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HARD JOB's "Carvest" is not for the faint of heart, plays Alphaville 12.19

Carvest, the latest LP by Brooklyn-based polymath Scott D. Townsend (recording under the project name HARD JOB) splits the difference between Townsend’s lively, melodic songwriting and a vast array of experimental, instrumental parts. The album opens with “I Look at Miserable,” a 90s rock inspired track that showcases Townsend’s bombastic, raw vox against a repeating, major bass loop, squealing riffs, and a floor tom heavy percussive line; this sound quickly transitions to “White Noise,” a song underpinned by reverb heavy drums and a persistent noisy hum alongside Townsend’s bright, alternative radio-friendly vocals. Later HARD JOB goes full art pop with “Dating In Your 30’s,” a fun upbeat tune supported by a constant kitschy metronome-like beat and various echoing electric guitars. Overall, Carvest is a deeply interesting and wholly disorienting effort, cohesive in its creator’s desire to reinvent a plethora of different genre influences in his own image, making for a fascinating listen. Stream it below, and catch HARD JOB at Alphaville on December 19th, alongside Painted Faces, Human Flourishing, and Video Daughters. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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All hail Seldomo’s psych rock “Scrap King,” play Hart Bar 12.20

Irreverent genre-wanderers Seldomo are seemingly never comfortable putting out the same flavor of music album after album. Their latest double single Insomnia / Scrap King is a hard pivot from their 2017 folk-tinged LP Probably Cool, informed by the same delightfully weird songwriting yet noticeably more discordant; both tracks’ psych-surf-stoner-rock sound feature heavy riffs, an abrasive drive, and the additional saxophone accents. It’s recommended listening for fans of The Oh Sees and screaming in general; jam it below, and catch Seldomo at Hart Bar on December 20th.

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Submit your band to Our Wicked Lady's Winter Madness 2020

Yes, yes, we're all very well aware that "industry plants," clout chasing, successful exploitation of Spotify's recommended artists algorithm and just being good and online will likely be greater determinants of a band's success in 2020 (as they were in 2019 and 2018 and so on), but there's something classic about a good, old fashioned battle of the bands, the closest thing resembling a bloodsport in the New York music scene. This dynamic is why you should attend, support, or (if you're a musician) submit to Our Wicked Lady's forthcoming b.o.t.b., Winter Madness 2020. Over the course of each Friday and Saturday in February, 16 bands will duke it out, competing for a top prize of $5,000, a ten hour recording session at Hive Mind, and a performance spot at Our Wicked Lady's unofficial SXSW showcase. High stakes and local music make this a must-attend event — check the details here if you're planning on going, badger your friends in bands to submit their music before the December 25th deadline, and keep an eye out for the lineup's announcement on January 2nd. 

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DIY/Lo-Fi

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
The Shivers
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
www.facebook.com/cinemaundertheinfluence
Venue name: 
The Sultan Room
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From the Submissions: Early Spring’s “hang around + hurt me bad”

Brooklyn psych rock outfit Early Spring’s music is an impressionistic, watercolored soundscape, replete with hazy vocals and bright, verdant guitar work. Their latest split single hang around + hurt me bad disorients from the start, inviting the listener to let the band’s screaming riffs wash over them; despite the apparent intensity of the group’s gain heavy instruments, their coupling with the Early Spring's meandering, echoing vox induces a strange calm, a sort-of meditative calm in the eye of a tropical storm. Tune in below, and catch Early Spring at the Kingsland on December 12th, supporting Squeegee Men.

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