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Mark Crozer brings his shoegazer pop to International Pop Overthrow fest on 11.08

An initial listen to recently released track “Bubblegum” from Brooklyn-based British-born musician Mark Crozer may give the impression that perky retro pop is the only intended goal. While the melody does speak to the pop canon, complete with handclap percussion and late 60’s sitar string accompaniment, lyrics outlining a dream-trip scenario suggest sweetness overload. The clever inclusion of Munki-era Mary Chain guitar chords embedded within the chorus (the overdriven second verse of “birthday” as direct tonal point of reference) shows the artist in full command of his influences. That song will be included on the upcoming album 'Sunny Side Down' which will be out on vinyl (and digitally) in early 2016. Mark and his band The Rels will be performing as part of International Pop Overthrow festival which runs from November 4 through 8 and will feature more than 40 of the best pop and rock bands from New York and beyond. All the shows will be at Bar Matchless with Mark & The Rels performance on Sunday the 8th. - Dave Cromwell

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New Mohican Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

When it comes to beautifully orchestrated/improvised post-rock, Philly power trio Mohican is a hidden gem proudly keeping the genre alive and well. Chris Markley (guitar), Aaron Agresta (bass), and Ray Beck (drum) powerfully yet gracefully intertwine their weapons of choice on the group's new self-titled album, which you can now stream and purchase below. It was recorded on two-inch tape by Matt Weber.

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Static Mountain Lift Off at Boot & Saddle Nov. 3

Psych-rock quartet Static Mountain lift off from an earthly summit through the upper atmosphere and into the unknown. However, the launch isn’t a rough rocket blast that shakes your core. It’s a smooth venture - harmony-rich that gently spirals into the void, instilling confidence at cruising speed before ratcheting into a heavier gear. Thick, tightly-sprung, heavy grooves propel this long-term expedition, jamming toward a new frontier. Tonight, the launch site is located at Boot & Saddle, where a pair of freshly sprouted local outfits in Cherry and Comb will join the ride, while the joy-inspired, self-described “baby punk” of Boston trio Free Pizza is certain to shake off those workday blues, releasing the tension in an exuberantly loose flourish. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 7:30pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Young Rival drop "Interior Light" LP + play Horseshoe Tavern on 12.17

Last week, Hamilton's indie favorites Young Rival dropped their latest album "Interior Light", and shared the title track. It's their first release since 2012's successful "Stay Young". The new album doesn't stray too far from their signature sound, without sounding like more of the same; oldies melodies over indie rock riffs and soaked in reverb. Somewhat obscure-sounding opener "Carry The Weight" sets the table for a very interesting album. The rhythm is tight and groovy and singer/guitarist Aron D'Alesio has an uncomplicated and cool guitar style throughout. My personal favorites are "Where It's All Going" and "Bent Out Of Shape". The trio are heading out very soon for a full on North American tour with Born Ruffians. They will be at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, December 17th, and at the Casbah in Hamilton December 18th. Don't miss them! - Kris

 
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New Radiator Hospital Split Available for Streaming & Purchase

Radiator Hospital recently dropped their split 7" with UK outfit Martha, who they also just wrapped up an US/UK tour with. You can stream Sam Cook-Parrott and company's side below, and purchase the vinyl via Specialist Subject Records. Their tracks were recorded by Kyle Gilbride (of Wherever Audio/Swearin'). (Photo by John Hanson)

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