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The ever whelming sounds of Typhoon crash ever the more concisely wild on their latest release, A New Kind of House. The five tracks from this army of a band break slowly across your ears with a not-quite-gentle but definitely-still-fragile sound, starting with just whispers of the song "The Honest Truth", which grows like a battle drum made of glass, shattering into a yell-along choir after the gracious call to arms: "Be kind to all your neighbours because they're just like you and you're nothing special." Horns trace the echo of everyone screaming, fading quickly into "Summer Home", which swells slightly with fadingly crying strings that lead back into more choral harmonies. The whole EP slowly breathes and breaks, shifting between balladesque pianos, weeping strings, and a barrage of brass layered like years of moss trying to hide the ghostly and giant oak it calls home.

A New Kind of House is out on Tender Loving Empire, with a release show to match at Doug Fir this Friday with &&& and Brainstorm! Check out Matt Ross's video for "The Honest Truth" and just try to tell me that you won't be picking up this EP. - Mike Harper


Deep Heaven Now 3 Festival Compilation Available For Free Download


The Deep Heaven Now 3 (DHN3) festival compilation is available for free download! The compilation features 27 tracks by the bands set to perform at the two-day festival taking place April 15 and 16 at PA's Lounge and Precinct Bar in Union Square, Somerville.

Festival creator, Jinsen Liu (of 28 Degrees Taurus) has successfully put on two previous Deep Heaven Now events within the past year. As with the previous two, the festival features a plethora of New England's best psychedelic and ambient bands. In addition to local greats like Roh Delikat, Herbcraft, MMOSS and Guillermo Sexo, DHN3 will feature the reunion of the now-defunct This Car Up. Favorites in the Boston indie rock scene for years, this will be the band's first performance since August 2008!

Also on the bill are a bunch of great acts from around the country such as Alabama psych rock greats The Sunshine Factory, Philadelphia's The Asteroid #4, Virginia's The Diamond Center, and Delaware's heavenly duo, The Sky Drops.

Click here to download the compilation from the DHN3 bandcamp page.

For complete festival information and the schedule, check out the festival's facebook page.

--Chrissy Prisco

Hear Now Live Presents: Ellis Ashbrook, Miss Fairchild, The Doctors Fox, The Rex Complex -- Friday, April 22 at Johnny D's

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On Friday, April 22, Hear Now Live presents The Rex Complex, The Doctors Fox, Miss Fairchild and Ellis Ashbrook live at Johnny D's in Somerville.

9pm The Rex Complex - Originally from Boston, but now residing in Brooklyn, this band is a frantic, loud, energetic experimental outfit that has garnered comparisons to Dirty Projectors.
10pm The Doctors Fox - The Doctors Fox are a Boston band with a hodgepodge of influences, from bluegrass to funk to rock and jazz, among other things. Yet, with all these influences comes a diverse eclectic sound that keeps the audience on their toes.
11pm Miss Fairchild - This 8-piece Boston based band has a unique soundscape that's part funk, part soul, and part 1980's Prince (before he became The Artist Formally Known As…)
12am Ellis Ashbrook - Also originally from Boston, but now Brooklyn-based, this psych/jam/funk band creates a wall of sound that's as fun as it is mind-blowing.

Friday, April 22, 9pm, 21+
Johnny D's
17 Holland St. Somerville (across from Davis T-stop)

--Chrissy Prisco

Hot Tracks Benefit 4/15 w/Leatherbag, Danny Malone, David Wingo + more...

Matt Smith's Austin recording studio Hot Tracks has been forced to relocate, and to help cover costs a superb lineup of local bands (and fans/friends/colleagues of Hot Tracks) are putting on a big, badass show at Club De Ville; in addition to helping out a good local biz, this is a phenomenal way to catch 10 killer local bands in one night. All proceeds go toward the relocation. Friday, 4/15, bands inside and out, including David Wingo (above), Leatherbag, Danny Malone, The Eastern Sea, Wiretree, and many more...full lineup (times TBD): 

Corrina, Corrina
Danny Malone
David Wingo (of Ola Podrida)
The Eastern Sea
The Gary
The Great Nostalgic
My Education
The Pons


Roman à clef Open for Cloud Nothings at JB’s April 6

New Philly starry-eyed pop group Roman à clef are performing an opening set at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band, featuring Ryan Neymeyer and Anne Fredrickson of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, bring along wispy indie sensibilities from their other group to make moody, hazy twee music. They only currently have one demo posted (which you can check out below), but “The Prisoner” shows promise for this fledgling offspring and hopefully this show opening for Cloud Nothings is a sign of more to come. Hope to see you there! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.


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