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How To Dress Well

Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) released his latest album, What Is This Heart, last week. The first two tracks that were released from the album are "Repeat Pleasure" and "Face Again".

You can catch How To Dress Well at MoCA on Sept. 4th.

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A slew of Brooklyn bands play 1.21 Gigawatts fest on July 17-20

It looks like the 1.21 Gigawatts crew managed to grab every single decent to good to great indie rock band that’s up and coming in Brooklyn today for their upcoming 4 day yearly festival at Radio Bushwick on July 17-20: Bluffing, Big Neck Police, Infinity ShredSunflower Bean, Shark?, Tonstartsbandht, Celestial Shore, The Gradients, hell they even got Fiasco on the bill?! I remember listening to Fiasco in high school wishing I was cool enough to go to their shows, but back then I wasn’t in it for the music as much as trying to find an identity in this fucked up city we call home (calling all high school indie rockers: don’t be ashamed, you may not be old enough to drink yet but you are allowed to fuck up as many times as you want, so go to these shows, maybe you’ll get lucky and they won’t draw the X’s on your hand too deep!)

There will be also teen indie folk talent and recent Deli Record of the Month Frankie Cosmos. I could keep going, but the bottom line is that 1.21 Gigawatts is having a fun party with lots of talented NYC artist - I'll be there! - Jake Saunders


New Music Video: "Let's Ride" - Ground Up

Hip-hop collective Ground Up brings a Southern bounce and West Coast vibe to the rural suburbs in their latest music video for the track "Let's Ride," which was directed by Strategem Pictures. It's the first official single from their upcoming release entitled Mega. The group also just wrapped up this weekend with a couple of shows in California, and they'll be taking over Mad River Manayunk on Thursday, July 24.

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Free Download: "Overload" - Busses

We have a new track from Busses this morning called "Overload" to help ease you into the workweek. The single was produced by the band and Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording. Busses also recruited Josh Anderson (trumpet), Dan Melius (trumpet), Justin Moore (trombone) and Ryan Dankanich (baritone sax) to help provide a subtle intensity to the composition. You can stream and download it for free below. Busses' next show in Philly will be on Tueday, July 8 at Johnny Brenda's with Avers and Rosu Lup.

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Just Lions Release 'Great. Okay.'

There are good and bad ways to start the summer. Just Lions have chosen the good route with the release of their new EP, Great. Okay. which they will celebrate with a free show this Monday night, 6.30, at Mississippi Studios. The three-piece band, known for it’s pop rock energy and jazz tendencies, latest work hits these core characteristics while expanding into a deeper core of their sound. 

The EP begins with the title track and immediately hits you with sweet whistling and a catchy rhythm that makes for easy listening. This song brings a radio friendly presence to the album, which was even aired on 94.7 FM (Clear Channel's New Rock/Alt radio station) earlier this month. Next, the band drifts into a jazzy atmosphere that is very prevalent during their live performances. Relying on guitar work and jazz scales, “Everything Goes Away” remains a very free flowing song that is slightly reminiscent of something by Jack Johnson (you know, if Jack Johnson was cool and rocked a little harder). The closing track is the heaviest. “On the Road” is much more than a track with the same name as the iconic book by Kerouac. Opening guitar riffs unleash into a fury while the harmonious vocals smooth things over. This song ends with an exploding, bluesy guitar solo that only makes you wonder what this band has in store for the future.

Although this EP is short with only three songs, the release show Monday night will be packed with good music. Jammy psych-heads Bear & Moose open the night, followed by fellow jammy psych-heads Animal Eyes, and Just Lions close out the night, where you will be able to see what Great. Okay. is all about and much more.

- Colin Hudson


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