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Show Alert: Nice Guys EP Release, 2/12

There’s something oddly comforting about dirty guitars, fast drums and shouting, which probably points to some hidden emotional issues on my part, but whatever--that’s why punk music was invented. Chips in the Moonlight, the newest release from Nice Guys, has everything you could want in lo-fi punk recordings--distorted, almost tortured guitars and vocals that sound like they’re being pushed through a PA on the brink of explosion.
 

If you dig these tunes as much as I do, go see Nice Guys release this EP at Club Bohemia (Cantab Lounge, downstairs) in Central Sq., Cambridge, MA tomorrow night. $8, 21+, doors at 8PM, presented by Illegally Blind. More details about the show can be found here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

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Get Ready to Rok with Ben Katzman's Degreaser

Rok N Rol Community College, the latest offering from Bufu Records’ own Ben Katzman’s Degreaser, cuts right to the chase. No reverb-soaked vocals or dream-bedroom-shoe-pop-gaze-core gimmicks--just straight-forward rock n’ roll. Coming in at around 10 minutes in length, Katzman crams even more raw rock n’ roll energy than one would otherwise expect into such a short time frame. My favorite song is the title track; with its crunchy guitars, fast rhythms and gang vocals, "Rok N Rol Community College" sounds as though Van Halen got bored one day and decided to play some Ramones covers.


For more info about the Degreaser, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Sweet Jesus Release You Destroy Yourself

You Destroy Yourself, the first full-length record from Sweet Jesus, was released on February 3 and from the sounds of their first single, this record is ready to punch you straight in the mouth. “The Light of Sun” has great intensity--I particularly liked the intro to the song--drums alone, followed by vocals and drums, then the whole band bursts-in with violent power chords and heavy bass--what’s not to like about that?

You Destroy Yourself was released through Atomic Action Records. For more information about the record, check out Atomic Action’s Facebook page. For more info about Sweet Jesus, click here.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

Photo credit: Reid Haithcock

 

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Listen-Up: Get Sh**-faced with Horse-Eyed Men

 “SFIS(A)” by Horse-Eyed Men sounds like some kind of strange country version of a Jimmy Buffet song if it were recorded in outer space--and I intend for that to be as much of a compliment as the band (and any readers) will allow. The first time I heard the song, I thought these guys were a weird bunch, but after listening to the track a few times, it has definitely grown on me. They did a great job with production on this track--the reverb on the guitars, airy backing-vocals--they certainly captured the “sh**-faced in space” idea that the chorus professes. I also liked their decision to record in a large theatre--I think that really helped give a big, open sound to the song.

 

For more information about Horse-Eyed Men, check out their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

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Alpenglow tours + plays Rough Trade on February 19

Having been hard at work on their new LP for the past few months, Alpenglow is getting ready to stretch their wings and debut a full set of new songs in a mini tour of the Northeast. The new album, which is being produced by Sam Cohen (of The Yellowbirds), promises for an even trippier, more insightful continuation of their lonesome-traveler, psych-folk sound, drawing from the essence and experience of perhaps one too many New England winters, and translating their move to Brooklyn into audible incentives by which to live. The psych-soul underlining of Cohen’s vision will introduce only the most effectual tonal brilliance to Alpenglow’s already established soul-searching sound. The tour stops at Rough Trade on February 19, with support from Barsuk Records’ Laura Gibson and Wild Leaves . –JP Basileo

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