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Oh Malô bring their soulful and dreamy sound to Great Scott on 8/26

A book review of one of Murukami's novels once said his work was influenced by so many writers it ended up being incredibly original. There's some truth to that description, and it might just apply to Boston band Oh Malô as well. They have sound that's very difficult to pin the tail on, but perhaps taking an index of the components and parts would help. On their latest LP, As We Were their guitars are deeply atmospheric with a light psych feel. The vocals are deeply soulful, and wouldn't feel out of place on any RnB track. The rhythm section, though, is downright muscular, emboldening the sound with an alt or even prog-rock flavor.  The easiest comparison to make would be to Local Natives, but that doesn't help much either, considering they to deftly evade most categorization also. Suffice to say, Oh Malô make quality music that sounds familiar and fresh all at once. You can see them live at Great Scott on 8/26. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging New England artists - check it out!

Plainclothes play O'Brien's Pub tonight (8.16)!

Plainclothes play a brief, fast paced brand of emo/punk that’s reminiscent of emo staples American Football and modern punk contemporaries Joyce Manor. The three-piece employs the use of intricate math inspired guitar parts on their debut album Dog Logic, which was released last year on Counter Intuitive Records. Its lyrics are a mature and honest look into their young lives, while analyzing the moments that helped shape them during their formative years. Plainclothes waste no time on the 18 minute record, packing songs less than two minutes long with intelligent reflections and references to philosophers such as Immanuel Kant. The Boston-based act play O’Brien’s pub tonight (8.16)! - John Honan

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Folk-pop duo Dear June releases new EP, kicks off tour at Red Room on 8/18

Folk-pop duo Dear June have a new EP due out in August and were recently nominated them in our best-of New England poll, so now's a great time to get caught up on the pair. Their previous Fences EP nailed down the fundamentals crucial to solid songwriting.  The project hangs it hat on understated multi-instrumental arrangements, simple melodies and most notably the harmonization of Liz Ziebarth's and Justin Kelley's voices. The two sing together for long stretches across the LP, and form a sum that's greater than its (already great) parts. It's the emotional and romantic quality of their male and female voices combined that adds what either of their voices can't contribute individually. We're excited for their Come Around EP due out 8/18, don't miss the release party that same night at The Red Room Cafe on, before they go on tour. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Luke Reed releases new single, to perform at Great Scott on 8/19

You might not think you know Luke Reed, but odds are you do, at least from the bands he's in. A member of Bent Shapes, Mini Dresses, Fedavees and Feral Jenny, Reed is deeply embedded in Massachusetts' music scene to say the least.  He's an accomplished solo artist as well, having released tracks over the past few years that range from mellow to psych pop to a standalone krautrock track — no kidding! His latest single is called "Without You," and seem to take a nod or two from The Avalanches tune of the same name, sounding almost like a hungover version of it. With tropically inflected guitars, Reed's vocals add another dimension to the track's wistful, psychedelic and disoriented, and sing repeatedly "I wouldn't know which way to go without you." This song prooves Reed's talent is only matched by how busy he must be with all these projects, and you can see him live solo at Great Scott on 8/18. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

Aüva release debut video for 'Better', to play O'Brien's on 8/13

Bummed that summer is slowly dwindling down before our eyes?  Join the club. Luckily there's bands like Boston's own Aüva, whose dreamy surf-pop sound reminds us that we still can make the most of August. Their latest video for "Better," the bands first ever video, positions the band's two vocalists, tongue-in-cheek, as a pair of exes. The male vocalist is despondent, smashing bottles and wallowing in self-pity. The female one on the other hand has moved on, and started anew with another male suitor. It's a funny, cute take on that whole "Mr. Brightside" catergory of songs, and it reflects the lightness of the track's nature well — which jams by the way. Aüva are releasing a new LP in a few days, and you can check them out live when they play O"Brien's on 8/13.

We discovered Aüva through our submissions page. If your a band that's looking to get checked out, you can send us some tunes here. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

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