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Groupie's "Visceral" is 21st Century Revolution Rock - live at Zone One 6.17

It’s hard not to be bitter in this right wing, late capitalist hellscape that we call waking life. Folks with what is deemed “nonessential employment” (including this beleaguered writer) worry about automation, and the crushing weight of political inertia makes it difficult to take action against the seemingly insurmountable challenges of our time. No one understands that better than Brooklyn garage duo Groupie, who, on their newest EP Validated find a way to contextualize our malaise-ridden zeitgeist over the course of four, fast and loose, fuzzed out tracks. From screaming into the void about an uncertain future on the sinister “5 Year Plan,” to embracing a devil-may-care, burn-it-all-down perspective on closer “Cannibal Wave,” Groupie’s punk-tinged rock is very much of the times, expressing anger not just at the powers that be, but at a society-wide fatigue of resisting a political machine that has rigged the game in its favor. Regardless of the frustration, Validated remains as an authentic discordant representation of a post-2016 mindset, reminding the listener that there is power in anger, that you are not alone in your nihilism, and that rage can be a unifying force in questioning (and hopefully changing) the world we live in.

Groupie will deliver their subversive sound to Elsewhere’s Zone One on Jun 17th, alongside Miss June and THICK. In the meanwhile, you can stream Validated from the comfort of you own home. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Jeanette D. Moses

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Fence offers listeners a rich slacker punk in latest split EP (with Aqui)

The music of New Jersey’s Fence is the sonic equivalent to a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak: it is seasoned enough to have an intense flavor to it and raw enough to feel tender. The soft plucking of guitar strings that open up their track “Quidditch” (streaming, from their 2018 split EP with Aqui) doesn’t prepare you for the punk beat-driven feast of screaming solos and vocals that dominate the song. Still, the surprises are welcome, and the feeling of comradery in the harmonies and well-arranged instrumentation underscore the passion that seeps through the band's music. Fence has been covering the music of Neutral Milk Hotel as of late, and their take on it in their new EP is worth a listen for fans of the psych-folk group. Check out "Quidditch" below. - Rene Cobar

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rationale. “You Are Flawed, But You’ll Be Fine”

Pop Punk group rationale. released a new album called You Are Flawed, But You’ll Be Fine last week. This is the first new music from the band since their 2015 debut album Confines.

The album is available via Bad Timing Records on two different colors of vinyl.

rationale. is the work of Dan Lambton, Joe Taylor & Ryan Rumchaks.

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New Mack Enemy Album Available for Streaming & Download

A new, self-titled release from Mack Enemy is here to pulverize your eardrums. Combative backend thrusts the songs forward as raw vocals lay down the gauntlet. Uncompromising quick-hitters are unleashed with cathartic, reckless abandon. Supported by TVO, Alien Birth, and The P’ids, you can find Mack Enemy’s tour kickoff on Saturday, May 25 (under the bridge).

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Zesty punk rockers Top nachos are ready to play Bushwick Public House 06.01

Forget your easy-listening diet; your ears gotta get a load of TOP nachos! The Queens, NY band’s 2018 record Dank Side of the Moon is stuffed with eruptive garage-rock tracks that never let up. The entire LP shows off the duo’s ability to create a zesty sonic experience: relentless drum beats, crunchy guitar riffs, and catchy choruses leave a feel-good aftertaste track after track. Yes, the choruses of songs like “Punk Vacation” (streaming) may seem overly simple at first but boy do they stick with you. The band’s upbeat approach to the hefty fuzz-rock that groups like Truckfighters have championed is what makes them a standout. If you are hungry for a good time, TOP nachos will showcase their delicious sonic dish June 1st at the Bushwick Public House. - Rene Cobar

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