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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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Show Alert: Easy Roscoe Album Release Show at Grimey's 2.19

We covered Easy Roscoe when their album first hit earlier in January. "Keep the Dancin' Dancin'" is a high-spirited album that had a surprising amount of depth beneath it's pop surface. Well, the band is going to be at Grimey's this Thursday for a free album release show. Come out early (6pm) to see the band crank out a few numbers like "Learn to Laugh," then stick around to pick up their debut album. In case you miss Thursday's show, Easy Roscoe has a solid block of March dates coming up: Exit/In 3/9, Soulshine Pizza 3/11, and The End 3/17. Check out website for announcements and the full rundown of their spring shows. -Terra James-Jura

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New Track: "FRIENDS" - Cyberbully Mom Club

Cyberbully Mom Club, the lo-fi project from Shari Heck, has a new and noticeably more polished recording called "FRIENDS." You'll find her backing band on the track for the first time providing crunchy power chords and a steady backbeat, while Heck delivers her usual charming lines like "And I got some friends that I can hold near. But Oh God - I miss the old ones too!" Cyberbully Mom Club has plans to concentrate on writing and recording new material this spring.

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February 2015
Dolly Spartans
"self-titled EP
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartans; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

BUHU

Valentine's is a weird day to release a track, but it kinda makes sense from the strange dudes of BUHU, who use a big ole heart with their name in it as their band logo. BUHU (maybe it stands for "By Us Hug Us?" No idea.) did just that this Feb. 14th with "Daytona Beach," a track of dance-y, weirdkid pop that accompanied the group's announcement of their upcoming Mostly Midwest Tour (April 1-May 15).

BUHU's been on the local radar for their 80s-tinged, future-gazing quirkpop for a bit since releasing their excellent 4-Track Cinemat earlier this year (listenable in its full pop goodness here), and "Daytona Beach" is an indication that they may be turning up the Quality Knob on the avant-garde pop machine even further. This track has a lot of moving parts, like lead vocals that indicate BUHU has a healthy interest in Depeche Mode-era Britpop, backing vocals reminiscent of a cheerleading chant and the sick, bouncing, dance-punk drums that are a standard for BUHU tracks. All of it sits on top of a wall of modern synths and furiously picked guitar, and when it all comes together in the final thirty of the track, it's one of the better pop moments to come out of an Austin band in a long time. Get in on the goods below, and check their tour poster here to take your body to the party physical.

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Busses LP Release Show at JB's Feb. 14

Refined tenacity that purposely explores, navigating through different avenues in a clean, trippy dance and consuming listeners in the process, Dave Brett, Jason Bachman, and Nick Apice, otherwise known as Busses, are set to release their new record Wizard of the Eye on Tuesday, February 17. Tonight, those gathered at Johnny Brenda’s will celebrate the album when the group occupies the middle slot of a bill headlined by Northern Arms and kicked off by Tinmouth. Busses seemed to have mastered their musical vehicle, harnessing a ferocious, spacey nature into focus rather than starting it up and seeing where it decides to go. Though they’re fully capable of drifting, the band always knows that it is in control, and the results are dynamic. With a mesmerizing cascade of vocals in a dimly lit serenading setting providing a spiritual atmosphere, the vast ensemble of Northern Arms gathers steam on their haunting pulpit/stage. With a new album Says scheduled for release next month, melodically loose pop-rock trio Tinmouth get the ball rolling. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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