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Indie Rock

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Debut The Junto EP Available for Streaming & Download

Former Cousin Brian members Sean Caruthers, Shane Olsen, and Jake Cheesseman, collectively known as The Junto, have released their debut self-titled EP. The trio embraces loose, rolling, bass grooves and infectious melodies in a calming manner, brimming with rowdy potential. It’s a joyfully sticky collection of songs that you’ll probably want to spin more than once, and we’ll be looking out for the fledgling outfit on upcoming bills.

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Damn Jackals celebrate EP release at Mercury tonight (04.28)

Jackals have the reputation for being sly, wild, and dangerous, so it's fitting that a Brooklyn-based noisy, garage-punk quintet would steal their name. With vocals that snarl, beats that kick and a delrious mashing of psych and punk aesthetics Damn Jackals deliver the type of garage rock that riles up crowds. On the band's latest video for new single "Stop N' Cop," singer/guitarists Beau Croxton croons his way through a surprisingly smooth melodic hook and growls through the verses with the blitzed-out filter of an am radio. This, accompanied by blistering instrumentals and visuals that reflect the playfulness of the band, make "Stop N' Cop," a track you don't want to sleep on. Keep your eyes peeled for the band's new EP "That's It" out tomorrow 4/28, and catch them live tonight at the Mercury Lounge. - Olivia Sisinni, Photo credit: Will Foster

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Whimsical grief twinged indie-pop on eerie Near Northeast music video

The first few seconds of Near Northeast's Indali are ethereal, almost like the sound we imagine people hear when they are approaching the gates of heaven. Slowly creeping through the ambiance are reverb heavy guitar lines, keeping the music somewhere in between shoegaze and indie pop, with the legato feel helping the music steer clear of twee.

A certain seriousness is essential for the song given its subject matter: a mother and child being dragged out to sea by riptide. The video's visuals underscore the tragedy in the music, with images of playful beachgoers intermingled with footage of people being drowned in tsunamis. As drummer Antonio Skarica put it in an interview with DC Music Download, “The line is so thin between carefree frolicking and complete destruction.”

Near Northeast's new album True Mirror drops May 3rd.  You can catch the album release show at St Stephen's church on Newton St this Friday night.

 -Written by Michael Dranove

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How bout a grunge/glam combo? Thats The Effens. Their video for "Burn Blush" is actually kind of hard to watch. It's like an episode of Fear Factor watching this worm thing hang on to some guy's face....and then it goes ON HIS EYEBALL...wipe that thing off already! Anyways the song is quite good...very heavy on the grunge rock. Simple and sludgy downstrokes on the guitar set the tone for the whole song. The Effens play Bovine Sex Club on May 13th with Ol'CD and The Leslie Spits. Kris Gies


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Toronto's Premier Party Rock Band - High Heels Lo Fi are a half n half guy/girl pop rock band. They have fuzzy pop-punk melodies along with greasy female vocals. Definitely a vintage vibe kinda like the New York Dolls, Joan Jett and maybe a little bit of KISS. Might as well just get wasted while watching them rock out live. High Heels Lo-Fi play Junction City Music Hall on Saturday with The Danger Bees, Big Name Actors and Flamingo Báy. - Kris Gies


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