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Psych rockers Color Tongue release visual album "Us and the Bugs"

Technology continues to expand the realm of what's doable and psych rock bands such as Color Tongue take full advantage of the possibilities. While the Bushwick quartet's next LP doesn't come out until later in 2018, they've released a visual album in the meantime called Us and the Bugs, a YouTube video of four songs set to an ocular feast of clips of mashed-up old cartoons, found footage of landscapes, warped dancers in bubble suits, and of course, bugs. It should hold you over through the winter while you wait for the album to drop; just project the video on your wall, turn off all the lights, and bundle up in your warmest blankets for the full effect. Watch Us and the Bugs in full below. - Will Sisskind





Early Humans' debut is chock-full of pop punk excitement

The process of recording and releasing a debut album can feel like an eternity for bands. For Early Humans, that eternity was 21 long months. But when the fruit produced is as good as Early Humans' self-titled debut, it's worth the wait. Bringing to mind the early days of pop punk with a grittier lo-fi sound akin to The Offspring, Early Humans is sure to delight listeners, especially those with a nostalgic ear. Listen to their track "Time Bomb" off the new release below! 





Battleme celebrates Cult Psychotica tonight

 *photo credit to Emilianos Ap.

Battleme have been keeping quite busy with their driving, energetic blues and psych tinged rock. As if to never really take a break, Battleme, led by main member Matt Drenik, have been churning out releases just about every hear since becoming Drenik's main project back in 2010. Becoming one of TV series Sons of Anarchy's go-to soundtrack artists (and even appearing before the camera) and now, Battleme's acclaim has brought them to yet another release. And it's happening tonight.

In just a few hours, Battleme will be taking to The Know's stage for their only Portland show this tour, supporting their newest album Cult Psychotica. From just the name alone the album promises the same ferocious zest. Playing with them will be Acid Tongue and The Furies, so it'll be a true night of getting loud. Tickets will be available at the door for $8, with music starting at 9pm. 





Fresh Buzz: Jane Church plays Mercury and Baby's All Right within two weeks

Jane Church is the kind nostalgically charged slacker rock that serves as a much-needed mile marker of the times. The man behind the moniker, Jackson Church, croons with a King Tuff-esque indifference about taking pills, vacant homes, empty streets, heartbreak, vandalism, pissing off bridges and the overall bizarre spirit of the age in debut tracks “Demolition USA” and “Streets Are Empty”.

Chuch’s songwriting tows the line between apocalyptic vision and protest. The simplicity of the acoustic rhythm guitars, “la-la-las” and single-note electric solos bring '70s Bob Dylan to mind, while the disillusionment inherent in the lyrical themes summons the same infinitely spiraling facetiousness as indie rock giants like Father John Misty and Foxygen. If Church aims to provide a provocative yet accurate soundtrack for our confused modern sociopolitical climate and time, he’s hitting the bullseye.

You can check out Jane Church’s set at Mercury Lounge this Saturday, November 18th or at Baby’s All Right on Monday, December 4th. Pick up a copy of the “Demolition USA” single through the link below. - Andrew Strader

Now that Christmas is around the corner I just want to remind you that the best gift for any occasion is a Rubik's Cube.





Future Generations premiere “One More Problem” video, play Rough Trade 12.03

It’s hard to act like you’re not enjoying yourself when you’re listening to Future Generations. The New York quintet’s dancey alt-pop bounces constantly with hooks and radio-leaning production. However, in the new video for “One More Problem” (directed by Joe Adcroft), frontman Eddie Gore somehow seems to not be enjoying himself. It might have something to do with his bandmates tying him up and playing their instruments while circling him at an uncomfortably close distance. He comes around eventually.

If you haven’t listened to the group’s 2016 self-titled debut you’ve been missing out. It’s a joyous celebration of guitar rock meets electro pop. “One More Problem,” released in July of this year, is the first glimpse of the band since that Frenchkiss Records debut and their first written entirely as a group. In some ways it’s more of the same, but even larger and shinier. The drums are larger than life, the guitars and synths flurry together in the background, and Gore spits lyrics with youthful charm and energy.

Future Generations is currently in studio with producer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend) completing their second album for Frenchkiss, but you can catch them live December 3rd at Rough Trade with Modern Diet. – Cameron Carr

 

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