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After nearly a decade in Brooklyn, prodigal son Bill Bartholomew is returning home to Rhode Island, together with his band silverteeth.  Alongside this relocation to Newport's tiny but powerful music scene, they also released a self-titled EP, and it feels like the two may be correlated thematically. The project contains guitar-centric, no-nonsense alt-pop that opts for a tight, well-oiled sound. On the record, Bartholomew's voice and guitar each drip with sentimentality, and stir the powerful emotions that occur when going through a major life event, such as a move back home. Silverteeth played a EP release show on July 8 at Aurora in Providence, which should the first of many New England shows to come. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 18, 2016

On their latest EP Silver Sounds: Hallucinations,  Elison Jackson, a band split between Philly and New Haven, CT, added an extra layer to their already (very) psychedlic sound, by dropping a record that resembles a psychedlic experience in of itself. Each track on the EP is distinct in genre, thus providing a true "trip' through different kinds of music.  On "Ghost Fucker," they kick-off with a forebodingly minimalist psych-rock song, but then immediately shift to loud guitar-rock on "Thru the Trees." From there they go from folk-pop to psych pop moments, to finish off with a sludgy folk rock song entitled Wal-Mart. Elison Jackson recently released trippy visuals for "Ghost Fucker," and you can catch them at The Press Room with People Like You on July 16.  —Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

July 15, 2016

Like they sing, "I got new blisters on old fingertips" on recently released single "Old Reasons," Boston band These Wild Plains offers new cuts on the tried-and-true country-rock genre. Their sound is at times reminiscent of bands like Wilco, but never feels derivative or cliché.  Their ability to stand out in this way is likely due to their three piece guitar section, featuring lead electric, rhythm, and the ever under-appreciated dobro. This allows their music to have a satisfying feeling of layeredness while still making for some good, easy listenin'. These Wild Plains' debut full-length Distant Ways is due out on July 21, and you can check them out at Maine's Bullwheel Music Festival on the 23rd. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

July 14, 2016

Despite having released quality material, Allston's Beeef is a band that's gone under most radars, including ours until now. Their 2015 release A BEEEF EP was notable for its textbook indie rock sound that at times verged into surf, alt and folk rock territories as well. No individual component stands out about Beeef's music, but rather it's their chemistry, tightness and the crisp nature of their sound that allows them to create catchy songs that sound familiar and fresh at the same time. Beeef have an upcoming show at Great Scott on 7/13, and this post on their Facebook page suggests they may have new music on the way. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

July 11, 2016

While the two are often correlated, it's not always necessary for music that's catchy to be pristine as well. Boston band Earth Heart is a prime example of this: with their shout-sung vocals, swampy drums and lo-fi guitars, they do their darn best to produce a sound that's abrasive, but thanks to the great songwriting, their music is still very satisfying. While mostly sticking to this garage pop sound on their previous tracks, such as recent single "Homesick" (streaming below), the Boston trio has shown the ability to pull off more "avant" stuff as well, like in their nearly nine minute track "BURN" from 2014. This versatility and talent should make their debut LP, due on 8/5, interesting to say the least. Earth Heart also made an appearance on WEMF radio's Sticky Hits program on 5/28, and will be performing live at the pin Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery on July 13th. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 07, 2016

While a core element of Sexy Coyote's unique brand of pop-punk is the cacophony they create by crashing arrangements into oneanother, it never feels like its a process that's being done haphazardly or ironically. Rather, on their recently released Danger in the Deep EP the band takes on the role of mad scientists, forging a sound that feels almost experimental at times but never without the precision or poise necesary to create a fundamentally tight sound. It's one that works on multiple levels as well: impassioned vocals, booming drums and quick tempos get the heart racing, while at the same time intriguing and often-shifting guitar patterns keep the mind intrigued.  Check out their new EP below. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 05, 2016

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