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Debut Eliza Edens EP Available for Streaming & Download

Retreat into the solace of nature via Lowlight, the new EP from folk songstress Eliza Edens. Its starter “Matrices” offers a nod and a wink to the Joni Mitchell gem “Woodstock,” preparing one for the musical passage to come. Swept up in feathery, bright, buoyant instrumentation, well-crafted songwriting/melody flourishes. With all proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood, this collection benefits one’s ears and a good cause simultaneously. (Photo by Grace Clark)





Maurice and the Stiff Sisters Thank the Fans

*photo credit: Zim Zimmerman/Light Monkeys

Gratitude is essentially a virtue. It used to be the norm for bands and solo musicians to have a particular hubris about them-a cocky air craving the praise of their fans for oftentimes no reason at all. Thankfully artists aren't as much like that anymore. Power pop quintet Maurice and the Stiff Sisters show this, demonstrating how farther a good relationship with the audience can take you in addition to talent.

The group hasn't been around for very long. In about a year's time since they've been a band they've already played to masses of people, like at the Kenton Street Fair, as well as to pretty varying crowds like patrons of the southeast country bar Landmark Saloon. Maurice and the Stiff Sisters have a type of accessible sound that's easy for all crowds to enjoy. Their power pop is not only delightfully catchy, but also mixes in romantic soulful notes that make them even more lovable. 

Seeing Maurice and the Stiff Sisters is just as enjoyable as listening to them, which in part helped them become one of our June artists of the month. You can catch their next set at the end of July for an ACLU benefit at Dig A Pony, along with Bubblecats and Snowblind Traveler. Until then, enjoy their performance video for "Our Old Haunts" and an adoring acceptance video for their win.





New Haunted Homes EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Haunted Homes just released an EP whose title eerily ushers in the summer. Produced by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler, Séance At The Shore echoes surf-rock optimism, with a foreboding undertow. Despite the murky pretense of alluring keys, one is drawn toward the humid haze. The quintet, along with American Trappist,  are penciled in to support Madalean Gauze’s record release show on Friday, July 21 at Johnny Brenda’s.





NYC Record of the Month: Evolfo - "Last of the Acid Cowboys" + live at PizzaFest tonight (06.22)

Brooklyn-based Evolfo plays garage rock with the sort of heart, grit, and flourishes you'd expect from a group of vinyl store junkies with a massive b-side collection. The band, an ensemble of music school students who originally united (to much acclaim) in Boston, crafts tunes that play like a well-curated list of late 60s-70s cult hits. They've created a reputation for songs that are visceral, infectious, and immediately bewitching, and their most recent release, "Last of the Acid Cowboys," does not disappoint. From the crunch of opening track "Vision of Sin," to the bluesy saunter of "Moon Eclipsed the Sun," the record manages to cover a lot of ground but never relinquishes its too-cool, old-school vibes. Tracks like "Frank the Fiddler" add a swirling, synth-led mystique to the album but the core of the LP is the brash and brazen garage rock fun pulsing throughout it. All in all, Last of the Acid Cowboys is an electric record that puts a much-welcomed twist on revivalism. - Olivia Sisinni





Alt Soul artist Quiet Luke plays Sunnyvale 07.20

New York artist Quiet Luke treks over an interesting array of styles, blending sedated but emotional lyrics that heed to the classic R&B feel, with distorted electronic beats and heavily modulated synth lines accompanied by funky, staccato guitar parts. He released his debut album Beholden last year, which included the energized single “Escapist” (streaming), a track embodying his exploration of modern electronica styles and signature vocals, serving as a bold debut for the young artist. You can see Quiet Luke live at Sunnyvale on July 20st. - Tafari Lemma 

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