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Beth Israel- "Love"

If you weren’t familiar with Beth Israel’s music before, hearing new track “Love” all on its own might easily see you placing this band within the realm of some math-rockier 80s avant-garde synth-using stuff, but it just as easily feels like something that entirely (and almost gleefully) confuses genre labeling. The whole track is so washed out it actually does sound like you’re hearing it through tin, and the 80s comes in hard with the breakdown riff that starts the song and is dropped throughout it, chopping up the steady synthpop beat and the shoegaze drone that is laid over the track. It’s fucking fun shit, and it keeps up the tongue-in-cheek, “not doing it for the praise” attitude that the iconoclastic and semi-secretive Beth Israel has cultivated over the past few years.

“Love” is cut right out of Beth Israel’s recent The Loaner EP (which you can here in its weird-ass entirety here), and it’s one of like three parts of that 15~ minute record that could actually be called a traditional song. The rest is some strange, creative business, so if you’re into the weird factor of “Love” (or just weird abstract shit in general) you’ll find much to get into in The Loaner as well, because “Love” is probably the least weird part of the whole strange shebang (It literally starts with a minute+ of British imperial orchestra music, with no explanation. Our vote is that is pretty awesome, even if it doesn’t make for easy jamming.).

“Love” is below, The Loaner is here, and Beth Israel is all up in your brain with their whacked out post-punk.

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Walrus @ the Burdock

Psychedelic pop rock from Halifax, Nova Scotia, that's  Walrus. Super lo-fi no nonsense chord bangin' rock. The good stuff! Fresh off an NXNE performance of their own, these fellas are hittin' the road for the next month goin all the way around the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and New York. The first tune on their EP "Glam Returns" is called "Banger" which is is through most of it until it drops into a total maxin' n relaxin' shoegaze. They have some early Tame Impala influences I'd say. Lucky for us they're back in Toronto on July 7 at the Burdock.-Kris "Big City" Gies

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The Corsets

Blues rockers, The Corsets have got some great tunes on their album “Are you Lonely, Are you Scared”. With vocal harmonies, f-x ridden guitar riffs, and an overall infectious groove, The Corsets have created a trifecta of fantastic-ness. “Lady” off their EP bursts open with driving guitar, and snare, and breaks into a happily addicting guitar lick. A minute in to the song the vocals get to shine in their own gritty dirty way, well, up until the face-melting guitar solo that's filled with those toe-curling notes you can’t get enough of! All in all, these guys have got something good going on, listen to the album and take the time to see 'em live - especially when patio beers can be involved! Check out their Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming shows. -Courtney Chalapenko

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The Life Electric: Q&A about gear and creative process

Active since 2011, Boston's The Life Electric play rather aggressive but always melodic rock'n'roll, with psych and disco influences. Their personal guitar sound is crafted through carefully chosen stompboxes, so we decided to ask them a few questions about their gear and creative process - check out the interview on Delicious Audio.

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Big Name Actors

Big Name Actors are a rock trio based in Toronto. Although part originally came from Halifax, NS. They combine Maritimes pop rock with 90's grunge for an excellent musical combo. They released their EP "Morning Sun" in May of 2014. The opening tune "Talkin To Myself" starts with a rumbling drum beat which the bass joins in simply n' smoothly. The guitar kicks in with some mini-shreds over the thumpin' rhythm as the song continues to build. It all comes together with a smooth chorus followed by a tight breakdown/bridge. Cool, catchy tune! See them July 3rd @ Bovine Sex Club with our friends Flamingo Bay and The Ballroom Babies.-Kris "Big City" Gies

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