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December 2014
Mitski
""bury me at makeout creek"
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In her third album "bury me at makeout creek," Brooklyn songwriter Mitski reveals a dual musical personality and a multi-faceted talent. Opener "texas reznikoff" presents us with what (deceptively) sounds like your regular, acoustic guitar armed singer songwriter, who gently sings about her wishes, her lovers and far away lands. It takes less than a minute and a half for that first impression to get completely subverted by a sudden build up of distorted guitars. The sonic saturation continues in the following track, the noise pop gem "townie," where Mitski sounds like a riot girl of the new millennium, crafting a beautifully tense melody, full of carefree lyrics, over an unrelenting carpet of fuzzy guitars and feedback. Following track "first love / late spring" take us back to the initial sparseness, introducing a very elegant, if not seductive melody, reminiscent of the crooning charmers of the '50s. A few tracks later, "jobless monday" doubles down on the crooner-pop influences, forging another incredibly beautiful vocal line. The rest of the record keeps dwelling between these recurrent extremes, revealing an artist who relies on her pop sensibility to allow her poetry to shine, while her instinctive, youthful angst leads her to reject anything that's too conventional or predictable. Many great records emerge from this kind of tension.

 
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mtvghosts @ Martyrs

mtvghosts recently released their debut LP, Tri-Pop. The play what they are calling "dreampunk" but at one time may have been lo-fi. Regardless, the album is fantastic and a great follow-up to their 2013 EP, Dystopio.

You can catch mtvghosts with Yoko and The Oh No's, The Boxers, and 521Briar Guys at Martyrs' tomorrow, 12/19, at 6pm.

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Joe Pug

Joe Pug is back with the first single from his forthcoming LP, Windfall. The single is called "If Still It Can't Be Found" and features Pat Sansone of Wilco on Mellotron. Windfall will be released on March 10th via Lightning Rod Records. This is the follow-up to Pug's 2012 album The Great Despair.

You can catch Joe Pug at House of Blues on Jan. 17th.

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Show Review: Kopecky at Mercy Lounge 12.13

Shortly after playing their last show of the year back in Nashville at Mercy Lounge this past Saturday, The Kopecky Family Band announced a name change to a more succinct "Kopecky." We read that as a step of preparation for 2015, a year that is going to see some heavy action for the band, with a sophomore album scheduled for a spring release and no doubt the same level of breakneck touring that the Kopeckys are known for. We got to hear some of the new material at their show, along with their classics and some fantastic openers (Apollo Wild and Austin Manuel.) The night also drove home the sense of community that pervades big-small town of Nashville as the crowd came together for their neighbors. Read on about the show HERE. -Terra James-Jura

 

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The Beautiful Artistry of Power Animal at Little Berlin Dec. 18

How does one describe the beautiful artistry of Power Animal? The music hits a listener from a variety of angles at once. However, this sonic exposure isn’t a smash-and-grab attack. It’s a pensively organic collection of textures, serving as a catalyst to rejuvenation, wiping the slate clean, and starting anew. The freeing tones are inherently light and energetic, generating a head-bobbing sway, while still retaining a depth that captures you at the core. Tonight, Power Animal, a.k.a. Keith Hampson, is part of a lineup at Little Berlin that also includes the delicate daydreaming pop of Sam Tremble & Allison Lorenzen, a.k.a. Slow Dance. Introspective minimalist rocking Vermont transports Hello Shark draw you in close, fleshing out personal narratives that are part stream of consciousness diary-inflected tales. Chicago’s Lala Lala rounds out the bill with their spin on haunting bare bones grunge. Little Berlin, 2430 Coral St., 7pm, $7 Donation, All Ages (Photo by Mac Whalen) - Michael Colavita

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NYC bands on the rise: Isadora

Isadora’s latest, the "Predators EP", strikes a fine balance between their song’s underlying dreaminess, and an unapologetic ebullience featured on later tracks. The songs are reliably catchy throughout, but some, such as "Barcelona" (streaming) will knock you sideways. In this song, the hook comes early, a brief and sticky piano phrase wrapped tightly in a snare and shaker groove. The song’s chorus, conversely, develops more gradually. The first pass at it is fleeting, hinting at this section’s later flourish and then reengaging the listener with the piano refrain, this time waist deep in wailing guitar. "Option A," another strong cut from the EP, also plays on this dynamic, gradually raising the temperature to degrees below soaring, expertly lapsing into a calmer pocket, before a final anthemic relapse. Catch Isadora 12/7 at Glasslands. - Emilio Herce

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