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07.18: Grace Ives brings lo-fi synthpop to Elsewhere

Lo-fi synthpop artist Grace Ives released her second album -- appropriately titled 2nd -- this past April. It received critical acclaim from sites like Pitchfork, where writer Sasha Geffen compared Ives' music to LCD Soundsystem for its tracks' electronic backbeats and succinct length. The album could attract resonate with the fans of James Murphy's band, but also folks into Ariel Pink, or Slingshot Dakota -- or any artist or band with a knack for sharp songwriting and explorative musical arrangements. Ives will perform on July 18th at Elsewhere on a bill with UK-based soul artist Tirzah; go discover both artists for yourself if you haven't yet. Take a listen to Ives' "Icing on the Cake" below. - Will Sisskind





Milky Maze crafts timeless ethereal folk, plays The Glove 7.12

Maisy McVicar’s music is not of this time, and possibly not of this terrestrial plane. Recording under the project title Milky Maze, she creates haunting, beautiful folk, lyrically reminiscent of turn of the century Dust Bowl music, accentuated by echoing, distant instrumentation that places the final product somewhere between Dave Van Ronk and the Elephant 6 Recording Company. At times on her latest effort, hank, guitars and banjos become so gain-heavy they attain an other-worldly quality, becoming monoliths of sound that, alongside McVicar’s ethereal falsetto, deliver a final product that is both somber and spiritual. It’s necessary listening for fans of experimental folk, and promises a celestial performance at The Glove on July 12th, alongside Joanna Stemberg, Liam Kirby, and Michael. Listen below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

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The Lo-Fi's are tailor-made slacker rock, play Trans-Pecos 7.24

Union City's The Lo-Fi’s embody the type of slacker rock mentality their name suggests, crafting fuzzy, sing-speak narrated vamps tailor made (and fostered by) the northeast DIY scene. Recent single “Rest Assured” embodies these qualities in the best way, finding strength in syncopated vocal lines, tinny percussive beats, and reverbing blue wave riffs, perfect for nonchalant dancing at a basement show, or in my case, dissociating on the L train. Jam it below, and catch their easygoing bops at Trans-Pecos on July 24th, supporting Earth Dad, Ocean Heights, and Pynkie. -Connor Beckett McInerney

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Little Arcs July shows, new releases

Little Arcs’ latest release, First One, is a trio of songs with beautiful harmonies and surprising key shifts that work bright and true, every moment of it. It’s clear these folks have an understanding of creative composition and some jazz backgrounds. Little Arcs is for diggers of Whitney, appreciators of Radiohead and lovers of juxtopositions. It’s like if Grizzly Bear was even more chill and included a female vocalist in the mix to lighten the harmonic balance. The band just put out their first cassette, which you can snag at their last show before summer break--July 13th and 14th at their own abode. You can find out the location of these semi-secret shows on their Facebook. It's all high praise, we know. But these folks are a gem and we recommend catching them while they're around. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 





Krust Toons: "Americana" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Americana" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

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