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Vacant Lots release new album Endless Night, confirm two US shows and European tour

Following up on their critically acclaimed 2014 debut album “Departure,” the NYC/Burlington duo Vacant Lots have released sophomore LP “Endless Night.”  Building off of a previously established psych-drone base, Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen introduce new sonic elements to their sound. Uncharacteristically, “Night Nurse” (streaming below) adds mechanized electronics and robotic vocals to twangy guitar lines, suggesting a digitized outlaw world portrayed in sci-fi dramas like HBO’s Westworld; the Krafter-esque experiment works.  “Pleasure & Pain” mimic Rolling Stones-style chords and sprinkle otherworldly keyboard elements around an attenuated vocal delivery, while  “Elevation” delves further into electro-dance patterns that skirt the appeal of a band like Depeche Mode.  Reaching the albums longest track at over five and a half minutes, “Empty Space” serves up a trance groove paired with spoken-word vocals.  Eight new tracks in all, the inclusion of nyc underground legend Alan Vega of Suicide’s posthumous scream-of-conscious poetic howl on closer “Suicide Note” delivers the desired validation.  The album can be heard in its entirety here on Spotify. - Dave Cromwell

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Buzz Alert: The Rupert Selection Releases New EP, Baseball Practice

The Rupert Selection is a progressive alt-rock power trio from Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA that has curated not only a spellbinding musical vibe, but a darkly intriguing visual style, bridging the multimedia gap.  They're strong sense of narrative and technical skill is plainly apparent in their latest video for "Tree Hands", the opening track on Baseball Practice.  Opening with a haunting soundscape, the EP continues with tight, mixed-meter grooves on "Moon Cats in Taxi Cabs", and consistently progresses through a tale of provocative songwriting and musical prowess.  Check out The Rupert Selection on Bandcamp here, and experience "Tree Hands" below, a music video that will likely become an early favorite for our "Best of 2017" list. -Brian Varneke





R.D. King Releases Debut Album at The Rockwell Theatre 4/27

 Boston guitarist R.D. King is preparing to release an album of masterfully crafted instrumentals in vs. Self, his debut effort.  Comprised of nine tracks of transformative journeys of sound, King fully utilizes and expands the capabilities of the instrument, creating an ensemble sound with his fingers.  It's easy to get lost in the genre-defying work of King, with each track taking you to a different, unexpected place, from classical to pop to progressive metal and beyond.  Experience it for yourself at the Rockville Theatre in Somerville, MA on 4/27, featuring Jenee Halstead.  Click the link below for the first single, "An End to Wandering".  -Brian Varneke





Hammydown Brings Garage-Pop to O'Brien's 4/25

 Northampton, MA based Hammydown is bringing her brand of infectious garage-pop to Allston next week in preparation of her upcoming EP, Pizzaface.  Singer/songwriter Abbie Morin combines bright, catchy melodies with understated, fuzzy guitar work to create a memorable and unique style that will appeal to a diverse pool of fans.  The EP is set to release this July, but we've heard it and can assure you it is worth the wait.  Check out the video for the first single, "People You May Know", below and catch Hammydown at O'Brien's on Tuesday, 4/25, featuring Workman Song, Honeymooner, and Fossy Jaw.  -Brian Varneke

 





luhx Drops New Single "Hung Up"

 We've all been there: that ill-advised drunk dial that you would never have had the nerve or reckless abandon to make in the light of day.  That's the subject of "Hung Up", the latest single from Boston electro-pop/R&B group luhx.  Weaving within genre lines, luhx has a sound that would be at home on a top 40 radio station, while maintaining a current of melancholic, soulful vibes throughout.  Invoking the spirit of artists like Jack Garratt and Marian Hill, this is the future of soul.  Hit the link below and let us know what you think. -Brian Varneke

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