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Drowned in Sound: Trans Am - Volume X
                                     

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New Track: "Cripple Street" - Needle Points

Garage-psych rockers Needle Points just shared a new track called "Cripple Street." It's the A-side to the band's upcoming 7" single, which will be released on October 8 via PaperCup Music. They'll also be performing on Friday, October 17 at Kung Fu Necktie with The Orange Drop and The Golden Grass. (Painting by Taylor Sohl)

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Show Alert: Penicillin Baby at the 5-Spot 8.29

It's been a minute since Penicillin Baby showed their psychedelic skin on a Nashville stage; as in, almost two months. This is not to say that slice of summer was not occupied with tours and studio time. In fact, this blitzkrieg of activity has been the status quo for the foursome since the release of their debut 7" in May.  The band managed work on a full-length album and put a few miles on their van playing to hipster masses from Kentucky to New York, who seem to have the same appetite for slightly skewed trip-pop as Nashville does.  Friday's show at the 5-Spot is the start of a string of Tennessee shows, though not all dates can boast a lineup with the likes of Canadians-on-eternal-summer-holiday (do they call it 'holiday' up there?) Shark Week, slacker-rock-revivalists Sundonistas and Laurel Canyon mutts Bear in the Campsite.  The show starts at 9, and cover is $5.  Below is the video for their seasonally-appropriate ode to wasted time "Not Getting Any Younger." -Terra James-Jura

http://penicillinbaby.com/

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Air Traffic Controller invites you into their "House" on new single

In the midst of its country-spanning tour, Boston darlings Air Traffic Controller have released their latest single, “The House.” The bubbly summer track details the perfect house – pretty girls playing Nintendo, a band performing in the basement – over a stuttering indie pop beat. With a hook big enough to get a stadium singing along, this song is guaranteed to be fun live, but don’t take our word for it: celebrate with the band at its tour-wrapping concert at Allston’s Great Scott tomorrow night, August 26. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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The Milkstains preview new album Broken Bones

 Richmond's The Milkstains put up a preview stream of their new album Broken Bones (officially due September 4th). I knew I liked this band already, but this album surpasses expectations, seemingly running down a checklist of my favorite sounds and styles. Every track makes me love them more.

"La Adelita" is an expertly crafted surf instrumental, psyching the listener up for what's to come. "Sidewalk" is Replacementsy pop-rock, as engaging as that description can suggest. "Let Us Down" is an 80's proto-indie rocker, ferocious and meek, strong and sweet. "Caroline O'Keeffe" is some wacky low-fi garage version of Leiber/Stoller pop (with a blistering guitar solo). "Carrion Crow" is the desert and death, heat and haze, all gritty and sexy, like the loners and rebels your mom warned you about. "Heart of Mine" is a straightforward garage stomper, pounding drums and kinetic guitar-work. "Invisible Friends" is more dynamic garage with clever psychedelia conjured by the all analog studio. "Heavy Water" is the appropriate name for the next song; another instrumental surf track, but truly heavy, deep, crushing guitars. "Sonic Kick" fools you at the start with another heavy growling tone out of the bass, but turns immediately into a sweet and smooth indie-rocker, with shimmering guitars playing anthemic hooks. All too soon the album ends on title-track "Broken Bones," an even more anthemic indie-rocker with room to jam on some noise, like a combo of early 90's Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., riding waves of electricity, blazing through hooks, into Siamese Dream-like walls of sound.

Broken Bones is a triumph of non-stop excitement, head-shaking goodness, taste and ambition. It's like a shrine to analog sound and psychedelia, collecting iconography from 60's surf to 90's alt-rock, and everything in between. The Milkstains aren't copycats however. They channel an energy all their own through each song, a growling tiger ready to pounce from beneath each track, and harness their musicianship and the skills of their producers to create a seemless passionate journey.  

You can catch them next at Richmond's Fall Line Fest, where they'll have the first solid copies of the album for sale. Get this album, however you can. --Natan Press  

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Empty Moon Releases New Single - 75 Degrees

Oakland based indie folk band, Empty Moon has dropped a new single entitled, 75 Degrees. This new single is from their upcoming album, The Shark. This simple, lyric based song maintains a fluid music style and is reminiscent of 90s bands like The Shins and Bright Eyes.

If you're old enough to remember the music of the 90s this band will bring you nostalgia for sure. Look out for Empty Moon's new full length album which is due out on November 4th on High Dive Records. For now, check out the free track and new single, 75 Degrees via Soundcloud.

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Rising New York City rockers in love with the UK: Public Access T.V.

Public Access T.V. is one of New York City's newest alt-rock (potential) sensations. They come at us with attitude beyond their years and seriously catchy hooks, embedded in classic sounding pop rock nuggets with garagey tinges. Even though their sound seems to scream "Manhattan," they have developed an affinity with the UK, probably in an effort to follow on the steps of great bands initially under-appreciated in the US like The Strokes and - believe it or not - The Pixies. They recorded their debut EP 'Rebounder' in London, and in September they'll be playing eleven dates in the UK. The trio opened for Weezer in PA earlier this month for Musikfest, which is fitting given their sound. You can snatch the EP from iTunes or grab the vinyl from Rough Trade. The first opportunity to catch them live in their home town might be at the CMJ Music Marathon in October - Michael Haskoor (@Tweetskoor)

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Alt Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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Right On Red

Right On Red are releasing their new single, "Find You", this week on the 27th. This is the follow-up to the 2014 debut EP "Take Some Time". Below is the video for the catchy new tune.

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Preview: Psychomagic at The Know 8.26

Psychomagic’s psych rock is playful and morbid, tinged with surf, punk, and vintage tone. From their textured instrumentation, it’s obvious this quintet (Stone Laurila (guitar), Eddie Bond (keyboards), Anthony Brisson (drums, backing vocals), Scott Page (bass), and Steve Fusco (lead vocals/guitar)) find their vibe on stage. Songs are strummy, but shift to  heavy riffs over soft, fast rhythms and theatrical melodies. Its catchy, but then drifts off and almost fades out during long interludes, allowing the listener to get lost in their own narrative before changing the scenery. Their range can be the softer “Mutated Love” after fast and raging “I Dont Want To Hold Your Hand”. Fusco warbles through songs, sometime crooning about playing the fool and being a “Heartbroken Teenage Zombie Killer”. It's tongue in cheek, he declares from the start that “I’m A Freak." Playing with the pining rock of Portland's Dandelyons, and Austin's Tele Novella, it should be a colorful Tuesday evening at The Know. 

- Brandy Crowe

 

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