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Rogozo's dual album is a sonic journey worth taking, performance set for 08.02

Boston's Rogozo has a brand new double record out titled Nine Lives/Eight Lives and boy does it offer an escape from life's asphyxiating routine. The ambiance in the opening track "Nine Lives" alone is enough to relax the brain's neurons and secrete euphoria. The listener can be lost in the suppleness of the string instruments and keys that open the song and lead toward an intriguing marching drum build-up. The song then cascades the mind into a lake of majestic vocal chants, blinding drum fills, and flourishing guitars. The record continues its art-rock flexing to flash stylish guitar solos and Queen-like enthusiasm in its performance. "Animals" in particular is a cross between the most prominent rock forms of the '70s: punk, glam, and psych merge for a riveting experience. "The Psychic" fast-forwards to the '80s for an electro-tune that displays a furious pace, a smooth bassline, and charming vocal harmonies. "Red City" has a lush piano riff that contrasts with the song's aggressive tone. Rogozo has crafted a sonic journey that is deserving of praise, in its execution as much as in its creativity. The Thunder Road Music Club will be hosting Rogozo on Aug 2nd for a performance sure to be a good time. With so many tracks to choose from, we have to go with the pop-punk tinged "Dream" streaming for you below. - Rene Cobar





Almost Owen is out here with your midsummer anthem

Boston’s Almost Owen is a little risqué and a whole lot of playful: the singer-songwriter’s latest single “We Out Here” is the perfect anthem for midsummer festivities. The percussive song moves limbs and provides a solid foundation for Owen’s smooth flow and catchy pop hooks. The production of “We Out Here” impresses with its textured vocal harmonies and cheery chants that create the merry atmosphere Owen is known for. We dare say too that Owen has a swagger in his delivery that completes the summer package. If you need a track for your mischievous summer evenings, we are streaming it for you below. - Rene Cobar





Them Fantasies serve a rich blend of styles in debut record "Caffeine Queen"

Spiffed up and ready to take on the world are Boston's Them Fantasies, a well-polished group with a brand spanking new debut record. The band's Caffeine Queen is an alt-rock treat with an unquestionable aroma of jazz and hints of pop. "Hook-Up Culture" amps up the groove factor with a slithery-entrancing bassline while "Melatonin" lets the guitar solos and anthemic choruses fly for a double shot of alt-rock goodness. In "Acid Anna," the band shines as the jazz influences take over and provide comforting escapism from reality. From the speedy "Plastic Heart" to the reggae-soaked "Them Fantasies," it all comes together sumptuously. Having returned from an East Coast tour, Them Fantasies are sure to let the album's steam propel them to the next set of gigs. Enjoy our favorite track from the new record "Acid Anna" below. - Rene Cobar





Horse Mode releases dynamic two-track EP, plays UnchARTed 07.27

Lowell, Massachusetts has never been lacking in character, so it only fits that bands nurtured in its distinct environment would be able to tell a good story. Enter Horse Mode, a group who in less than seven minutes paints a vivid picture of the once-thriving industrial city: the agile math-rock composition that is the band's two-track EP The And / Breath performs like a well-oiled machine. The group uses dynamic guitar arpeggios, energetic drum fills, and vocals reminiscent of Zack de la Rocha's glory days to create a sonic apparatus worth cherishing. The gritty spirit of Lowell is undoubtedly captured in the record, the band approaches its music with resolve, telling a whole lot in the instrumental work. The group will be playing UnchARTed in its hometown on July 27th. As a treat, we are streaming the two-track EP for you below. - Rene Cobar





Motel Black releases furious new single, plays Jungle Community Music Club 07.27

The latest single from Boston’s Motel Black progresses quickly and intoxicates with velocity: “Master of Reality Revisited” keeps a steady punk rhythm going as a slick bassline hypnotizes. The vocal delivery is assertive as it leads the listener toward furious build-ups punctuated by dynamic guitar solos. Motel Black embraces the gritty alternative rock that New England produces, the group flashes the best parts of it without a doubt. The band has a gig at Jungle Community Music Club in Somerville, MA on July 27th. We are streaming “Master of Reality Revisited” below to get your alt-rock engine going for the show. - Rene Cobar

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