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Troy Ramey: When The Lights Came

On December 23, 2014, Troy Ramey’s first solo EP, When the Lights Came, was released, capping-off a long road of writing, recording and crowd-funding for the Vermont native. Currently residing in New York City, Troy’s first foray into solo music proves to be quite a success. His grasp of crafting a catchy pop song is incredible for such a relatively unknown artist. From start to finish, it’s clear that these songs were meticulously thought-out, and perfectly executed. His voice is so strong and powerful that it immediately grabs your ears and demands your attention. My two favorite tracks are the title track and “Rosary”, the single that was exclusively released via The Deli New England a few months ago. Both demonstrate such immense vocal performances that it’s hard not to be drawn into the music.

 

For more info about Troy, check out his Facebook page. To purchase a copy of When the Lights Came, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)
 
 Artwork by: Caseymae Ramey

 

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Show Alert: Dominic Florio, Amy and The Engine, K.O. at The Middle East Upstairs on 1/21

Looking for something to help you get over hump day? Well, local promoter Boston Music Scene has you covered. This Wednesday, January 21, head to The Middle East Upstairs for a night full of upbeat pop tunes brought to you by Dominic Florio, Amy & The Engine and K.O.  Both Florio and K.O. have a knack for big, catchy hooks, while Amy and The Engine provide a lighter touch, à la Noah and the Whale. With so much talent crammed into one evening, you’ll have a hard time not getting some songs stuck in your head for work on Thursday morning.

 

Doors at 8PM, $8. 18+, proper ID required.

For further updates about the show, click here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)





Video for Reve's "Agency and Accountability"

Rêve, the Baltimore band once known as Playground Etiquette, have released a new video in advance of the remixing/mastering and partial re-recording of their album La Marionnette. On the heals of their The Joanne Sessions EP, recorded at the Joanne Trattoria in NYC, Rêve improves upon Playground Etiquette with more (somehow) shine and professionalism. "Agency and Accountability" demonstrates a great level of polish and improvement to the sound of a song that already had a solid sound. It's exciting to see a band, which already put so much effort and talent into everything they do, take it to the next level. Also, the video is kinda creepy, which is always good. --Natan Press

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Sports Coach releases 2nd EP, plays Tuesday in Boston

Just a few weeks after releasing his debut, Hit The Showers, Sports Coach is back with another EP, Grab Your Balls and Get On The Court. This time around the NFL sound bites are sent to the bench but coach’s lo-fi charm remains the same and even a little hazier.  Several tracks suggest a poor performance on the field or court, but Sports Coach always tries to make it sound positive, as a good coach would. Coach sums it up quite well: “Poetry is dumb, no muscles needed."

-Hayden Karnitz, @hkarnutz

Sports Coach performs Tuesday at Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA, with The Deli's artist of the month, Nathan Ventura.





Sean Eldon's imaginative psych pop, live at TT The Bear's on 01.11

My first exposure to Sean Eldon was an acoustic set at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, where we shared the stage a month or two ago. That was the first time I heard his song “I Never Heard Such Fuck” (streaming below). I didn’t know what to think at first, but I kept finding my self singing it, so you imagine my excitement when I heard the EP "Pulmones!" had been released. Partially a result of personal experiences with cancer in the family, the EP balances the anger, confusion, and bitterness of life’s far too real surprises. Punk in energy, psychedelic in imagination, Eldon has found a cool niche for himself. Manic sounding with honest, often colloquial lyrics, Pulmones! illustrates the painful growth a fresh Boston voice. Check out the EP here. All proceeds form the EP go to the American Cancer Society. Don't miss Sean's upcoming show at TT The Bear's in Cambridge on January 11. - Paul Jordan Talbot

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