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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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New England Music Awards this Saturday in Lowell

The 2014 New England Music Awards are finally upon us. This Saturday, February 22, New England's best local musicians will gather to duke it out for awards like Best in State and Indie/Pop Act of the Year. The show will also feature performances by musicians like Nemes, Dressed for the Occasion and The Deli New England featured artist Sarah Borrello. Score your ticket to the event here, and in case you missed them, check out our interviews with five nominees below.

Indie/Pop Act of the Year: Dan & the Wildfire
Country Act of the Year: Ashley Jordan
Hip Hop Act of the Year: Young Kaii
Best in State: Vermont: Jatoba
Best in State: Massachusetts: Bad Rabbits

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Shorewave Records Presents: Honeywild, Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage on February 22

Boston/Brooklyn-based label Shorewave Records is taking over the Tasty Burger basement in Harvard Sq. (Cambridge, MA)  this Saturday night, February 22. Upon first glance, that may not seem like a novel occurence (there's a ton of "Brooklyn" and "Boston/Brooklyn" labels and promotions groups out there vying for attention), but the quality of this bill sets Shorewave apart from the competition. Honeywild (on the Shorewave roster) will be joined by my local favorite Fax Holiday and Funeral Advantage, starting promptly at 9PM. 

Doors are at 8PM and the show is FREE. The Shorewave bill will be followed by another epic event produced by Eye Design (featuring Ontario-based The Dirty Nil), so be sure to stick around after the show to catch even more rad tunes.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 


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Quilt "ties up" album promotion with new video

Fresh off the release of its latest album, Held in Splendor, Quilt has unveiled the video for the track “Tie up the Tides.” The clip is a trippy accompaniment to the catchy indie pop number, with shots that slowly fade into one another and a full array of color. Feathers, strings of confetti and colored sand fall as Anna Rochinski sings amidst a sea of guitar stabs and restrained drums. Take a look at “Tie up the Tides” now and catch the band at the Great Scott in Boston on March 1 before they head to Europe for a spring tour. – Jake Reed

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A new textbookcopilots EP has arrived

For an EP that's just under twenty minutes, textbookcopilot's Arrivals // Departures throws you right into Boston's post-hardcore scene and proves that just because it's short, that doesn't mean it can't pack a punch. The set's instrumental intro is filled with melodic guitar riffs and a drum beat that falls into the second track, "North Pole No. 1 is Down,” which sounds like a solid mix of Rancid and Finch. “Coming Home,” another instrumental, slows down the pace, offering a glimpse into the softer side of the genre. On Arrivals // Departures, the band shows that despite Dom Mariano's powerful pipes, they are not all vocals – they are some killer instrumentalists as well. The band has no tour dates lined up at the moment, but in the meantime, the new EP is available to download for free on Bandcamp now. – Samantha McCormick

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New England Music Awards Week: Bad Rabbits

To cap off New England Music Awards Week, we spoke to Salim Akram, guitarist of Boston’s own Bad Rabbits. Nominated for Best in State: Massachusetts, the nod comes at the end of a huge year for the band. The guys opened the inaugural Boston Calling Music Festival in May and played late night gigs like Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Arsenio Hall Show, and of course, released their debut album American Love. Next, the guys will take the stage at Warped Tour this summer. Here’s what Salim has to say about their crazy year.

To read the interview, click here.

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