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Lucian – “Ashes to Snow”

“Ashes to Snow” by LA artist Lucian is the synth-pop jam of the week. The track features a thumping bass line and a cacophony of wispy vocals that has you enveloped by the first beat of the chorus. It’s moody and introspective in all the right ways. This song is featured in Good Kids, a…

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Formation – “A Friend”

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London’s Formation has claimed their space as the band to watch this year with the release of their single “A Friend.” Through bombastic percussive interjections, chant-like vocals, and soaring synths, the track is a fiery thrash into catharsis. The video, directed by Davis Silas, reflects this strikingly through a bloody fist-fight on the London Tube,…

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Masasolo – “On My Own”

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Danish indie-rock outfit Masasolo links 70’s pop influences with bright synths and lofty guitar tracks in their single “On My Own.” Off the band’s debut EP Breakup, this song touches on an assertion of independence after a failed relationship, and the sense of dignified freedom that comes with it. Taking cues from the likes of…

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Tonight: Jouska

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If you thought your Wednesday night wouldn’t be very exciting, Dreamland has you covered.  Two touring bands will be rolling though the Franklin St. venue, along with some locals. Jouska will be returning from Albany, who recently signed to Tiny Engines records with a new full length album that dropped late last year, titled Topiary.  New Jersey pop…

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Buffalo

Bryan Johnson and Family Return with New Single

Local surf rockers, Bryan Johnson and Family, returned earlierr this month with a new reverbed-out single “Next Wave.”  On the Fam’s new single, the guitar is a wonderful blend of janglyness and smoothness. The bass thuds along joyfully while the hi-hat swarms about your head like a feather-down pillow. The xylophone-esque lead does the song…

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Karma Club – “Timelines”

UK four-piece Karma Club introduces their upcoming album with the release of their debut single “Timelines.” Garnering inspiration from The Cure, Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, among others, this track is all spunky bass lines and crisp guitar melodies. It’s a brew of the best of indie-pop with a tinge of grungy distortion and groove-laden…

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Album of the Week

Newish Star – American Angelica Tree

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It’s been over a year since local low-fi/indie group, Newish Star released their last record, 2015’s You Missed Everything – Part II. After ending their tour and with little noise coming from the trio in terms of new releases, there was the possible fear that we’d never hear anything from them again. Another tale of…

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Buffalo

Short Moscato – “Whisper (Disappear)”

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Buffalo rapper Short Moscato is a proven wordsmith that also comes through with thematic songs and projects on the regular. His latest track “Whisper” discusses his methods of escape from his insecurities and beyond. The voice of John Lennon talks of the transcendental powers of meditation, and Moscato follows him up by delving into his…

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The Fontaines – “Evaporate”

Brother-sister duo The Fontaines bring a touch of funk to their brand of new-wave pop in their latest single “Evaporate.” It’s coy and evasive, as singer Charlotte Fontaine intones “I want but I don’t need / Let me remind you this is a catch and release.” In a flurry of salient guitar themes, powerhouse bass…

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Steven Benjamins – “Silence”

Steven Benjamins crafts the latest upbeat, yet calming tune through his single “Silence.” The Toronto native creates a new meaning for singer-songwriter, with an electrified twist that remains endearing and peaceful. “Silence” is an anthem of reassurance, stringing powerful phrases together to emanate nothing but soothing encouragement. Benjamins is currently cranking out singles left and…

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