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Steel Phantoms EP

Film Reel Quiver Evening Routine Steel Phantoms is a Brooklyn based rock band started by longtime friends Aaron Harris (formerly of Islands) and Yos Munro.  I got the chance to listen to their EP (available on their bandcamp) a few (hundred) times; and its brilliant. Fans of Wolf Parade, Islands, and The Modern Lovers will really dig these guys. Pounding drums, piercing guitars, keyboard melodies, a musical feel that is fresh, and complete; its totally obvious these guys have been playing together for a long time. With a tour supporting Islands and Active Child already under their belts and a…

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Floating Action – Eye of a Needle

Eye of a Needle Floating Action is the pseudonym of NC based musician Seth Kauffman. The follow up to his homemade debut will be released February 22, under the title of ‘Desert Etiquette.’  Check out single, Eye of a Needle, the infectious, dreamy, 60s psychedelia track that will get your day grooving through Kauffman’s desert oasis. Look for Desert Etiquette next month. http://www.floatingaction.com/

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Pepper Rabbit – Beauregard

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Pepper Rabbit is an experimental indie duo out from LA.  Their music runs the gamut from accordions to ukulele to trumpets and everything in between (even a clarinet song).  It’s difficult to categorize this band, ‘their’ sound varies song to song, but their dream pop sound is full of swooping  sounds that range upbeat poppy ukelele songs, to chamber pop clarinet like songs.  They can be absolutely gorgeous and sprawling, and epic sounding (In the Spirit of Beauregard) and they can be adventurous and fun (Babette!).

Without making assertions of grandeur© comparisons to Sufjan Stevens could be made here.  These songs don’t sound as much as simple songs, but rather orchestrations or arrangements of a large troupe, all together its exquisite in its ability to sound so enormous and come from something so small.

I’ve had a ton of fun with this album, and its becoming one of those albums that I’m kicking myself for not getting in to sooner.  But at least I’ve got chance to listen to it now, and enjoy.

They are also touring widely with a few bands, so check them out when they are in your city.

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Dylan Fox & the Wave

Where We Know Have you heard Dylan Fox & the Wave?  I hadn’t until I skimmed across a PMA post that lead me there.  Two brothers from Oakland CA, Dylan Fox & Sean Fox, recording out of their garage or basement, delivering a song that parallels a softer sounding Black Keys, a little less edge, but similar in style.  It might be a stretch to compare (its tough to live up to the Keys), but it’s just to give you and idea of their sound.  Its garage blues rock, that sounds as dirty as the floor they play on.  Producing…

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Fergus & Geronimo – Unlearn

Baby, Don’t You Cry Fergus & Geronimo have recently released their album Unlearn, which I’ve been listening to a lot over this past weekend.  Absorbing the experimental pop infused music they put out in this album, there are elements of 50’s doo wop, rollicking 60’s and 70’s punk, british invasion, tribal percussions, to say the least it’s wide ranging, eclectic but also just a lot of fun.  At first it may feel a bit jarring and strange because of all the stylistic changes, but it doesn’t seem to effect the overall quality of the album.  It’s diverse, eclecticism could be…

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La Sera – Devil Hearts Grow

Devil Hearts Grow This isn’t the first time La Sera has been here, they made a fantastic video about a murderous girlfriend which got my attention (through my love of horror, and for good music) and fast forward to today when I hear a second single entitled Devil Hearts Grow.  The song comes from La Sera’s self-titled album, which came out this week on HardlyArt.  I haven’t gotten an opportunity to listen the album over, but by the sounds of these two tracks I’m very excited to hear it.  The retro choir pop style that seems to be going around…

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Tennis – Cape Dory

Marathon Baltimore Take Me Somewhere Ultimately, if you are reading this, you’ve already heard the story a bunch of times, but for posterity, Husband and Wife duo of Tennis spent months aboard a sailboat (cope dory) sailing the east coast.  They took a chance at writing some songs based on their journeys, wrote, recorded and here we are in love with what they’ve done… both they symbolism and the music. Since the summer, tracks have surfaced again and again as the hype picked up.  Finally now we get a full body of work in this LP.  How is it as…

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