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 I was invited to a show a couple weeks ago by a band member from The I Want You. I like Boston-area nightlife, I like music and I like beer--all of which were coincidentally at TT’s the Bear’s in Cambridge that night--so I figured I’d go check it out. The band played an eclectic mix of pop tunes peppered with multi-part harmonies and keyboard melodies. I could vaguely detect hints of an R.E.M. influence (meant as a compliment, though I’m not sure how the band will take it). The highlight of their set for me was their song "Drifting". Full of energy and well-timed backing vocals, it was my favorite song of the evening by far.


For more info about The I Want You, check out their Bandcamp page.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

 

July 17, 2014
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Following its poppy lead single “Golden,” We Were Astronauts have premiered the second single from its forthcoming Artificial Light EP. “Keep It Together” follows in the footsteps of melody-driven rock radio giants Kings of Leon, with catchy vocals and a thoughtfully pieced-together array of guitar pedals carrying the track from start to finish. Look for Artificial Light on September 9 and get your tickets to August 23’s album release party here. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

July 13, 2014
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Four great Massachusetts bands – all for only five dollars. If you’re in the Boston area tonight, July 13, head over to Jamaica Plain’s Midway Cafe at 9 p.m. to catch Amherst surf giants Sexy Girls, the dark and dingy punk of Middleboro’s Black Beach, Boston garage rockers Grave Ideas and the high energy of Attleboro’s Neutrinos. See you there. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

July 13, 2014
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People The Kangaroo’s Greatest Hits Vol. 3 is not a greatest hits collection at all – rather, it’s the band’s first EP, following last year’s single “We Can Still Say I Love You.” The album starts with a swelling synth and a spoken word sample, a brief detour from the music that follows. First up is the poppy “Blue Filter (Clicking Clicking),” a fair example of the band’s knack for a good hook and Pablo San Martin’s slick production, but “Time is Running Faster” is even better. With extraterrestrial backing vocals, synth and guitar riffs that twist and turn around one another and drums big enough to fill a stadium, the EP’s second track is also its focal point. Next, “Hit You” careens on the line between cheery and dissonant, fitting its creepy lyric – “I’m in the back seat, I’m gonna hit you if I can,” vocalist Alan Wurman sings. Grab Greatest Hits Vol. 3 for free on Bandcamp now and see the guys play it live at T.T the Bear’s in Cambridge on July 23. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

July 13, 2014
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The low-key, Connecticut based, punk rock outfit headed by Gregory Wharmby called Jagged Dream Chronicle has hardly any social media presence. But one thing's for sure, they do know how to play some good punk rock. They kind of sound like if AFI were to grow up in the New York Hardcore (NYHC) scene. Listen to the track titled "Horselover Fat" via Soundcloud and hear for yourself. The track appears on the upcoming LP 'Horns Of Ormus' that was just released last week (and can't be embedded!).  - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

July 10, 2014
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Needless to say, life in Vermont flows at a different pace than in NYC. That's why all New Yorkers interested in hanging on to their mental sanity should spend a few weeks a year in Vermont. But if, like us, you can afford no vacation, music from that land can offer some form of relief. Burlington's Alpenglow play beautiful, acoustic pastoral folk that's so detached from the metropolitan lifestyle it almost sounds unreal - and so looks the video for single 'Brothers in Crime' (streaming). Against any logical reasoning, they recently relocated to Brooklyn, and announced the release of the 'Chapel' EP. Even just the titles of their songs ('Catskills,' 'Solitude,' 'Fields,' 'Old Country') sound exactly like what your average stressed out New Yorker needs. I guess we'll see in the next few months how this city affects the musical output of a band accustomed to a completely different lifestyle! Give yourself a break and see them at Baby's All Right on 07.13 with likeminded Brookynite Lapland.

July 09, 2014
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