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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
With Animal Collective-esque vocal harmonies and a relaxed, island-ready rhythm, "Wrong Guy" is a spot-on lead-in to the group's forthcoming album.

Kin Cayo, meaning “family of small islands”, more than live up to their name. Both in rhythm and in melody they evoke an idyllic island environment, where one can put on the tunes with nothing to worry about other than keeping the piña coladas coming along. Such is true for this South Florida band’s newest track, “Wrong Guy”, which features reverbbed vocals a la Animal Collective and a swaying bass rhythm. As the song reaches its climax and the rhythm picks up, a strummed acoustic guitar enters, reinforcing the tropical vibes that emit from Kin Cayo’s songwriting.


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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
For a bleak yet wildly fun cabaret tale that mishmashes the styles of Gogol Bordello and Danny Elfman, Fable Cry's "Onion Grin" will do just the trick.

The Nashville-based quintet Fable Cry identifies its music as “theatrical-scamp-rock”. Like many genre names these days, it’s a head-scratcher, to be sure, but one look at the colorful music and costuming of these musicians is more than enough to give substance to the phrase. Looking like they rolled out of an alternate version of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus reimagined by Tim Burton, Fable Cry spin inventive, cabaret-ready yarns that are given life by their palpable musical energy. Such is certainly the case for “Onion Grin”, the band’s newest tune, which tells a time-worn tale from an unfamiliar angle.


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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
The video for "This Town" captures Megafauna's prime ability to write an infectious and sharp riff.

Maximalist, the 2014 album by Megafauna, is a distinct step forward forward for this Austin, Texas trio. The record’s prog inclinations never hinder the preponderance of catchy hooks and riffs from coming through; on cuts like “Hug From a Robot”, frontwoman Dani Neff’s guitar playing is both impressive from a technical angle and conducive to getting the body moving—the perfect mix of brainy and brawny.


Below you can view the new video for the Maximalist cut “This Town”, which features a similarly cool riff and a healthy dose of body paint.


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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
Fiery, bluesy rock 'n' roll is the name of the Grizzled Mighty's game, and Closed Knuckle Jaw delivers on that game track after track.

“The Grizzled Mighty was formed in the fiery belly of an active volcano”, begins the latest biography of this Seattle-based duo of Ryan Granger (vocals, guitar) and Lupe Flores (drums). Their latest outing, Closed Knuckle Jaw, makes good on that description right from the outset, with the Southern rock-indebted riffing of “Chantael”. In fact, despite their rainy Pacific Northwest environs, the Grizzled Mighty sound like they’d fit snugly in a Nashville dive bar. Dirty guitar distortion and hip-shakin’ rhythms (“Miles of Cocaine”) rise to the forefront of the duo’s music. All of the tunes here are given firm grounding in the tight interplay between Granger and Flores; like the famed drum ‘n’ bass duo Death from Above 1979, having only two members allows each player to focus his or her energy on the other, resulting in an undeniable dynamic between the two.


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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015
"Sweet Jackie's Revenge" is a fun cut of "free jazz pop" by this daring Los Angeles collective.

Featuring Stew (The Negro Problem, Passing Strange), Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in L.A.), Joe Berardi (Fibonaccis, Stan Ridgway), Marc Doten (Shelby Lynne), Marcus Watkins (Nina Hagen), the eclectic collective Double Naught Spy Car + Stew took on a daunting chance with their new album, Panorama City. The group, comprised of the “spaghetti/jazz/prog/surf/twang” quartet Double Naught Spy Car and the singer/songwriter Stew, took to the studio with a clear directive: “create instant songs, no rehearsing, no second takes”. The result is an album of tunes that fit under the label “free jazz with a pop mold”. Below you can stream one of these inventive creations of this collaboration, “Sweet Jackie’s Revenge”, which marries prog rock guitar riffing and drum beats that sound like they were culled from a Charles Mingus album.


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