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Author: Kyle Mitchell

New Music | Benji Hughes – Girls Love Shoes

Eclecto-pop genius, yes I said it, Benji Hughes needs to be on your radar. He’s recently signed with Merge Records, and is releasing his record, Songs in the Keys of Animals. Fans of Hughes might have already had this record in their hands as Hughes self-released it digitally at the end of 2014. A year later, and it’s been remixed and remastered, and I couldn’t be more excited about this music getting out there for everyone to hear. A month ago saw the release of first single, “Freaky Feedback Blues,” and today he officially releases “Girls Love Shoes,” a track…

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New Music | Radiation City – Juicy

Sometimes it’s just best to go your separate ways when a relationship isn’t working out. But sometimes, sticking it out just a bit longer can bring forth some interesting results. As is the case with Radiation City’s founding couple, Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison who as their band and personal relationship was crumbling, got back into the studio to record another album. Sourcing Riley Geare (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) as an in-studio drummer, and employing John Vanderslice as their producer, the two are now close to releasing their third record, titled Synesthetica, and it’s first single, “Juicy.” “Juicy,” is a psychedelic…

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New Music | Great American Canyon Band – Crash

The Great American Canyon band’s music has always dipped into the ethereal, a vast soundscape littered with reverb, space, and a light-as-a-feather vocal track. “Crash” is the first song off of the Baltimore husband and wife duo’s debut LP “Only You Remain”, which comes out February 19, 2016 on Six Degrees Records. Crash explores a wider landscape of sounds, a meandering, floating, underwater vibe that will slow your pulse down. The Great American Canyon Band on the web: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:

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New Music | South of France – Civilization

This new track from Denver, CO’s romantic dream-pop duo South Of France is one that’s been jumping out at me lately. It has a deluge of reverb-soaked harmonies, huge bombastic chunky basslines, that’s filled out with drums, synths and some lovely “oooooooohs.” When the song hits it’s quiet denouement, a playful dreamlike state, it finally gives way to another wave of the vibrant harmonies that make the song what it is, a bold, brazen song that is visceral, and aesthetically paints a gorgeous picture of what could come next. Look out for the band’s follow up to their 2012 record,…

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New Music | Kevin Devine – Magic Magnet

Brand new tune from Kevin Devine off of a split vinyl single he did with Cymbals Eat Guitars. Feast your ears on “Magic Magnet,” an up and down rocker, that would seemlingly fit in well with his 2013 record, Bubblegum. The limited run ep’s are available on Bad Timing Records. Tour Dates: 12/11 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House^ 12/12 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA^ 12/13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair^ 02/04 – Manchester, UK – Club Academy# 02/05 – Leeds, UK – University# 02/06 – Gateshead, UK – Riverside# 02/07 – Glasgow, UK – Garage# 02/08…

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Photos + Review | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats @ Royale

Thursday night was a special night out for me, my first since my child was born, and one that I’d been waiting for since the day this concert was announced. For months since a fantastic set at Newport Folk Festival, I’d pined over seeing Rateliff and the Nightsweats perform again. Thursday night, we all packed into a sold out Royale, what seemed like hundreds of friends and family who all together danced and sung along to an amazing set that was soulful, groovy, and rollicking. Starting the set with “I Need Never Get Old,” which is also opens the Stax recorded soul album named…

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#50WordReview | Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Ritter preaches us stories in the style of, “messianic oracular honky-tonk.” Upbeat rock, haunting songs of murderers, promiscuous teens, and sinners abound. It’s an adventurous, folk-rock album with a shiny veneer that hides behind it darker almost apocalyptic feelings with a humorous tone. Buy, Stream, Download now. * Reminds us of: Honky-tonk Paul Simon mixed with a traveling preacher (GASP!) * Add to queue: Getting Ready to Get Down, Cumberland, Where The Night Goes, Young Moses

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New Music | Son Little – Lay Down

The first thing you notice on Son Little’s “Lay Down,” is a golden, buttery smooth vocals pairing with harmony that’s just as sweet. The song just seems to exist on another plane, it breezes by before you know it, a fleeting intimate moment between two lovers. The vocals, and the sparse instrumentation over a guitar and some light percussion gives this song a perfect pocket to exist in. Good luck listening just once. Look for “Lay Down,” to arrive on his upcoming record, October 16, on ANTI records. More from Son Little Facebook | Twitter | Spotify

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New Music | Big Scary – Organism

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Hardly a band to be nailed down by style, Australia’s Big Scary duo of Tom Iansek and Jo Syme crafted this quirky pop song, Organism, that’s got a dance vibe with little stabs from the deep end of a saxophone. In my head it’s reminiscent of a Menomena tune, and it’s got me dancing in my chair.

The band is taking the song and some others on the road to cut their teeth before recording, and we’ll see them here in Boston at the beginning of October.

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New Music | Yuck – Hold Me Closer

As soon as you press play, and the distortion kicks in, the fuzz blows into your ears, there’s a pop connection on this new track from Brit rockers, Yuck. I don’t think Yuck is being held back at all from losing their former frontman, “Hold Me Closer,” is a gem, full of those 90s guitars and lo-fi vocals that we’ve come to love (again?!). This track and a handful of US shows is all we know about any upcoming album (out sometime in 2016). I for one need to hear more and would like to see a Boston date as…

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