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Nico LaOnda brings new wave heat on "Fratello Gemma," plays Our Wicked Lady 2.12

The average temperature in Italy can swell to 80-plus (Fahrenheit) during the summer, producing a sweltering heat that puts New York’s warm season to shame. One can imagine these dry months played into the creation of “Fratello Gemma” by New York-based, Italian born musician Nico LaOnda — the track’s accompanying visuals feature a sweaty tennis match, but the music itself is a lurid, downtempo new wave bop, one that immediately evokes feelings of a hot August afternoon, spent (ideally) in the shade sipping Campari. LaOnda’s vocal performance and Italian lyricism lend to the track’s sweet electronic components in creating a forlorn energy, a recollection of summers past. Watch the video below ahead of LaOnda’s performance on February 12th at Our Wicked Lady.

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Venus Twins kick ass and take names on new EP, play Trans-Pecos 2.10

Kickass is perhaps the most apt name for Brooklyn-duo Venus Twins debut offering, a white knuckle punk drum and bass EP that thrills and chills over the course of five short tracks. Introductory “Addition” sets the tone for this release, wherein repetitive, sludgy bass licks and tightly wound drumming throw listeners into the pit, with later tracks “Meet is Murder” and “DOOM // CRUCIFY” introducing more melodic elements to the band's sound, the former indulging in occasional math-y rhythmic breakdowns and a joint vocal performance by bandmembers and brothers Jake and Matt Derting. Closer “Vile” is the EP’s most unhinged and industrial effort, filled with dooming breakdowns and screaming vox, showing that while minimalistic hardcore may be Venus Twins bread and butter, they’re not afraid to get really, really weird with it. Stream Kickass below, and catch the band at Trans-Pecos on February 10th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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Laveda lays down hazy indie pop on new single, plays Rubulad 2.28

Brooklyn-based duo and recent Color Station signees Laveda craft shoegaze-influenced indie, with their most recent single “If Only (You Said No)” a lush encapsulation of their pedal-friendly, upbeat sound. Acoustic guitars quickly segues to a hazier, more ambient instruments in the track’s first act, quickly transitioning into 808s-driven synth pop as band members Jake Brooks and Ali Genevich sing in unison, their hushed vocals a somber foreground to the track’s swirling instrumental backing. A far more hushed single in comparison to the band’s previous efforts (“Better Now,” “Dream. Sleep”), “If Only (You Said No” demonstrates Laveda’s ability to creating energetic tunes with an experimental rock influence, perfect for fans of groups such as Slowdive or Japanese Breakfast; give them a listen below, and catch the duo on February 28th at Rubulad. Photo by Andrew Segreti

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Sam Moss covers the good ones in "Three Oldies"

Last month Boston’s Sam Moss released a simple, modern take on three classic folk/country tunes. The compilation, titled aptly Three Oldies, includes Moss’ cover of 1959’s “I Drew My Ship” by Shirley Collins, a fiddle tune titled “Long John” and “Engine 143” a song performed by Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, and many others. Moss performs each track with deep sincerity and respect, his soft voice, and clean electric guitar embellishments adding sweet modernism to songs like “Engine 143.” Stream the track below for a satisfying way to start your weekend. - Rene Cobar, photo by Morgan Rose Ford

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Rookie "Sunglasses"

Rookie has announced that they have signed with the local label Bloodshot Records and will be releasing their self-titled debut album on March 13th.

The band also released visuals for the album's lead single "Sunglasses".

You can help Rookie celebrate the release on March 13th at Empty Bottle with Girl K and Tobacco City.

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