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Alt-folk duo NewBalance releases debut album, performs at The Smell

“...Quiet songs with minimal arrangements.”

Jeremy Leasure describes the aim of his tandem debut with Brittany Beppu, Thoughts on Future Hindsight, concisely. As NewBalance, the duo draws something different from Leasure’s older project, Canyons, of which Beppu occasionally contributes to. They're more influenced by songwriters like Scott Walker and Townes Van Zandt, Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn. Poignant and noble.

Beppu's voice stands out in the album’s tape scratch “Shirley Temple”. At first the lyrics are cryptic, but the songs emerge as individual character sketches, says Leasure—an attempt "...to understand how we cope when things don't go the way we imagined they would." He hopes that the songs provide the same comfort to his audience as they did for him. NewBalance’s next performance on the 19th at The Smell with Tone in Georgia, Hannah and minimall. Listen to the opener "Cartoon Captions" off Thoughts on Future Hindsight, out now. - Kaitlyn Tang

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Brooklyn's Tender Glue premieres 'Goodbye Bushwick' and plays The City Reliquary on 8/26

Today, we are premiering Brooklyn indie-folk act Tender Glue latest single “Goodbye Bushwick” (streaming below) off forthcoming new album ‘Steady Light.’ Sounding out curling atmospherics that recall Kurt Vile’s great 2011 release ‘Smoke Ring from My Halo” from a few years back, the guitar-based track is also, impressively, a poetic paean of days gone by in the tradition of none other than Dylan or Cohen. This seems to be one of only a few songs from the new musician but a sign of promise, to say the least. Tender Glue will celebrate the release of ‘Steady Light’ at The City Reliquary on 8/26. In the meantime, keep posted with the musician on his Facebook page. – Zach Weg

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Hodera kicks off Northeast tour at Aviv tonight (08.17)

Much like many great New Jersey artists before them, Hodera craft highly personal and relatable songs that maintain a casual tone. Similarly to artists like Brand New and La Dispute, their debut album United By Birdcalls evokes the mood of emo and pop-punk, but steers clear of unnecessary drama (and unbereable whiny vocals!): the band's intimate stories are told with sincerity. The project is led by Michael Smith, who wrote most of the record on his first guitar in a small room while dealing with bouts of depression. Much of the instrumantion projects a calm atmosphere, while the lyrics give the listener a look inside of Smith’s head and his quest to get rid of his negative thoughts. Tracks like “Dear Forefathers” and “No, I’m Not” slow things down on the LP’s second half by capturing a more melancholy and stripped down vibe. Hodera will be kicking off their Northeast tour with sports. and Terrraveer tonight (August 17th) at Aviv! - John Honan

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New Radiant Life Perspective LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

While splitting and sharing vocal duties, Bobbie Parker and Ian Bennett of Radiant Life Perspective unite in a compounding beautiful manner. On their latest release Little Things, the duo navigates through an assortment of sounds. While some songs tug on a delicately expressive folk chord, others dash out with an energetic percussive flair, bouncing along to loose acoustic guitar and soothing keys. It’s refreshingly optimistic, in a vibrant open-air melody.

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New Music Video: "A Beautiful One" - Former Belle

Zooming in from a universal perspective down to ground level, Jon Lewis creates a simple yet telling animated narrative in the video for Former Belle's “A Beautiful One”. The track is featured on Foreign Bed, which was released earlier this year via Randm Records. The stop-motion images that unfold carry a natural, nostalgic air as Bruno Catrambone (CRUISR) spends quality time in nature with his dog. However, that meteor at the start of the visual excursion provides for an explosive twist at the conclusion.

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