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The Blue Moves "Shape" up for new album

It’s hard to contemplate categorizing the Blue Moves’ sound without immediately thinking “fun” and “energetic.” On The Shape We’re In, released this month to Spotify, the Boston-based five-piece packs a punch into ten new songs. Of course, the album has its slow gems as well – check out “Come Home to Me,” which sounds like a nostalgic cover of Matchbox 20’s heyday hits. The band uses its dual lead vocalists to its advantage as well: just take a listen to Andy Reed and Megan Brown’s shared duties on the set’s title track. The Shape We’re In is available on Spotify and iTunes now. – Jake Reed

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I Kill Giants takes big step with last show

As we reported last month, Boston hardcore math rockers I Kill Giants embarked on their final tour in December. For its last show, the band will return to the Democracy Center in Cambridge this Friday, and they won't be alone. The band will celebrate with Old Gray, the Hotel Year, Everything Ever and Fall Risk. Hailing from New Hampshire, Old Gray is a screamo/punk band that's gained a national (and international) following since forming in 2011. Worcester-based The Hotel Year has a similarly rough-around-the-edges sound and a new album, "Home, Like Noplace Is There," coming out in February. Everything Ever, from Staten Island, plays an energetic blend of indie rock and pop punk, and Boston's own Fall Risk describes its genre as "heartfelt frustrated punk." Witness the end of an era and a great night of music beginning January 24 at 7 p.m. – Jake Reed

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Animals and Shapes spread well wishes on latest album

Are you missing As Tall As Lions since the band parted ways in 2010? Then take a listen to Salisbury, Mass.’s Animals and Shapes. With spacey guitars and radio-ready vocal hooks, the band certainly takes a few cues from the former Long Island indie rockers. It's clear that the sound has connected with fans: Animals and Shapes is now in the running for The Deli New England’s Best Emerging Artist of 2013. For first-time listeners, we suggest the jazzy “Ghosts in the House” or “Numbers,” which comes complete with a synth-aided bridge colossal enough to fill an arena. – Jake Reed 

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Aviator lands in a city near you on new tour

Beginning January 23 in Providence, Aviator will pilot a month-long tour which will include several stops in New England. The Boston-based hardcore band recently released its “Covers” EP, adding a rougher edge to songs by bands like As Tall As Lions and LCD Soundsystem. If you want a taste of the band’s own songwriting, try out the “January 2013” EP, which includes six live recordings that showcase the band’s precision and vocalist TJ Copello’s captivating mix of speak-singing and screaming. You can check out the full list of tour dates below. – Jake Reed

1/23 @ Dusk (Providence, RI)
1/24 @ The Wood Shop (Copiague, NY)
1/25 @ The Batcave (Montclair, NJ)
1/26 @ Great Scott (Boston, MA)
1/28 @ The Bubble Bowl (New Britain, CT)
1/29 @ DAV Hall #66 (Hammonton, NJ)
1/30 @ Hostage House (Hyattsville, MD)
1/31 @ Goat House (Richmond, VA)
2/1 @ The Milestone Club (Charlotte, NC)
2/2 @ Foxfield Bar & Grille (Columbia, SC)
2/4 @ Shanghai Nobby's (St. Augustine, FL)
2/5 @ Evolution Records (Lakeland, FL)
2/6 @ The Talent Farm (Pembroke Pines, FL)
2/7 @ Goat House (Odessa, FL)
2/10 @ Rampage Extreme Park (Jackson, MS)
2/14 @ Parish Underground (Austin, TX)
2/15 @ Gatsby's Mansion (Denton, TX)
2/16 @ Creative Room (Tulsa, OK)
2/17 @ OBEC (Springfield, MO)
2/18 @ Livery Company (St. Louis, MO)
2/19 @ Error Records (Champaign, IL)
2/20 @ Owl Farm (Nashville, TN)
2/21 @ The Bazaar (Lexington, KY)
2/22 @ Elimination Chamber (Huntington, WV)
2/23 @ 222 Ormsby (Pittsburgh, PA)
2/24 @ Golden Tea House (Philadelphia, PA)

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Vote for the 2013 Deli New England Emerging Artist of the Year!

Now that you've seen the results of our 2013 Open Submissions and learned a bit more about the artists that came in first place, second place and third place in that portion of the poll (and of course, the runner-ups) the Readers' Poll is now open. Fans and Deli New England readers can click the link below to cast their vote for the 2013 Deli New England Emerging Artist of the Year.

 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

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Sentry unleashes split release with Thera Roya

On the two new tracks from its split release with Thera Roya, Sentry explores the boundaries of psychedelic rock. The band’s three members share vocal duties on the new songs, recorded at Brickhouse Studios in Brooklyn, as well. “Diamond White” begins with a dissonant riff that cuts like a knife and drums fit for a rap album before moving into a messy (in the best way) chorus. The track is capped off by a high-energy guitar solo that falls far into the red – again, to the best possible effect. “Torches” is another loud number best heard when blasted through car speakers and, if you can bear the cold, the windows rolled down. The full release includes two songs by New Yorkers Thera Roya as well, including a cover of “Money” by Pink Floyd. Take a listen on Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed

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Answerman experiments with garage, punk and shoegaze on "The Way You Want" EP

Released earlier this month, Answerman’s The Way You Want EP is a fun, short dive into the worlds of shoegaze and garage rock. The EP’s six songs are full of simple yet catchy and gripping riffs and chord progressions, with vocalist Sam Pitino’s talk-singing often filtered or muffled to become part of the instrumental rather than something shoved into the foreground. On this EP, it works: just take a listen to “Pie Eater Starfish.” The Way You Want has its surprises as well, such as the grinding guitars that drop on slowed-down track “Bad Arm” and the dinky drum machine tick on the final bridge of “Fall.” – Jake Reed

 

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iiii ends 2013 on a high note

iiii (pronounced “four”) capped off 2013 with two releases: its self-titled debut album in November and the EP Run iiii Cover in December. The group’s brand of R&B is breezy, jazzy and fun, carried by Laila Smith’s smooth, skillful voice. “Sweet Talk,” from its December EP, will have you dancing without even realizing it – jumpy piano and jittery drums give the song an effortless, inescapable groove. If you’re in the mood for something slower, check out the ballad “A Case of You,” wherein Smith sings, “I could drink a case of you, darling, and I’d still be on my feet.” On the other hand, if you like the classics, download closing track “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which the band makes its own with the help of time signature changes and an extra dose of upright bass. – Jake Reed

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