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July 2016
Big Thief
"Masterpiece
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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Miranda Inanunza plays SOB's on 9/26

On her Soundcloud profile, NYC RnB artist Miranda Inzunza says she "lowkey, wants to be the female Drake" and, although she still has a loooong way to go, she might be on the right path. Her output to date bears some sonic but mostly thematic (the lady doesn't rap) resemblances to the music of the self described "God of Toronto." Floating on gracefully produced atmospheric tracks flirting with trip hop and ambient, her vocals have the perfect weight to them, allowing her lyrics, often about the pitfalls of relationships, to feel completely genuine, rather than sappy or overwrought. On her latest "Take (feat. JAHS)" she sings over airy, electronic and slightly trappy production about a partner that only "takes, takes, takes;" the beat perfectly emphasizes the vocals/lyrics and vice versa. Our favorit track 'The Beginning' (streaming below) is a dreamy electronic track expressing the love for the initial stages of relationships. Miranda Inanunza is one to watch, and if you happen to be in NYC, you can do so live at SOB's on 9/26. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber


New England Record of the Month: Astronoid (live at Great Scott on 09.13)

Boston’s Astronoid interject beautifully dreamy instrumentation and ethereal vocals into black metal on their impressive debut full length Air, which was released in June on the Finnish metal label Blood Music. It cohesively blends shoegaze, thrash, prog-rock, black metal, and punk to form what they call “dream thrash”. While the five-piece embraces the clean atmospheric sounds of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky, they also offer a pummeling and swift assault of black metal blast beats that shows off drummer's Matt St. Jean’s solid skills. Instead of resorting to the usual harsh and guttural screams the black metal genre is known for, vocalist Brett Boland uses an elegantly clean vocal delivery that channels the airy sounds of popular shoegaze acts such as Slowdive and Ride. It would be easy to lose sight of their goal on an LP that pulls from an eclectic group of influences, but Astronoid do a fantastic job at forging a sound that stays consistent throughout the album. They will be playing at Great Scott on September 13th in support of Ghost Bath! - John Honan


Tipling Rock unveils video for "Low Tide Love," plays The Red Room on 09.14

Based out of Boston, MA, Tipling Rock are a four-piece indie rock outfit that channels the breezy vibes of surf-pop. Their latest single “Low Tide Love” is an effortlessly upbeat track characterized by warm, bouncing guitars and an undeniably catchy chorus delivered with a laid-back and optimistic tone. The band just released this music video for the track that highlights the wonderfully carefree nature of summer vacation as a young adult. Tipling Rock will be playing The Red Room in Boston on September 14th! - John Honan 

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Teenender play O'Brien's Pub on 9.14

Formed in 2015, Teenender began as an indie pop duo consisting of brothers Brian and Chris McKenna. The two released their debut EP t e e n e n d e r in June of 2015. It was a smooth and upbeat collection of synthpop tracks that channeled the bounciness of 80’s pop. This summer they returned as a four-piece with their new single “Beat That Invites Me” (streaming), which featured their velvety optimistic sound, but with a more laid back vibe that incorporates drums and guitars. Teenender will be playing O’Brien’s Pub on September 14th! - John Honan

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