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Tales of Olde to celebrate EP release at Great Scott on May 28

After riding the past few months out on its latest singles "Why" and "Ghost in My Head," Tales of Olde will finally release its debut EP on June 3 – but not before celebrating its release tomorrow night, May 28, at Great Scott in Allston. "Why" is a sparkling cut that questions a lover in a failing relationship: "Tell me now, why won’t you leave me," vocalists Evelyn and Lucas Cortazio sing in unison on the song’s chorus. Released earlier this month, "Ghost in My Head" is a subdued ballad with a whistled hook that rises above the song’s indie gleam. If you're in the Boston area, the show starts this Wednesday at 9 p.m. Score your tickets at Ticketmaster now and be sure to check the band's Facebook page for the EP next month. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Tigerman, WOAH! Bring Honest, Local Music to Lineup of Boston Calling

Lynn-based Tigerman, WOAH! will be the second local act to play at this year’s spring installment of the Boston Calling music festival series. One might expect the band's sound to come out of the Deep South, rather than the suburbs of Boston. Lead singer Adam Kaz brings a refreshing blend of gritty, raw lyrics steeped in a quart of whiskey. The band seems to draw from a wide variety of influences, but tends to gravitate towards genres and ideas that emphasize the messages of strength and overcoming obstacles. “Gospel is so good because of it’s message, ‘we see hope, we see light,’” says Kaz.

"We try to make our music as organic as possible," echoes drummer Adam Lentine. "We feel that as long as we play the music, if we get a response, then that’s great. [But the beliefs of] solidarity, brotherhood ... music should be used to get that message across.”

It’s this belief in music's inherent emotional power that drives the band to keep making great music and putting on captivating live performances. Boston Calling will be one of the biggest stages the band has played to date, but its honest music coupled with its raucous stage presence will be sure to win over many new fans.

Be sure to catch Tigerman, WOAH! at 1:45PM on the final day of the festival, Sunday, May 25. For more information about the band, check out Tigerman, WOAH!'s Facebook page. For continued updates about the Boston Calling festival, visit the Boston Calling website.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


Photo Credit: Alyssa Webster (@xRaeCash)



You'll want the latest from The I Want You

On June 4, The I Want You will release its latest EP, Ah Really, but the six-song set is streaming on Bandcamp now. The EP kicks off with “Off and On,” a catchy indie rocker with hints of dissonance and a delightfully lopsided time signature. Things slow down on the title track, which benefits from a church organ and those cleverly layered vocals on the chorus. EP closer “Total Disaster” is the collection’s IDGAF moment, erupting in a carefully orchestrated cacophony complete with laser guns and canned laughter. The I Want You successfully shows off its range across six songs – a difficult feat – so see if they can pull it off live at Ah Really’s release party on June 4 at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge with Spirit Kid and Reports. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


Designer makes noise on "Bye Bye Bible"

Designer’s “Bye Bye Bible” is the strangest homegrown music video we’ve seen in a long time – and we mean that in an endearing way. It looks like five broken VCRs all vying for one screen, none managing to capture more than a second of air time at any moment. The far-from-accessible video is, of course, fitting for the less-than-accessible track, but if you’ve got an ear for grungy punk, “Bye Bye Bible” might actually get stuck in your head. The song previews the Jamaica Plain punks’ upcoming 7” released on BUFU Records, and they’ll usher it in with a release show at Allston’s Great Scott on June 2 alongside Gymshorts, Nice Guys and Speed Trials. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


We Were Astronauts chases "Doreé" in new video

Ahead of the September release of its new album Artificial Light, Boston-based We Were Astronauts has unveiled its latest video. “Doreé” is a catchy love song that sounds like a Young the Giant track polished with a pop radio sheen, complete with sharp guitar riffs and harmonized vocals. Its video follows the lyric’s story of a man chasing his high school sweetheart later in life – and it allows plenty of time for the band to showcase its performance skills, playing to the dance floor on which the high school love story reaches its dramatic twist. Watch “Doreé” below and stay tuned for the release of Artificial Light this fall. – Jake Reed, @jakejreed


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