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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land
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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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Close your eyes and you might drift away in the cloudy soundscape of “Boomcan,” a song lifted from Pours' self-titled debut LP. On the track, the Vermont duo crafts its own sound by combining chillwave synths, live drums and synth hooks that wouldn’t be out of place in Kid Cudi’s best work. The song was released to Bandcamp on June 25 alongside the similarly trippy, unpredictable “Carry the Oar.” The band is currently crossing the country on tour, but stay tuned to its Facebook page to find out when you can see them next. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Vundabar embarks on ambitious U.S. tour

Boston’s Vundabar is surfin’ the USA with its brand of chilled-out summery rock. After a nearly two-month trek in Europe, the guys will kick off their latest tour with a hometown show at Great Scott in Allston tonight, July 22. New Englanders can also check the band out at Modern Gypsy in Manchester, NH, on July 23; Woodbury Music Shop in Woodbury, CT, on July 24; and The Space in Connecticut on August 8. Or, if you happen to find yourself in Brooklyn, peep them alongside Perennial Reel and Morus Alba on July 27 at Muchmore’s. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Boston Calling Announces Blank Canvas Contest

A little over a week ago, the organizers of Boston Calling announced the launch of Blank Canvas, a contest inviting all interested artists to create a concept for a 36 x 60” mural that will then create and put on display during the fall festival session (September 5-7). Five winners will be chosen from the submissions, receiving $1000 cash (including $250 for supplies) and four 3-day VIP tickets to the Boston Calling, in addition to the vast exposure their designs will receive at the festival.


According to a press release, the idea for this contest came about after brainstorming different ways of trying to utilize the talents of all artists (not just musicians) in the activities at Boston Calling. “We are always seeking ways to extend our connection to the community and further celebrate the talents of the people that make Boston, and the entire region vibrant,” says Brian Appel, co-founder of Boston Calling, in the release.  “At this past May’s festival, every time we saw a blank wall, we felt we missed an opportunity to have an artist display their work.”


All interested applicants must submit their designs via an 8.5 x 11” digital document no later than August 5, 2014. A full list of contest rules and regulations--and info about September's concert lineup--can be found here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

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LuieGo drops aggressive "I Run the A"

LuieGo is a breath of fresh air to Western Massachusetts’s dense scene of DIY bands and singer songwriters. “All you rappers suck!” he yells on “I Run the A,” a track that details his dominance over Amherst’s rap scene and bites so hard that some might think the “A” stands for Atlanta at first listen. Following May's "Fuck Daht," “I Run the A” is the latest preview of the rapper’s upcoming Authentic Thoughts mixtape, which he says we should be hearing soon. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

 

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Review of The I Want You at TT The Bear's (July 2, 2014)

 I was invited to a show a couple weeks ago by a band member from The I Want You. I like Boston-area nightlife, I like music and I like beer--all of which were coincidentally at TT’s the Bear’s in Cambridge that night--so I figured I’d go check it out. The band played an eclectic mix of pop tunes peppered with multi-part harmonies and keyboard melodies. I could vaguely detect hints of an R.E.M. influence (meant as a compliment, though I’m not sure how the band will take it). The highlight of their set for me was their song "Drifting". Full of energy and well-timed backing vocals, it was my favorite song of the evening by far.


For more info about The I Want You, check out their Bandcamp page.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

 

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We Were Astronauts "Keep It Together" on new single

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