital formats via Take This To Heart Records. The cover art for Disposable is somewhat ambiguous, the roller blades and pineapple don’t give much of a clue of what to expect, and perusal of their Facebook page doesn’t clarify matters, other than 2017 apparently being the year of the pineapple. Any ambiguity is cleared up the minute you drop the needle, as before you get to the first chorus you have a pretty good idea of what Super American are all about.

Disposable kicks things off with a slice of summery breezy pop punk in the form of the opening track, Sloppy Jazz, Feeling Better and Dearly Beloved follow in the opening numbers footsteps, providing a bright upbeat sunny soundtrack before the album takes the obligatory melancholy turn with the acoustic strains of Missing Pieces. Disposable promptly picks itself up from this downbeat interlude and returns to what Super American do best, the chirpy melodic bubblegum pop punk of Dumb and Congratulations mark a return to form before Rebel’s Yell closes Disposable in an inevitably anthemic style.

Disposable is an album that doesn’t contain any surprises, Super American have provided seven cuts of upbeat pop punk that recalls the glory days of that genre, this is an album that will appeal to fans of early Bowling For Soup, Weezer and Blink 182, and that pretty much tells you everything you need to know. This album might not be an original concept, but what Disposable is is a welcome reminder of just how good a pop punk release can be.

Disposable can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

Super American‘s Facebook page can be found here

The Dollyrots Release Video For ‘Just Because I’m Blonde’

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, last Friday, the 31st of March and this week the album debuted on both Billboard’s Heatseekers chart at #13 and Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at #31. Whiplash Splash is available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own label, Arrested Youth Records. The Dollyrots have just wrapped up the first leg of their tour run and will be back out on the road in May.
 
You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be ordered here
 
You can view the video for Just Because I’m Blonde, and the The Dollyrots tour dates, below

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Super American Release Stream Of ‘Disposable’

Super American DisposableSuper American have released a full stream of their upcoming album Disposable which will be released on April 7th on CD and digital formats via Take This To Heart Records, accompanying the full stream of the album is a track by track by vocalists Matt Cox and Pat Feeley

You can stream Disposable via New Noise Magazine here

You can pre-order Disposable here

You can view Super American‘s tour dates below Read More…

Black Oxygen Release ‘ A Step Away’ Single And Video

Black Oxygen A Step AwayThe band Black Oxygen is comprised of brothers David and Nick Lyle, the Kansas City-born and Los Angeles-based duo channel an undeniable chemistry into an unpredictable hybrid of alternative-pop and rock punctuated by the perfect amount of swagger. During 2016, they hit the studio with producer Brett Hestla and have been busy cooking up their next musical evolution. To give their hungry friends and fans a taste of what’s to come the brothers decided to release a couple of songs, the first, A Step Away, combines shimmering keys and robust guitars with an anthemic arena-size sound and was released last Friday via all digital outlets. 

You can view the video for A Step Away below Read More…

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Sundressed

A Little Less Put Together

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Arizona based indie punks Sundressed released their debut album, A Little Less Put Together, yesterday, March 24th 2017, via Animal Style Records, the album follows in the wake of a split single and two EP’s and will available on CD, vinyl, including a teal and cream split and clear with purple swirl variants, and download formats. The release of A Little Less Put Together represents the culmination of the last two years, an album that builds on their previous releases and embraces influences such as Saves The Day, Reliant K and Motion City Soundtrack.

Of Course kicks things off with an upbeat slice of pop punk with a soaring chorus, after this things head out west with the country tinged Mill Ave And Broadway and the album continues in this breezy style, whilst it does encompass other styles across it’s eleven tracks, at the core of it’s being it has a pure pop punk heart. A Little Less Put Together marks a steady move forward from the release where I first encountered them, a split single with Secret Stuff in July 2016, and everything seems to be just a little bit more polished and slick than they were last summer.

Throughout A Little Less Put Together there is a continuous melodic sensibility that permeates the whole of the album, one that has a distinctly sweet and summery feel to it with it’s lush harmonies and laid back feel. For some this release may be a little too sweet and sickly, as there is no discordant element or apparent fury, but this is a band that are not afraid to take on the heavier issues, but it’s all done with an optimistic and hopeful attitude, and as spring is approaching then this album of warm sunny pop punk may well be the soundtrack to your summer.

