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Castles redefine indie with their latest EP

Once you hear the higher pitched croon of Castles' Cody Myers, a nostalgic comfort for the early 2000's will rush over you. A reminiscent mixture of Mae with a bit of older school Dr. Dog and Tame Impala, Castles understand the ins and outs of alternative rock and have shown their capacity to make it easy to love and enjoy, without sounding passé.

Starting in 2014, the Portland 4-piece have released a self titled EP in May comprised of tracks that transport you to a whole other realm sonically. The combination of Myers' colorful vocals with impeccable playing from Eric Wenzel on lead guitar, Adrian Swindells on bass and Tom Wortman on drums make for an overall chill yet stimulating listening experience.

Castles is working on some new tracks and have got a few shows coming up, including one on the July 29 at the Waypost. Congrats on being the new Deli Portland winners, boys!

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Jackie Lynn

Jackie Lynn is the new project from Haley Fohr of Cicuit des Yeux. She released her self-titled debut album via Thrill Jockey last month and recently released a documentary on the dark world of Jackie Lynn.

You can catch Jackie Lynn at Silent Funny on August 11th.

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NYC band on the rise: noise rockers Russian Baths play Union Pool on 8/16

On their debut EP Ambulances, the Brooklyn-based band Russian Baths, lithely manages to forge melodic music that is equally haunting as it is noisy. Marked by a wraithlike set of vocals that float over layers of pedal-driven cacophony, the band's sound is so swirlingly hypnotic that it would make a perfect soundtrack for your next fever dream - should you ever need one. Russian Baths is distinctively New-York-Cool, and while their distorted guitars snarl and crunch their way through the two track release, the band still imbues them with a decidedly dance-y fervor. See them live at Union Pool on August 16th opening for IYEZ and Mueren Humanos. - Olivia Sisinni

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People Like You ready release of sophomore album

Buzzwords like "fresh" and "innovative" get thrown around all the time in music journalism. They are pretty cool sounding afterall. Rarely, though, does an artist and their music justify the usage or embody the spirits of those words. Boston's People Like You do.  The indie outfit's debut LP from two years ago flew under our radar, but now's the perfect time to discuss it since they are working on its follow-up and playing a ton of live shows. At the core of their sound is the contrast between the band's cerebral instrumental arrangements and the visceral vocals.  Each of their songs is a swirling mix of instruments and styles from classical glockenspiels,  jazz horns and persussion to indie-rock guitars. The isnstrumental parts are intriguing, inventive and could probably function as post-rock songs just by themselves. That would, however, take away singer Chris Lee's emo and spoken-word styled vocals, and that would suck. Lee's at times laconic, others verbose, but always emotional vocals crash head-first into the band's instrumental arrangemtns to create a sound that excites emotions and provokes introspective thought. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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New Video: NPR's Tiny Desk Concert - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Step into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, where Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band recently performed a trio of songs “Harmonious Dance,” “The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues,” and “Boston Street Lullaby” in the sequence that they appear on The Rarity of Experience. The psych-rockers set implores a serene, celestial aura, offering a mind-cleansing sense of speculation. They’ll be opening for Super Furry Animals , this Friday, July 22 at Union Transfer. (Photo by NYC Taper)

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