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A Deli Premiere: The Sofas' “Keep Pass Turn Again” from “Chop Water” LP out on 9/14

Emerging out of NYC's psych and noise rock scene, The Sofas premiere their latest single “Keep Pass Turn Again” here today. While the track features an explosive wall of buzzing bees guitars and heavy snare drum, the vocal approach is softer and dreamier.  Lyrics “it is strong – but I feel it when you're not around” are delivered with the cool detachment of J. Mascis on early Dinosaur Jr. records. Sonic breaks between central vocal phrase “burning out” include momentary bursts of chaos along with a well-placed minor chord. “Is this not enough? Enough to keep you waiting?” ushers in a pitch-bendy change, aligning more closely with fellow gazey rockers like Ringo Deathstarr. Extending this segment until the track's end allows the blending of guitars and vocals to provide an ultimately uplifting warmth. The band's full album “Chop Water” was mixed by Bill Skibbe (Protomartyr, The Kills, Blonde Redhead) and will be released by Jurrasic Pop Records on 9/14. -Dave Cromwell





Debut Jesus Piece LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Only Self, the debut full-length album from Jesus Piece, is out now via Southern Lord. An onslaught of quaking rhythm and guttural vocals enter the equation, hitting the senses at a relentless pace. Ominously, unleashing power as one stomps through the terrain, there’s an unforgiving, no-looking-back aesthetic. You can catch the band's record release show this Sunday afternoon at Ortlieb's, where Jesus Piece will be supporting Nicky Palermo's Horror Show, along with Raw Force.





Video Premiere: "Mary Don't Bury Me" - Dominy

Being interrogated under the threat of force in a basement, transported in a trunk, and forced to dig one’s own grave doesn’t sound like the ideal adventure. However, when that scenario comes to fruition as the playful plot of Dominy’s “Mary Don’t Bury Me” video (directed by Bob Sweeney), it’s a reminder that everything doesn’t have to be taken so seriously. The song’s loose, catchy melody and humorous, laidback lyrics put one in a surprisingly pleasant mood. Sometimes, when surrounded by the grimness of the outside world, it’s important to remember that you can always make your own fun. "Mary Don't Bury Me" can be found on the band's new four-song EP Dry Pleather.





Siena Stone Releases Debut Single Freewheeler

It seems to be a truism that the artists hardest to pin down to a prescribed genre are the ones we work hardest to find a slot to add them to. New Zealand artist Siena Stone isn't making this job any easier. With a nod to lush summer jams (Beach House, Cocteau Twins), Stone delivers her latest single "Freewheeler" seemingly relaxed and carefree, but listen a bit more closely, and now you’re hearing a voice wrapped in mystery and intrigue, closer in spirit to evocative '60s/70s singer-songwriters like Warren Zevon and Richard Thompson (the song's title is itself a nod to early Dylan album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan). 'Freewheeler' appears soothing on the surface, but just as often gets lost under a flurry of reverb-soaked, synth-fueled waves, like you’re playing in the ocean, but perhaps have wandered a bit too far from the beach. Stone's work will live on long past the summer, and we're excited about whatever she'll be doing next. Check out 'Freewheeler' below. - Mike Levine (@goldnuggets)





New Track: "Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead" - The Vernes

Produced by Joe Michelini (American Trappist), Maybe I'll Feel Better When I'm Dead, the forthcoming album from The Vernes, is marked for release on September 28. A wistful nostalgia disperses on the record’s title track and lead single. There’s a certain rainy day sadness, as one sifts through memories. Places are the same; the person isn’t. That cathartic, melody-driven walk, even when your stuck in a rut, can be rewarding. You can find The Vernes supporting American Trappist this Saturday, August 25 at Boot & Saddle, along with Carroll.

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