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ManOfTheDown Humps Against Pretension in Video for "#FUCKAGENRE"

It ain't no secret that artists can pretty easily slip into being, to put it about as blunt as it needs to be, shitass pretentious as fuck. If you've been in Austin more than five minutes, you know this. ManOfTheDown, a member of Austin's excellent electronic beatmaking brigade, knows this, and his new music video for the irreverently named track "#FUCKAGENRE" takes a goofy, lighthearted swing at overblown, self-hyped artistic bullshit. It's goofy as fuck and low budget (in fact, I saw MOTD posting looking for extras for it probably three days before it came out) on purpose, basically just a motley crew of folk humping and thrusting awkwardly but committedly in a pretty Texas hill country setting, and it's damn fun. I especially dig the be-suited thrusting duet between the ManOfTheDown himself, Eli Good, and his fellow beatmaker Chris Medders (Feedback Alliance/Sole Glow Collective/Eversive/More). The addition of the monologue on pretention from a performance of John Logan's play "Red" (about pomo painter of big ole blocks of color Mark Rothko) is a nice touch, as is the expectedly on-point, badass production on the track itself. Ditch yer airs and thrust your way to glory with "#FUCKAGENRE" below, and if you dig the sound, find more MOTD here.

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Providence's Sensitive Hearts plays AS220 on Saturday (12/12)

A few months ago, Providence-based act Sensitive Hearts released some pleasantly sensual demos. While the song "Who Is He" is an electronica-oriented piece of skipping beats and percussive pings, the punk-inflected track "I'll Hold Your Hand" (streaming below) shows the genteel-voiced artist in an antsier manner, his vocals practically punching their way towards love. Damon Albarn's melancholic solo debut 'Everyday Robots' may be an influence on these songs but, as its name shows, Sensitive Hearts has an deep emotional artfulness that makes it fresh. Sensitive Hearts plays AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday (12/12). - Zach Weg 





Northampton's Mammal Dap plays Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT on 12.10

With their sputtering beats and trotting guitars, Northampton, Massachussetts indie funk quartet Mammal Dap powerfully reminds the listener that instruments alone can be deeply affecting. Excluding a human voice, songs like the drum-skipped "Ariel" and the bass-rubbed "Tried Tides" (streaming below) evoke autumnal melancholy while ultimately letting summer joy slide through. A compelling combination of Ratatat's elasticity and Flying Lotus's claustrophobia, such subtle yet fierce tracks play along to an intriguingly unpredictable pace. Mammal Dap has many forthcoming shows listed, including one this Thursday (12/10) at Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT. - Zach Weg

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The Anxiety Society

The Anxiety Society is the retro-EDM creation of Ryan Aylward and Stephen Ciliak. There debut EP was in late November and is feature massive beat, robot sounds, and sonic creations that will keep you guessing and moving. The EP was mastered by the talented Kevin Metcalfe (Underworld, Brian Eno, Orbital) and is available for free on the duos soundcloud.

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Deanna Devore "I Tried"

Deanna Devore has released a Justin Casselle directed video for her song "I Tried". Devore is currently working on her new LP which is due out this Spring.

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