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From the NYC digital submissions: Hungry Hands

Hungry Hands sounds like they're probably nice guys, but of course you never know. It seems they've been going through a lot of changes lately. For most of their latest record 'Plumb, Restless,' singer JJ Byars negotiates all the oddities that come with suddenly finding you're an adult. From opener 'Second Guessing' (streaming below), to mysterious closer 'Little One,' this is a band in awe of how existence evolves, and what it might mean. With the lilting harmonies of Local Natives and Dismemberment Plan's narrative of life's various frustrations, Hungry Hands displays an often difficult unease that follows most life changes. But in epic jams like 'Grape,' their intelligence and lush soundscapes make the changes all the more palatable. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) - This band submitted their music for review here


Introducing: The Flea Marketeers

If it seems that the indie music scene in Nashville is shifting, speculations are correct. In the past few years, the folk genre has been broken down and divided into subsects of its own, and the newest division-- best described as the lovechild of roots, gypsy jazz and blues-- has hit the scene. With artists such as The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Humming House, and Memphis Dawls leading the way, it’s safe to say there is great company all around. One of the most recent bands to join this bill is The Flea Marketeers.

From Nashville, this six-piece band is made up of Mark Sloan, Jordan Taylor, Andrew Hunt, Kellen Wenrich, Kevin Whitsett and Stephen Puckett. The Flea Marketeers have been playing together for a few years and have played alongside fellow Nashvillians, Apache Relay. According to their website, the band name “The Flea Marketeers” is honed from their self-comparison to a flea market. “The hodgepodge of items strewn about each booth paints a picture of a previous era. Yet, as each item is purchased, it becomes new, inheriting fresh connotations it may not have had in its primordial state.”

In May of this year, the band released their full-length, self-titled album. This 10-track album is highlighted by tracks like “High Society” and “When it Rains.” “High Society” is a fun jazzy track; think champagne, pearls and a 1940s lounge singer. On the opposite but just-as-satisfying end of the spectrum, “When it Rains” is a slower and dream-like tune that spotlights the more harmonious side of the band. Although there are no shows in the immediate future, keep in contact with Flea Marketeer news via Facebook and Twitter.

The Flea Marketeers's self-titled album is available now on iTunes and Bandcamp. –Bailey Rush


Enjoy the Ride w/Kohoutek at KFN Nov. 28

Mad scientists Kohoutek will be bringing their epic jams to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Made up of Scott Allison on homemade electronics, Scott Verrastro on drums, Chris Grier on electric guitar, Craig Garrett on bass, and John Stanton on electric guitar, the improv collective aims to push the already expansive boundaries of psych rock by blending atmospheric noise with patient guitars that morph into thunderous riffs to form crushing multi-layered, instrumental waves to drown their audiences in. With influences that guide their sonic exploration to “Claude Debussy composing on too much of Woodstock’s fabled brown acid, or Bitches Brew on some serious downers,” the local five-piece brings you on a journey where being and nothingness might occupy the same space. Don’t be afraid to freak out, man! It’s all part of the ride. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Q.D. Tran 


Conductive Alliance "Deep Sea"

Conductive Alliance has released a new video for the first single, "Deep Sea", from their forthcoming album Opticks. The album is planned for release in early 2013.


From Our Open Blog: Board of Governors

Board Of Governors is a power-rock trio formed in Chicago, IL. Their music is distinguished by energetic, riff-driven, modern hooks infused with a heavy vintage appeal. BOG continues to surprise fans with an array of teasing dynamics, defiant key changes, and passionate soundscapes. Board of Governors plays Subterranean in Chicago on December 7th, 2012 with: Alaya The Vida Sky Daylight Dawns Tides Will Turn For more videos and promos from BOG, check out Solo Picture Studios.


Interview with Pleasure Curses: DC Deli's Artist of the Month (November)

Harrisonburg, VA seems to be the hub of what's up when it comes to killer synth post-punk music. Making their mark on that wave is Pleasure Curses, by way of DC, who not surprisingly are our featured Band of the Month. With consecutive single releases on a monthly basis, and the recent release of their stellar EP Stripes just a few weeks ago (check it out below), we wanted to find out more about the dudes behind the sound. Those being Jahn Alexander (vocals, visuals, bass, guitar, synths) and Evan Maxwell (synth, beats, programming, bass, guitar, percussion.) Here, they tell us about summer camp, an upcoming tour, and the internet music scene. Now onto the interview...


Pepi Ginsberg's new band, Companion, announces debut album

Active since 2007 and currently based in Brooklyn, Pepi Ginsberg belongs to the category of musicians who see songwriting as a challenge to generic and derivative music - and this is attitude is precisely what we expect from New York City based artists. Her personal style, honed since her 2009 debut "Red", consists in raw but clean sounding DIY songs following unexpected melodies built on unusual, often bizarrely angular arrangements. The first single from the upcoming album ("20TH Century Crime," streaming below, video here) reveals though a new musical approach, more organic, lyrical and dreamy than the previous releases, which could be the reason behind Pepi's choice to release it under the new Companion moniker. This is an artist for those who, like us, love innovative female songwriters with great voices like Lia Ices and Jesca Hoops. - The single below was added to our Indie and Mellow SoundCloud compilations, you can find the link on the top right of this page.


New Track: "Casey" (Acoustic) - The Menzingers

Below is a new acoustic version of The Menzinger's "Casey" that Epitaph Records just posted. The original appears on their most recent LP On The Impossible Past. The four-piece are opening a sold out show this evening with The Gaslight Anthem at the Electric Factory.



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