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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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Boston-Based Animal Talk At Work on New Release

 Born of music rag buzz, Boston's Animal Talk soared to national attention back in 2012 after opening for Young the Giant and an album produced by Grammy-winner Duckie Carlisle, they dazzled neverending SXSW audiences that year, and built buzz while continuing to remain loyal to the local scene with gigs like the Boston Calling afterparty with the likes of Charlie XCX this past May. Tracks like "Mama Was a Teenage Rocker" and the material everyone became hooked on from the Into the Sun 2011 EP have left Animal Talk touring more sparesely in recent months in favor of composing what will be their second full-length release. They're being tight-lipped about it, but those who have attended summer shows in Boston and Toronto just may have the taste we so crave.

--Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)


The Pilgrims hit all the right notes with It's Not Pretty, getting ready for release of Buss

Hailing from the small town of Windsor, VT, The Pilgrims break from the norm of the jam-band heavy culture often found in northern New England and have forged together an awesome brand of gritty rock n’ roll. It's Not Pretty is a great example of their rock prowess. Their guitar tone is powerful and somewhat sleazy, with awesome gang vocal choruses, somewhat reminiscent of Bon Scott-era AC/DC.

The band just came through the Boston area, but they will be releasing a new album, Buss, on August 2nd in White River Junction, VT. If you’re in the neighborhood, definitely stop in and give these guys a listen. Check their Facebook page for more on this show and other upcoming gigs.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion Build Hype for Full-Length Release

Not only does their name double as a caution, Somerville surf rockers Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion are gathering a fair amount of buzz for their upcoming release Blood Drinkers Only, slotted for release sometime in August. Although the music itself evokes a twisted 60’s feel, the band’s image is one of the weirder present in Boston’s underground, sort of reminiscent of the overly indulgent song titles and band names of mid-2000’s emo rock. They’ve done their best to shroud themselves in mystery since poking their heads out of the woodwork back in 2011, but teaser track “Satan’s Invisible World…Revealed!” is an exciting peek into what weird is coming next. With a date at Great Scott on August 3rd and a lot of new material on the way, you don’t need to get Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion to love them

--Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)



The Doctors Fox Bid Farewell to Boston July 26

The Doctors Fox will be waving goodbye to the ambivalent weather, obnoxious sports fans and passionate music lovers of the East coast in exchange for...well, more ambivalent weather, obnoxious sports fans and passionate music lovers, but in the Midwest. This Friday, July 26, the band will be playing a farewell show at Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA. The band will be relocating to Chicago, and taking their upbeat folk-pop with them. I’d be more upset about this, but at least I know that their songs will now be spreading joy all around the shores of Lake Michigan.

The band will share the stage with a slew of other local acts, including Ryan Jackson Troika, OTP and Philip Cohen & The Boxers. NYC-based Sun People will also be joining in the festivities. Doors open at 8PM; $10 advance tickets, $12 at the door. Proper ID required. Check the band’s Facebook page for more details.

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)



Geometrist to Play The Middle East This August

 Geometrist is a group that's all about indie homage and forward thinking-- hailing from the musical pressure cooker we know as the Allston slums, they're less than a year old, they've got the enthusiasm and talent to put a dent in the already-thriving scene. Their self-titled five track EP radiates with momentum and reference to the influences you can hear both in the sound and by a simple name-drop ("Modest Mouse" ringing any bells?). For a band bred in a basement, they are surprisingly upbeat and, well, not drunk-sounding, but it's in the best possible way-- that's a rarity for Allston, and one they should embrace. Check them out at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge on August 13th, 

--Jamie Loftus (@hamburgerphone)




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