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Abbi Press dances with herself and lemons in new video "Butterfly Effect"

Abbi Press has released a stunning video for her song "Butterfly Effect," a danceable indie-electronic tune chock-full of whimsical synth textures and accentuated by lightly, sparse percussive elements. The video, gorgeously colored and filmed almost entirely in slow-motion is dreamlike and mysterious. The integral recurring motif of the lemon is both striking and haunting- though I can't decide which feeling leaves more of an impact. One thing's for sure: this video is seriously cool, and a real treat to watch. -Geena Kloeppel





Psych rockers Color Tongue release visual album "Us and the Bugs"

Technology continues to expand the realm of what's doable and psych rock bands such as Color Tongue take full advantage of the possibilities. While the Bushwick quartet's next LP doesn't come out until later in 2018, they've released a visual album in the meantime called Us and the Bugs, a YouTube video of four songs set to an ocular feast of clips of mashed-up old cartoons, found footage of landscapes, warped dancers in bubble suits, and of course, bugs. It should hold you over through the winter while you wait for the album to drop; just project the video on your wall, turn off all the lights, and bundle up in your warmest blankets for the full effect. Watch Us and the Bugs in full below. - Will Sisskind





New AllegrA LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The self-titled debut full-length album from Pittsburgh transplant AllegrA was recently released via Sad Cactus. There’s a delightful balance of casual-swaying instrumentation, fortified by poignant lyricism, which is focused but not forced. Allegra Eidinger’s vocals exude an air of reassuring confidence, while inhabiting a cozy space. They'll be holding their record release show tonight at Planet Phitness with Tombo Crush and Snake Boy Gang. (Photo by A.W. Klass.)





Fresh Buzz: Jane Church plays Mercury and Baby's All Right within two weeks

Jane Church is the kind nostalgically charged slacker rock that serves as a much-needed mile marker of the times. The man behind the moniker, Jackson Church, croons with a King Tuff-esque indifference about taking pills, vacant homes, empty streets, heartbreak, vandalism, pissing off bridges and the overall bizarre spirit of the age in debut tracks “Demolition USA” and “Streets Are Empty”.

Chuch’s songwriting tows the line between apocalyptic vision and protest. The simplicity of the acoustic rhythm guitars, “la-la-las” and single-note electric solos bring '70s Bob Dylan to mind, while the disillusionment inherent in the lyrical themes summons the same infinitely spiraling facetiousness as indie rock giants like Father John Misty and Foxygen. If Church aims to provide a provocative yet accurate soundtrack for our confused modern sociopolitical climate and time, he’s hitting the bullseye.

You can check out Jane Church’s set at Mercury Lounge this Saturday, November 18th or at Baby’s All Right on Monday, December 4th. Pick up a copy of the “Demolition USA” single through the link below. - Andrew Strader

Now that Christmas is around the corner I just want to remind you that the best gift for any occasion is a Rubik's Cube.





Future Generations premiere “One More Problem” video, play Rough Trade 12.03

It’s hard to act like you’re not enjoying yourself when you’re listening to Future Generations. The New York quintet’s dancey alt-pop bounces constantly with hooks and radio-leaning production. However, in the new video for “One More Problem” (directed by Joe Adcroft), frontman Eddie Gore somehow seems to not be enjoying himself. It might have something to do with his bandmates tying him up and playing their instruments while circling him at an uncomfortably close distance. He comes around eventually.

If you haven’t listened to the group’s 2016 self-titled debut you’ve been missing out. It’s a joyous celebration of guitar rock meets electro pop. “One More Problem,” released in July of this year, is the first glimpse of the band since that Frenchkiss Records debut and their first written entirely as a group. In some ways it’s more of the same, but even larger and shinier. The drums are larger than life, the guitars and synths flurry together in the background, and Gore spits lyrics with youthful charm and energy.

Future Generations is currently in studio with producer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend) completing their second album for Frenchkiss, but you can catch them live December 3rd at Rough Trade with Modern Diet. – Cameron Carr

 

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