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She Keeps Bees releases new single, plays anywhere but NYC

We've been following Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees for a long time now, and it's great to see them gaining more and more buzz (no pun intended, maybe). Their latest single “Counter Charm” (streaming below) was released this week and debuted on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and showcases an interesting development in their sound, in a direction that's at once more atmospheric, punchy, and tense. Singer Jessica Larrabee howls over a dark, pulsating melody, pleading out “please stay” over and over. Larrabee, who is joined by drummer Andy LaPlant, possess a sinister tone throughout, at times reminiscent of Cat Power. The single also includes the track “Blue Moon,” one of the ominous forays of the 1930’s classic. She Keeps Bees is finishing up a tour overseas (for some reason it seems like every time we blog about them they are in Europe), but will return for US this fall for a string of shows in the... west coast - dudes, NYC shows??? - Devon Antonetti

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Laser Background EP Release Show at KFN July 19

When psych-pop outfit The Armchairs decided to part ways after throwing down for their best show ever, there was no doubt in my mind that Andy Molholt would be back performing on stage again. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has returned with his even quirkier (in a good way) solo project Laser Background. Molholt will be celebrating the release of his self-titled debut EP at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The new album is available on UK label Stroll On Records (which houses work by Ku Klux Glam - the collaboration from oddballs Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore) and his own imprint. He’ll be bringing the freakiness this evening backed by a recently assembled full band, and will also be joined by pals Arrah & The Ferns and Circadian Rhythms. Good times and vibes will surely be filling KFN so don’t miss out! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Blood Orange Paradise Playing the Black Lodge This Friday

Photo Source: Amelia G.

Blood Orange Paradise will be performing at the Black Lodge this upcoming Friday, July 20th. The lineup also includes Prizerog, Tropical Punk, and Ubu Roi.

The band self-released their debut record earlier this year, an eight track affair eponymously titled Blood Orange Paradise. In the span of its length, they manage to distill many of their Discord Records '90's era influences into a unique concoction that may be the cure listeners have been searching for. Their songs unfurl by their own accord, alternatively driving and pulsing or pensive and disquieting.

"The Other End" is a notable example that refuses to stick with any one flavor. Beginning with a whistling patch of feedback, the bass riff subtly hums itself into the mix, breaking into a post-punk groove kept in check by the full crack of the snare beat. The last minute of the track channels the best of bands like Fugazi and Malady, raising the stakes energy-wise without sacrificing melodic complexity.

Lead track "Gene Roddenberry Had A Vision" is guided by thoughtful, introspective vocals that deserve praise for their confidence and versatility. Genres aside, this song and others on the album reflect a band emboldened by their predecessors rather than hindered by them.

Check out BOP - (such a beboppin good acronym for a band) - on the 20th of July at the Black Lodge starting at 9pm. Listen to "With All Due Respect" below and continue onto their bandcamp to stream the entire release. It is also available for convenient digital purchase for only $4!

- Cameron LaFlam

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The Felice Brothers release album + open for Modest Mouse

Since their release of 2011’s “Celebration, Florida,” The Felice Brothers have had a rough go of it. Their home was hit by a hurricane, their tour Winnebago broke down, and their singer/lead guitarist was hospitalized. Yet the Americana band persevered through the adversity to deliver a new collection of songs. Entitled “God Bless You, Amigo,” the collection consists of twelve’s original songs and eight covers of traditional folk songs. The proceeds from “God Bless You, Amigo,” which can be downloaded exclusively from the band’s website, will go towards an official follow-up to “Celebration, Florida” and a new touring vehicle. The Felice Brothers will be opening for Modest Mouse at the sold out July 20 Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre, and “Lincoln Continental is streaming below. - Josh Johnson

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Xu Xu Fang readies debut full-length

Xu Xu Fang have been lighting up the LA music scene over the last couple of years with various EPs and compilations. Now, the band is ready to give the world a full-length album. Ethan Allen (not to be confused with the American Revolution hero of the same name) will produce the currently untitled debut. Allen will undoubtedly bring his experience with psych-rock bands, including LA’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, to properly foster a sound fitting of Xu Xu Fang’s large musical ambitions. The band has yet to release an official single, but they have provided an eight-minute preview that includes snippets of prospective songs and a spoken-word vignette about a guy who really doesn’t want to hear his fortune. Check out the preview below. - Joshua S. Johnson

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Jennifer Hall on Daytrotter

Daytrotter has released their Jennifer Hall session. The session includes four songs from Jennifer's 2011 release, In This.

Recently Hall released a great video for her track "Please Leave" also from In This.

You can catch Jennifer Hall tomorrow night, June 19th, at Schubas with Antony & The Tramps.

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East Nashville Underground Announces Full Summer Lineup

East Nashville's quarterly underground music festival is getting bigger with each season and the summer lineup has been announced. Beginning August 17th and running through the weekend, East Nashville Underground will feature performances from 18 bands, including The Joy Of Painting, Chancellor Warhol, and Sam Lewis, as well as Oh No No's farewell show.

Wristbands are $12 per night or $20 for the weekend and cover your beer tab for the duration of your night/weekend. The festival was recently sponsored by Fat Bottom Brewing, which means you can consume a lot of good beer (and a lot of good music) on a PBR budget.

All other details about the event can be found here. RIP, Oh No No. --Brianne Turner


Blues in the city: Anna Rose annouces sophomore album

Those who (like me) spend their life going through press releases and music submissions tend to develop often misleading snap judgment tendencies. When I read NYC songstress Anna Rose's name in my Inbox I expected your typical, a little generic, slightly boring singer songwriter - maybe because her name is a little... effortless? But the lady's music proved me wrong. Admittedly, Anna doesn't play the most outrageously innovative of genres - modern blues - but she does it with style. She recently got a good amount of press because of this video of a cover of "My Body is a Cage" by Arcade Fire, which she reinterpreted with a delicate, sparse and sober touch reminiscent of The Cowboy Junkies. Now she's releasing another video, for the the title track of her forthcoming album "Behold a Pale Horse," due out later this year.

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