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June 2016
Pinkwash
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Solemn resonance slides the door open to “No Real Witness,” the opening track from Pinkwash’s debut album, Collective Sigh. The much-anticipated LP from the prog-punk combination of Joey Doubek and Ashley Arnwine is available via Don Giovanni Records, and takes little time to develop its emotively-charged release, as the unrelenting battering of percussion unites with those eerie key/synth tones, uncorking the aggression. And with a surge, “Metastatic” jumps out with a sense of controlled high-speed rhythm. The guitar riff and percussion weave in a tightly bound flow, giving way in moments to Doubek’s soaring, lingering vocal outcry. The deep stemming personal feel and weight of his lyrics are thrust forward as the instruments smash ahead.
 
The instantaneous groove of “Gumdrop” surrounds you in a steady power-exuding bounce. The kinetic energy is infectious as that locked-in guitar pattern and pummeling snap of percussion mesmerizes, and Doubek delivers a set of serious-toned yet matter-of-factly-delivered lines: “Feeling of going down, shot to the ground, you’ll have to put me down”. Keys slice through that hypnotic attack like a bright, omen-echoing light.
 
The album takes a moment to breathe as “inhale, exhale” is methodically repeated in “Sigh,” while anticipating the foreboding guitar that emerges gradually from the background, with an upper-cutting sledgehammer of sludgy instrumentation. “Walk Forward With My Eyes Closed” - much like the rest of album - appears to hit on the pain and grief of deep and profound loss. That musical push toward coping is surrounded by the encompassing walls of heavy sonics that gather momentum as Doubek musters up strength. “I’ll walk forward with my eyes closed.”
 

With a thunder-smashing yet deeply personal side, Collective Sigh etches its message at the core, transforming the power of grief into a heavy–hitting memorable display of emotion. - Michael Colavita


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The Papers

The Papers (Marie Hahn, Matt Script, and Mike Sportiello) released their latest EP, Anyway, last week. The EP is filled with beautiful harmonies between all three members, lovely aucoustic guitars, and tons of rhythmic percussion.

You can catch The Papers at Throne Room (2831 N Broadway St) with The Root Cause, Jonny Poppas and The New Switcheroo on Saturday, July 19th.

Photography and editing by Maggie Gallagher

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Bestman

Bestman has released a new anthemic single called "Lights". This is the synth-pop group's third single single forming back in 2013. The band is fronted by the talented Brian Clouthier and they are promising a video for "Lights" in the near future.

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Who Is Fluffy?

Who Is Fluffy? has released a new single featuring Prob Cause and James Franco called "Best Friends". The track has a funky downtempo electro beat produced by DJ C.

Fluffy will be performing with Hologram Kizzie, Beasthead, Deuce Funk Monsters and more at Jerry’s Sandwiches (1938 W. Division) at 9pm on Thursday, July 17.

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Counterpunch

The punk rock band Counterpunch is releasing their new album, Brusies, on August 5th via Cyber Tracks. The band recently released the album's first single "Destroyed By Lions". The band is touring Europe all summer.

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Mike Castle

Mike Castle has released his new EP "Everything Gold" on his souncloud page. My favorite track was featured in the trailer below and is called "Stop Playing With My Heart". It is a wonderful mixture '60's pop and lo-fi garage rock.

You can catch Mike Castle at The Hideout on July 19th with The Donkeys and The Sharrows.

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