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BOYO releases new single "Control", debut album due out 8/26

"Control", the new single by BOYO, is a sauntering psych-pop number that unspools in an unhurried manner. The group incorporates a smooth, Beatlesque chord progression that lulls the listener into passivity with its cosmic folk touch.

This is the first single off of their upcoming record of the same name, which is due out August 26 on Danger Collective Records. - Juan Rodríguez


People and Stars announce self-titled debut EP

Risen from the demise of local favorites Fonda, People & Stars wave goodbye to the miasmic sounds of shoegaze and welcome some good-natured indie pop on their latest incarnation. Featuring both original members David Klotz and vocalist Amanda Tate, the duo's latest single, "You're Not Alone", is a brightly uptempo number akin to the immaculately crafted chamber pop of bands like Acid House Kings and The Postmarks.

People and Stars are set to release their self-titled debut EP on July 15 via Minty Fresh. - Juan Rodríguez

Adam J. Cook releases debut EP Attack Formation (Demo)

Adam J. Cook first got some attention in his hometown Austin as a member of country rock bands like Genuine Leather and Dangeresque. After those two projects, the relocated Cook is taking those musical sensibilities to our shores in a slightly different direction with his first solo project, Attack Formation (Demo), a meticulously crafted collection of singles that closely resembles the current alumni of singer-songwriters looking into the early 70s for inspiration. Songs like "Adam Vile" and "Days Just Begin" blend winding folk and sophisticated soft rock elements with a keen focus on arrangement.

Cook will also be releasing accompanying videos for all the six tracks of Attack Formation. You can stream it in its entirety on his official soundcloud page. - Juan Rodríguez


Venus & the Moon play album release show at Hotel Café on 7/13

Venus & the Moon are Frally Hynes and Rain Phoenix, a collaborative duo that writes brooding country-folk that strikes a heavy balance between shimmering atmospherics and lumbering balladry. The hushed harmonies play a big part in ampliying some very insular emotions, a haunting quality that gives the songs off of their upcoming full-length, Brother, Son, a quiet power. 

Brother, Son has an official date of July 15 via Mother May I Records. The duo will also be celebrating the album release with a performance at Hotel Café on July 13. - Juan Rodríguez

Water District play Ham & Eggs on 7/17, hear new single "Supernova"

"Keep your head in the clouds", Water District vocalist Tice Griffin sings over a sauntering piano lead as he contemplates over an unrequited love. There's something old-fashioned about their latest, "Supernova", an unabashedly romantic rock ballad that sports an upbeat melody against biting lyrics that resonate with subtly dramatic effect. It's a even-tempered love song that has that crisp, uncomplicated sound akin to that of a John Vanderslice production.

Water District will be headlining a show at Ham and Eggs on July 17. "Supernova" is out now via Normandie Records. - Juan Rodríguez



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