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Debut Very Bad Vibes LP Available for Streaming & Download

A few months back, The Original Crooks and Nannies announced that they were disbanding. Now, Sam Huntington has released the debut album from his new, technically solo venture Very Bad Vibes, though former bandmate Madeline Rafter did contribute vocals on two of the tracks ("Flu Season" and "Please"). Toothpaste has a sly, electro-R&B aesthetic, balancing magnetic songwriting with a knack to establish well-rounded, percussion-forward instrumentation. Personally navigating through an introspective lyrical approach, the collection of songs springs forth, while capable of hitting the core with a bare sense of exposure.

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JLP (Jordan Lane Price) and Reputante land September residency at Pianos

Displaying a multifaceted talent, actress (or female actor, take your pick!) Jordan Lane Price in her debut EP Sponge shows promising signs with her musical project JLP.  Released through Innit Records, the EP proves to be a nostalgic collection of songs full of fuzzy electronic pop songs dominated by organs and JLP's bright vocals. We are streaming below opening tracks - and by far the catchiest song - In the Woods. The band landed a September residency at Pianos, during which JLP will be joined by partner (and co-writer) James Levy and his band, Reputante. While the group has not released anything since the Oceanside EP in 2013, this residency hopefully suggests the promise of something new to come in the near future. Many familiar local artists will join them on stage during the residency, including The Can't TellsController and Aunt Ange - full schedule here

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Beat the Heat with a Little Bit of Intimacy

We're not talking about sexual intimacy here, though by all means get freaky. But tonight, a nice relaxing night will hit Bunk Bar with acoustic force. 

Nick Delffs translated his mammoth aptitude for guitar playing and songwriting from his established Shakey Hands project to his work with Tiburones, but more relevantly, in his solo effort Death Songs. His rich vocal quality adds dimension to his production, and also helps keep his "one man on stage" live performances intriguing. Expect this performance to include a mixture of not yet released material as well as favorites from his vast discography.

Leaving his usual post as the frontman of the more heavier rock band And And And, Nathan Baumgartner will be sharing some of the band's past, present and future songs in their original form, as they all begin acoustically during the writing process. Baumgartner's knack for creating songs of emotional turmoil will only be showcased more when backed by the personal playing of them on an acoustic guitar.

Joining Delffs and Baumgartner will be Christopher Francis and his soul-infused folk, swaddled by his crooning, husky voice. You might recognize him from playing with the Portland Cello Project, but you'll definitely remember him for his solo efforts.

Tickets to tonight's show are only $5, with music starting at 9 pm.  

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Gambles to bring haunting alt-folk to Rough Trade Sept 16th

Gambles, the alt-folk project of New York-based artist, Matthew Siskin, produces ruminations on modern life that feel both dark and revelatory. His tracks are characterized by minimalist instrumentals, subtle in feel, accompanied by Matthew Siskins's harrowing vocal accompaniment---delicate, vulnerable but decidedly resolute. The combination yeilds a sound that is as beautiful as it is haunting, and leaves the listener to contend with some serious soul-bearing. Check out the single "You Won't Remind It" below and see Gambles headling at Rough Trade on September 16th with Roger Harvey. - Olivia Sisinni

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Debut The Afterglows LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The Afterglows, the musical union of Sam Cook-Parrott (Radiator Hospital) and Michael Cantor (The Goodbye Party), recently shared their self-titled debut full-length album. The home-recordings capture the innate ability of the duo to turn heartache into melody, with Cook-Parrott's acoustic strums and Cantor's layered electric tones as backdrops. It's an intimate look into the late-night, open, honest dialogue between the two housemates. You can stream and download the album below, which is also available on vinyl via Salinas Records.

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