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Faces In The Floor reflects on "Self" EP

“Self,” Faces In The Floor's newest EP released on December 20, revolves around its titular theme: its three tracks are called “Self Worth,” “Self Loathing” and “Self Control.” The first combine’s the persistent time signature changes of math rock with a mosh pit-ready chorus, while the pace slows down on “Self Loathing,” which finds vocalist Chris Eckert asking, “Should I have been a better friend? Does the sadness end?” The final track, “Self Control,” is the EP’s most gripping, with sharp, speedy guitar work that wouldn’t sound out of place in System of a Down’s discography. “Self” can be purchased on Bandcamp now – Jake Reed


Vundabar surfs the east coast on new tour

Vundabar is set to make a wave on the east coast when it brings its chilly surf rock on tour.  Starting December 27 in NYC, the Boston locals will be hopping all around, with Massachusetts stops in Allston and Easthampton in addition to shows in Danbury, CT, and Biddeford, ME. There is a heavy surf rock influence in these guys's tunes, and yet a coldness in the vocals that fits this New England winter. Hopefully they are headed your way with this tour – check out the full schedule below. – Paul Talbot


12/27 Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY
12/28  The Gutter, NY
12/29 Kat Kat Phest, Philadelphia
12/39 Haus, NJ
12/31 University of Maryland, MD
1/1 Mamaroneck, NY
1/2 The Seed, Lancaster, PA
1/3 Heirloom Arts Theatre, Danbury, CT
1/4 Roggies, Allston, MA
1/5 Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton, MA
1/6 The Oak and Ox, Biddeford, ME



Novation brings energetic show to live EP

Natick-based Novation may be fresh out of high school, but their sound belies their age with a maturity well beyond their years. Their latest “Good Stuff Cheap” EP encapsulates the rabid energy of their live sets – which in the past have featured inflatable animals careening around the room, the entire audience getting on stage, and much more – into three songs recorded at The Center for Arts in Natick earlier this year. With influences from the Foo Fighters to local acts such as Dinosaur Jr. and George McGann, these guys are a fun listen and even better live show. The set's final track, “Release,” has an anthemic quality about it, aided by group vocals, the solid rhythm work of guitarist Anthony Santoro and Brian Cumming’s rougher-than-gravel vocals. If you’d rather hear what they sound like in a studio setting, check out their previous studio EPs, “Release” and “We Come In Pieces.” – Ben Bosco


Mals Totem plays with different styles on self-titled EP

On their self-titled EP, Boston natives Mals Totem are hard to pin down to one genre – "Gargantuan" calls to mind the sensible writing of Young the Giant, while “Grind Tune” is a bit more tense in its anxious guitar riffs and tempo changes. Lead vocalist Dave Vives sounds like a more technically skilled Gerard Way, standing out amongst the band's complex riffs and mixed bag of styles. Download the EP on Bandcamp now and check out the live video for their song "Machine," released in November, below – Jake Reed


Sarah Borrello delivers catchy pop gems on live EP

Judging by the recent events on her Facebook page – shows in NYC, a VIP pass and red carpet photos at the Boston Music Awards – Sarah Borrello is on the fast-track to fame. While her name might recall pop pianist Sara Bareilles, a similar name and well-crafted skills on the keys are all that the two share in common. Borrello’s debut album, “Exit,” is full of catchy, rock-tinged pop gems, with guitar and drums big enough to match her strong, growling vocals. In October, she released the live EP, “Sarah Borrello Live @ MIT,” which features two new songs and a cover of “Black Sheep” by Gin Wigmore. Check out both the new EP and “Exit” on Bandcamp now – Jake Reed




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