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July 2016
Big Thief
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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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Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

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Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Blondie
Suicide
Lydia Lunch
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Mars
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Arto Lindsay
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Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Nas
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The Strokes
Interpol
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Catch up with The Sun Parade at The Great Scott on 7/30

When we last saw The Sun Parade , they had released their 2014 single, "Heart's Out." Since then they've played a ton of shows, sucessfully crowd-funded for a debut LP and are now putting on the finsihing touches of that said album.  Due to these devleopments it seems like some re-introductions are in order, no? Their offerings to date have all bursted with melody, espeically their tom-tom heavy percussion.  Their vocalist also has that unique quality of being able to inflect boat loads of emotion into his voice without making the music feel sappy or overwrought. Tying these ends together are clean, simple but not dull guitar patterns which provide a nice anchor for the previously mentioned elements. You can check out The Sun Parade at The Great Scott on 7/30, where they promised they'll play tracks off their forthcoming full-length. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber, Photo by Georgia Rae Teesma


People Like You ready release of sophomore album

Buzzwords like "fresh" and "innovative" get thrown around all the time in music journalism. They are pretty cool sounding afterall. Rarely, though, does an artist and their music justify the usage or embody the spirits of those words. Boston's People Like You do.  The indie outfit's debut LP from two years ago flew under our radar, but now's the perfect time to discuss it since they are working on its follow-up and playing a ton of live shows. At the core of their sound is the contrast between the band's cerebral instrumental arrangements and the visceral vocals.  Each of their songs is a swirling mix of instruments and styles from classical glockenspiels,  jazz horns and persussion to indie-rock guitars. The isnstrumental parts are intriguing, inventive and could probably function as post-rock songs just by themselves. That would, however, take away singer Chris Lee's emo and spoken-word styled vocals, and that would suck. Lee's at times laconic, others verbose, but always emotional vocals crash head-first into the band's instrumental arrangemtns to create a sound that excites emotions and provokes introspective thought. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber


Eternals release fresh LP, to play Lilypad Iman on 7/22

Folk may be an old, old genre, but that doesn't mean everyone has given up on trying to innovate it. Take the latest project by Somerville band, Eternals for example.  On Isn't That Any, the quartet intently root their music in the... rootiness of their lead singer's voice and snare-heavy percussion typical of folk, but on each track they also mix in a different genre or influence seamlessly, giving the album a broad musical width while still maintaining a strong investment in folk. One intriguing moment in the record is when they segue directly from "See You," a song drenched in shoegaze, to the alt-folk pop jam "Bar Room Dancing." At other times they even bring in some synth textures - perhaps signifying the emergence of "synth folk" as a genre? In short, it's always nice to see someone take the old traditional American music with open mind and heart, and Eternals have done just that on this latest LP.  You can check them out at Lilypad Inman on 7/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber


Silverteeth relocates to Newport, RI and releases self-titled EP

After nearly a decade in Brooklyn, prodigal son Bill Bartholomew is returning home to Rhode Island, together with his band silverteeth.  Alongside this relocation to Newport's tiny but powerful music scene, they also released a self-titled EP, and it feels like the two may be correlated thematically. The project contains guitar-centric, no-nonsense alt-pop that opts for a tight, well-oiled sound. On the record, Bartholomew's voice and guitar each drip with sentimentality, and stir the powerful emotions that occur when going through a major life event, such as a move back home. Silverteeth played a EP release show on July 8 at Aurora in Providence, which should the first of many New England shows to come. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber


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