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Kindling brings their shoegaze-y indie rock to Brighton Hall 1/18

 As their name suggests, there's definitely something incindiary about Easthampton-based band Kindling. Their songs are thick with a nasty, fuzz and feedback coating, paired against ethereal vocals that somehow manage to float above the firey instrumental whirlwind happening beneath them. Catch the band at Brighton Music Hall 1/18 playing with City of Caterpiller and The Saddest Landscape, and be sure to stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni

 





Buzz Alert: Crumb leaves us hungry for more of their jazzy soul psych tunes

Boston-based Crumb offers laid-back tunes for reflective mornings. Layering singer/guitarist Lila Ramani's effortless, nonchalant vocals over a bed of sometimes-funky-often-jazzy psych rock, the band delivers dulcet tunes with a serious side of haze. The lyricism invites introspection, and instrumentals often wind down unexpected turns, but Crumb's music manages to be engaging without being overly demanding of their listeners. Right now, the band's Soundcloud account description is simply inscribed with the words "More to come." We'll certainly be looking forward to the next release from the band, but in the meantime, you can stream Crumb below.-Olivia Sisinni
 

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Pile to play Great Scott 11/17

Listening to Pile is kind of like being in the eye of a storm--there are brief moments of calm, punctuated by the cacophony of the hurricane hurling around you. A lot of what makes the band so engaging to listen to is that while they certainly deliver the head-nod worthy riffs of an indie rock band, they're also explosive and driving--constantly pushing the limits of simple song structures and edging toward blanketing the listener in total noise. The result is an unpredictable sonic experience with expert dynamic play, and gleaming, textbook examples of bridled chaos. If the sky ever cracks open, this may be your soundtrack to the end of the world. Check out Pile 11/17 at Great Scott with Palm and Dust from 1000 Years, and listen to them streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 





Buzz Alert: Lady Bones drops grungey 6 track EP

With the recent revival of flannel and plastic tattoo chokers, Lady Bones may be the next obsession for nostalgia-hungry millenials on the hunt for their next 90's throwback. On the their latest EP, Terse, Lady Bones serves up everything we loved about early 90's tunes: churning out packageable tracks with a lo-fi, DIY tinge, that still manage to seem on the brink of losing their cool. Riffs are weighty without being heavy, drumming almost feels primal at times, and the band's vocals are unhinged, even while crafting catchy hooks. Listen to "Weight" from Lady Bones streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni





Punk band Fucko "Deals with the Weird" on latest album

The Boston-based trio of "sarah, jake and derek" have given themselves one of those classic band names that I'm a little bothered I didn't think of first: Fucko. Their latest release, Dealing with the Weird, is a fun punk LP--catchy as all hell, tongue-in-cheek at times, but not to be confused for an album without a ton of heart. Singer/guitarist Sarah, whether belting out hooks or delivering her lyrics dryly, sings with a relatable earnestness that is instantly translatable--even on a first-blush listen. But then again, who out there isn't dealing with their own weird? Check out Fucko streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

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