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Baltimore alt-dance rockers The Milestones drop a couple demo tracks

Those talented rockers from Baltimore are back with a couple demo tracks in advance of an unannounced EP. The Milestones released "City of Soul" and "Have It All," working to hone the in-studio sound and tame the oft-wild and varied live versions. It's definitely working: the quartet's signature is to shift abruptly yet seamlessly from spacey, soothing melodies into hard licks that get audiences everywhere dancing. Both songs are richly layered with well-produced vocals, energetic drumming, and consistently dynamic guitar riffs, mind-blowing when taken holistically for the variety. Get excited for that EP to come out in the hopefully near future and catch them headlining at the 8x10 on 7/1, $12, with Luna June, Pocket Bells, The Fun Boys, and Far Future. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Creative and technically superb teaser tracks on new Drewsif Stalin album

Drewsif Stalin's sophomore album “Anhedonia” sets its tone from the get-go with a spine tingling rage that seems like a pretty good interpretation of what anhedonia—the inability to feel pleasure—might sound like sonically. Behind a downright creepy vocal delivery of line “inching closer and closer” comes a snarling guitar lick which fits beautifully in the pocket of the groove. Just when the groove seems to get a little repetitive, Drewsif Stalin pulls out a new trick from his bag, transitioning first to a more energetic drum beat, then to a vocal section in a new register, and then even to an ambient dreamscape breakdown. In the end what carries both of the teaser tracks is the outstanding musicianship and very well thought out songwriting.

Check out Drewsif Stalin's “Andhedonia”, dropping tomorrow, June 1st.

  -Written by Michael Dranove

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Solid tracks from DC producers bobmoekill

Bobmoekill's “All Good Things” starts out with a very promising introduction. The harmony builds wonderfully with the drum tracks tastefully added underneath. Gradually, the textures fill out, and at about 1 minute the buildup pays off with the tasteful drums turning into a deep groove.

The opening title track is a pretty good barometer of the bobmoekill style, which seems to alternate between R&B, pop electronica, ambient electronic.  Although sometimes the tracks felt a little derivative (boo synth horns), this is a great first release, and there is every indication that there are more good things to come from the duo.

-Written by Michael Dranove

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Crisp, psychedelic prog-rock from Baltimore's Deaf Scene

Listening to Deaf Scene for the first time, one of the things I was most impressed by were the seamless transitions within the songs. The band does a great job developing themes with increasing intensity, steering clear of traditional verse-chorus structures to take listeners on a journey. Sometimes it's easy to get listener fatigue, going through 9 separate journeys on a full length prog-rock album, but the band keeps it interesting with a pleasing blend of post-rock and psychedelic, mixing in the driving force of tracks like “Zealot” with the trippy vibes of “Sun Drops”.

Aside from the stellar songwriting, the musicianship is a real tour-de force here. Everything is so tight, clean, and well rehearsed, it's abundantly clear that these guys really know their way around their instruments. An impressive and promising first album from Deaf Scene.

-Written by Michael Dranove

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Bunk Buddha to curate Mind Field Music and Arts Festival 09.15 - 09.16

On September 15th-16th, Baltimore-based electronic/hip-hop group, Bunk Buddha, is set to headline the Mind Field Music and Arts Festival in Bunker Hill, West Virginia. In addition to playing 3 sets, the band will also have a hand in curating the multi-platform festival, which will include late-night acoustic bluegrass and folk jams, art installations, a community campfire, nature walks, group meditation, and more. Have a listen to Bunk Buddha below! - Ethan Ames

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