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Providence indie pop trio Roz and the Rice Cakes plays at New Urban Arts on Friday (11.20)

The title track off Providence trio Roz and the Rice Cakes' June-released EP 'CLOSE ENCOUNTER' steams with affection. Like TV On the Radio's sublime 'Dear Science' closer "Lover's Day," the keys-steeped experimental pop song (streaming below) is an unabashed yet respectful letter to a romantic partner, any reservations flung out the window. The interplay of lead singer Roz Raskin's compassionate vocals and her bassist's steady zaps is so moving, though, that it elevates the song from an ode to affection to that of personal redemption. Roz and the Rice Cakes play at New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday (11.20). - Zach Weg





Free Download: Friends of Tricycle Records Compilation

It is finally here! Tricycle Records has released the 5th installment of their local music compilation entitled, Friends of Tricycle Records 5! We really like how TR extended their submission invitation to local artists who are not on their official roster, featuring great artists like Lemme Adams, Brasil, The New Up and Analog Dream.

Enjoy this free compilation. It is a celebration of local music and such a great contribution during a time where record labels are all about profit.

Track Listing

The Union Trade, In The Empire of Giants
NRVS LVRS, City Lights
n. Lannon, Another Love
Bobbi Rohs, That’s Bae
Halou, Lean Into The Gravity
The New Up, Future Is Now
Rich Girls, Total Control (Motels cover)
Lemme Adams, Hella
Everyone Is Dirty, Out Of The Blue (Roxy Music cover)
Kitten Grenade, Eighteen
El Terrible, We Know Your Name
Annie Girl and The Flight, Swans
Unconditional Arms, Fever Basin
Analog Dream, Lion’s Share
Garlands, Hallucination Healer
Brasil, Molly
Jordannah Elizabeth, A Prayer for Black America

Compiled by Julie Schuchard
Compilation Mastered by Christopher Reese Daddio at Donut Time Audio
Artwork by Adrian Landon Brooks
See more at: http://www.tricyclerecords.com/friends5/





Daniel Romano brings his moody country to Mod Club tomorrow (11.11)

Did you happen to watch the Country Music Awards the other night? I will admit I flipped to it for a second... and I'm a bit confused because there wasn't any country music, not sure what you call that stuff. However there's an Ontario fella making his rounds these days that makes REAL country music. His name is Daniel Romano and he hails from Welland, Ontario. He used to play punk rock but now has settled on making old time western tunes. He has a number of releases including 2011's "Sleep Beneath the Willow," which has a very soothing folk feel to it. 2013's "Come Cry With Me" sounds like your grandparents' country music and before you turn your nose up just have a listen and enjoy the wonderful melodies - they might make you cry though. This year he released his latest album "If I've Only One Time Asking" and with this album he really comes into his own making the same old time country with a more original feel to it. Many of the songs seamlessly blend into the following track which makes for a very pleasureable listen. The best example of this is tracks 2 and 3 "Old Fires Die" and "Strange Faces". Both great tunes, definite highlights of the album. Daniel spends a lot of time touring through the USA but we're lucky enough to have him right here in Toronto tomorrow night at the Mod Club. Take it from a rocker... this is bad ass music. Enjoy. - Kris  Gies

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Providence duo INFJ plays Machines With Magnets on 11.20

Providence duo INFJ calls its music "mom rock" and its January-released EP 's/t' provides the sublime consolation of that parent. Mostly Americana-twanged folk with a splendidly poppy number ("Best Laid Plans," streaming below), the five-song album gracefully explores such common feelings as longing and loneliness with compassion, Scott Thompson's patient guitars and Hayley Simmons' gliding voice providing angelic warmth. The creaky elegance of early Sharon Van Etten and Grizzly Bear is a possible influence on these songs but, largely due to Thompson's pining lyrics, they sound remarkably fresh. INFJ plays at Machines With Magnets on 11.20.- Photo by Matthew Clowney Zach Weg 





DENIM SKELETONS Release "Into The Fright"/Mississauga Release Show

DENIM SKELETONS like it eerie, grimey and loud. The spacey four piece bring a different kind of energy to their music, with a creepy garage-rock vibe underneath a squeeky-clean sheen of beautiful songwriting and production. Leading up to the release of their first full-length album, “Into The Fright”, they’ve teased us with one last single to wrap our heads around. “Mall Doll” alternates between a slow trudge, sparce and spine-tingling, and a beautiful punk-waltz. It hits hard, blasting a wall of noise that is both pretty, and pretty frightening. Layers upon layers of meticulously etched out instruments, noises and vocals paint a picture worth screaming about. They’re hosting a big release show with a ton of other local talent, be at Clarke Memorial Hall in Mississauga, Nov 27th.

- Cody Wright

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