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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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Review of Yellabird's Mountainosaurus, Talk of New EP Later This Summer

It seems that the best bands I’ve heard lately are deciding to only come out with short EPs and albums. Yellabird’s debut EP Mountainosaurus is yet another such piece of heavy rock n’ roll gold. The duo, consisting of guitarist/vocalist Martin Stubbs and drummer Felipe Gaviria, is capable of sounds I’ve only heard coming from 4 or 5-piece bands. Their riffs are so heavy, the drums so tight and the guitar solos are dripping in so much thick, bluesy goodness that they had me hooked after the first thirty seconds of the opening track. The EP is only four tracks long, but Stubbs and Gaviria come out swinging on the first track, “The Chase”. Fans of QOTSA will especially like this song--it has hints of Josh Homme, with a little Eagles of Death Metal mixed-in for good measure.

You can stream Mountainosaurus over at their bandcamp page. They will be releasing a new EP at The Middle East Upstairs on August 29. Check their Facebook page for more details and studio updates.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


Sadbeard, Kenny Brothers Band and Geometrist at The Middle East Corner Tonight

It’s practically the weekend (Thursday is close enough, right?), so why not head over to The Middle East Corner tonight for some sweet, sweet music. Local singer/songwriter Sadbeard will be leading-off the night with an acoustic set--think Casiotone for the Painfully Alone minus the Casio. New Hampshire-based Kenny Brothers Band will also be playing, bringing with them some smooth, laid-back jams from up north. Closing out the night will be Geometrist, an Allston rock group with a very 90s indie-rock sound. I’d say they’re similar to Modest Mouse, but they already know that with their song aptly titled “Modest Mouse.” Show starts at 9PM, $5 cover. 18+, proper ID required.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)


Soft Focus Plays Final Show At Elk's Lodge This Thursday with Chandeliers and Strange Fuzz

After a brief and wonderful stint in the increasingly sparse Boston underground scene, Emerson College-spawned shoegazers Soft Focus are leaving the basements of lower Allston as two out of three members make the move to LA, but not before one last blowout at Cambridge's Elk Lodge. The three-piece released two EPs in their year and a half scene presence, most recently contributing to Hold On Another Day's Boston Strong Music Project with the single "Runner Up", one of their strongest releases to date. Elk's Lodge doesn't mean the end of Soft Focus forever, members assure Boston fans, but a definite hiatus until at least January, when there's potential for the group to pick up where they left off on the west coast. We'd welcome them back with welcome arms, but the NE scene will be a little sorer without them. Check out the free, all-ages event here, and catch a live set from them on The Left End on Boston's WERS this Monday at 1:15AM.

-- Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)

Vundabar’s Antics Sure to Captivate Listeners

Picture a wave crashing on a beach and knocking over a bunch of people who are in a giant mosh pit. That’s the image that came to mind (or my mind, at least) when I first heard Vundabar’s
Antics. Their sound is unique--a mix West Coast surf-rock and New England punk, which makes some sense I suppose, given that the band is from Massachusetts.

The two most interesting things I found with this band are that there are only two members (guitar and drums) and that their record sounds so tight, especially given that this is their first release. The whole record has a very “live” feel--like the whole thing was recorded at a show. I’m very impressed that all of the songs were able to remain so cohesive while achieving this raw, open sound.

The band just finished up a two-week tour, but look for them in September at the Allston Village Street Fair on the 22nd. In the meantime, head on over to their bandcamp page and give Antics a listen.

 -Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)




Boston Fuzzfest Hit Central Square in Cambridge This August

New England noise rock paradise this summer is as close as Central Square in Cambridge with Boston Fuzzfest's lineup sporting a lineup of Ghost Box Orchestra, The New Highway Hymnal, Nice Guys, CreaturoS, Guillermo Sexo, The Fagettes, DOZE, and Moniker. For only ten bucks at the Middle East Downstairs, Fuzzfest is a solid stand-in for Somerville's Deep Heaven Now Festival (not taking place this year), and this year's show will potentially dictate whether the fest will expand in 2014. From garage to indie to punk and all things fuzz, there's something for everyone, and it'll be interesting to see how Fuzzfest paces eight bands in one night. You'll never know unless you're there, right?

-- Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)


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