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NYC band on the rise: noise rockers Russian Baths play Union Pool on 8/16

On their debut EP Ambulances, the Brooklyn-based band Russian Baths, lithely manages to forge melodic music that is equally haunting as it is noisy. Marked by a wraithlike set of vocals that float over layers of pedal-driven cacophony, the band's sound is so swirlingly hypnotic that it would make a perfect soundtrack for your next fever dream - should you ever need one. Russian Baths is distinctively New-York-Cool, and while their distorted guitars snarl and crunch their way through the two track release, the band still imbues them with a decidedly dance-y fervor. See them live at Union Pool on August 16th opening for IYEZ and Mueren Humanos. - Olivia Sisinni





People Like You ready release of sophomore album

Buzzwords like "fresh" and "innovative" get thrown around all the time in music journalism. They are pretty cool sounding afterall. Rarely, though, does an artist and their music justify the usage or embody the spirits of those words. Boston's People Like You do.  The indie outfit's debut LP from two years ago flew under our radar, but now's the perfect time to discuss it since they are working on its follow-up and playing a ton of live shows. At the core of their sound is the contrast between the band's cerebral instrumental arrangements and the visceral vocals.  Each of their songs is a swirling mix of instruments and styles from classical glockenspiels,  jazz horns and persussion to indie-rock guitars. The isnstrumental parts are intriguing, inventive and could probably function as post-rock songs just by themselves. That would, however, take away singer Chris Lee's emo and spoken-word styled vocals, and that would suck. Lee's at times laconic, others verbose, but always emotional vocals crash head-first into the band's instrumental arrangemtns to create a sound that excites emotions and provokes introspective thought. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber





New Video: NPR's Tiny Desk Concert - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Step into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, where Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band recently performed a trio of songs “Harmonious Dance,” “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues,” and “Boston Street Lullaby” in the sequence that they appear on The Rarity of Experience. The psych-rockers set implores a serene, celestial aura, offering a mind-cleansing sense of speculation. They’ll be opening for Super Furry Animals , this Friday, July 22 at Union Transfer. (Photo by NYC Taper)





Ghost King plays the Gateway on 07.30 + talks about guitar FX with Delicious Audio

We enjoyed Ghost King's 2016 debut album "Bones" so much that we made it NYC Record of the Month back in April. The album sounds like a noteworthy recap of the (indie) guitar rock sound of the '90s, with references to bands as disparate and glorious as Sonic Youth, the Violent Femmes, Pavement, The Pixies and Guided by Voices. The band will be performing at the Gateway on July 30th within a festival organized by a new blog focused on the Tri State Area Punk/DIY scene called Microscene. Check out their new video for under two minute single 'Till You Belong to Me."

Read the Q&A with Ghos King about pedals and other guitar gear used in "Bones"





Eternals release fresh LP, to play Lilypad Iman on 7/22

Folk may be an old, old genre, but that doesn't mean everyone has given up on trying to innovate it. Take the latest project by Somerville band, Eternals for example.  On Isn't That Any, the quartet intently root their music in the... rootiness of their lead singer's voice and snare-heavy percussion typical of folk, but on each track they also mix in a different genre or influence seamlessly, giving the album a broad musical width while still maintaining a strong investment in folk. One intriguing moment in the record is when they segue directly from "See You," a song drenched in shoegaze, to the alt-folk pop jam "Bar Room Dancing." At other times they even bring in some synth textures - perhaps signifying the emergence of "synth folk" as a genre? In short, it's always nice to see someone take the old traditional American music with open mind and heart, and Eternals have done just that on this latest LP.  You can check them out at Lilypad Inman on 7/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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