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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





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


Handsome Ghost debuts single, goes viral, plays Cameo on 05.09

Split between NYC and Boston, Handsome Ghost is a brand new electro-pop project that was born when songwriter Tim Noyes (presumably on the right in the picture) decided to delete his Tinder account and give the musical dream a serious shot - pictured, the moment when Tim let one of his Tinder dates know about his decision (we would have dropped her for the unfashionable fur anyway). He left the glamour of internet dating for a studio in Vermont and came out with a record. On April 22, after more than a year since the beginning of the creative process, Handsome Ghost's first single, "Blood Stutter" (streaming below) was premiered by Popmatters through a Spotify playlist curated by Noyes, featuring also tracks by some of his favorite artists (we gladly found Deli cover band Lucius and St. Vincent in it). Since then the song (or compilation, or both) went viral, and "Blood Stutter" got 75k plays in just two weeks, which by any standards is an awful lot for a new band.

Check out the melanchonic, futuristic track, and Tim vocoded (or auto-tuned?) vocals below and - if you dig - follow the hype to Cameo's Gallery for the band's first Brooklyn show on 05.09.


London native Covey brings his acoustic R&B style to Boston

Covey’s “Comes and Goes” starts off with handclaps and reversed guitars before the singer’s silky voice takes the spotlight. The song is a soft, introspective number; “life only bruises those who want to spend theirs alone,” he remarks on the bridge. The song reaches a perfect conclusion with the deep bass and tinny bell of its final understated chorus. Last month’s cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” proves the singer a versatile one as well. Before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, the London native spent time in Indonesia and Hong Kong, which he credits to his unique sound. If you like what you hear, catch Covey at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at the singer’s alma mater on May 14. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


Boston Calling Block Party Series Moves to Dewey Square

The Boston Calling Block Party Series will be returning this summer, but this time to a new location. The after-work gatherings have been held in Downtown Crossing for the past 5 summers, but will be relocating to Dewey Sq. (near South Station) starting this Thursday, May 8. This week's entertainment will be provided by The Swinging Johnsons. The events, presented by Shocktop and Radio BDC, feature a local musical act, food and affordable drink prices. The Business Improvement District (BID) originally started the events, but has recently partnered with Crashline Productions (the folks behind Boston Calling) and The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to revamp the series. The Block Parties will take place every Thursday from 5-8PM and run from May 8 until September 25 (weather permitting). All Block Parties are free and 21+. Proper ID required. Visit the Block Party Facebook page for more information and updates about future events.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

The Coward Flowers to celebrate debut album release at T.T. the Bear's Place

They’re more than just an adorable name – the Coward Flowers have prepped their debut album, Satisfaction, for release tomorrow, May 6. The album is previewed by the spunky “More Than Cinders,” released last month, and between the classic rock twang of chorus’s riff and the indie rock lean of the verses, the song is a surprisingly cohesive hodgepodge of sounds. The single is accompanied by the gruff B-side “Judgment Day,” proving that the band tackle harder rocking styles as well. Look for Satisfaction tomorrow on Bandcamp, and if you like what you hear, join them at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge on May 7 to celebrate its release and hear “More Than Cinders” live. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


The Lowbred Watts reveal "This American Hide" LP

The Lowbred Watts is the solo project of Ryan Stapler, a Rhode Islander that’s made his way into the Boston music scene. The lo-fi folk artist released his first full-length, This American Hide, in April. On “Not Sleeping Outdoors,” Stapler sounds like Alex Turner playing a Nirvana cover on an 8-track recorder, while he gets more experimental and ambient on “Ectopic Vibrations.” The ambitious full-length takes on yet another style on the country-twanging ballad “Get Home,” its melody euphonic and its mix of guitar and layered vocals just the right amount of muddled. Download This American Hide on Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


The Dirty Looks release an EP you won't hear on "Catholic Radio"

Boston punk/garage rockers The Dirty Looks released their latest EP, Line of Sight, on April 15. The set’s first single, “Catholic Radio,” explores the pains of a relationship that feels phoned-in, its high-intensity chorus kicking off with the line, “If you aren’t mine, I think it’s finally time that you say so.” “Skin/Bones” is yin to the single’s yang, proving that the band can still cut like a knife with an indie ballad. Get the band in your line of sight at Great Scott in Allston, MA, on May 29. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed




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