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Wooden Rings "A Bell"

Chamber-Folk group Wooden Rings has released a new track called “A Bell”. This is the group lead by songwriter, guitar player, and vocalist Ramah Jihan Malebranche with Nathan Stanley (Drums), Alex Brescanu (Bass/Vocals), and Elizabeth Arakaki (Vocals/Glockenspiel). This is their first single since 2016 and it focuses on our inability to take things back and unring that bell.

Wooden Rings will be performing on November 17th at Catcus Club in Milwaukee.

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SHEL play The Back Corner 11.16 to benefit Music Health Alliance

Quite a bit is happening for SHEL these days. The four Holbrook sisters who make up the group -- Sarah, Hannah, Eva, and Liza -- have a show on November 16th at The Back Corner benefiting the Music Health Alliance. Their harmonies and catchy indie pop tunes, which they've honed since their official formation in 2010, align them with HAIM, although SHEL's music takes a bit more of an experimental and often more atmospheric turn. Along with their extensive touring and playing for benefit shows, the Holbrooks have also teamed up with composer Kevin Dailey to score the Facebook Watch series Queen America, which follows the trials of Catherine Zeta-Jones as Vicki Ellis, an Oklahoma pageant coach. The series begins on November 18; SHEL will host an online Facebook Live watch party before the premiere. But until then, you can catch them live on 11/16 at The Back Corner, and watch their latest video -- for their single "Send My Kiss" -- below. - Will Sisskind

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Éyal Hai channels grunge into jazz on "Flowers On The Moon," plays Elsewhere 11.17

There’s a rawness that permeates the entirety of Éyal Hai’s debut record Flowers On The Moon, a characteristic that's immediately present in both his wavering vocal delivery and varied instrumental direction. Against modulating synths, equal parts jazz and aggressive electronica, Hai’s vox slides and rolls, steeped in a palpable frustration from album opener "I Need A Minute" to closer "The Way I Feel Inside." It’s an uncompromising approach from start to finish, one that’s indicative of Hai’s multidisciplinary approach and desire to “merge jazz with 90’s grunge and pop” on his freshmen release. Such a cross-genre effort might make for odd bedfellows, but Hai’s channeling of an alternative angst into a medium a lot more complex than your usual power trio strikes a fresh middle ground, crafting an LP that incorporates elements both polished and gritty, and culminating in our favorite track "Sober Dream (One by One) - a tense song reminiscent of another NYC band that, in the late '90s, synthesized a similar blend of influences in spectacular fashion: Soul Coughing.

Éyal Hai will play a record release show for Flowers On The Moon at Zone One on November 17th, supported by Birch and Friend Roulette. You can stream the record in full below. - Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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New Track: "A 12-Year Audition" - Later Fortune

Heyward Howkins and Chris Madl (a.k.a. Chet DelCampo) have combined forces to form Later Fortune. A quaking bass and an ethereal, foggy synth sketch the setting for their debut single, “A 12-Year Audition”. Howkins's genteel vocals are contrasted by the push of tempo; the fire-crackling invitation of words cuts through the ambient darkness. The textured sonics bridge genres in a comforting manner.





Peel Dream Magazine brings imaginative shoegazer to Secret Project Robot on 12.02

Peel Dream Magazine is the brainchild of NYC-based musician Joe Stevens. His debut album, Modern Meta Physic, has soft fuzzy charm with a mellow, psych core. It’s an exploration of retro sounds and new age-y philosophies wrapped up into 13 hazy tracks. The band's name hearkens back to the legendary BBC DJ John Peel, and its sound is also beholden to the past; part Velvet Underground and part Stereolab, PDM captures the warmth of nostalgia with its samples of old-school late tv programs, while transporting you to an entirely new era through its psych rock and lo-fi musings. In the best shoegazer tradition, Stevens’ airy vocal melodies are often barely audible in the mix, buried under the fuzz of the group's distorted guitars. Listen below, and drift off. You can catch Peel Dream Magazine at Secret Project Robot on 12/2. Sara Nuta

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