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Tomorrow, December 16, Boston Indie Rockers Elephants will be releasing their latest full-length album, "Strange Waves." The release comes about a year and a half after their self-titled first record. Their sophomore offering shows a lot more musical control, while still holding tight to their lo-fi preferences. It seems the band has finally found their sound (spoiler alert: lots of fuzzy guitars) and has figured exactly how to project it. The record has a great flow to it--all of the songs are very cohesive and compliment each other nicely. I was able to check a preview of the album and I particularly drawn to the fifth track, “Moving Pictures.” The song has a Dinosaur Jr.-ish feel with great guitar riffs and a smooth vocal performance from singer Lauren Garant. You can find some of these elements also in "The Turtles Were Right," the first single unveiled by the band, streaming below.

For updates about future shows and other band news, check out Elephants’ Facebook page. - Dan McMahon

December 15, 2014
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Tredici Bacci's vocalist has one of the most thankless lead singing jobs. Her rhythm vocals take no more of the spotlight than the violins, but alternate beautifully between sustained soprano and a stone skipping over fake Italian waters. Yeah (sorry I blew your cover), Tredici Bacci is no more Italian than Jesse Camp was homeless. But who cares? They're classically-trained musicians performing orchestral pop songs that, somehow, get the young people dancing. Today's cover of what bandleader Simon Hanes called "the most beautiful song in the world," Ennio Morricone's "Metti Una Sera A Cena" is perfect seduction music.

 

December 11, 2014
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The first time I saw Boston's excellent Bugs and Rats, Nick from How They Light Cigarettes in Prison told me they sound like Nirvana. I'd never have thought of it, but In Utero is a pretty close comparison.

Providence's In Heat is screaming angry metal with enough power to make even the old people in the pit move (don't confuse them with the In Heat who have a Facebook page, though). Tour starts tonight at OE BNB in Providence, with Boston's Abominable Skimask.

December 04, 2014
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This record is like nothing I've ever heard, and I've heard at least four albums in my life. Pucker Up conjures Hunter S. Thompson in the desert at 3 AM, tripping on mescaline, eating dusty spiders. The electric guitar sometimes sounds like a buzzsaw and usually like a string is about to break, the standup bass rocks harder than The Jesus Lizard, the drums sound like flattened cardboard boxes, and the unpretentious, distorted vocals sing bizarre tales of loneliness and going to sleep crying to Michael Hurley. This might be the best record of the year.

 

December 03, 2014
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Sometimes after I drink too much I find myself mimicking Kal Marks voice. It's never an effective pick-up move. But it is the driving howl of Boston's most cohesive three piece that continues its dark & sludgy progression with Zimmerman being one of their most memorable songs to date. The organ on It Was a Very Hard Year is what you would hear when an evil clown is lurking nearby before the nightmare is over. It may be "just a lonely fart" but this one’s a little ripper that's gonna leave a stain.

show on wednesday with KriII....https://www.facebook.com/events/521395874629730/

-Hayden Karnitz

@hkarnutz

December 02, 2014
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Providence's Doomsday Student somehow summon the joyful noise of four 8 year-olds who've never played music using very structured (but still noisy) songs. Live, singer Eric Paul moves around like a bully making fun of a "spastic," while his bandmates similarly bully their instruments.

Their new record, A Walk Through Hysteria Park, sounds a lot like their old band, Arab on Radar, and much noisier than their other previous band, Chinese Stars.  

Record release show this Saturday, 11/29/14, in Providence, at Dusk, their final show 'til March.

November 28, 2014
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