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New NAH EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Finding what surprisingly feels like the right roads to where punk and hip hop meet, NAH, a.k.a. Mike Kuhns, continually releases jaw-dropping recordings at breakneck speed. You may get a bit bruised and battered with each listen. But it's definitely a good hurt. Take his latest six-track EP Aged for a round or two below! You can also cop it on cassette via Philly's own Ranch Records.





New Career Crooks LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Continuing their longstanding creative collaboration, Wrecking Crew compatriots Zilla Rocca and Small Professor join forces as Career Crooks. Hot on the heels of its companion EP Take What's Coming, the full-length, Good Luck With That (which is available via URBNET), kicks back to a classic 90’s hip hop sound. Embedding true to life details within impassioned, in-the-moment lyricism, further accentuated by cinematically synchronized beats, the album zooms in up close and personal. Assertive aggression met with a coolly, confident demeanor, this hits hard and sticks.





New Music Video: "Listen Close" - The THANGS

Breezy, the new EP and byproduct of their collaboration with Mike Robinson, is a musical field of eclectic electro-funk via The THANGS. In their new video, Robinson creates constantly morphing, celestial montages with an 80’s flair that serve as the visual accompaniment for album opener, “Listen Close”.  Wielding an array of samples/synths, the group toes the threshold between intimacy and strangeness, with darkwave undertones emanating from Robinson's vocals, while still maintaining an undeniable attachment to the groove.





Turtlenecked's 'Vulture' Draws Attention During Tour

On the local front, Harrison Smith has been catching attention for a little while now with the fairly weird art punk he makes as Turtlenecked. Part of one of the most dominant labels of the year, Good Cheer Records, Smith and his latest record Vulture have been the topic of write ups left and right. It's entirely warranted.

They're not just from the publications typically expected. Of course the usual Portland pubs like the weeklies (and now us) had words of praise and critique alike, but some the more nationally known outlets are zeroing in on his new sounds. Stereogum has always been a fan, but Pitchfork's evaluation isn't doing Vulture enough justice. 

Smith released the album halfway through June and has been on tour in support of it ever since. It shows a progression in Smith's abilities as both a songwriter and a composer of powerful avant-art rock, openly coming into his own at the age in between youthful naivety and the beginnings of aging jadedness. Even more, Smith speaks on ills that seem more prevalent in Portland than anywhere else.

On one of Vulture's standout tracks "Meeting You in the Hospital," Smith touches on the ideas of typical white male bullshit and the all too commonly expected desire for the manic pixie dream girl. It's a bitter reality that's present everywhere, but is so true out here that it has become almost like a caricature. For his second "full" album, Smith hit the nail on the head. Hopefully this third is just as pertinent.





Indie Pop powerhouse Yoke Lore releases new EP at Baby's All Right on 7.07

Yoke Lore’s newest EP Goodpain is a triumph of "indie pop persuasion." In a genre cluttered with cookie cutter synths, bubblegum lyrics, and insincerely grandiose choruses, Yoke Lore’s work sets itself apart with its concision. Restraint is the virtue of good music production, and the Brooklyn based artist demonstrates to be familiar with the concept, giving the listener space to "breathe," while still creating memorable tunes enveloped in a charming, abstract aura. His voice soothes, surprises, and soars on this project, showing his range as a songwriter and as an artist. After a series of well received singles, Yoke Lore will be kicking off a summer tour with his EP release show at Baby’s All Right on July 7th. - Lilly Milman, photography by Wes Santos & Alex Gomez

Listen to our favorite track, “World Wings,” streaming below. 

 

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