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Boston Indie Pop/Rock Trio blindspot Prepares for EP Release at The Middle East 2/25

Boston natives, blindspot, are getting ready to release a new EP unto the world with a performance at The Middle East Upstairs on 2/25.  Armed with infectiously catchy vocals and tight, driving instrumentals, the power trio is set to continue their mission of changing the world in 2017.  Check out their new music video for single "Every Time You Close Your Eyes" below, and catch them next month when they're joined by Aeronaut Down, Carissa Johnson, and Wonder City. - Brian Varneke

 

Buzz Alert: oldsoul Adds Unique Voice to New England Scene

Unique and unpredicatable, Lowell MA dream/indie-rock band oldsoul (one word, all lower-case) is developing a genuinely individual sound that is all their own.  Between the entrancing vocals of Jess Hall, who flaunts the perfect level of intensity and emotiveness, whether with a soulful melody or a grunge-y scream, and the subtle leads and grooves from the band, oldsoul is carving a path through the indie scene.  Check out their latest release below. -Brian Varneke

 

Backwards Dancer Starts Off 2017 with a National Tour

Worcester alt-quartet, Backwards Dancer, is currently preparing to hit the road for a two-month national tour in support of Texas indie outfit Eisley.  Led by Zack Shaw (formerly of The Hotelier), the foursome will be bringing the energy and emotion of their debut EP New Life in Old Shoes to new audiences across the country.  First-time listeners, expect to hear tightly orchestrated emo-punk grooves, mixed with grunge-y, emotive vocal work with the perfect amount of intensity throughout.  Catch them locally at the following dates:

Feb 26 - Mohegan Sun (Wolf Den), Uncasville, CT

Feb 28 - Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA

Mar 02 - Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT

-Brian Varneke

 

Something Sneaky Rings in the New Year at O'Brien's 12/31

Still looking for a way to bid a not-so-fond farewell to 2016?  Ring in the New Year with Boston indie-garage rock quartet, Something Sneaky!  Infused with fuzzy guitar tones and catchy vocals, reminiscent of the best of 90s anti-grunge (a la Weezer), Something Sneaky will provide an angsty, rockin' soundtrack to next year's ball drop.  You can check them out at O'Brien's Pub on NYE, alongside Today Junior, The Dazies, and Bruvs.  Also check out their latest single, "Brighten", below. -Brian Varneke

New England Record of the Month: I Was Awake - Facade

With their new album, Facade, I Was Awake has released upon the world a substantial effort that shows the versatility and raw talent of the five-piece metal group.  Weaving together a dynamic web of prog, metal, and alt-rock that invokes the greatness of bands like The Deftones and Porcupine Tree, while maintaining an original and modern energy, the boys from Beverly, MA have created a deeply engaging sound that will keep this album on heavy rotation.  From beginning to end, each track shows a different facet of the band, starting with the title track, a one and a half minute crescendo, leading up to the hard-hitting "Erasing", filled with chunky guitars and mixed meter grooves.  Facade is a journey, maintaining those strong grooves, taking periodic stops for high-energy riffs ("Gravity") and softer dynamics ("As Within...", "...So Without").  If thought provoking lyricism and intelligent songwriting is your thing, then I Was Awake will likely become a new favorite.  Give Facade a listen (or twelve) and keep your eyes open for live performances in 2017. -Brian Varneke 

 

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