Music of the psychedelic persuasion is quite a la mode at the moment, but The Asteroid No. 4 goes beyond the bong-smoke indebted sounds of the crop of rock bands that describe themselves as “hazy.” The word “mystical” is often bandied about in discussion of the Northern California-by-way-of Philadelphia group, and indeed their music does have an otherworldly dimension to it. The band’s latest studio effort, Asteroid No. 4, is no different in this respect.
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Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jesse Macht is about to release his latest recording, the studio LP Suitcase Heart. The album is a collection of nine emotionally earnest and straightforward songs, a product of numerous years working and playing in the LA music scene. (The pop jaunt of “Nothing Wrong With a Little Rain” could easily be read as a cheeky jab at LA residents’ notorious inability to handle the slightest bit of precipitation.)
At the end of January 2015, the Washington, DC band Paperhaus—comprised of the trio of Alex Tebeleff, Eduardo Rivera, and Danny Bentley—will release its debut, self-titled album.
As it turns out, the Last Bison isn’t just a particularly effective card to play in Cards Against Humanity; it’s also the name of a fine band hailing from “the marshes of southeast Virginia”, as its press materials describe.
On paper, it’s the sort of thing that will either make you groan or wince:who would think to bring together the worlds of punk—with its stripped-down, DIY ethos—and classical music—with its high-minded, through composed nature? The inspired duo that calls itself Teach Me Equals, however, proves that such a distinction might be spurious in the first place. Greg Bortnichak (cello, guitar, vocals) and Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, keyboard, and vocals) are making a bold declaration with their debut, Knives in the Hope Chest, which undergoes just that kind of genre-melding—although they are drawing from far more than just two spheres of influence in their songwriting.
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