A Little Less Put Together can be ordered via Animal Style Records on CD and Vinyl here

The album can be downloaded and streamed via Sundressed‘s Bandcamp here

Sundressed‘s website can be found here

The Dollyrots Release ‘Whiplash Splash’ LP Today

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, today. The album is available on CD, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl, and digitally on their very own Arrested Youth Label with distribution via MVD Entertainment Group. The album is produced by the band and longtime Producer John Fields and The Dollyrots signature spirit shines through in melodic guitar riffs, irresistible hooks, and punked-out woah-ohs

You can read The Punk Site review of Whiplash Splash here and the LP can be purchased here

The Dollyrots tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

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The Dollyrots

Whiplash Splash

Arrest Youth Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Irrepressible punk rock duo The Dollyrots have released their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, today, the 24th March 2017, on their own Arrest Youth label. Whiplash Splash marks their first studio album since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant, as with it’s predecessor this is a completely fan funded DIY album that marks The Dollyrots commitment to doing things completely on their own terms. The new album also marks the addition of their daughter Daisy Moon to their entourage that already includes their three year old son River and tour dog Quito, you might think that having a second child would slow The Dollyrots down, but it seems that nothing will keep this duo from doing what they love, and what they love doing is producing punk rock and touring, usually with their children, and dog, in tow.

I Do kicks things off in fine style with their trademark pop punk chainsaw guitars and infectious choruses, The Dollyrots have always opened their albums with a storming track, and Whiplash Splash is no exception to this tradition, Babbling Idiot adds another helping of their joyous trademark bouncy punk rock, but Whiplash Splash isn’t just an album of uptempo buzzsaw guitar tracks, although I wouldn’t be complaining if it was. Tracks such as Mermaid , Saturday Morning, Other Trucker, and the superb slow burning This Addiction, bring a slower, although equally anthemic, element to the album, whilst Jump Start This Heart has a distinctly eighties feel to it, this is the only track that to me feels a bit out of place as it veers dangerously close to power ballad territory. These tracks are littered amongst pop punk gems such as Just Because I’m Blonde, Squeeze Me, Dance Like A Maniac, Pack Of Smokes and the frantic City Of Angels. Whiplash Splash closes with a cover of Katrina And The Waves 1985 feel good hit, Walking On Sunshine, of course it’s been given a suitable treatment by The Dollyrots who are a band who have good form when it comes to well chosen and reworked cover version.

The Dollyrots have delivered yet another album that borders of perfection, one that is a welcome addition to their extensive back catalogue. They are a band that do what they do, they deliver upbeat sun splashed pop punk, and to be honest I can’t think of anyone who delivers this kind of effervescent bubblegum punk any better than they do. If you already love The Dollyrots then Whiplash Splash is an album that won’t disappoint on any level, if you’re unfamiliar with them then this would make a damn fine starting point. Is this their finest album? that’s a tough call to make, Whiplash Splash is certainly as good as anything they’ve released to date, it contains everything we’ve come to know and love about The Dollyrots, and after almost two decades, eight albums and numerous drummers what more could you ask for?

The Dollyrots website and online store can be found here

Southview Release Video For ‘Sunny Places For Shady People’

Southview Sunny PlacesFlorida acoustic pop punk band Southview have releaseda new music video for the title track off their new EP, Sunny Places For Shady People, that was released on Standby Records on the March 17th 2017.

Sunny Places For Shady People is available here and via Spotify and iTunes.

You can view the video for Sunny Places For Shady People, and Southview‘s tour dates, below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Lyric Video For ‘Babbling Idiot’

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on the 24th March, the album will be available on CD, limited edition aqua blue vinyl and digital formats via their very own Arrested Youth Label. The Dollyrots have now released another video ahead of the album’s release, this time they have released a lyric video for the track Babbling IdiotThe Dollyrots are currently on tour in support of the new album with support from The Two Tens.

Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via The Dollyrots website here

You can view the lyric video for Babbling Idiot, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Lyric Video For ‘I Do’

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on the 24th March, the album will be available on CD, limited edition aqua blue vinyl and digital formats via their very own Arrested Youth Label. The Dollyrots have now released a second video ahead of the album’s release, this time they have released a lyric video for the track I Do. The Dollyrots will be touring in support of the album throughout 2017 with the first run of dates kicking off this week, all dates will feature support from The Two Tens.

Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via The Dollyrots website here

You can view the lyric video for I Do, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…

Southview Announce New EP And US Tour Dates

Southview Sunny PlacesSouthview are a four piece pop punk band originating from Florida, they have previously toured the Eastern United States with their self-released debut EP, Whatever It Takes, now the band is setting forth on their first full tour of United States, and they have announced the release of their sophomore EP, Sunny Places For Shady People, via Standby Records on the 17th March 2017.

