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Regatta teams with Josephine Moore for killer "Unlimited Class" EP

We've talked before about how much we like the music of Regatta, moniker of local dreampop songster extraordinaire Evan Hickman. He's back at it with a new EP that doubles down on what drew us to his songs in the first place while adding some new elements that expand on the sound. The addition of Josephine Moore (of Wildfront) adds a surprising amount of levity to the album's gloomy throwback dreampop, ending up sounding somewhat like Disintegration if Robert Smith had written it while staying in a beach house. Despite the tonal differences between the two singers, their voices are in an effortless-sounding lockstep that still demonstrates their individual talents. -Austin Phy

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Jonas Litton shows off jazz chops on "Backyard Beach"

Backyard Beach is far from the first release by Jonas Litton, but it's one of the most interesting in the departure that it makes from his previous material. A longtime singer-songwriter, Litton has taken a hard turn into butter-smooth tropical jazz instrumentals for his latest. There's plenty of noodling to be found, but the album avoids the cheesy wankery-for-the-sake-of-wankery tropes of Weather Channel bumper tunes by being genuinely interesting in its composition while still remaining completely accessible.

It's the most relaxing collection of songs I've heard in a while, so you might want to see what's up in the stream below. -Austin Phy

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Carey debuts self-titled EP

Sun's out, major scale runs out, yeah? Carey's self-titled debut EP is one to drown out the sound of the AC at home or in the car. Quality power pop is the name of the game here, but things get a little sludgier than expected at various points, like The Cars by way of Dinosaur Jr., with some real fuzzy guitars and heavy pacing giving it a heavier bottom than forward-driven numbers like these usually like to flaunt. -Austin Phy

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Tower Defense unveils "Stay Inside" EP; release show this Saturday (3.26)

We previewed a single the latest from Tower Defense about this time last month, at the time calling it "Devo with a short circuit." Those frantic late-70's new wave leanings that drew us initially are present throughout the whole EP, giving an urgency to the whole affair. It's remarkably robotic, in the most enjoyable way. Even the guitars are fuzzed out to the point that they sound less like stringed instruments and more like you're being admonished for entering the wrong password on some kind of outdated terminal.

See Tower Defense at the 5 Spot this Saturday (03.26) with garage punkers Vamptones and human safety hazards Hans Condor. -Austin Phy

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Weekend Workout: Killer shows tonight (03.20) at Soft Junk and East Room

If you just so happen to be at the narrow crossroads of "training for a marathon" and "working on my PBR shotgunning speed," then boy do we have a game plan for you.

You're gonna want to start out at Soft Junk, where Fly Golden Eagle is kicking things up at 7:30. They're playing a stacked bill with solo sets from Peter Stringer-Hye and Joey Plunkett (of Promised Land Sound and JP5, respectively), with Lionlimb rounding the night out. Hang out there and take full advantage of that BYOB designation until about 9, when you'll need to start checking in with your pals who couldn't be assed to leave their apartments for the early show and instead skipped right to the Cold Lunch Recordings-produced show over at The East Room. That's where you'll be able to indulge in some delicious 60's fetishism with The Jag, Crease Reader, and Lasso Spells. From there it's up to you to play it by ear, but the whole jaunt between the two is only 0.6 miles and I know there's at least one little booze stop between the two to keep you stocked with the vitamins you need. 

What we're looking at is basically a de facto locals-only Gallatin Ave music fest tonight, so check it out and say 'sup to the buddies you almost definitely have in one or more of the bands involved. -Austin Phy

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