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A Heart is a Spade: The Range Remixes CHVRCHES

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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


Butterknife brings the rock and roll on "Attractions" EP

After celebrating the release of their EP “Attractions” at TT the Bear’s last month, the Cambridge venue asked Butterknife to return for its Holiday Party, alongside bands like the Derangers and Sinnet. Sonically, "Attractions" is straight rock and roll: bass, drums, slick guitar riffs and catchy, raspy vocals. "I saw you in my telescope," vocalist Phil Wisdom sings on the EP's gripping second track. Check out “Telescope” below and catch the band at TT the Bear’s Holiday Party on December 17 – Jake Reed



The Taxonomists's "Dolphin Ape Demo" is stuffed with catchy hooks

“I’m not a backup singer so don’t treat me like one,” Alex Handler sings on the second song from The Taxonomists’s “Dolphin Ape Demo.” Handler is right: one of the band’s biggest advantages is having two vocalists. He and keyboardist Anna Neumann harmonize or trade off, taking the reigns whenever either has the most to add to a song. The five-song EP is catchy as hell, packed with chorus hooks and earworm guitar riffs that will stay in your head for days. “Dolphin Ape Demo” has something from everyone, from crunchy indie pop opener “Phase of the Wave” to its closing track “Play It Cool,” which recalls White Denim’s 2011 ballad “No Real Reason.” Check it out on Bandcamp now – Jake Reed


Warm Thrills dreams of love on self-titled debut

The lovesick Bostonians known as Warm Thrills have just released their self-titled debut album. Loaded with lyrics about heartbreak, “Warm Thrills” oozes with the despair of a faded love. The opening track “Boyfriend” is a familiar plea for a girl to just give it a shot, but the playfully up-tempo drums and syncopated vocal line make it a feel good-tune (if you ignore the lyrics). In the emotional vein of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” "Boyfriend" is the stand-out track of the album. The band uses syncopation frequently, creating unsettled and slightly confused shuffles. Filled with retro psychedelic harmony, deliciously desponded lyrics and youthful charm, every song elicits the image of an awkward high school dance in the 50s. Warm Thrills has delivered an honest and dreamy album that reminds us all how confusing and generally messed up it can feel to love someone. Check it out on Bandcamp now – Paul Talbot


The Sun Lions roar on "Adeleine"

The Sun Lions’s latest EP, “Adeleine,” has a crisp and, well, sunny sound, thanks in part to being recorded on a Tascam 388 ¼” tape machine. The band sounds like a more melodic Wavves, but with the same crunchy guitars, vocal effects and fixation with drugs – “Adeleine, I think I’m wasted,” they sing on the set’s title track. If you’re itching for more Sun Lions, check out their “Be There” EP, released in June – Jake Reed


I Kill Giants plots final shows

Over the past two years, I Kill Giants has become one of the most successful math rock bands in Boston’s DIY music scene. Its self-titled full-length debut was released in April, following several EPs including the unorthodox “We Can Live In The Exact Same Place” – the collection’s eight songs span just six minutes. Now, the band is plotting its final shows before an indefinite hiatus, as guitarist and vocalist Dylan Hanwright heads to Washington to pursue what he called a “dream job” in an October announcement. Check them out at the Middle East in Cambridge on December 21; The Space in Hamden, CT, on January 17; or their final show on January 24 at the Democracy Center in Cambridge – Jake Reed


Boston Music Awards Nomination Party Showcases Immense Talent of Local Bands

The Boston Music Awards Nomination Party was held on Wednesday night at Redstar Union in Cambridge, MA and there was certainly no shortage of talent among the lineup. Ruby Rose Fox, Tigerman, WOAH!, Young Adults and New Highway Hymnal each played with an intensity that's rarely heard (at least from my perspective) in the Boston area. 

Ruby Rose Fox led off the night with her jazzy, 50s-influenced rock that was magnified by her seductive vocal melodies. The band was tight and no one tried to do too much with the songs--everything blended together seamlessly. 

My favorite band of the night, Tigerman, WOAH!, brought the roughest, most country, blues-rockin' set that I've seen in quite awhile. Their sound kind of reminded me of Left Lane Cruiser getting together with early Kings of Leon, drinking heavily, and having a backwoods jam. 

Young Adults came up third, bringing their mix of poppy post-punk steeped in distorted vocals and insanely loud choruses. I was really impressed by the sound coming from these guys, given that they're only a three-piece.

New Highway Hymnal closed out the night with perhaps the most badass 2-song performance I've ever seen. It started when lead singer/guitarist Hadden Stemp had issues with a stompbox, which he promptly kicked into the crowd in frustration. Shortly thereafter, bassist Amelia Gormley had some issues with her bass amp, prompting Stemp to ask the audience if everyone was there to watch them destroy their equipment. After the bass amp malfunctioned a second time, Stemp quickly grabbed his guitar and hurled it through his amp, dragging the entirety of the tangled wreckage offstage with him. If that isn't a flashback to an old Who performance, I don't know what is.

All of these performers put on such amazing sets, I'm excited to see who will emerge victorious from the main awards show this Sunday, December 8. Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held at The Liberty Hotel on December 8. You can purchase them here:

For more information and updates about the show, check out the Boston Music Awards Facebook page. 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



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