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Nashville indie rockers Khamsin debut "A Brief Look Down"

The four guys of Nashville's Khamsin have smartly and seamlessly combined the atmospheric vastness of guitar-driven indie rock with the passionate and catchy vocals of pop punk on their newest two-song EP, A Brief Look Down. Both "Ferment" and "Gather" show promise for this young band who have an ear for both experimentation and accessibility. Listen to the EP below and catch Khamsin at That 70's House in Nashville on March 23rd! - Chris Thiessen


Spirits of Leo share single “Eden” + play album release show at Tender Trap on 3/22

With its title referencing the biblical world without sin, Brooklyn's Spirits of Leo's new track “Eden” (streaming below) creates a dreampop impression of that earthly temptation garden. Having relocated to Brooklyn from California, the band's creative force Ryan Santos Phillips weaves in a nod to Steinbeck's “East of Eden” as well. However, much like the human struggles in that literary tale, the prevailing focus here is of a paradise lost. Built around a driving bass line, melodic guitar riffs and clearly defined percussion, the vocals cascade in layers that create an atmospheric motion. “I wonder where we're going again” serves as the songs catchiest repeated lyrical refrain providing a glimmer of hope for another chance at paradise. Included on the full-length album “Equinox,” the band will play its release show on March 22 at Tender Trap, with the record available everywhere on the 23rd. - Dave Cromwell

Kellen of Troy is very alive on indie rock debut "Posthumous Release"

Formerly a fiddle player for The Apache Relay, Kellen Wenrich has struck out on his own as Kellen of Troy. His debut full-length Posthumous Release offers self-reflective lyricism through a fusion of indie pop, rock, and folk that draws strongly from the melodic influences of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and occasionally '50s rock & roll, situating Wenrich nicely beside contemporaries Lord Huron and Kurt Vile. Check out the album below and be sure to look out for the next time Kellen of Troy is in town! - Chris Thiessen

BBQ Pope - New Single, Hittin' The Rec Room 03.30

Toronto garage/pysch band BBQ Pope have released a new two song…thing. It’s the “Winters of my Youth” single. This tune is very catchy and still rambunctious as you would expect from BBQ Pope. This 5 minute rocker has many layers that’ll keep you interested the whole time. The accompanying track “Before and After” kind of begins like “I Got You” by Split Enz. This tune has a more relaxed attitude. It’s the kind of tune that makes you feel sad but happy at the same time. Know what I mean? See BBQ Pope at the Rec Room on March 30th with Nobunny and Vypers. – Kris Gies


Lavender Blush brings atmospheric noise rock to Shoegaze Fest (4.15)

One way to describe Lavender Blush is a diamond in the rough soundscape of San Francisco shoegaze. Another, more simple (and perhaps even more meaningful) descriptor is just good. Like their sound, there’s no need for over-complication. This is the type of band that sneaks up on you, that stuns you into a silence with driving guitar parts, fuzzy production, and haunting vocals. The track “Misdirection” (streaming below) is an exercise in the genuine, one that is meant to be listened to over and over again. Lavender Blush will be playing at the EB Shoegaze Fest on April 15th at The Fireside Lounge in Alameda. - Lilly Milman


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