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BOYTOY announces 7" and new LP, plays Baby's All Right on 01.09

BOYTOY from NYC float somewhere between 60s surf jams and 90s grunge rock. Glenn Van Dyke and Saara Untracht-Oakner founded the band in 2013 with two guitars and drums, soon realizing bass wasn't necessary. They craft catchy, fuzzy, rock nuggets that create dreamy summer vibes all year round and have been regularly apperaing in the quality small venues around New York City and LA. BOYTOY just finished their first European and Puerto Rican tours with their current line-up including Chase Noelle on drums (formerly of Thelma And The Sleeze) and Lena Simon on bass (La Luz). With a 7” and single split 7” coming out in January, the four band members continue their migratory tradition to Los Angeles this winter including a Southern, West Coast and Northern tour of the U.S.. BOYTOY plans to record their sophomore full length in LA in March 2017. You can see them live at Baby's All Right on 01.09

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David Strange brings his eccentric psych rock to Knitting Factory on 1/30

David Strange is delightfully weird, devilshly hypnotic, and guaranteed to pull you down into his personal rabbit hole. With psych rock leanings, it's easy to say that the ex-session musician's sound belongs to a different era, but there's a hard-to-place oddness pumping through the twisted heart of his self-titled EP--so much so that it's perhaps more fitting to say Strange's music belongs to a different dimension. Stand out track "Aztec Corn" pulses with the grit and glam of old-school rock n' roll, but has a jaunty, sinsiter quality that feels as if Strange is edging closer and closer to becoming wildly unhinged. The result is a delirously delicious aural treat, especially for those craving something a bit more unusal. You can catch him at the Knitting Factory 1/30 with ZEBEDEE, Logan X, and Toot Sweet, but in the meantime, be sure to stream him below. - Olivia Sisinni

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New Track: "Head" - Geisha Facade

Geisha Facade, a.k.a. Jordan and Zoe Dupree, put their many talents and DIY ethos on display in the duo's latest track, "Head". A dark sadness eminates from Zoe's lovely vocal rasp that is reminiscent to a subdued sounding Amy Winehouse, eventually floating off into the ether before the thump and rattle percussions intensify and disintegrate. It's the new single off their forthcoming album, You Went To Space, Good Bye Dear, scheduled for release this month, and they are also currently planning a Midwest tour.

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POSSUM - "QUICK DAMAGE EP"

This band Possum is absolutely lighting up the garage scene in Toronto right now. There's a lot of buzz around whenever they are playing so the release of their latest EP came with much delight to many people. The EP titled "Quick Damage" is exactly that. 4 tracks of raw, in your face rock. The EP is quick but you can cause a lot of damage in the short time while listening...quick damage I get it. Possum will be playing Horseshoe Tavern on January 14th for Exclaim's Class of 2017 Series. Joining them will be New Swears, The Kents, Crazy Bones and the Detours. - Kris Gies

 

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The Deli Philly’s January Record of the Month: a cheap close-up of heaven - So Totally

Philly four-piece So Totally gives listeners the ideal soundtrack for winter sadness with the release of their debut EP. Equal parts moody reverb and poetic gloom, a cheap close-up of heaven is a brutally candid depiction of unfiltered millennial feels.
 
Opening with the swell of “i can’t wait,” So Totally prove that not all twenty-somethings are afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Heightened by lyrical concision and atmospheric riffs, the song is a melodic rumination on uncertainty and intimacy. On “lead & alchemy,” the universal need to be loved takes center stage amidst crashing riffs and lines like “I want to taste the real thing, follow me home” just before the track “rare form” pairs the sincerity of early aughts emo with the unfettered intensity of mid-90s shoegaze.
 
Infused with well-tempered nostalgia, “rare form” is the perfect summation of both genres’ devotion to doomed love and self-loathing - two themes further explored in “late gloomer”. Brutal like a best friend’s honesty, it is a ready-made wake-up call for anyone prone to self-induced sorrow or prolonged bouts of sulking. Comprised of hissing snare and reminders like “no one cares if it’s raining out, no one cares if you hate yourself,” the song is a bitter pill to swallow, but in a good way, while “easy leave” is a grunge-y hymn about the necessity of escapism, despite its limitations, and the frustration of temporary lows. a cheap close-up of heaven ends with the somber burn of “zoetrope,” a bleak but breathtaking portrait of human closeness eclipsed by apathy, a befitting end to an EP that isn’t afraid to find light at the center of an existential abyss.
 
The tracks on So Totally’s debut are ready-made mantras for the New Year, a collection of anthems for realists and romantics alike. With a combination of nostalgia and sincerity, a cheap close-up of heaven might not help you live your best life, but it will make you feel less alone, giving even the staunchest pessimist a glimmer of hope. (Photo by Austin Crostarosa) - Dianca London
 

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