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A Deli Premiere: "Drive" (music video) by The Wolff Sisters

The Wolff Sisters have added another layer to the appeal of their latest single "Drive." The folk-rock track, released last summer, now has a music video to accompany the imagery it already evoked. The grainy music video, which was shot using Super 8 cameras, is the band's first, and it does a great job of showing the group in its most natural elements: both jamming away in an intimate-rustic space and also wandering among New England's unrivaled natural landscapes. What is most revealing about the images, and the music they accompany, are the messages of serenity, perseverance, and friendship they communicate. The Wolff Sisters have proven in more than one occasion that they are in tune with New England's deep folk traditions, and we throw a thumbs up to that. Both "Drive" and its video are the first offerings from the band's newly released album, Queendom of Nothing, already listed as one of The Boston Globe's Top 15 Fall Albums. The group will be performing at Three Squares in Needham, MA, on November 16th. We are excited to premiere the band's first music video below; enjoy the ride! - Rene Cobar, photo by Denis Semenyaka





JATK debuts with a thrilling power-pop self-titled album

Boston’s answer to your power-pop cravings is Matt Jatkola, now known to some as JATK. The New England singer-songwriter has released his debut self-titled record today, and we can tell you it is some gloves-off, punchy power-pop for your ears. “How I Feel Inside” lets the distorted guitar power chords rip, and they are dirty-good against the reverb-heavy vocals that are delivered with enough glamour and enthusiasm to animate even the most resistant audience. The anthems continue between the eruptive drum fills of the track “Angry Anchor,” which culminates with an exquisite, heart-accelerating build up. For bass fanatics, there is “Come Inside Your Room,” where the low-end is silky smooth and robust against the revved up electric guitars a la White Reaper X New York’s Big Huge. The final track, “Nüebella Satan,” is fast and furious, deliciously lo-fi, and a fitting finale for an album that never drops below the speed limit. Stream our favorite track from the record below to jolt your day up just a lot. - Rene Cobar





Maddi Ryan debuts tender single "Wrong," plays Loretta's Last Call 11.30

The tenderness that radiates from Boston’s Maddi Ryan’s music comes from the singer’s clear ability to engage her most honest emotions, and deliver them cordially through her vocals, full of grace. Ryan’s latest alt-pop single “Wrong” is very right with its Southern tinge ever-present in the ambient electric guitar notes that linger splendidly, the drums that beat away cool as can be, and a bassline that embellishes in all the right places. The brand new track inspires images of the vast New England outdoors, the long road-trips one dreams of taking, and the afternoons where reflection beckons. The song has our vote for the kind of warm tracks you need to have on your playlist this winter. Maddi will be playing at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston on November 30th. Listen to the cozy melodies of “Wrong” below. - Rene Cobar





Bandshes shine in new record "Small Talk," play Hanging Hills 11.10

Divine in composition and execution is the delicate and peaceful music of Hartford's Bandshes. The Americana trio released last month their latest record titled Small Talk; listeners will find within the album one beautifully composed tune after the next. Take the title track as a shining example of the way lead singer Zoe Chatfield commands the piano-driven song's mighty sentiment while being backed by the vocals of bandmates Athena Demaille Von Schmidt and Emily Gregonis, creating rich harmonies to spare. While "Small Talk" is fierce, other tracks like "Dreamers" are both melancholic and hopeful, lingering with their piano melodies in the minds of listeners. Intentional or not, the lo-fi feel of the recordings, or perhaps the rusticity of production, makes each track the more powerful and elegant. The group is set to play a hometown show at the Hanging Hills Brewery on November 10th. Stream the silvery track "Surrounded" from the new record below, and start your weekend right. - Rene Cobar





NPK debuts retro-rugged track "Zodiac"

Boston's NPK has a brand new track that hits the mark titled "Zodiac." The song is a lo-fi hip-hop production that moves quickly and makes its point with a robust layering of synthesizers swells, a plump bassline, and a reverberating flow. While NPK typically leans on his R&B influences, he surely glazes this new single with a sweet, retro synth-pop sound to contrast the rugged nature of his assertive message about domination. The synthesizer embellishments could be something to further explore as the new song sparks curiosity for NPK's future work. Where hip-hop artists like Wale are keeping things clean and soulful, NPK offers something more evocative to a rugged throwback. Stream the new single below to wrap your head around the subtle tributes to '80s hip-hop music. - Rene Cobar 

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