You can pre-order Sunny Places For Shady People here

Southview‘s tour dates can be found here

The Dollyrots Release Full Stream Of ‘Whiplash Splash’

dollyrots WSWith The Dollyrots sixth album, Whiplash Splash, just over a couple of weeks away from its full release, the band have shared a video of the album’s first official single and have also released a full stream of the album ahead of it’s release. Dance Like A Maniac is the first single, and it’s everything one might expect of The Dollyrots, a short, sharp hyperactive blast of bubblegum punk, not content with the release of just a new single, The Dollyrots have also made the full Whiplash Splash album available to be streamed.

You can purchase Whiplash Splash via Pledge Music here and stream the album here

You view the video for Dance like A Maniac, and The Dollyrots tour dates, below Read More…

Belmont Announce Spring Tour With Hot Mulligan

belmont hot mulligan tourChicago pop punks Belmont will tour with Michigan’s Hot Mulligan this spring, the tour dates will run from May 19 through to June 4. The band will also be supporting Four Year Strong at a local show at Bottom Lounge on March 18th.

You can stream and download Hot Mulligan‘s Opportunities EP here

Belmont‘s Between You And Me EP can be streamed here

You can view Belmont‘s tour dates below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Video For ‘Dance Like A Maniac’

dollyrots WSAs the build up continues to the release of the band’s new album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, The Dollyrots have released a video for the track Dance Like A Maniac. The supporters on Pledge Music have already gotten the album a full month before its release, the pledge campaign will continue until release date, so it’s not too late to get the album early. Whiplash Splash marks their first studio album since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant, the new album will be available on CD, blue vinyl and digital formats via their very own Arrested Youth Label.

You can order Whiplash Splash here and view the video for Dance Like A Maniac below Read More…

The Dollyrots To Hold Stage It Event For ‘Whiplash Splash’

dollyrots WSAs the build up continues to the release of The Dollyrots new album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, the band have announced that the Pledge Music campaign will continue until release date, so it’s not too late to show your support and get the album early. You can also join the duo on Sunday March 5 at 1:00pm PST / 4pm EST for a special live acoustic Stage It event of songs from the new album, they will be giving away limited test pressings, autographed CD’s, and a chance to hang with The Dollyrots as prizes to the top tippers.

Tickets for The Dollyrots Stage It event on March 5th can be purchased here

The Dollyrots Pledge Music campaign can be found here

The Dollyrots New LP ‘Whiplash Splash’ Available For Pre-Order

dollyrots WSThe Dollyrots are set to release their latest album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24 via the band’s own Arrest Youth Records Label, the new album also includes appearances from Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup) and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo). The Dollyrots also plan to tour in support of the album throughout 2017, the first run of dates kick off on March 16 in Chicago and finishes off with two shows in the band’s Southern California home base, all dates will feature support from The Two Tens

Whiplash Splash can be ordered on CD, aqua blue vinyl and digital formats here

The Dollyrots tour dates with The Two Tens can be viewed here

Belmont Announce US Shows With The Weekend Classic

Belmont March TourChicago pop-punks Belmont have announced a string of March tour dates with Indiana’s The Weekend Classic, as well as a hometown show supporting Four Year Strong at Bottom Lounge on March 18.

The latest EP by Belmont, Between You & Me, can be streamed here

Belmont‘s Facebook page can be found here

Belmont‘s tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Light The Way Grace

Light The Way

Grace

Indie Vision Music
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Grace was originally released at the tail end of last year, now Californian pop punkers Light The Way have signed to Indie Vision Music, and with that their EP has now gained digital distribution across all the major networks. Light The Way are an unashamedly pop punk band, there is nothing on here that you haven’t heard before, but the important factor is that whilst the material on the Grace EP isn’t anything new, it is done well, and that is the next best thing.

Note To Self kicks things off with an anthemic dose of nostalgic pop punk, everything about this harks bark to pop punk’s golden era when bands such as Blink 182 could do no wrong, every track on this EP bears the hallmarks of a genre that divides opinion amongst the punk community, personally I do like a bit of pop punk, providing that it doesn’t veer too far into the pop realm. The Grace EP treads a very safe and unadventurous path through the pop punk world, appearing to stop along the way only to cherry pick their favourite elements for inclusion on the Grace EP.

