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November 2013
Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

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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Amplified Heat

Brotherly love can make or break a band…unless y’all are actually brothers, than in that case you are stuck together for life. Amplified Heat fits into the latter category. Made up of a trio of brothers, Jim, Gian and Chris Ortiz, Amplified Heat know how to play that hard and gritty rock and roll. A throwback to the heavy psychedelic rock of Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the brothers Ortiz have studied the best but put their Texas attitude front and center. Check out their Facebook to keep posted on upcoming shows. -Allison Mayoral


Feather-Bright Releases Self Titled Album

San Francisco based self proclaimed "moon rock" band, Feather-Bright has released their debut self titled album today. The album's sound is full and bellowing and encompasses the pretty voice of lead singer, Carly Patterson. The space folk sound which includes the lovely addition of a cello that brings a great layer of atmosphere and character to the music. Feather-Bright has put out a satisfying record and you should check it out.

If you like The Decemberists, Cat Power and other other-worldly sounding electro acoustic bands, you'll dig Feather-Bright.


Loose Leaves

The new Waukegan trio Loose Leaves released their debut EP, A Fever Ache, last week. The recording is a little raw, but they show a lot of potential.


NYC Soul Artist on the rise: Oyinda plays Baby's All Right on 11.15

Quite surprisingly, in the last decade Soul music has become one of the most experimented genres in NYC and beyond. Snubbed by most of the creative musicians for decades, Soul is now, probably for the first time, something that's not immediately associated with mainstream. Raised in London and currently based in NYC, Oyinda is an emerging Nigerian soul singer songwriter and producer who is pushing the genre's envelop in a very personal, dark, borderline experimental direction. Single "What Still Remains" (streaming) features a sparse but bold production, where buzzy, at times distorted synths challenge her impressive vocals in volume, building a moody atmosphere that defies the genre's redemptive tendencies. Don't miss her show at Baby's All Right on Saturday 11.15 with Tei Shi and Yumi Zouma.


Hot Guts Opening for Dream Police at Underground Arts Nov. 11

Hot Guts, which features the combination of Wes Russell and Shari Vari (Void Vision), continue to travel down their dark and winding path of music with the band relying more heavily on drum-machine beats and elongated synth notes cutting through them. The group just released its first LP as a duo yesterday, entitled Wilds, via Avant! Records. And tonight, they’ll welcome its inception in Underground Arts recently renovated Black Box alongside fellow locals Harsh Vibes, where metal and noise meet LSD. The bands will also be playing host to Dream Police, which is made up of members of The Men, and Brooklyn’s Honey. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $12, All Ages - Alexis V.



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