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Swillbilly Heroes Quench Thirst With Country-Indie Rock EP

 I have to give some serious credit to Swillbilly Heroes; first, for having one of the greatest band names I’ve seen in a long while, and second, for playing some great and incredibly catchy country songs, which means a lot coming from a guy who knows very little of the genre. Their latest release, the Dying Stars EP, combines smooth and memorable country melodies, badass guitar riffs and drum fills that defy the country label. It places Swillbilly Heroes in a genre all their own, somewhere between alternative rock and bluesy-country-pop. “Head Shake” in particular caught my attention with its twangy guitars and heavy drums. It’s just got that deep, grungy, backwoods sound. I’m stumped trying to think of what to classify them as, but maybe it’s better you listen to them and figure it out for yourself. Seriously, You’ll thank me later. 

Mike B

 

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That Candor

That Candor is a new swing-punk band featuring Alex Munson, Day Munson, and Blake Jarman. The released their first single this week, a track that would give Squirrel Nut Zippers a run for their money, "That Swing".

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Somerville's Minor Moon plays Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery on Saturday (12/12)

Just yesterday, Somerville, Massachussetts alt-folk act Minor Moon released its rather sublime debut full-length, 'A Whisper, A Shout.' As heard on the guitar-curled second track "Futon" and in the plaintive drum clasps of later song "Wild" (streaming below), this album revels in an affecting combination of masterfully refined instrumentation and bold emotional depth. Project mastermind, Sam Cantor, does, in fact, bare his feelings on the latter song, expressing inner struggles as he searches for a potentially transcendant peace. Minor Moon will have an album release show on Saturday (12/12) at Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachussetts. - Zach Weg

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Boston singer/songwriter George Woods plays The Red Door on Monday (12/14)

Back in September, Boston-based singer/songwriter George Woods released 'Bedroom Demos,' an offering of two ruggedly pretty songs. Both blues-oriented folk tracks, the guitar-twined "Please Please" and "Devil's Got a Face" (streaming below) show the deep-voiced Woods candidly yet sweetly pining for romance, readily admitting his faults while devoting himself to another. Recalling a bit more of a downhome Jack White, Woods bravely shows vulnerability on these tracks, soulfully singing out pain. Reportedly at work on his sophomore studio effort (after 2012's 'Heartbeat), George Woods plays at The Red Door in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday (12/14). - Zach Weg

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The Right Way to Listen to The Succulents' New Tracks is with a Full Moon Blazin'

Get into The Succulents, a sparkling new band that looks like might get some traction in Austin with two new tunes of lovely lady-created, soulful Southern indie music. This trio of ladies have laid down two smoky, bluesy indie tunes, dropped 'em online for ya as a teaser taste for their upcoming album Stories from the Moon, and we’ve got each here today. There’s a nice bit of flavor coming off of these, a flavor that’s a bit dark and certainly adventurous with some real Western tones (the horns are an especially good bit of added flair), and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this group quickly rocket to the top of bills around the city if the rest of the album and their live show are as well put together as these two tracks. The fact that (full disclosure!) one of these fine, talented women was once an intern at this very site is somethin’ we are more’n a little proud of. Take yourself to a porch outside somewhere when the moon is lit up fine, and settle back with these two tracks below playing to get familiar with The Succulents, and keep an ear to the ground for their upcoming full-length. 

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