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Big Surr brings their fuzzy "beach-pop" to Charlie Bob's 10/30

We're exactly a month into Fall and faced with those chilly Autumn nights, it's really easy to get idealistic about summer--warm sand, boardwalk popsicles, and top-down car rides are starting to feel more and more like functions of the past.  Big Surr, with all their beach-poppy swagger, surf beats, and fuzzy guitar licks, feel like summer but lack those rose-colored glasses we tend to don everytime cold weather rolls around. This is summer, pit stains and all, where the skin that's not covered by your shorts ends up sticking to your car seat. But this is what we love about Big Surr: there's a real rawness in the music created by their intersection of jangly guitar voicings and lackadaisical vocals. Baked + Bruised, the band's 3-track EP, is a good example of this and throughout the album the band manages to create infectiously catchy melodies, all while maintaining their lo-fi allure. You can check out Big Surr playing live at Charlie Bob's on 10.30, but be sure to stream them below in the meantime.-Olivia Sisinni





New Mannequin Pussy LP Available for Streaming

"Shit-punk"/rad-ass quartet Mannequin Pussy has its new full-length, Romantic, coming out on October 28 via Tiny Engines. And for those like us, who can't wait until then, you can now stream it over at NPR Music's First Listen! It's that needed jolt of "FUCK YEAH" that will get you happily through the rest of this week. Enjoy! (Photo by Scott Troyan)





NJ's Forth Wanderers celebrate release of 'Slop' EP at Shea Stadium on 11.11

There’s a loose, easy going vibe in the ramshackle rock of Montclair, New Jersey quintet Forth Wanderers two track, EP “Slop.” A twangy two guitar groove on the opening title track sets an unhurried pace evoking Neil Young’s finer electric-country moments. Vocalist Ava Trilling shifts the focus with the lines “I know I’m slow – I’ve been told – things change, I’m still young” and “I’ll breathe through your lungs.” As the track evolves into a straight ahead chugger, Trillings oddly poetic lyrics and vocal delivery fluctuate between resignation and hope. “Know Better” moves at a quicker pace, enhanced by clicking stick percussion and Americana Folk vocal stylings. “I hope one day you’ll see, just what you done to me” leaves little doubt someone has been wronged. “I can't be this naïve anymore” becomes the self-help mantra over double-time snare drum hits and coiling guitar figures. “I need to grow up, I need to be tough” is the ultimate realization as driving bass guitar accelerates to the end. The band play their EP release show Friday November 11 @ Shea Stadium. - Dave Cromwell





Take a Listen to K A G's Powerful & Compelling Debut EP

K A G is the solo project of Katie Alice Greer, the incisive frontwoman of D.C. post-punk outfit Priests. Her album, EP A, encompasses four tracks that are disposed to lo-fi aesthetics, sonically hovering around industrial and experimental dance tunes. Though the sound is a departure from Greer’s work with Priests, K A G is an exciting batch of material that feels as precarious as it is powerful and compelling. The EP is available in digital formats online and cassettes via Priests’ label Sister Polygon Records. - Josh Kelly

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Krust Toons: "Friendly Hostility" by Teddy Hazard

Krust Toons: "Friendly Hostility" 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 and animation shorts HERE.

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