One of the most epic, self-made stop motion videos I’ve seen to date comes from garage rockers, TS and The Past Haunts. Perfect for this Halloween day, there is nothing more simultaneously cute and creepy than a tiny wind-up heart wandering through the world of a Fraggle Rock diorama. The impressive attention to detail over the proclaimed 180 man hours paid off in this psychedelic cartoon world come to life. The stand-out guitar licks between lines in the chorus are a tasty icing atop this driving, energetic cake of a tune. Pace yourself as you’ll be tempted to binge watch this one. – Jacqueline Caruso
There have been a ton of great releases this month from local acts, but one we’ve been anticipating with tween glee is the debut from avant-pop innovators, Body Parts. The build up to ‘Fire Dream’ has been almost unbearable, as they slowly leaked single after impressively delightful single. This ingenious strategy has turned tracks like, “Unavoidable Things,” “Be A God,” and “Desperation,” into already familiar favorites. In the wake of their big release, they’ve also announced their November Residency at The Satellite. Starting November 4 and continuing every Monday night for the remainder of the month, they will be serving up their intricate synth-drenched pop tunes for your discerning palettes. Stay tuned for more details as The Deli LA will be presenting one of the nights. Stream the album below from Father/Daughter Records out now on vinyl, CD and on iTunes. – Jacqueline Caruso
And The Kids is a Northampton quartet who got their start busking on local streets, and playing in an underground studio/performance space in Holyoke run by lead singer Hannah Mohan and drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro.
The band, who tag their genre “indie folk rock glitter popsicle crisis” have a haunting wild sound generated by unruly riffs and melodies and Mohans unmistakable rich dreamy voice.
Their most recent LP Neighbors, released last month, is moody, mystical, youthful, rowdy, dark and fun all at once.
Although comparisons can be drawn between And The Kids and indie folk rock, dream pop artists like Cults, Lykke Li and Florence and the Machine – the band have definitely forged their own stand out style.
See them live at Toad, 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Friday Nov 1st
In celebration of Halloween, local garage punk rock bands will be taking over The Stork Club in Oakland as band counterparts. NOBUNNY, best known for his iconic bunny mask that is worn during performances, just released their album “Secret Songs: Reflections from the Ear Mirror” earlier this month and will be taking on the music of 60s rock and roll R&B artist, Bo Diddley. Shannon and The Clams, Oakland based woman fronted garage rock band, will be taking on the songs of 60s Peruvian garage rock band, Los Saicos. The Monster Women, an all-female 80’s/punk fused band based out of Eureka, CA, will be playing as memorable rock group, The Go-Go’s. Yogurt Brain, a lo-fi punk band based out of Oakland, will be playing as the iconic alternative rock band, Weezer.
The line-up for this show is going to be loud and fast in itself, but with the new identities each band will be taking, this show is one for the year. Be sure to celebrate your Halloween the right way – with some great local music! –Victor Casillas Valle
When you’re emcee Chaz Van Queen, there’s a lot to be positive about. If lyrics are to be believed, Queen is constantly surrounded by a vibrant community, plenty of sunshine, and has quite a few Twitter followers too.
With Slick Rick’s panache, and a dash of Q-tip’s bebop swing, most of Queen’s tracks are built for movement, constructing anthems out of whoops and shouts, all while keeping the backbeat steady and laid-back throughout. Last record ‘A:)4U’ displays one of the smoothest flows going right now. Take a listen to ‘Can You Hear the WOOP!?’ below, and see him when he announces more shows soon. – Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
I wonder if this decade will be remembered as the "Dream Pop" years – these days the genre seems to offer an endless reservoir of new acts coming out to grab the spotlight, from The XX to Beach House and so on, which means there’s a growing public out there appreciating this sound. DC’s GEMS are one of the dream pop bands of the moment, thanks to two gorgeous singles "Sinking Stone" (streaming) and Pegasus, plus a string of other above average songs already available online. There’s a lot of anticipation about their first official release, which will be celebrated with two shows at DC’s U Street Music Hall on November 14 and at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on the 11th.
It’d be easy to say that The Parson Red Heads are a classic rock band. It’d be even easier to say that they’re a Portland indie-folk band. This band can excel in separate categories through well-placed songwriting that translates their music into a storyteller platform. These stories are told with their lyrics as well as their instruments. Portland music fans tend to get sensitive when they hear the word jam so I’ll say that their songs often climax in orchestrated instrumental arrangements that do not stray way from the original idea. The Parson Red Heads have been giving us fresh rock and roll with a vintage/psychedelic feel for several years and are following up the successes of their last album with a new LP, Orb Weaver. Playing alongside PRH will be Alialujah Choir and Mimicking Birds. – Colin Hudson