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At the risk of assessing a small sample size consisting of one single, it's clear that synth/indie pop duo Kid Coyote have a lot of potential. Their lone track, "Full Moon Rising," is reminiscent of Phantogram's chiller, Big Boi-less offerings. Clara Berry's smooth and spacey vocals hang over Joe O'Neil hybrid electro-acoustic production, giving their music a feeling both eery and smooth. With just this tune to their name, it will be exciting to see what else Kid Coyote will bring to the table when they perform at the Plough and Stars on 6/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 21, 2016
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Bent Knee keeps going bigger and bolder with each project they release.  Never being afraid to blend genres before, on Say So the six-piece Boston band embarks on a sprawling musical journey that seems to hit every stop on the pop-avant garde spectrum. Not discrediting the band's impressively diverse instrumental arrangements, frontwoman and keyboardist Courtney Swain's cinematic vocals stand out as the sound's core. Whereas the instruments and sounds around her are constantly changing, Swain's voice provides an anchor that never lets the band's complex sound descend into unruly juxtaposition of elements. Bent Knee are about to go on a North American and European tour to promote 'Say So'. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 20, 2016
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Out of Boston, Narrow Waves is a new indie-pop band whose alternating male/female vocals form a striking contrast. The two vocalists take turns singing about themes pertaining to love and relationships, while shimmering synth patterns and understated guitar riffs back them up to round out the band's sound, which could be compared to R.E.M. from the 'Out of Time' period. The band played their second ever show on May 28 at Cantab Lounge. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 20, 2016
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Based off the lead single "Irrelevant" (streaming) it would appear that Boston band Lady Pills is transitioning to a more aggressive rock sound for their upcoming debut album Despite, scheduled for a July release. The deviating guitar patterns, refined percussion, heavy vocals and everything else that made their past releases enjoyable are still there, but on their newest release everything is kicked up a notch. The dynamic shifts are bolder, the rhythm section more prominent and the lyrics more intense. Regardless of whether this transformation will be seen throughout the LP or just on this track, it is encouraging to see the three-piece girl band experiment with their sound in convincing ways. You can check out Lady Pills' new music at O'Brien's Pub on 6/14. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 13, 2016
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Boston singer-songwriter Rachel Hael seems to be capable of performing every type of music associated with the super-genre that is Americana. Throughout her repertoire she's comfortably gone back and forth between upbeat country jams to folk elegies, hitting every stop in between. Just because her music has a large breadth, however, doesn't mean she sacrifices any emotional depth. On the contrary, Hael posesses the rare quality of being able to inject her vocals with whatever emotional tone the track posesses. Her voice drips sultriness on singles like "Say my Name" and overflows with melancholy on others like "More Like 'Painsville.' The simple but tasteful instrumentation and occasional backup vocals give her sound a nice well-rounded fullness. With two EPs to her name, we're excited to see what Hael and co. could do on a full length, bur for now you can catch her at O'Brien's Pub on both 7/7 and 7/14. Check out upbeat folk-pop track "So Far No Good," streaming below. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 10, 2016
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The sound of Tancred, solo project of 'Now, Now' guitarist Jess Abbott, hits a nice grey area between punk and power pop. Abbot's striking vocals and guitar work definitely get the blood pumping, but the band behind her doesn't miss a beat, integrating the songwriting through skillful and at times subtle dynamic shifts that underline the songs' tension and release sequence. Rounding out the band's aeshtetic, Abbot's lyrics are often incisive and contemplative, and give the music nice emotional and intellectual qualities.  Their latest project 'Out of the Garden' shows a developed, refined sound, and we're surprised they slipped through the cracks of this blog's coverage.  The band is about to wrap up a US tour with Speedy Ortiz, and will perform next at Great Scott on 6/22. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 09, 2016
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