Here’s another sampling of some of the music coming out of the Boston area! Continue reading
Somerville duo Spot Collins’ album, Birch Beer is a stripped-down collection of folk-punk songs. The “punk” label may not be so apparent at first in the face of Spot Collins’ quiet, acoustic sound. But listen to the evocative lyrics, listen to the little twists going against the folk norm. Each song tells a single, encapsulated story, many of them presenting glimpses of life as a musician, especially “Jackie O. In Heat” or “Pretty Girl at the Punk Rock Show.” The simple, sparse instrumentals leave the spotlight on the raw, plaintive vocal line, adding to the overall intimate nature of the album. Overall, Birch Beer sounds weary, but happy, like someone picked up a guitar in the living room as the party’s winding down.
Check out this single and video from Worthington, MA’s folk-rock duo Indian Oven. The intense, unsettling track, titled “Diamond Ring,” features unique instrumentation, which is complemented by the hazy, dreamlike melancholy of the video. Continue reading
Catch Boston’s The Shills playing with Friendly People and Canadian indie rockers Mother Mother at TT the Bear’s in Cambridge next Tuesday, July 2nd. While remaining pop at heart, The Shills pull influences from all over the musical spectrum, creating a unique and extremely catchy and memorable sound. There’s four albums and a single available on Bandcamp for both streaming and download, so there’s plenty of awesome music to bone up on before the show.
Also, check out this video for The Shills’ single “Move a Mountain.”
And a couple tracks that I’m particularly fond of: Continue reading
Boston-based artist Alexa Renaud Clark’s “Coward” EP is brief, gentle, and striking. As Alexa writes, “It’s simple, an attempt to identify beauty in frailty, and in some way find self-forgiveness for self-involvement.”
Take fifteen minutes out of your day and give this one a listen, it’ll linger for much longer than that.
“Coward” is available for download on Alexa Renaud Clark’s bandcamp page.
Also, here is the video for “Rites,” the last track on the album. Continue reading
Here’s the June 20th show flyer for Night Mayor, the new project from Boston’s Dave Crespo and Cat Basile:
“Sounds like a cross between System of a Down and The XX.” – some guy who heard two songs
No tracks are available online yet, but with talent like this behind it, Night Mayor is bound to put on one hell of a show.