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Alt Rock

Rip Into the Stratosphere w/Space Pizza at Ortlieb's Oct. 20

Loose comfort with a tendency to reach out there in a playful/powerful flex of intensity, that’s what Space Pizza tastes like in your ears. Instinctive, velcro-jangling rock with lyrics that often drop pretense in accordance with embracing the joy; the music instantly adheres in a casual, memorable manner. However, the quartet’s lighthearted aesthetic doesn’t come at the expense of instrumentation, as somewhat goofy lyrical snippets are escalated by ability to lockdown into a deep instrumental groove and rip into the stratosphere. Tonight, they’re paired with the wandering-folk stoner exploits of Sam Perduta (of Elison Jackson). While a pair of Brooklyn bands in the countrified-cosmic jams of Morning Martyrs and the rollin' & rumblin' folk rock of The Ferdy Mayne stitch this showcase at Ortlieb’s together. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. 3rd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Brand new from NYC: Halycine unveils video for 'One More Try'

Halycine is the stage name of NYC rock songwriter Chloe Raynes, who used to be the lead singer in bluesy grunge band Blue & Gold. Her solo material, crystalized in debut EP 'In The Salt' showcases a more developed artistic identity and also undeniable improvement in the production department. The video for single 'One More Try' adds visual, disturbing power to the most intriguing song on the record, check it out below.


Modern Crush releases blistering new single "Not Your Enemy"

"Not Your Enemy", the new single by Modern Crush, immediately captures you and doesn't let go. The art rock trio's blistering new single is pointedly ungarnished, particularly in how it embraces a scuzzy, primal form of rock n' roll that holds no apologies. There's also some playfulness in Joseph White's howling vocals, an unpredictable driving force who's complemented by a taut rhythm section that raises the amps and propels out.

You can see Modern Crush live at El Cid on November 5. And check out "Not Your Enemy" on their official website




Blackdog Ballroom is a 4 piece indie/mod rock group comin out of Richmond Hill, Ontario. They released an album in January of this year titled “This Is Blackdog Ballroom.” The record opens up with a track called “Sounds Like Now” which is a catchy tune that’ll easily get stuck in your head. It has a bit of a 90‘s feel to it which combined with the mod style they got goin on makes for an interesting combo. November 4th they'll be rockin Cherry Cola's for Matt Groopie's birthday bash. Have a listen to a track right here... - Kris Gies



They call themselves "folk n' roll" which is a fairly accurate description. The Plain Steel have been around the Hamilton scene for many years now and they are getting ready to release their second full length album. The record is titled "Slow Day In A One Horse Town" which can sometimes be the feelings you get in Hamilton. The folks there know how to party when there is something going on though. This Friday The Plain Steel are throwing their release party at the Casbah. Have a listen to their single "Living Memory" which delicately unveils their folk n' roll sounds complete with a soothing cello and nice guitar licks. Joining them will be the Beach Bats, Local Haunts and Will Gillespie. 5 bucks and doors at 8. - Kris Gies


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