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Sean Eldon's imaginative psych pop, live at TT The Bear's on 01.11

My first exposure to Sean Eldon was an acoustic set at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, where we shared the stage a month or two ago. That was the first time I heard his song “I Never Heard Such Fuck” (streaming below). I didn’t know what to think at first, but I kept finding my self singing it, so you imagine my excitement when I heard the EP "Pulmones!" had been released. Partially a result of personal experiences with cancer in the family, the EP balances the anger, confusion, and bitterness of life’s far too real surprises. Punk in energy, psychedelic in imagination, Eldon has found a cool niche for himself. Manic sounding with honest, often colloquial lyrics, Pulmones! illustrates the painful growth a fresh Boston voice. Check out the EP here. All proceeds form the EP go to the American Cancer Society. Don't miss Sean's upcoming show at TT The Bear's in Cambridge on January 11. - Paul Jordan Talbot

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Live review: Magic Man at the Sinclair, 12.19.2014

This past Friday, I was able to check out Magic Man’s sold-out holiday party at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Despite the fact that Magic Man have achieved some serious success this past year (playing Boston Calling, having their first headlining tour, getting signed to Columbia records), I still consider them a local band and will probably forever) be compelled to write reviews of their shows. This is a band that always manages to put on great live performances, and Friday night certainly was no exception - they seemed particularly excited to be playing a show near their hometown. Dressed in coordinated red and white shirts (and accompanied by a drum kit decked-out in Christmas lights), the band was prepared to embrace the holiday party vibe. Lead singer Alex Caplow did a great job working the crowd, inviting the everyone to sing along on multiple songs. Throughout the entire set, I don’t think I saw the smile leave his face, or the faces of anyone else in attendance. The band even threw in a cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You”, augmented by the massive bass lines and pure on-stage joy that come standard with every Magic Man concert. - Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

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Melt, new single from Young Rapids.

 DC's Young Rapids are back! "Melt," the lead single off their forthcoming second LP Pretty Ugly (on DC's Chimes Records), is an epic psychedelic trip. A majestic collection of tones, sparkly and dirty, smooth and gnarly, all folding on each other and pushing the next along in waves. Guitars, organs, Beatlesy tape sounds, walls of shimmering metal and light necessitate repeated listens, as each instrument's unique sonic journey takes the listener to a different place. Dream guitar-pop with a heavy dose of Magical Mystery Tour era Beatles, and Soft Bulletin era Flaming Lips. Excellent.

Don't miss Young Rapids live, November 22nd, at Black Cat with Drop Electric and Cigarette--Natan Press

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Anthony Pirog's video for "The New Electric"

 Anthony Pirog may be the best electric guitarist on the East Coast, and his new album, Palo Colorado Dream, is his best work yet. The album covers as much ground as the electric guitar allows, and is impossible to describe in just a few words. One could call it "avant" something, like "jazz" or "indie," but what it really is is Anthony Pirog incarnate. The guitar has become an extension of the man, his technical brilliance limited only by his fantastic imagination. How Anthony found time to craft such a gem is a mystery, as he's the most in demand guitarist in the area, part of countless other projects. Yet craft this he did, and it's gorgeous, and he made a video to go along with it too. Check out the video below, and follow the link to the album above for more. Take some time with it; you wont be disappointed. --Natan Press





Music Bones' new EP The Scratch Tape

Music Bones' recently released EP The Scratch Tape ranges from DIY Punk to AniDifrancoesque (that's a phrase now, I promise). "Tell Me Sweetly" opens the album with disonant guitar riffs that transform from rock to an almost twinkley sound and back. The song "Quarter Afternoon," my personal favorite, begins mid-album. It's a simple song with bright guitar arpeggios, beautiful, full vocals, and a pleasantly sedating effect. You can catch Music Bones live, Sunday October 19th at Club K in Baltimore, Oct. 21 at The Black Squirrel in DC, and Oct. 25 at The Green Island in DC. --Hannah Brady

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