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The Hip Sounds of Heavy Handed

Heavy Handed is a band that describes themselves as not being good, even going so far as to telling potential fans to not even buy their records or give any type of monetary support to their endeavor. That joking, endearing modesty has worked in their fandom favor, because they've become a band we want to endlessly support.

With John Palmer on guitar, Jackie McLaughlin on drums and Harvey Buckner on bass, Heavy Handed have already exhibited lasting and infectious talents with their recently released self titled debut, which seamlessly blends garage rock and pop music's best aspects. From the bluesy "Hesistate" to the slow pop of "Oh, Edna" and the fairly psyched out "Still Life," Heavy Handed has a solid handle on what good music is.

Their next show is set for 12/18 at Blackwater as an entirely "H-bandname" bill, with Helmstron (James Helmsworth of Husky Boys), Hex Vision, Horse Movies and Hard Skulls. It's supposed to be a benefit for Standing Rock with a $2-$5 donation, but now that it's successfully been halted (thank goodness!) it's unsure if it'll still serve as a benefit show, but either way it'll be a fun night.





Noah Kittinger releases new EP "Bloom"

Noah Kittinger has made a name for himself by crafting complexly textured music with a minimalist structure, and his lastest release, Bloom, further refines that sonic path. Showcasing his keen sense of depth and darkness, the EP prominently features Kittenger's hazy, haunting vocals, which are contrasted against echo-y beats that almost feel as if they edge toward the void. It's 7-tracks worth of layers to peel, and single N.Y.E. (streaming below) is a good place to start. - Olivia Sisinni





Rodney Tennor celebretaes release of debut EP 'Smother' at Rough Trade on 12.05

Rodney Tenor's music embodies the same personality as Vince Vaughn's character in the indy-comedy classic "Swingers." His two tracks to date emit that same cool, suave confidence that approaces the line but never crosses over into offputting arrogance. On "Prognosos Hypnosis," Tenor sings sweetly over a funky, Neptunes-inspired beat, displaying the kind of range and poise requisite for any true RnB artist. His lyrics don't embody any sort of deep meaning, but contain vibrant emotional undertones that will resonate with all those who have suddenly found themselves "glowing up," as the kids say these days. Tenor has exhibited all the indicators of talent and potential on his limited offerings to date, and he will hopefully deliver on them with the release of his debut EP 'Smother' on 12/5, whose release will be celebrated that same day at Rough Trade. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber





New Music Video: "Reality TV" - Sports

Ohio transplants Sports are reissuing their second album, All Of Something, on cassette via Father/Daughter Records. Below is the new music video for their single, "Reality TV," which was directed and edited by Nick Nazmi. You'll find the group sadly but fondly watching friends partying around them and giving the gang love on their own SportsTV channel. Its ending feels rather bittersweet, but Sports have some more good news for their friends and fans with the release of their debut, Sunchokes, on tape, as well as digital streaming services like Spotify and iTunes. (Photo by Jess Flynn)





Buzz Alert: Ex Reyes bring their inspired psych-soul to Union Pool on 12.09

There's a couple of ways that you could try to label NYC-based group Ex Reyes, but maybe the tag that really sums it up is one they've already laid claim to: "future nostalgia" (something similar was said of French band Air's debut album 'Moon Safari'). Ex Reyes, the project of Mikey Hart (Bleachers, The Cranberries, Santigold) is a genre-bending mix of soul-psych--melding Motown vibes, Beach Boys innovation, creamy falsettos and swirling synths to create mid-60's music from the 21st century. The sound is like a sock hop populated by robots, or maybe a reflection of Hart's New York--a city defined by its history, but never separated from the hum of moderniztion. Check out Ex Reyes's Do Something EP here, listen to single 'Bad Timing below, and don't miss the upcoming live show at Union Pool on December 9th. - Olivia Sisinni

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