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Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014
The summery, beach-evoking instrumental "Backyards" is the title track from the forthcoming album by Lanterna, due out in February.

Lanterna is the project led by guitarist Henry Faye, formerly of Ack-Ack, Area, and The Moon Seven Times. The project’s music consists of evocative soundscapes and instrumentals that focus on Frayne’s melodic guitar work awash in effects. The Lanterna project will see its newest release, the full-length LP Backyards, this coming February.


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Monday, Dec 1, 2014
To the seizure-prone, be wary of the latest track by the Austin, Texas band Knifight, "Young Lovers". If the relentless groove of the song's fretless bass riff doesn't get you, the flashy visuals of the lyric video will.

For those who like their post-punk with a little metallic bite to it, the latest tune by the Austin, Texas outfit Knifight, “Young Lovers”, will do just the trick. As the band’s name indicates, this is some intense, even violent music, with strong vocals bolstered by a pulsating rhythm section.


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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014
The Berlin by way of Washington, DC indie rockers that call themselves Zulu Pearls have a nice, noir-y live video to accompany one of their newer tunes, "Boss of Your Heart".

Comprised of a “ever changing constellation of international vagabonds” and helmed by Zach Van Hoozer, the indie rock project Zulu Pearls are a definite anomaly in their native Berlin. Although indie rock’s span continues to grow across the globe, Berlin—like many major German cities—is most commonly known as a source for some of the best electronic music of the present day. The clean, almost shimmering guitars and and tenor vocals are hardly suited to a grimy club, sure, but they’re perfectly suited for Zulu Pearls’ latest video, the noir-esque “Boss of Your Heart”, directed by James Slater.


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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Get a taste of what's to come this Black Friday from the Twin Cities soul group The Valdons through an exclusive listen to a new track and an almost lost one.

This Black Friday, the world will get a chance to spin a 7” vinyl of a long-lost track by the oft-overlooked Twin Cities, Minnesota soul outfit the Valdons. The two-track vinyl release features two takes on the track “Just How much Can One Man Stand”: one recently recorded, the other a demo from 1971. Those looking to delve into some history related to the fertile Twin Cities funk scene will have much to learn from the Valdons, who during their heyday in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s were among the most popular groups in their local scene.


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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
Scuzzy distortion and a crowd-ready singalong vibe exude from the latest tune by the Atlanta punks Lowbanks, "Treatz".

At a meager 1:22, “Treatz”, a track off of the Atlanta-based punk outfit Lowbanks’ new EP The Dogs, doesn’t have a lot of time to waste. Fitting, then, that the tune dives straight into a haze of shouted vocals, fuzzy distortion, and ear-piercing guitar leads right away, making its intentions clear and assertive. The raw punk energy, however, is balanced out with almost poppy production and convivial mood that’s bound to connect with live audiences.


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