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Dr!ve – “Down & Out”

Swiss producer Dr!ve reinvents the groove with his latest track, “Down & Out.” Amassing elements of funk, disco, soul, and jazz, Dr!ve brings an old school flare to the modern age of electropop, sending shivers down the spine with rhythmic synths, moving bass lines, and airy vocals. The instrumental dialogue that takes place is infectious,…

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8/7 Central – “Missile”

Brooding new wave quartet 8/7 Central are propelling the release of their debut EP with a new single, “Missile.” The track captures the sweeping finesse of alt rock, bringing in gravelly vocals, light distortion, and a bass line that refuses to quit. At the same time, it has a dreamy, calming quality to it, even…

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CASTLEBEAT – “Heart Still Beats”

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the fantastic slacker-pop of CASTLEBEAT, and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last. He’s back for more, this time with “Heart Still Beats.” 23-year-old wunderkind Josh Hwang is the brains behind CASTLEBEAT, writing and recording everything himself on “mediocre equipment” (his words) with a strong DIY ethos….

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Tonight: Downtown Boys

Sugar City is set to host an all-star line-up headlined by one of Sub Pop’s latest signees, Downtown Boys. The Providence, RI funk punk act is touring in support of their latest album released just last week, Cost of Living. Also on the bill are fellow funk punkees Mallwalkers, harsh rockers Alpha Hopper, and rising locals…

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Dr. Doctor – “Turbulence”

Dr. Doctor ain’t no newbie – the project helmed by mastermind Ralph Torrefranca has been in the works for years. Originally born from heartache and pain, Dr. Doctor has evolved into a one man journey to embrace poetic storytelling with chorus-laden guitars and low-key vibes. “Turbulence” is a perfect example, a simmering indie-rock jam that showcases…

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Canon Blue – “Beholden”

“Beholden” is the worldly new jam from Canon Blue, the solo project from Nashville-based writer producer Daniel James. We dig the simmering, rolling drums and left-field instrumentals, but we’ll let Daniel sell you on this one with a direct quote: “‘[Beholden]’ was one of the first songs I wrote for the record and is a…

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Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? – “Magic Swimming Pants”

Like the curiously-named Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Portugal. The Man before them, Finnish garage-pop band Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are here with an effervescent and surreal single in the form of “Magic Swimming Pants.” Squiggly Keyboards and buzzing bass guitars propel this one-of-a-kind track…

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Tonight: Ugly Sun

A night of heavy and hard charged music is in store for visitors to Sewing Souls Studios. Ugly Sun headlines a set of four acts in celebration of the release of their new EP Painted Post, with support from two up-and-coming  local groups and touring rockers Retirement Party. Ugly Sun’s offers a brand alt rock…

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Album of the Week

Ben Morey & The Eyes – Mt. Doom

Rochester is a great city to be a musician nowadays. There is no shortage of fellow musicians, like-minded individuals, and just general support of the arts, and Ben Morey knows it. Though initially planned as a solo album, Morey’s latest–the brilliant and grandiose Mt Doom–fully utilizes this exceptional network of people, a near countless number…

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Almost Kennedy – “Silver & Gold”

Alt rock four-piece Almost Kennedy gear up for an upcoming EP with the release of their single “Silver & Gold.” The Ottawa natives joined forces after the split of another project, with currently just over a year under their belt. “Silver & Gold” is a surge of refined energy, meeting powerful vocals with lulling backing…

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