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Debut The Junto EP Available for Streaming & Download

Former Cousin Brian members Sean Caruthers, Shane Olsen, and Jake Cheesseman, collectively known as The Junto, have released their debut self-titled EP. The trio embraces loose, rolling, bass grooves and infectious melodies in a calming manner, brimming with rowdy potential. It’s a joyfully sticky collection of songs that you’ll probably want to spin more than once, and we’ll be looking out for the fledgling outfit on upcoming bills.





Damn Jackals celebrate EP release at Mercury tonight (04.28)

Jackals have the reputation for being sly, wild, and dangerous, so it's fitting that a Brooklyn-based noisy, garage-punk quintet would steal their name. With vocals that snarl, beats that kick and a delrious mashing of psych and punk aesthetics Damn Jackals deliver the type of garage rock that riles up crowds. On the band's latest video for new single "Stop N' Cop," singer/guitarists Beau Croxton croons his way through a surprisingly smooth melodic hook and growls through the verses with the blitzed-out filter of an am radio. This, accompanied by blistering instrumentals and visuals that reflect the playfulness of the band, make "Stop N' Cop," a track you don't want to sleep on. Keep your eyes peeled for the band's new EP "That's It" out tomorrow 4/28, and catch them live tonight at the Mercury Lounge. - Olivia Sisinni, Photo credit: Will Foster





New Music Video: "Echoes" - Koof & Vessna

Trumpet-wielding Koof Ibi (West Philadelphia Orchestra, The Extraordinaires) has combined forces with songstress Vessna Scheff. While the tandem goes by the abbreviated Koof & Vessna, their sound is far from it, as seen in their video for “Echoes”.  Combining colors on a musically blank slate, Scheff’s clear-strolling mandolin and pensively powerful vocals are further extracted by the increasing suspense and sonic shape, as a percussive, rhythmic intensity aided by strings and horn blasts develops keen auditory imagery. The duo is set to perform at Bourbon & Branch on Saturday, May 6 with Caroline Reese and Lizzie No.





New Track: "It's Too Late" (Carole King Cover) - Sad13

With her take of the Carole King's soulful staple “It’s Too Late,” Sad13, a.k.a. Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), kicks off GRLMIC: VOL 1, a benefit compilation of covers, whose proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. Speckled in synth, shreds of guitar, and cosmic, electronic beats, the song takes a journey outward. Coated in a gritty sweetness, this version resonates with the original, while feeling like a spaceship transmission. Give it and the entire compilation a spin, and support a couple of excellent organizations in the process. (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)





Savants celebrate 7" release party tomorrow at Cape House

Brooklyn's Savants is the living proof that it is possible to play a slacking variety of rock'n'roll without sounding like Pavement or Dinosaur Jr. - hurrah! We are particularly fond of the quartet's recent single 'Sneak E. Gardner' (streaming below), part of a split 7" with Californian label mates Tomorrow Tulips. The track's minimalist approach and rustic production conjure up an atmonsphere that's at once intense and playful, but always extremely musical. Savant will be celebrating the release of a new 7" tomorrow (April 26th) at Cape House, with other deserving locals Sam Kogon and Toyzanne, and Philadelphia's Needle  Points

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