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Elephants release LP "Strange Waves" tomorrow (12.16)

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

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Sleep Sun Plays Brick and Mortar with Al Lover and Banquet 12/17

San Francisco based psych blues band, Sleepy Sun is playing an all ages show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Wednesday, December 17th. Sleepy Sun is a passion drenched veteran psych band whose music is moving and addictive. Bay Area staple, DJ Al Lover will be performing his music as well. His mixes fill a room like a psych experimental mist that washes over your ear drums and senses. SF based hard rock band, Banquet will be opening the show, making this line up a collection of heavy vibed musicians. Therefore, we think you should indulge in this upcoming show and let the experience speak for itself.

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More electro-pop from Brooklyn: Basic Shapes play Cake Shop on 01.09

There seems to be no end to the number of quality, undiscovered electronic NYC artists. Basic Shapes is a Brooklyn based trio that's not that new (their older Soundcloud tracks date back from 2010) but that has recently reached maturity with a series of singles that show improved production and songwriting. Notwithstanding an unnecessarily long intro (yes, like most people buried by music submissions, we prefer songs that get to the point right away) single "Weird Kids" features a super cool, intricate web of electronic sounds that flirt with funk and big beat influences. While this track sports a seductive male tenor, a lot of the band's recent material features vocals by Brooke Morrison. Their previous single "Stand Still" is one of them. The band is currently in the studio finishing up an album due for an early 2015 release. You can catch them live at Cake Shop on January 9th.

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Video: Life Leone, "I Can't Say No"

Brady Erickson is Life Leone, an indie rock musician with raw energy, perfectly executed tones and dizzy guitar lines. Erickson, after returning home from Vietnam to work as a guitar craftsman, sat down and let his creativity pour with Eastern influences. Keeping with his indie roots blended loud fuzzy guitars (similar to hard rock), energetic tempos, and extended guitar strums to create that psychedelic balance. After releasing his single, “I Can’t Say No”, Erickson toured soon after in support of his EP, Comes Crashing In. His exploratory passion found its shining moment in Life Leone. - Kayla Hay

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Krust Toons: "Selling Records" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Selling Records" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations HERE.

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