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STIG Hits the Road With Summer Tour Dates

 Somewhere between the minimalism of Vulfpeck and the virtuosity of Snarky Puppy lies Boston-based funk ensemble STIG.  Adding their own flavor to the funk revival scene, STIG keeps it smooth and sexy, interesting without ever overstaying their welcome.  The band is currently on the back end of their Summer tour (hitting Sea Dog Brewing Co in Bangor, ME on 7/20), promoting their upcoming EP, Downtown Tom.  Check out the video for the title track below.  -Brian Varneke

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Beeef to Play Great Scott August 17th

We doubt if there is a town with more gripes than Boston. That seems to be the reason for the abundance of pissed-off garage rock bands like Allston's newest stars: Beeef. Since the release of their sarcastic 2017 release A Beeef CD, they received high praise from their own music scene, and celebrated local publications like Allston Pudding and Boston Hassle. That being said, we believe they are deserving of the attention, with charismatic, surfy guitars and jaunty rhythms. A Beeef CD is angsty, wronged, and heartbroken, but in all the right ways. This release shows a band that has found its place among its surrounding punks, and we hope they stay there. See them at Great Scott with Ian Sweet and Baby! on August 17th. -Allie Miller

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Black Helicopter Release New EP Everything is Forever

 Boston alt-rockers Black Helicopter are back with a 4-song EP full of their patented melodic, melancholic fuzz.  Invoking the best of bands like Weezer and Smashing Pumpkins, Everything is Forever is an impressive showcase of the bands eclectic talent.  Opening track "And I>Drive at Night" has a gritty, aggressive, yet understated character personified by vocalist Tim Shea's brooding narrative.  That mood persists and develops through the album, giving the EP a feeling of completion, while leaving the listener wanting more. -Brian Varneke





Lo-fi, slacker rock outfit TWEN plays The East Room 07.19

Recently relocated from Boston to Nashville, six-piece TWEN creates music that is an effortlessly cool blend of garage, psych, and slacker rock. On their live, self-titled album, Jane Fitzsimmons’ surfy voice drones over thrashing guitars, giving the effect of a punchier version of Best Coast. Her shoegaze-inspired vocals are what add the psychedelic twist to the grungy arrangements in songs like “Long Time” (streaming below) where reverb takes centerstage. Their sound is so defined in this EP that it’s difficult to believe it was recorded live—but they will be bringing their exceptional live show to The East Room on July 19th. - Lilly Milman





Horse Jumper of Love triumphantly return to the Great Scott 7.12

Horse Jumper of Love: still slow, still sad, still one of Boston's biggest bands. Since the release of their 2016 self-titled EP they've been riding on a steady stream of positive reviews and constant bookings. As a result, much has been said about them, described by Consequence of Sound as incorporating "tempo and tone unwavering, like controlled breathing." Aside from sing-a-long tracks such as "Ugly Brunette" and "Bagel Breath" from their EP, they've also released "Orange Peeler," a thoughtful, shoegaze-ing journey through the band's early songwriting and consistent use of spacey-sounding feedback. Horse Jumper of Love is not going anywhere. They recently finished touring with Spencer Radcliffe and Everyone Else, and will play the Great Scott once again on July 12th.-Allie Miller

 

 

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