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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Those still recovering from the bitter winter months, particularly in America's Northeast region, will find much to relate to in Colorway's ode to summertime, "Come Back July".

As countless weather reports and Buzzfeed listicles can attest, the Northeast region of America had a tough winter this year. No better time, then, for the new tune by the Northampton, Massachusetts band Colorway, called “Come Back July”. Written between 9PM 31 July and midnight 1 August of 2014, this simple yet catchy rock number is an honest plea for a time where one doesn’t have to take a Himalayan trek to get outside of one’s own home. For lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter F. Alex Johnson, this is “the time of the year when my little slice of the world feels the most alive—before it leaves us all for another twelve months.”


“Come Back July” is featured on Colorway’s upcoming studio LP, The Black Sky Sequined.


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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
Reptar writes '80s-indebted indie pop with an a bleak undercurrent, like "blood in an above ground swimming pool."

Much like Autre Ne Veut did with his mind-blowing sophomore outing Anxiety in 2013, with Lurid Glow Reptar have a way of taking dozens of seemingly disparate sounds, throwing them together, and coming up with some wildly inventive and fun pop tunes. Such is especially the case for Lurid Glow, Reptar’s second studio LP, which is described as “indie-electro-guitar-pop-weirdness” in its press materials. That description isn’t far off. There’s a definite goofiness to this music—after all, a band doesn’t name themselves after a Rugrats character without a bit of tongue in cheek—but it’s that very goofiness that gives a little levity to the at times tricky experimentation. On paper, a track like “Cable” appears nothing more than ‘80s pastiche; filtered through the personality of Reptar, “Cable” becomes something best described as ‘80s workout video music from hell—in a good way, of course. With a Zappa-esque approach to pop music and its possibilities, Lurid Glow stands out amidst the early year crop of releases.


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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
The bleak lyrical musings of "Murder" are made all the more jarring by Shoare's calm, measured vocal delivery.

Mat Shoare doesn’t sound like a murderer. Paradoxically, that’s what makes “Murder”, a track off his forthcoming Right as Rain LP, all the more creepy. With its tense, staccato 4/4 guitar riff, the tune is designed to crawl its way slowly up your spine as Shoare spins his malevolent yarn. The chiaroscuro music video to “Murder”, which you can view exclusively below, enhances this bleakness to an even greater degree.


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
Dark, serpentine electronic rhythms define the newest music video by the San Francisco artist Lila Rose.

A hallucinatory reverie of shadow-obscured images make up the music video to Lila Rose’s “World on Fire”. The San Francisco artist is set to release her new full-length player, WE.ANIMALS., in mid-April. As the declarative all-caps of the album’s title hints at, the LP expresses Rose’s vision for a more unitive existence between humankind and the rest of the animal kingdom.


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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
The New Jersey group OWEL takes the classic '60s pop formula, cranks the violin up to ten, and gets a terrific tune as a result: "Every Good Boy Does Fine", the title track off their new EP.

There’s really only one way to describe the title track of the New Jersey band OWEL’s forthcoming EP, Every Good Boy: a darn good pop tune. Right from the outset, it tips its cap to the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the other luminaries of ‘60s pop with its vocal harmonies. Where it really gets traction, however, is its violin riff, a bold and catchy thing that grabs you and draws you into this sun-bathed number. “Every Good Boy Does Fine” is the kind of upbeat, infectious tune that shows just how much the world of pop music has left to mine from the respective playbooks of the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Years later, their styles still feel fresh. OWEL has done their homework when it comes to songwriting, and the payoff shows splendidly with the new EP.


Every Good Boy EP follows OWEL’s 2013 self-titled debut. The EP was produced by Mike Watts, who has also worked with As Tall As Lions, the Dear Hunter, As Cities Burn, Tides of Man, and several others.


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