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Tall Heights treks across New England in spring tour

After a while, folk music can all seem to blend together into one big sea of acoustic guitars and delicate voices. What makes Boston’s Tall Heights stand out is its beautiful two-part male harmonies, supplied by Tim Harrington and Paul Wright, who, in addition, play guitar and cello, respectively. “Man of Stone,” the title track of the band's latest release, reaches the emotional heights of Bon Iver’s most memorable work, complete with wailing strings and careful guitar strums. Later on the album, the duo leans more toward traditional folk music on “Flash Boom,” its flawless harmonies never faltering. If they’ve got you captivated, you can check out Tall Heights at their upcoming New England tour dates throughout the end of next month. – Jake Reed


3/27 – Colinsville, CT – Bridge Street Live (with Miss Tess)
4/09 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (with Wild Child)
4/10 – Cambridge, MA – The SInclar (with Wild Child)
4/24 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
4/26 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square (with Ryan Montbleau)

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There's no fog in Andrew Scandal's "Mosaic Mirrors"

Boston’s Andrew Scandal released the album Mosaic Mirrors last month, and the eight-song collection is as trippy as it is captivating. The indie singer knows when to keep it organic (“Rainy Room,” which features instrumentation by The Lightyears) and when to let synths take center stage – check out the 8-bit Nintendo bleep that leads into “Fluorescent Dreams.” Album opener “Superpowers” is a highlight, with its “Do-do-do-do you know” hook and the disorienting vocal echos that crop up throughout the track. Since the album’s release, Andrew’s been keeping busy: he is featured on “Night Swim,” a collaboration with London-based artist ZEEN, and will play at Hotel Vernon in Worcester, MA, on March 21. – Jake Reed

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The Ukiah Drag takes a "Trip" with new single

Before heading out on a brief East Coast tour with the Men, the Ukiah Drag has released its latest single “Dirt Trip.” The song’s dark, distorted melodies and speak-singing vocals make it the perfect cut to soundtrack a movie scene set in hell – not to mention the haunting pitch-shifted hook “If you pray, you’ll be saved.” By the end of the track, its psychedelic production takes over, with one guitar moving along with the bass while another wails in the distance. The single will be released on March 4, along with the B-side “Poison Ivy,” and the Ukiah Drag will make a local stop on March 2 at Great Scott in Allston. Check out the full list of tour dates below. – Jake Reed

March 2: Allston, MA - Great Scott*
March 3: Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel*
March 4: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's*
March 5: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
March 6: Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio°
*with the Men
°record release show with IVY and PC Worship

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Fat History Month takes its latest record on the road (again)

Fat History Month has a left-of-center sound that awarded them an odd type of celebrity – recognition within DIY music scenes nationwide. Still riding on the hype of its latest release, last April’s Bad History Month, the band will be crossing the country in March, including a three-day stint in Austin, before returning to New England for a show in Bloomfield, CT, on March 22. A duo made up of guitarist/vocalist Sean History Month and drummer Mark History Month, the band’s sound is made up of simple components but made unique thanks to constantly changing percussive patterns and guitar tones, and of course, Sean’s nonchalance as he delivers lines like “It was all me. I'm Bad History. I burnt down Rome, and Chicago too.” As local scenes become permeated with overproduced and overthought bodies of work, it’s nice to hear something a bit more bare-bones, and that’s what makes Fat History Month stand out amongst its peers nationwide. – Jake Reed

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