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Swamp Boys ring in the new year in Portland

 Young dudes with an affinity for old songs, Swamp Boys have a delightfully nostalgic sound that calls back on a keen sweetness that dominated airway sounds back in the 60s and 70s. A little bit surf, psych and alt-country, the foursome are from a fairly small town not that far from both Portland and Seattle called Ridgefield, but they're making their efforts to put their homebase more on the map.

Swamp Boys just released the first six songs they've ever written on an EP called Bahked, an obvious nod to some of the best greenery the Pacific Northwest offers. Each track on Bahked makes a good accompaniment for a smoking sesh, like the catchy garage tune of "I Don't Know What I'm Doin'" to the ballad-esque "Love So Dear."

Those still local during this holiday week can see Swamp Boys play twice, on 12.27 at the Tardis Room with Freemans Dead from Long Beach, Ca, Rosebud and Major Arcana, and again hosting the American Legion Post 134's New Year's Eve show with Holy Smokes & Godforsaken RollersWeehawk, and New World Aviation Committee.

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Thunderpussy get in the holiday spirit with new track

It's Christmas Eve, it's snowing, and the big day of presents and family time is just some hours away. For many, Christmas is all they look forward to but for others, it's just another clock tick on the way to the end of the year. If you weren't warm with the spirit of Christmas before, let this holiday cover from Thunderpussy fill you up.

Their rendition of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," the Phil Spector classic originally sung by Darlene Love and known as the greatest rock n' roll Christmas song of all time as ranked by Rolling Stone magazine, keeps that hard romanticism alive. Whitney Petty's guitar playing has a heavier twang to it, but Molly Sides' vocals keep on the same emotive plane as Love's. If anything, Thunderpussy's version could go down as one of the greatest Christmas covers of all time. 

Thunderpussy likely won't be playing this cover live after tomorrow is over, but take your chances at it by catching them at their New Year's Eve soiree at the Showbox, with Industrial Revelation, KOLARS and other special guests. Give "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" a listen below. 

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Caustic Touch, EMS, House of Low Culture and Daniel Menche share new 4-way split

 Harsh noise enthusiasts rejoice, as today a 4-way split from some of the most deft musicians in that genre field. Featuring dynamically skilled artist Aaron Turner (Sumac, Old Man Gloom, Isis) and Faith Coloccia of Seattle's Mamiffer as House of Low Culture, Daniel Menche, Andrea K.'s of Vice Device solo project Caustic Touch and EMS, the split showcases each artists' ability to make even the most grating of sounds appealing.

Each artist got at least one track on the split, but Caustic Touch surely commanded much of the album having contributed three. The album carries itself almost like a grating tale, with House of Low Culture's "The Pervasive Mind" as the album's exposition, Caustic Touch's "Desiccating Wind" beginning the rising action, "Is She Ectoplasm?" by Daniel Menche as the falling action, and "Hierarchy of Bodies" by EMS ending it as the resolution.

There's a beauty to its discordance that makes the album gripping. What will be even more interesting to see is how each of these artist's translates these tracks into live performances. See how each of them does it at the release show for the split tonight 12.15 at Modular 8.

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Sángo Drops New Short Film "South End"

 Of all the places in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle finds itself home to great producers and hip-hop. One of the main proprietors of such is Sángo, who has been making some of the funkiest beats for almost two decades. He's got a whole new album's worth of tracks coming to us, titled In the Comfort Of, but in the meantime, he's dropped a different type of art piece - a short film.

Set to the tune of "One More Thing," one of the songs off of In the Comfort Of, South End is a home-based project, artistically looking at the youth living in South End, Seattle. The film is centered around how everyone needs to do what they can to protect the youth out there from any harm.

"They have a future ahead of them, and it's important we highlight that," says Sángo. "We have to make sure we uplift them, even when they don't want to accept the reality of growing up. South End forever."

Watch South End below, and keep an ear out for In the Comfort Of.

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Visual Vices: Shenandoah Davis - "The Wings"

 Like a beautiful instrument itself, Shenandoah Davis' classically trained voice is dynamic yet welcoming, making it an integral part of the orchestral pop she's been making the last few years. Now on her third full-length album, the Plume Records released Souvenirs, Davis has taken her astute way with words and turned it even more inward with the at home recordings that make the album. The songs have lyrical themes rooted in past relationships and lessons learned through personal experiences; "The Wings" is one paired with a well-crafted video.

Other tracks on Souvenirs sonically hit elements of doo-wop and the instrumetnally experimental, but "The Wings" is a chamber-meets-indie pop track with the slightest bit of a rock influence that is a good peek at the others. Her acute lyrics and jaunty vocal tones are visually accompanied by a mixture of digital compositing and stop motion animation for "The Wings" video, making it not only pleasant to the ears but to the eyes as well. 

Watch the video for "The Wings" below.

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