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New Track: "Get Lost" - Queen of Jeans

Queen of Jeans's forthcoming album, If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid, is slated to arrive on August 23 via Topshelf Records. The trio recently shared a new video, co-directed by Miriam Devora & Bob Sweeney, for its lead single, “Get Lost”. It appears to also mark the departure of Nina Scotto from the group. (You can check the debut single, "Time Is Right," from her new project Pouring Silver HERE.) Addressing feelings of isolation and sadness and coming to terms with them through personal strength and acceptance, the band's latest track gathers anthemic momentum. It's an absolutely lovely sampling of what's to come. You can catch Queen of Jeans headlining Boot & Saddle on Friday, September 6. 





Fresh Buzz: Ghost Funk Orchestra Releases Single, "Skin I'm In"

The output of NYC-based Ghost Funk Orchestra is becoming increasingly more sophisticated, and the group is also playing more frequently this year, which is always a good sign. Their most recent LP release, A Song For Paul (a band member's grandfather) is a complex matter propelled by a 10-piece band comprising horns, woodwinds, strings, keys, a tambourine, on top of the expected drums/bass/guitar. Their latest single "Skin I'm In" is an excersize of restrained psychedelia at times reminiscent of unforgettable British band Broadcast.

Featuring effected vocals that span layers of groovy orchestral textures, the single seemlessly blends elements from ganres as disparate as funk, noise rock and Eastern music. This is one of the coolest track we stumbled upon this year; you can check out Ghost Funk Orchestra at Elsewhere on July 30th at 8 PM. - Susan Moon





Giant in the Lighthouse releases ambient EP "Waving," plays ONCE 07.22

Giant in the Lighthouse suggests with its music a world separate from the hustle and bustle of everyday life: the duo from Lowell, Massachusetts composes songs that one can lose themselves to with ease. Smooth vocals and ambient sounds soothe the listener away from worries while hints of alt-folk music add color and indie-rock breakdowns complete the escape. The group draws influences from bands like Tokyo Police Club and Youth Lagoon to craft its rich and easy-listening sound. The band’s latest record Waving showcases its smooth transitions from ambient folk music to vivid alt-rock. Giant in the Lighthouse will be performing at ONCE in Somerville on July 22nd. We are streaming “Sprinting” from the new EP below. - Rene Cobar





New Purling Hiss EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

"Summer meanz guitarz!" With Purling Hiss's latest EP Interstellar Blue, a gravitational pull of heavy is balanced by an ethereal drift. Its languid, mind-warping, guitar grooves have arrived just in time for the dog days of summer - a sublime complement to a frosty beverage and a fat spliff. You can grab your very own copy via Drag City Records. Purling Hiss are also all set to kick off their run of July shows this evening at PhilaMOCA, supported by The Writhing Squares and Long Hots.





Strangers by Accident celebrates single release tonight at Aeronaut Allston

Keeping New England’s folk-rock history going strong, Strangers by Accident has released a brand new single titled “Clean,” which pushes the limits of the genre in ear-pleasing fashion. The track builds up slowly: soft acoustic guitar strings and ambient vocal harmonies are led by impressive drum patterns toward a sonic cyclone of bass arpeggios and roaring electric guitar chords. The song closes with a front porch type of tranquility that betrays the storm that precedes it and completes the folk and rock ritual the band is fond of practicing. “Clean” is everything a folk-rock aficionado could ask for; the group is sure to play the single this evening at Aeronaut Allston, we are streaming it below for you. - Rene Cobar

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