Curly Castro just premiered a smooth, new 420-friendly track called "My Beloved" (featuring Open Mike Eagle and produced by Ricky Radio) via Passion of the Weiss. It’s the first single from his forthcoming album Fidel, which will be released by Man Bites Dog Records on February 19. Well, look it what time it is – enjoy!
It was just a matter of time before one of these indie-electro bands out of Brooklyn tackled old school Italo-Disco. What never ceases to amaze, however, is the way these throwaway ‘80s genres, with their mildly sexy undertones, get recycled into explicitly tripped-out underground anthems in the hands of bands like Loveskills. Their latest single, “Cover Me,” manages to be both melodically loose and dreamy, whilst highly danceable and tighter than a gnat’s ass, production-wise. All of which makes for an exhilarating track invisible to its source material. Never mind its epicurean video, which feels almost like Daft Punk decided to take off their helmets and start hanging around at beer gardens and local house parties. Viva! – Brian Chidester
Resistor, the synth-pop project from Steve Goldberg, just shared his first single of 2013 called “Keep It to Yourself” (featuring Christina Shore – formerly of Work Drugs) that you can download for free. It’s a humorously cynical track dissuading someone – “perhaps himself – from sharing a sad song with the world, arguing that the world has already had its fill of sad songs.” True dat!
Aside from having a clever name, Mufassa knows how to make some throw-back thrashing rock and roll. Their raw sound is developed by influences in the garage rock revival as well waves of early psychedelic tones that trap the listener into their songs. There is a Zeppelin-esque driving force behind the rhythms they produce that crash into the chorus filled with spacey and dreamy vocals. Mufassa also has the ability to slow things down and harmonize the singing and echoing guitar without losing their stone cold classic rock sound. If you were one to believe you belonged in the 70s, then you should join them tonight at Kelly’s Olympian. – Colin Hudson
New video from Magicks for the single Solstice! Lost in a dazed whirlwind of projected visuals and an all-consuming darkness and filmed during the witching hour, Magicks gives us a glimpse into the world of bedroom art. Catch him live at Record Breakers (2/1) for the new upcoming live video series by Breaker Records! You can also see him DJ/cast magick spells every Friday at Ultra Lounge for "RITUAL" in the basement.
Perfect Families began as Micah Smith and Joel Smith and now that they have released their debut single they looking to grow into a full blown band. Their single, "Lost It", was released last month and the band hopes to release an ep this spring and perform around the city through out 2013.
Congrats to Modern Baseball who recently announced that they have signed to Run For Cover Records! The Boston label will be reissuing the band’s full-length album Sports, which was originally released via local indie label Lame-O Records.
Lancaster’s The Stray Birds expand on the rich tradition of folk keeping the beloved genre alive and well. Maya de Vitry cut her teeth as a street performer while traveling across North America and Europe refining her songwriting skills. Classically-trained players Oliver Craven and Charles Joseph Muench assist in providing a sparkling web of instrumentation as a backdrop for Vitry’s charming vocals. The trio of multi-instrumentalists also has the ability to ignite the stage with down-home, Appalachian-style jams – old souls ready to influence and inspire a new generation. They’ll be headlining tonight upstairs at World Café Live with support from local Americana father-son duo Beaucoup Blue. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $8, All Ages – H.M. Kauffman
The nexus of all great releases occurs next Tuesday, 2/5/13. Not only does the latest from Candi & The Strangers hit, but Ancient VVisdom‘s excellent "Deathlike" gets revealed.
Sure, this pic implies riotious screeching cacophonies, but now’s the time to practice that "don’t judge a book" adage and spin this sucker out – Mesmerizing textures, spun on unlikely instruments into metallic-flavored numbers that lock you in without bludgeoning you into submission. Sharp, not blunt, with acoustic and synth treatments of darker themes, with vox seeping, not screeching; it’s still not without the occasional dip into the pool of thrashing axe. Positively unique in a positive way, these guys may very well be the second coming of metal.
Did we say we recommend it? Two thumbs up. Come Tuesday, favor yourself and your kin with some Ancient VVisdom.
Here’s a visually arresting new music video from The National Rifle for their track "Coke Beat" off the band’s latest album Almost Endless, which premiered yesterday via The Key. It was inspired by the use of found footage in past productions and lead singer/songwriter Hugh Moretta’s fascination with macro photography. The video was edited by filmmaker Brian Carroll.