Harrison Hudson release American Thunder tomorrow!

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Here’s a post-Halloween present for you: Harrison Hudson, Nashville neo-oldies rockers (a contradiction, maybe, but just listen to their stuff), release new record American Thunder through Favorite Gentlemen tomorrow. They’re celebrating with a Nov. 2 show at The Basement along with J.D. Simo and The Lonely H. Get out there and get you some Thunder. We swear these ’50s n ’60s throwback pop hooks are hooky. Stream “Every Girl” below.

Harrison Hudson – Every Girl by favoritegentlemen

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Chamberlin to Donate Proceeds from “Cabin Covers EP” to Vermont’s United Way; Playing TT’s Tomorrow

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Last month, Vermont’s Chamberlin unveiled their five track covers EP, Chamberlin Cabin Covers EP. Their latest effort finds the band adding their recognizably laid back flair to five of today’s most popular songs by Passion Pit, Cults, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West/Bon Iver, and Foster the People. Recorded this past summer in their cabin tucked away in Vermont, Chamberlin chose which songs to cover based on fan voting through their official website.

Considering the recent regional damage done by Hurricane Irene, Chamberlin is donating the proceeds of their EP to Vermont’s United Way to aid in flood relief, as their famed cabin (pictured on the cover) and its surrounding community was directly affected. In addition, local coffee roaster Vermont Coffee Company has teamed up with the band for this release and created Chamberlin their own roast of coffee, which fans can now purchase online alongside a physical copy of the EP, or at the band’s merch table on their current Nationwide tour!  

Listen to Chamberlin’s cover of Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Lost in the World below.

Chamberlin will be playing in Cambridge at TT the Bear’s Place tomorrow night, Tuesday, Nov. 1, with Wildlife and the Chris Colbourn Duo. 9pm, 21+, $8.

They are also playing Saturday, Nov. 5, in Burlington, VT at Higher Ground.

–Chrissy Prisco


PAPA – I Am The Lion King (video)

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PAPA has gotten quite the buzz behind its recently released debut EP, A Good Woman is Hard to Find. This could be because vocalist/drummer Darren Weiss is also the drummer for San Francisco’s indie rockers, Girls, or it could be because the music this punk-meets-soul outfit produces is catchy as hell. I’d say it’s probably a nice mix of the two. The Los Angeles-based trio’s first single, and music video, “I Am The Lion King,” demonstrates Weiss’s knack for writing minimalist catchy tunes. The video itself speaks volumes about the band’s less-is-more, carefree persona – it features the band, shot in black and white, hitting each other with water balloons, and dancing all willy nilly, and somersaulting in the nude. With themes like this, what’s not to love? – Katrina Nattress



ARMS release sophomore full length “Summer Skills” at Glasslands on 11.11

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Started by Todd Goldstein a few years ago as a folky solo act after the disbanding of his previous project The Harlem Shakes, ARMS has slowly morphed into a new animal: now a quartet, the band offers elegant, supple pop that feeds itself with a variety of influences and musical ingredients. The first single "fleeced" (streaming here) reveals this transformation: tense electric guitar riffs blend with angular drums and an electronic bass line, while lead vocals and lavish harmonies sing a slippery melody drenched in reverb. This lush psych-prog approach to folk-pop should satisfy those waiting for new Grizzly Bear and Rufus Wainwright releases. Don’t miss the band’s CD release party at Glasslands on November 11.


BOO! Baby Ketten’s Calling Your Name!

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Can’t decide what crazy Halloween event to go to? Looking for a neighbourhood bash that won’t be touting so-and-so’s band or something you ain’t looking for? Come to Mississippi Studios for Baby Ketten Karaoke! It’s free, probably more drunken than most parties could be on a Monday (considering the liquid courage needed for most karaoke participants), and you get to pick what songs you hear. Kind of. I mean, yeah, you do – and then you sing them. Plus, Bar Bar burgers (if the cooks aren’t sick of cooking them after yesterday’s Octossippi free burger parade). Come sing! Come dance!


A Locomotive, CD release at Mercury on November 22nd

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Brooklyn folky quartet A Locomotive will be releasing their debut CD at Mercury Lounge on November 22nd, and even though their spanking new Facebook account only has 12 "likes", this doesn’t mean they just formed. Recording this album took them 3 years, but from what we are hearing it was worth the effort. The embedded song "Traveling", an intimate and sparse alt-folk ballad that lazily builds in intensity, is contributing to cure our CMJtis (stress induced disease suffered by music industry people after attending the CMJ Music Marathon – similar to SXSW-itis), and other mellow folk-pop gem found on their myspace profile confirm consistent songwriting output and a noteworthy talent for harmonized backing vocals.



NYC MCs on the rise: Mag

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NYC based "Hip Hopper" Mag was one of the artists to win a Sesac’s search for the best emerging local artists. As a result he played Webster Hall in the Marlin Room as part of the CMJ Music Marathon together with the other winners, including Little Devil, Headless Horsemen, and Tayisha Busay.