Grace is five tracks of retro pop punk, it has all the harmonies, hooks, catchy choruses and bouncy anthemic hallmarks that you would expect from a band that play pop punk, Light The Way are clearly influenced by the bands they grew up listening to, think of bands such as Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong, The Swellers, The Wonder Years, Yellowcard, Over It and Blink 182 and you know exactly what to expect on the Grace EP.

Grace is now available on all digital networks via Indie Vision Music

The Grace EP is also available as a name your price download via Light The Way‘s Bandcamp here

Light The Way‘s Facebook page can be found here

Coast To Coast To Release ‘The Length Of A Smile’ EP

Coast To Coast Length Of A SmileBirmingham pop punk band Coast to Coast have announced that they will release their new EP, The Length Of A Smile, on the 24th March via Fox Records and the EP is now available for pre-order. Coast to Coast have developed a repertoire of songs which fly the pop-punk flag high and mighty, but also show a keen willingness to push their sound outside of the genre’s norms, singing songs with proud regional accents and tackling themes of loss and hopelessness within their lyrics.

The Lenghth Of A Smile EP can be pre-ordered via Fox Records here

The video for the lead single, Graduation Day, can be viewed below Read More…

Last Call For The Dollyrots Pledge Music Campaign

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album Whiplash Splash on March 24. The album will be available on deluxe digipack CD with exclusive poster insert, limited-edition aqua blue vinyl and digitally on the band’s very own Arrest Youth Label. The new album is completely fan-funded through Pledge Music and includes appearances from Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup) and Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo). This Friday, February 17 is the last call for pledger only bundles, pledgers will also receive the album and two exclusive bonus tracks a full month before the official release date.
 
Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here
 

Coast To Coast To Release ‘The Length Of A Smile’ EP

Coast To Coast Length Of A SmileBirmingham pop-punk band Coast to Coast have announced details of their new EP, The Length Of A Smile, that is due for release on 24th March 2017 through Fox Records and the EP is now available for pre-order. Drawing influences from bands like Real Friends, Turnover & Modern Baseball, Coast to Coast have developed a repertoire of songs which fly the pop-punk flag high and mighty, but also show a keen willingness to push their sound outside of the genre’s norms.

The Length Of A Smile EP can be pre-ordered here

The video for the track, Post Graduation, and the band’s Spring tour dates,can be viewed below Read More…

When We Team Up Release ‘Shut Up And Fly’ EP

When We Team Up SUAFHailing from the rainy mountains of the Pacific Northwest, When We Team Up are a fast-paced pop-punk band, now the Portland five-piece have released their debut EP, Shut Up And Fly, and have made music videos for each song on the record. The EP is available via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

A small run of physical CD’s of the EP will include a cover of The Movielife song Jamestown.

When We Team Up‘s Facebook page can be found here

The videos for all of the tracks from the Shut Up And Fly EP can be viewed below Read More…

The Dollyrots Confirm US Tour With The Two Tens

dollyrots WSPunk rock duo The Dollyrots are set to release their sixth studio album, Whiplash Splash, on March 24, the album will be available on CD, limited edition sea foam blue vinyl and digitally on their very own Arrest Youth Label. Whiplash Splash marks their first studio album since 2014’s Barefoot and Pregnant. The Dollyrots plan to tour in support of the album throughout 2017, the first run of dates kick off on March 16 in Chicago and finishes off with two shows in the band’s Southern California home base, all dates will feature support by friends The Two Tens.

Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here

The Dollyrots tour dates with The Two Tens can be viewed below Read More…

The Dollyrots To Release ‘Whiplash Splash’ In February

dollyrots WSWith The Dollyrots, it’s always been a family affair, now the pop punk stalwarts sixth album is ready to be released in less than a month, Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas are also celebrating a new addition to their rock and roll tribe, Miss Daisy Moon, born at the end of November. While one might think the rigors of childbirth would slow them down, this punk rock household has managed to crank out 24 updates for their loyal fans over the past two trimesters, showing off album art, songs from the new album, exclusive demo downloads, and of course, their beautiful soon-to-be rockstar children.

Whiplash Splash can be pre-ordered via Pledge Music here Read More…

I’m Fine Premiere New Song ‘Merit Badge’ From Upcoming LP

Im Fine NKBNew Orleans, Louisiana’s I’m Fine are premiering the track Merit Badge off their upcoming album, Never Knowing Best, that is due out February 3rd 2017 via Wiretap Records. The new record was recorded in the band’s hometown of Nola by James Whitten (Pears, Thou) with help from Brian Pretus of Pears.

You can pre-order Never Knowing Best digitally here and the limited edition cassette here

You can stream Merit Badge here