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Tigerman, WOAH! Bring Honest, Local Music to Lineup of Boston Calling

Lynn-based Tigerman, WOAH! will be the second local act to play at this year’s spring installment of the Boston Calling music festival series. One might expect the band's sound to come out of the Deep South, rather than the suburbs of Boston. Lead singer Adam Kaz brings a refreshing blend of gritty, raw lyrics steeped in a quart of whiskey. The band seems to draw from a wide variety of influences, but tends to gravitate towards genres and ideas that emphasize the messages of strength and overcoming obstacles. “Gospel is so good because of it’s message, ‘we see hope, we see light,’” says Kaz.

"We try to make our music as organic as possible," echoes drummer Adam Lentine. "We feel that as long as we play the music, if we get a response, then that’s great. [But the beliefs of] solidarity, brotherhood ... music should be used to get that message across.”

It’s this belief in music's inherent emotional power that drives the band to keep making great music and putting on captivating live performances. Boston Calling will be one of the biggest stages the band has played to date, but its honest music coupled with its raucous stage presence will be sure to win over many new fans.
 

Be sure to catch Tigerman, WOAH! at 1:45PM on the final day of the festival, Sunday, May 25. For more information about the band, check out Tigerman, WOAH!'s Facebook page. For continued updates about the Boston Calling festival, visit the Boston Calling website.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

Photo Credit: Alyssa Webster (@xRaeCash)

 

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You'll want the latest from The I Want You

On June 4, The I Want You will release its latest EP, Ah Really, but the six-song set is streaming on Bandcamp now. The EP kicks off with “Off and On,” a catchy indie rocker with hints of dissonance and a delightfully lopsided time signature. Things slow down on the title track, which benefits from a church organ and those cleverly layered vocals on the chorus. EP closer “Total Disaster” is the collection’s IDGAF moment, erupting in a carefully orchestrated cacophony complete with laser guns and canned laughter. The I Want You successfully shows off its range across six songs – a difficult feat – so see if they can pull it off live at Ah Really’s release party on June 4 at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge with Spirit Kid and Reports. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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Designer makes noise on "Bye Bye Bible"

Designer’s “Bye Bye Bible” is the strangest homegrown music video we’ve seen in a long time – and we mean that in an endearing way. It looks like five broken VCRs all vying for one screen, none managing to capture more than a second of air time at any moment. The far-from-accessible video is, of course, fitting for the less-than-accessible track, but if you’ve got an ear for grungy punk, “Bye Bye Bible” might actually get stuck in your head. The song previews the Jamaica Plain punks’ upcoming 7” released on BUFU Records, and they’ll usher it in with a release show at Allston’s Great Scott on June 2 alongside Gymshorts, Nice Guys and Speed Trials. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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We Were Astronauts chases "Doreé" in new video

Ahead of the September release of its new album Artificial Light, Boston-based We Were Astronauts has unveiled its latest video. “Doreé” is a catchy love song that sounds like a Young the Giant track polished with a pop radio sheen, complete with sharp guitar riffs and harmonized vocals. Its video follows the lyric’s story of a man chasing his high school sweetheart later in life – and it allows plenty of time for the band to showcase its performance skills, playing to the dance floor on which the high school love story reaches its dramatic twist. Watch “Doreé” below and stay tuned for the release of Artificial Light this fall. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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Skinny Bones are pleasantly weird on "Noise Floor"

Upon opening Skinny Bones’ Bandcamp page, one is greeted by “Sleep In,” a track that is understated and yet sparkles with unique production tics. A ghastly pitch-shifted backing vocal supports the primary melody from below, an inexplicable crackle comes in and out during the chorus – and at 3:25, it all swells before disappearing like an apparition into a wonky bass line. The song is just one from their latest album, Noise Floor, a nine-track collection unleashed on May 6. Later on the set is “Jamaica Plain,” a delightfully odd tribute to the Boston neighborhood with a simple repeated hook: “Oh my J-J-JP.” Grab Noise Floor for a price of your choosing (yes, that includes free) and catch the band at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge, MA, this Friday. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

Photo by Hannah Cohen

 

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Jake McKelvie & the Countertops will have you dancing on, well, the countertops

New Hampshire’s Jake McKelvie & the Countertops have a sound as weird as their name, and after seeing them play in an Amherst, MA, garage last month, I can say that they put on a good (but weird) live show as well. After promising their latest full-length first in March and later for an April release, Solid Chunks of Energy finally hit Bandcamp last week. The album kicks off in high gear with the energetic punch of “Mini Monster,” on which McKelvie’s distinguishably lackadaisical vocal delivery quickly grabs attention. “So Long, the Scrubber” benefits from the same energy, aided by an envelope-filtered bass guitar that dazzles from the backdrop. Like any solid album, the collection slows down with “Woke Awake” and “Aside From Your Hair,” but the Countertops are best when commanding a mosh pit. If you’re ready to join the pit, catch them tonight at Anchors Up in Haverhill, MA, or June 28 at West Street Parking Lot in Gardner. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


Magic Man Ready to Take on Boston Calling

As the city of Boston prepares for the next installment of the increasingly-popular Boston Calling music festival series, fans may be surprised to see locals Magic Man listed alongside the likes of Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Built to Spill. The 5-piece group, started by long-time friends Alex Caplow and Sam Lee, produce artfully-crafted synth-pop, with a unique energy and enormous sound that is seldom found in local acts. While Magic Man have quickly moved up the ranks of the pop music ladder (playing alongside bands such as MS MR and Walk the Moon), they are very aware of the steps it took them to reach where they are today.  “Playing in basements and living rooms was how we started as a band,” says Caplow, “and it’s that same energy that we try to bring to shows like Boston Calling.”

With record crowds anticipated to descend on City Hall Plaza in only a few short weeks, Magic Man will be quite comfortable on such a large stage, though it took them awhile to have such composure. “I remember one show in Columbus, OH with Walk the Moon. We hadn’t done our research on the venue and from backstage we could hear the place filling up, [but weren’t expecting a huge crowd],” recalls Caplow. “We came out and there were thousands of screaming teens--we were in entire shock.” Since then, the band have played many large-capacity venues and are scheduled for even more this summer (including a set at Firefly in Delaware, MD and a string of dates on the West Coast). For more updates about the band, check out their website. More information about Boston Calling (as well as info about Tigerman, WOAH!--the second local act to be featured at this spring's concert) can be found here.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

Photo Credit: Gavin Thomas

 

 


 

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Loom creates "Echoes" on new single

If you remember d’s house sounds, you’ll want to check out the latest single from Loom – a band that consists of d, or Danielle Capalbo, alongside Willis Touri, Jared Thompson and Ashley Kenney. “Echoes” trades in the foggy vocals of house sounds for a catchy melody that sounds like Gwen Stefani tackling dreamy indie pop. On its B-side, “Every Crime,” the New Haven quartet gets even dreamier, with guitars and chimed “ooh”s that reverberate through brazen chords. Peep the songs on Soundcloud now and keep your eye out for a full-length release in the near future. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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