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Zeus Springsteen are the 90s College rock band of today

Burlington, VT, mostly known for its University which spawned Phish, is a bustling college town full of heady young people and a burgeoning music scene. Enter Zeus Springsteen, a Burlington based power trio rooted in the endearing jangliness and lyrically clever sensibilities of a so called “college rock” band- though their sound begs to question when they’re from. Their eponymous debut album sounds more akin to R.E.M than OCS, exploring the popular sound of yesteryear college rock; steadfast grooves and fuzzy guitar riffs are littered all over the album, woven within tightly knit and smart arrangements. Perhaps the most identifying quirk of Zeus Springsteen are the melodic, yet abstract stories they tell (not unlike Robert Pollard’s), most notably on the cheeky “Joey Is a Robot”. Stream their new album below. -Charley Ruddell

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Garage rockers The Maxims release peculiar video for “Endless Mind”

Three piece garage rock outfit The Maxims made their debut last summer with the release of their eponymous EP, a collection of five songs that showcase their reverence to the retro sound of classic garage rock and soul. Steeped in the sounds of gritty guitars and swirling organs, The Maxims is as brash as it is sly, drifting between foot-stomping blues numbers to cool-headed 60s swagger. Last week, The Maxims released a grainy, peculiar music video for the EP’s first song, “Endless Mind”, which you can watch below. -Charley Ruddell

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Following a debut release, Joanna Teters to play Middle East Upstairs

There was a point in time when singer Joanna Teters, the now-New Yorker, was a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston. While studying at Berklee College of Music, Teters became a familiar and friendly face in the Boston music scene as the smokey, soulful singer for several groups including Lowtone Society and Ila Mawana. Now, with the release of her excellent solo debut Warmer When It Rains, Teters has shared Winter tour dates throughout the East Coast, which includes The Middle East Upstairs on February 1st.

Warmer When It Rains is a collection of masterfully produced pop/neo-soul songs influenced by 90s pop/RnB, island and reggae music, and jilted hip-hop beats, lead exclusively by Teters’ smoothly crafted melodies. Rains is an exercise in writing about love within pop songs, an artform in itself that produces either everlasting, or fatefully unforgettable music; fortunately for us, Teters has delivered a lasting and engaging debut, both musically and emotionally. Stream her new album below, and be sure to check the Warmer When It Rains Tour schedule to see Joanna in a city near you. -Charley Ruddell

 

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Big Boy Club surprise all with new album “Untitled”

Allston, MA is known best for two things: the rats, and its thriving underground music scene. Circulating somewhere within the latter is Big Boy Club, a three piece punk/emo outfit comprised of singer/guitarist Joe Sutkowski, bassist Billy Cunningham, and drummer Mikel Costa. Big Boy Club surprised fans on January 11th by releasing a new album called Untitled, an announcement that was their newest facebook post since July of last year. Untitled is a musically ambitious exploration into the “Allston sound”, a DIY punk/emo hybrid recognizable in Boston bands like Animal Flag and Horse Jumper of Love. Stream Untitled below. -Charley Ruddell

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Feel the “Flow” of Nat Reed’s new single

Pop/RnB singer/songwriter Nat Reed has released “Flow”, a starkly honest follow up single to last November’s “Selfish”. Born from Reed’s own struggles with anxiety, “Flow” is a sincere submission to self-doubt and turbulence within the confines of love. Following suit to contemporary pop/soul acts AlunaGeorge and Alessia Cara, the music of “Flow” is a crisply produced cruise built heavily on textural layers of Reed’s vulnerable voice, a stylistic idiosyncrasy of the singer’s signature electronically organic music. Stream “Flow” below. -Charley Ruddell  

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