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This Friday, October 24, Boston’s Zip-Tie Handcuffs will be premiering their new record, Sundream, in its entirety over on WEMF radio. The album will air at 7PM, accompanied by interviews with the band. However, if you’re impatient like me and are interested in hearing a sample of their new tunes before then, you’re in luck. I was able to get my hands on a single from the record and I have posted it below in an effort to satisfy your collective curiosity. The single, “Fwench”, is a great, gritty punk song. I really liked the production--everything sounds huge and open, a rare find among most 3-chord punk tracks. All I could think about when I first heard this song was hauling ass on the back of a pickup truck in the desert, speeding through dirt roads with the radio on full-blast. I hope the rest of the new album is even half as good as this.

Sundream will be released on November 4th at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA. The show, presented by Eye Design, will feature support from local favorites Nice Guys and Midriffs. $5 cover; show starts at 9PM; 21+ with proper ID.

For more info on the show, check out the Facebook event page. For more info about Zip Tie Handcuffs, visit their Facebook page.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

  

October 20, 2014
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On October 12, Frostheave dropped Extraordinary Headwear EP, the perfect bite of indie rock for your fall playlist. The six-song release kicks off with the New Hampshire band’s recent single “Bend,” a pleasant ballad that takes some cues out of the Bon Iver playbook – namely its repeating riff and backing falsettos. “Forever More” finds the band’s vocalist singing in a nonchalant wail, drowned out by grinding guitars and fuzzy bass before the song launches into a guitar-pedal-gone-haywire guitar solo, while closing track “Fresh Air” features another weirdo guitar solo (clearly one of the band’s strong suits) and makes good use of a shaker and a tambourine. Extraordinary Headwear can be downloaded for free over at Bandcamp now. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

October 15, 2014
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Boston Does Boston, a music series designed to benefit the Animal Rescue League, is set to release its third and fourth volumes over the next two weeks. The series, which began in 2013, has a unique approach for raising money--gathering some of the Boston area’s best musical acts and having them cover each other’s work. Some of my favorites on this year’s compilations include Ruby Rose Fox covering Lovewhip and The Rationales covering Mary Lou Lord. I’ve seen a lot of different benefit shows, but I find myself especially drawn to this one because it not only raises money for a worthy cause, but strengthens the Boston music scene in the process. Having artists take a step back from their own music and let others create their own interpretations of what they hear demonstrates a lot of trust between artists, and highlights the collaborative nature Boston area musicians.

The songs will be released during two shows: October 17th and 24th, respectively. Both concerts will be held at TT the Bear’s Place in Central Square, Cambridge, MA.  Doors at 8PM, 18+, $10 cover. All proceeds will be donated to the Animal Rescue League.

 -Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


October 15, 2014
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Back in August, I debuted the video for Rosary, a new song by Troy Ramey. At that time, he was just starting a PledgeMusic campaign to fund his first solo EP. I checked-in with him this week and he seems to have been very busy over the last two months. At the time of this posting, Ramey’s PledgeMusic campaign has been 99% funded, indicating that he will be able to move forward with the production of his debut EP. It’s great to see passionate local musicians succeeding with their projects and I’m excited to hear what Troy does with his final mixes.

 For more info about his EP (and the PledgeMusic campaign), click here. You can also stay up-to-date about his latest plans on his Facebook page. In case you missed it the first time, you can check out the video for "Rosary" below.

 -Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

Photo Credit: Jackson Himonidis
 
 

 

October 14, 2014
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Cameron Boucher, vocalist of Hartford indie punk quartet Sorority Noise, announced yesterday that Kevin O’Donnell and Jason Rule, the band’s bassist and drummer, respectively, would be leaving the band. In his statement, Boucher calls O’Donnell and Rule “two of the most talented dudes I know and the best rhythm section in the world,” attesting that all four bandmates remain close friends following the split. Rule later released his own statement citing that aside from some personal reasons, he and O’Donnell had no interest in moving forward stylistically with Sorority Noise. Boucher and Scuff, the band’s guitarist, plan to continue making music and working on a new Sorority Noise LP, while O’Donnell and Rule will likely take this time to focus on their band Queen Moo. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

October 07, 2014
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A boy band trying to make it in the local scene, dance moves, pop hooks and all – it might make you laugh at first, but it’s actually kind of awesome. Eyes to the Skies, a trio from Providence College, is bringing the One Direction craze to the college music scene, taking on the hard task of pushing pop music in venues that typically host rock bands. Last month the band released its debut two-track EP, and while it’s tough to say whether the whole thing is a joke, their dance moves certainly aren’t. Download the Eyes to the Skies EP over on Bandcamp and check out a live performance of “OMG!” on the band’s Facebook page. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

October 06, 2014
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