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Buzz Alert: Promiseland brings riotous darkwave to Mercury on 05.24

The truth is, you want to see Promiseland for the live show. For the tear-yourself-apart, no-limits performance of Australian-born vocalist Johann Rashid. The industrial-techno instrumentals sound like they could come from a secret warehouse rave on the edge of the city, but Promiseland’s vocals are straight from the realm of punk. Collectively, it makes for an intense, nightmarish experience, which coupled with the performance aspect, becomes simply jarring - in a good way. You can see Promiseland next at Mercury Lounge on May 24, opening for Rey Pila alongside The Muckers. – Cameron Carr





Retirement Party "Should It"

Retirement Party have released a second single, “Should It”, from their forthcoming LP, Somewhat Literate, which is due out May 25th via Counter Intuitive. This is the follow-up to their 2017 self-released debut EP, "Strictly Speaking". The first single form this LP was the terrific “Passion Fruit Tea” which received a ton of well-deserved attention.

You can help Retirement Party celebrate the release of their LP on June 15th at Beat Kitchen with What Gives, Dead Sun, and Lettering.





New Ecstatic Vision Covers EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Ecstatic Vision pay tribute to their musical table-setters on the group's latest EP Under The Influence, which is now available via Heavy Psych Sounds. Enter into cosmic overdrive as this hypnotic brand of heavy takes command. Raunchy riffs and howling, demonic vocals blaze a trail that one will intuitively follow. The band will be holding its release celebration on Friday June 8 at Kung Fu Necktie, supported by Narcos Family Band and High Reeper.





A Deli Premiere: Oh Malô release ambient alt-rock “Young Orchard” EP

Beginning with the stream of bubbling, delayed guitar that opens “Don’t Look, Don’t Stare” it’s immediately clear that Oh Malô has a taste for ambience. Complete with generously textural guitar work—ranging from endlessly looped arpeggios to atmospheric swells—and an airy vocal delivery, the band’s follow-up to its 2016 debut LP aims for expansive, spacious compositions. At the same time, Oh Malô plays with a bright and, at times, almost lilting feel that keeps the group’s post-rock tendencies in a clear frame of reference. Fans of other experimental-leaning alt-rock acts will feel right at home with “Young Orchard” as vocal harmonies and syncopated drums abound. “Young Orchard” is out May 4, but you can stream it in advance of its release below. Don't miss the band's release party at Elsewhere on May 8th– Cameron Carr





Thick share song “Bleeding,” play EP release show at Elsewhere on 5/24 and Northside Fest on 6/7

No strangers to our blog and mag, Brooklyn punky garage rockers Thick have been building a steady following since their inception back in 2016.  Emerging from the splinters of other local favorites, the three piece has harnessed an appealing mix of wild abandon and serious determination.  Recent release “Bleeding” (streaming below) is a pedal down chugger that details how difficult life in the city can sometimes be. While the verses lay all this down with amusing lo-fi “oooh wah” background vocals, melodic riffs and sharp rhythmic accents come fast and hard. The chorus hits like a Hey-Ho Ramones fist pumping shout-along - “don't touch me – I'm bleeding!”   Having recently completed a mini-tour of prominent ivy league colleges, the band scheduled a hometown EP release show at Elsewhere on 5/24 appearing with Gymshorts, Chorizo and Lost Boy. The band is also scheduled to appear during the Northside Festival on 6/7. - Dave Cromwell

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