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Young Sham shines in new EP "Out the Mud"

Roxbury, Massachusetts continues to brew some of the hottest hip-hop talents in New England: often referred to as the "heart of Black culture in Boston” and the “Bronx of greater Boston,” the neighborhood is home to Young Sham. The hip-hop artist known as Young Sham released a sonic three-headed dragon of an EP titled Out the Mud that is equally sharp no matter which of the three tracks you listen to. “BlokBoy” creeps in with a piano lead that provides an ominous mood for Sham’s relaxed-confident flow. “R.I.P” is more atmospheric and sees the artist opening up, discussing his determination and mission of success. “Drug Talk Freestyle” has an infectious rhythm to it, driven by a heart-beat bass drum that outlines Sham’s sharp-shooting rhymes of honesty. Like contemporary Roxbury artists such as Oompa, Sham lifts the neighborhood to a light well-deserved indeed. Stream “Drug Talk Freestyle” below for a taste of raw hip-hop that lingers. - Rene Cobar

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Strange Conversations debut prog-rock album "Blase' Faire"

Towards the end of 2019 a quite-the-noisy record was released: Blase' Faire, the prog-rock album by Salem, New Hampshire group Strange Conversations touched down with its killer beats and swirling synth embellishments. The grandiose guitar solos that throwback to ‘80s hair glory found in tracks like “Stranglehold (Like Yesterday)” are thrilling and perfectly placed. From thunderous instrumental breakdowns to more serene-pensive tracks like “Better Late Than Never,” the band showcases its versatility and instrumental prowess. The new record has an old-school feel to it but a very modern edge sharpened by a solid production. Listen to the sick guitar riff that slithers between the atmospheric instrumentals of “Spirals” from the new album below. - Rene Cobar





TIFFY is touring New England, plays O'Brien's Pub 01.19

It is always nice to see New England artists joining forces to showcase their music to fans of the area and beyond. Boston bedroom pop act TIFFY is touring New England alongside Lowell's Tysk Tysk Tysk. Stops include Pawtucket, RI, Portsmouth, NH, and Portland, ME, with the tour culminating at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston. Those familiar with TIFFY know Tiffany Sammy deploys a unique brand of fuzz-pop able to take hold of any venue with its robust basslines, distorted guitars, and stormy synth swells. The tour is in support of TIFFY’s latest EP Fire Sale, released back in June, filled with an array of tracks that range from cool lo-fi pop to jagged indie rock. Tysk Tysk Tysk, for its part, has a new single out now titled “Yeah, Right.” Stream TIFFY’s title-track from the new record below and catch the groups at one of the mentioned stops listed here. - Rene Cobar

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Low Ceilings serves up pure alt-folk in latest record "Learn to Sew"

For those foggy New England days and beyond, the folk music of Windsor Connecticut’s Ben Mueller is uplifting: the sparkly electric guitar chords, lively drum beats, and merry-reflective lyrics brighten up the most somber of moods. His latest work under the project Low Ceilings titled Learn to Sew has tracks like “Alter Ego” which showcase all the previously mentioned elements of cheer while songs like “Forget the Fence” have an indie-rock edge to them, with reverb-dipped vocals leading the way past arpeggiating bass runs and shivering cymbals. The title-track gallops at a soothing pace as its rich harmonies add to the feeling of tranquility, and all seems well. The album, recorded at Janky Studios in Windsor, is indie-folk in its purest essence: exquisite with a slight spice. Listen to the contrast of overdriven guitar chords and acoustic strums in “Everybody Knows” from the new record streaming below. - Rene Cobar, photo by Abigail Baldwin





Desmo opens up in new album "F*cked Up Kid"

Maine’s Desmo seems to have compiled years of reflection, anger, and hope into his latest effort, F*cked Up Kid: the record is filled with life stories, told to the beat of his tracks, exquisitely-produced to contrast against his somewhat crude vocals. The title track, like most in the EP, opens up with atmospheric instrumentation that plunges into an abyss of memories where a sustained bass rumbles on. Echoes, warm piano notes, heavy reverb, and more burst out of each track. From upbeat-yet-ominous songs like “Phantom” to a refreshing take on Puddle of Mudd’s “Blurry,” the record is a delicious alternative rap cocktail, prepped in Portland for all to savor. If the new record is something of a life story for Duncan Cook, the man known as Desmo, then it is well-executed poetry because from one track to the next, there is a feeling of genuineness, both tragic and uplifting. The vulnerable track “Come Home” from the new record is streaming below. - Rene Cobar

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