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Delko debuts with a syrupy post-rock self-titled EP

Adding a healthy dose of post-rock syrup onto each one of the six tracks that compose its 2019 self-titled debut EP, Delko offers up an easy-listening experience for the earnest experimental rock music auditor. The many textures the Providence-based band applies to songs like "Seasons" and "Seattle" beg for appreciation: the harmonious relationship between soft guitar riffs, sensitive vocal inflections, and light drum taps give way to brief math-rock breakdowns where the bass shines. For better or worse the band's music has a tinge of emo to it, creating melancholy ambiances that accompany confessional lyrics, in the spirit of groups like England's Basement. The EP, recorded, mixed and mastered by the group's dear friend Alex Salter, is the culmination of two years of hard work, a promising blend of styles that signal good things to come from the band. Delko offers a toothsome mixture of sounds to dig into, and we got them here for you in "Seasons" streaming below. - Rene Cobar 





Ditch Boys debut electric EP "Seven Minutes with Ditch Boys," play Three Sheets 07.06

Ditch Boys are New Haven's latest sweet-heat candy treat, the city's power-pop surprise. The band's debut EP, Seven Minutes with Ditch Boys, unwraps in three tracks some Buzzcocks-inspired power chords and subtle harmonies that mix splendidly with energetic drums and vintage rock 'n' roll guitar solos. The band's choice to lace its punk music with a 1950s classic rock vibe creates a bubble-gum-popping type of listening experience that adds a sweet layer to the leather-jacket-wearing quartet of rascals. The band's next show is at home inside Three Sheets on July 6th. We are streaming "Shots of Love" for you below. - Rene Cobar

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CD of the Month: Tom Abbott - Puppet Boy

The CD of the Month for June hands down has to go to Tom Abbott of Wrentham, MA. Puppet Boy is from start to finish a sonic collage that captivates song after song. The singer-songwriter has crafted a record that shines with folk-rock splendor and flashes its highlights of blues, punk, and lo-fi production throughout fourteen riveting tracks. The New England artist gifts something to each listener: “Fake Punk” is a hard and edgy sonic thrill ride while “(It’d Be Nice) to Feel Wanted Again” is rich with sincerity, a vulnerable track made for broken hearts. Congrats to Tom Abbott for creating a pristine example of New England’s rich folk-rock history. Enjoy Puppet Boy streaming below. - Rene Cobar





Street poet Oompa releases new single "Feel Like Cole," plays Bank of NH Stage 07.20

Don't let the sugary pop hooks fool you, the lyrical flow of Boston's Oompa is murderous truth from a street poet, educator, and rising New England star. The rapper's latest single "Feel Like Cole" flashes rumbling beats, slick production, and the same vocal intensity that Oompa is known for, all glazed with a vintage '80s hip-hop vibe. Much like that storied time in hip-hop lore when born-poets could be found on street corners, spitting agile verses for the sake of keeping their neighborhood vibrantly colored, Oompa's latest track feels genuinely born from the Boston-annexed neighborhood of Roxbury she hails from. The cultural spirit of Roxbury lives in the music but also in the lyrics of Oompa which address her and her community's struggles, triumphs, and unresolved questions of a social matter. Oompa will be taking the Bank of NH Stage for a ride on July 20th, bringing important issues to the forefront with rhythm to spare. The brand new single is streaming below. - Rene Cobar





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