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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Okay Win keep going forward with 'Nothing's Not Moving'

You can’t replicate the rawness of recording an album in a garage. Released on April 15, The Okay Win’s Nothing’s Not Moving kicks off with the slow burning “Shift” before picking things up with the catchy number “In A Way.” The lazy, laid back vibe of “The Glass” is perfect for a beach barbeque, and the song switches things up with main vocalist Stephen MacDonald handing off vocal duties to percussionist Adam McElreath. Later, on “Legion (When Coming Home),” noodling guitars wrap themselves around MacDonald’s barebones vocal melody. Make sure to catch the Bostonites at the Arts Marathon at OnStage Dance Company in Somerville this Saturday, May 3, or celebrate the record's release with the band at Cambridge's T.T. the Bear's on May 17. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed

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Rebuilder reconstructs the music biz with self-titled EP released on own record label

Boston-based punk outfit Rebuilder brings the classic punk sound we’ve always loved back into conversation. The fast-paced sound of Motion City Soundtrack clashes with the angst of modern post-emo bands to form Rebuilder’s unique energy. Running its own record label – Refuse Rethink Rebuild Records – the band attempts to “rebuild” the way the music world works by bringing new, innovative techniques to writing and recording.

Check out Rebuilder’s self-titled EP available now and don’t miss them at O'Briens in Allston, MA, on May 8 or at The Worthen House in Lowell, MA, on May 9. – Jake Dmochowski

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