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New England Record of the Month: Astronoid (live at Great Scott on 09.13)

Boston’s Astronoid interject beautifully dreamy instrumentation and ethereal vocals into black metal on their impressive debut full length Air, which was released in June on the Finnish metal label Blood Music. It cohesively blends shoegaze, thrash, prog-rock, black metal, and punk to form what they call “dream thrash”. While the five-piece embraces the clean atmospheric sounds of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky, they also offer a pummeling and swift assault of black metal blast beats that shows off drummer's Matt St. Jean’s solid skills. Instead of resorting to the usual harsh and guttural screams the black metal genre is known for, vocalist Brett Boland uses an elegantly clean vocal delivery that channels the airy sounds of popular shoegaze acts such as Slowdive and Ride. It would be easy to lose sight of their goal on an LP that pulls from an eclectic group of influences, but Astronoid do a fantastic job at forging a sound that stays consistent throughout the album. They will be playing at Great Scott on September 13th in support of Ghost Bath! - John Honan

Tipling Rock unveils video for "Low Tide Love," plays The Red Room on 09.14

Based out of Boston, MA, Tipling Rock are a four-piece indie rock outfit that channels the breezy vibes of surf-pop. Their latest single “Low Tide Love” is an effortlessly upbeat track characterized by warm, bouncing guitars and an undeniably catchy chorus delivered with a laid-back and optimistic tone. The band just released this music video for the track that highlights the wonderfully carefree nature of summer vacation as a young adult. Tipling Rock will be playing The Red Room in Boston on September 14th! - John Honan 

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Teenender play O'Brien's Pub on 9.14

Formed in 2015, Teenender began as an indie pop duo consisting of brothers Brian and Chris McKenna. The two released their debut EP t e e n e n d e r in June of 2015. It was a smooth and upbeat collection of synthpop tracks that channeled the bounciness of 80’s pop. This summer they returned as a four-piece with their new single “Beat That Invites Me” (streaming), which featured their velvety optimistic sound, but with a more laid back vibe that incorporates drums and guitars. Teenender will be playing O’Brien’s Pub on September 14th! - John Honan

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Lina Tullgren plays the Middle East tonight (09.06)

Lina Tullgren is a New England-based singer-songwriter who composes raw and intimate music that seeks to find the balance between light and darkness. Tullgren’s latest EP Wishlist is a charming blend of honest folk and indie rock tunes that feature only Tullgren’s mellow, dreamy vocals and lightly strummed guitars. The album was influenced by her childhood growing up among many New England-based musicians and artists. On “Older” Tullgren sings in a hushed toned about wishing she didn’t have to grow older when its all she wanted as a kid. The track employs a minimalist style using only layered vocals and slow, dreamy guitars similar to Julien Baker. Lina Tullgren will be playing the Ian Sweet LP release show at the Middle East on September 6th! - John Honan

Animal Flag play Great Scott on 9.11

Animal Flag have been around the Boston music scene for a while now, dropping their first album in 2009. Late last year the band released their latest EP 2 via Broken World Media and 1997 Recordings. It takes a much darker and heavier approach than their previous EP, which had a more upbeat and folky sound. The opening track “Jealous Lover” demonstrates the tonal shift by channeling the haunting guitars and drums of Devil & God era Brand New. The lyrics are wonderfully crafted by singer Matt Politoski as he explores themes of religion, family, jealousy, and lost love. Instrumentally, the album is very breezy and quiet, but there are sudden bursts of noisy cymbal crashes and blaring guitars over Politoski’s impassioned vocals. Animal Flag will be playing Great Scott in support of Violent Soho on September 11th! - John Honan

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