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New Aphra Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Rebecca Waychunas, a.k.a. Aphra, strings out stirring, sensitive songs, developed through personal/familial struggles. Her latest release, Sadness is a Gesture (Inherent Sounds), exhibits an unimpeded array of vocally-anchored, heart-rendering exposures. These songs maintain an intimate, aching proximity, aided instrumentally by scene-sketching electronics, molding the many moods. Waychunas finds a way to create elegantly raw music that shifts the focus onto the real and gritty darkness of addiction. She’s set to perform on Wednesday, March 8 at The Barbary to celebrate its release, with a lineup that includes Blood Sound and The Undercover Dream Lovers.





From the music submissions: Vassals play Shea Stadium on 03.09

Despite their heavy retro '60s psycedelic and '90s alternative rock influences, Vassals is a fully modern indie rock outfit. Their quiet-loud dynamic shifts and hazy, atmospheric guitars are enough to evoke indie and psych classics like The Pixies and Jefferson Airplane, without ever borrowing so much as to sound outdated. "There's something I'm forgetting," Spencer Shay repeats over and over again on their latest release, "So-Ho". The single perfectly captures the confusion of the urban dweller, using the dread and disorientation of the weekend atmosphere of So-Ho as a representation of the modern existential crisis. As a group, they've mastered the art of both sonic and emotional build-up and release, which is sure to be a central element of their upcoming Halogen Days EP, set for release in early April. - Andrew Strader

This artist submitted music for coverage here.





No Ritual Hones Minimalist Bedroom Rock

No Ritual is the kind of act you'll brag about seeing in someone's basement ten years from now. Their lo-fi bedroom rock flows through the same sonic vein as Beach Fossils or early Sonic Youth. The songs are hook-heavy, pushing catchy little guitar riffs that meander and branch off in different directions. Being a three-piece band, their arrangments are decidedly minmalist. They've honed the skill of doing a lot with very little, patching song sections together with subtle accents that serve as satisfying variations. Sometimes setting limitations can open up undiscovered creative pathways, little artistic rabbit holes into which the trio dives without reservation. They know how to create high energy yields with low energy inputs, which is why No Ritual is a band we can all have faith in. Their artistic process is sustainable. 

-Andrew Strader





New NAH Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Scattered, volatile, percussion-consuming beats with a defiant punk/hip-hop core, that’s only the start to describing the sonic production that comes from NAH. Now, a comprehensive collection of his output from last year (four cassettes + one 12" LP) is available for streaming and purchase in the concisely titled 2016 Complete Works. Get sucked in through the strangely hypnotic, sonic vortex, and lock into those relentlessly churning grooves. After returning from a stint of European dates, NAH will be performing at the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, April 23 with Wolf Eyes, TRNSGNDR/VHS, and Madam Data.





NYC Soul & Blues Year End Poll Final Results: Breanna Barbara, Casey Hopkins Duo, Dakota Jones

The Soul & Blues Year End Poll results are finally in!

Overall Poll Winner (Combined Juror + Reader Poll Votes): Breanna Barbara

Dirty, brazen, and barefaced, Barbara Beanna is serving up old-style blues rock that's not afraid to kick some ass and take some names. Listen below.

Reader Poll First Place: Casey Hopkins Duo
The Casey Hopkins Duo are our overall reader poll winners, and with good reason--the band is playing electrifying fuzzy blues rock that immediately demands attention. Check out "Teacher's Pet" streaming below.

Reader Poll Second Place: Dakota Jones
The NYC-based band is crafts smooth soul rock that's sure to make it's way into your daily rotation. Take a listen to "Leave Me Alone" streaming below.

Here's the list of all the finalists with their Readers' Poll scores. As always, we'd like to thank all of our artists, jurors, and readers for participating in this year's polls.  Stay tuned and vote for all of our remaining genre polls! 

 The Skins
  0%   3 votes
 Eli Tyler
  0%   3 votes
 Sean Mcverry
  6%   82 votes
 Overcoats
  0%   2 votes
 Dakota Jones
  40%   517 votes
 Lawrence
  0%   7 votes
 Danielle Grubb
  0%   7 votes
 Breanna Barbara
  2%   27 votes
 The Casey Hopkins Duo
  49%   640 votes
 

 

 

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