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Boston Calling | Sia | Sufjan Stevens | Aaron Dessner + Lisa Hannigan

The little festival that could is flexing into a festival that has and will continue to impress, at least that’s what Friday proved at Boston Calling. Hours before the gates opened on opening night, plans for next year had been released: a solo Spring edition, sprawling across the Harvard athletic complex in Allston, and with a film festival curated by Natalie Portman. The rigidity imposed on Boston Calling by the brick plaza and city restrictions has often made the festival feel tame- as if Disney hosted the proceedings. So it was fitting that this swan song for the Government Center location would feature a grandiose pop…

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New Music | Whitney – No Matter Where We Go

The beauty of a short song is they are usually packed in with a really tight hook. That’s definitely the case with Whitney’s newest single, “No Matter Where We Go,” a near insatiably repeatable song that is the perfect sound for the incoming summer months. This song is all about riding in a car with the windows down, in fact that statement is nearly eponymous. The guitar twirls around like an Duane Allman lick, while Julien Ehrlich’s vocal falsetto leads the repeated hook that’s got instant likability. Their debut, Light Upon the Lake, is due in June 3 on Secretly…

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#50WordReview | Thank God for Science – Thank God for Science

This was originally supposed to be a #50WordReview, but there’s no way in hell that’s happening. The Thoughts: Even trying to sum up thoughts about this album took way more than 50 words. So here we are. Buckle in for a short—and likely incomplete—review of the debut (mostly instrumental) album from Thank God for Science. What do you get when you combine seven of the Northeast’s top musicians and set them loose to do whatever the hell they want? Well… you get an album who’s songs are as varied as the artists in the room, with the only constants being…

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New Music | angelic milk – Rebel Black

Musician Sarah Persephona hails from St. Petersburg, Russia and creates her dreamy, lo-fi sound under the moniker angelic milk. The music world was first introduced to her last year with the release of the single, “IDK How,” but those in the know (writer side note: I was not one of them) found the artist online a few years back when a then sixteen year old Persehpona began recording songs in her bedroom and releasing them to Bandcamp. Everyone is now beginning to take notice of the Russian rocker and angelic milk’s debut EP, Teenage Movie Soundtrack, will be released via PNKSLM Recordings on July…

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New Music | Martha – Ice Cream and Sunscreen

British power-pop-punkers Martha have a new album on the way and we have the new single to share and it is guaranteed to bring two minutes and eight seconds of head-bopping bliss right to your ears. The band’s second release, Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart, is out July 1st on Dirtnap Records here in the states and July 8th via Fortuna POP! in the UK. We’ve already had one fabulous single, “Martha Goldman’s Detective Agency,” and the second equally fabulous single “Ice Cream and Sunscreen,” highlights the quartet’s ability to create infectiously fun rock n’ roll time and time…

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New Music | Ethan Burns – Homeward

I haven’t been able to find out too much about California’s Ethan Burns. But this track that was released “Homeward,” landed in my inbox, and it’s really great. In “Homeward,” Burns finds himself a troubadour in Stax-esque soul/ rhythm and blues song about the never-ending doubt about a broken relationship. The wanting needing bleeds through Burns’ raspy voice, and the crispy rhythms really nicely encapsulate that early sixties sound. You could easily compare “Homeward,” to a soul contemporary like Leon Bridges, and if that’s the case, I can’t wait to hear more. Check out more Ethan Burns Facebook | Youtube…

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Photos + Review | Old 97s + Heartless Bastards @ Royale

It’s taken me years (and a couple near misses) to finally catch the Old 97’s, despite having reviewed Rhett Miller’s (excellent) The Instigator for my college paper when it came out (15 years ago, holy smokes) and abundant recommendations of their live show. Fortunately, the Old 97’s haven’t gone anywhere. Friends, if you too are late to the party, it is time to effect a remedy. They sound timeless, transporting you to an alt-universe in which alt-country had taken over the jukebox rather than disappearing into Jeff Tweedy’s snappy Stetson. At age 45, windmill-strumming his acoustic guitar, Miller looks not…

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New Music | Nico Yaryan – You Belong To Me

I’m really into this new track from Los Angeles’ Nico Yaryan. “You Belong to Me,” finds Yaryan crooning about regret about the demise of a relationship. The lo-fi, understated sound, fits the honest songwriting, and simplicity of this song that will have you tapping your toes right quick. “You Belong to Me,” will appear on Yaryan’s What a Tease, which drops June 3rd on Partisan Records, pre-order it here.

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New Music | Harpooner – Carolines

The pounding drumline instantly brought me in on Harpooner’s newest single, “Carolines,” which hovers around the concept of racial inequality. The Nashville by way of Indiana band is about to release their debut, Rose Park, and I’m eating up this first single. The pounding indie-rock song features a fierce drumline from Josh Morrow that really insists that you stop and listen now. For balance, the pounding drums paired with strings from Diederik Van Wassener’s violin, which lends that perfect extra layer to sonic landscape, vox and math rock-y guitar from Scott Schmadeke, & Max Mullen on bass. It’s a song…

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Video | Metronomy – Old Skool

If you’re looking to shake your booty like it’s the Summer of 2008 I’ve got just the thing for you! UK’s hottest dance-rock band is Metronomy. Lead-singer Joseph Mount and the gang are back with an all-new hot video that answers the question Whaaaaaat!? This video has everything: beats, slugs, coked-up party people, a crazy-haired lady that looks like Catastrophe actress Sharon Horgan (it is), turntable freakouts from Mix Master Mike, The Night’s Watch, closet disco queens, and hedonistic ankle biting ..…It’s that thing, like when a group of people do a lot of drugs and summon goblin children to…

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