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Following a debut release, Joanna Teters to play Middle East Upstairs

There was a point in time when singer Joanna Teters, the now-New Yorker, was a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston. While studying at Berklee College of Music, Teters became a familiar and friendly face in the Boston music scene as the smokey, soulful singer for several groups including Lowtone Society and Ila Mawana. Now, with the release of her excellent solo debut Warmer When It Rains, Teters has shared Winter tour dates throughout the East Coast, which includes The Middle East Upstairs on February 1st.

Warmer When It Rains is a collection of masterfully produced pop/neo-soul songs influenced by 90s pop/RnB, island and reggae music, and jilted hip-hop beats, lead exclusively by Teters’ smoothly crafted melodies. Rains is an exercise in writing about love within pop songs, an artform in itself that produces either everlasting, or fatefully unforgettable music; fortunately for us, Teters has delivered a lasting and engaging debut, both musically and emotionally. Stream her new album below, and be sure to check the Warmer When It Rains Tour schedule to see Joanna in a city near you. -Charley Ruddell

 





"Cocaine Rockstar" from Pretty Blackkk

 “Please pray before watching” is the disclaimer at the beginning of the music video for “Cocaine Rockstar”, released by rapper Pretty Blackkk. Super-slick flow and some clever rhymes make this track stand out from the crowd. The video itself is quite entertaining, featuring Mr. Blackkk on some sort of drugged out trip through the wilderness with mystical women and some kind of sword. “All I ask is please pray for my kidneys”.

-Mike Dranove

 

 

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Record of the Month: Standing on the Corner - Red Burns

It’s hard to place a firm finger on Standing on the Corner’s latest album, a 60 minute, two-track release entitled Red Burns, but the record - which opens with warm crackling, synth-y harp strums, and omnipotent narration treated with the kind of vocal distortion that sounds as if your cassette’s brown tapes have melted - is wildly innovative, and strangely mesmerizing. The project, headed by Gio Escobar and Jasper Marsalis, a Crown Heights based duo armed with a jazz background and an interest in rap and electronica, is a response to recent political and nationwide events, chronicling them with the distinctive viewpoint of those facing direct oppression, but expressing them through a medium that is widely freeform and experimental. (Olivia Sisinni)





New Music Video: "Streets Dept" - Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry

An ominous bass rumble bubbles to the surface in Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry's "Street Dept," before angular guitar runs slice through the atmospherics. Found on the duo's joint venture, Crime Waves (Don Giovanni), last year, the distorted footage of the artists is viewed through a crimson-filtered lens, contributing to the sinister presence maintained throughout the project's latest offering. Step into what might just be the unlikeliest of street anthems.





New Track: "Breakfast Loops" (Feat. Quelle Chris) - Torito

Fabric Scraps, the forthcoming album from Torito, is slated for release on January 12 via local label U Don't Deserve This Beautiful Art. Accompanied by Quelle Chris, the bull’s smooth, relentlessly charismatic rhymes jumps off a runway of jazz piano on his latest single, "Breakfast Loops". The tale intricately connects an array of subjects in a flash, so quick that if you blink, you’ll get lost in its lyrical dust. Catch Torito's album release celebration (with support from Lt Headtrip, The Karma Kids, JE Double F, Sol Patches, Ronnie Vega, and The Hell Hole Store) on Saturday, January 13 at LAVA Space!

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