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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Nightmom departs on August tour

Forget the dads of the day. Nightmom is heading out on an extensive tour following the release of the double single “Domino/Girlswamp” last month – but before you see them live, make sure to download the Providence duo's trippy new singles on Bandcamp for a foggy foray in experimental psychedelic rock. The tour begins and ends in the band’s hometown, but will take them as far as Texas and British Colombia, Canada. Tour dates are still being confirmed, so keep tabs on their Bandcamp page or Facebook for the latest updates. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed) 

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Bishop and Rook, Mutiny on the Microphone to Host Press & Media Meet n' Greet

This coming Tuesday, July 23, Boston music blog Bishop and Rook (in conjunction with Mutiny on the Microphone) will be hosting a local music press & media meet n’ greet at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, MA. The event is scheduled to last from 7-9PM and is FREE. I’ve been told that registration for the event has reached capacity, but you can still sign-up here for the waitlist. For those of you that have already secured your spot, this will certainly be a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Boston-area music press scene. I love seeing events like this pop-up around the city. It’s great knowing that so many people are interested in supporting the awesome local music scene. Commiserating with other people about meeting deadlines and editing content isn’t bad either.

For more information, check out the Bishop and Rook website.

 

-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)
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Grand Cousin celebrates at once farewell and release show at Arlene's (07.27)

“Bands are unstable molecules, bands don’t want to be bands, they want to fly apart. There’s always tension; I think a lot of that’s where the music comes from." You can find these words in the Mishka Shubali feature on our recent Ten Year Anniversary issue, and they certainly hit the nail on the head when applied to CT/NYC based indie pop band Grand Cousin, who find themselves in the peculiar position of celebrating - on the same night - an EP release show and a farewell party. The trio plays an intense brand of pop with folk tinges that's partly reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. Check out the recent video for single 'Oxygen' and - if you dig - enjoy the band's last show at Arlene's on 07.27 

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Pours takes psychedelia to new heights on "Boomcan"

Close your eyes and you might drift away in the cloudy soundscape of “Boomcan,” a song lifted from Pours' self-titled debut LP. On the track, the Vermont duo crafts its own sound by combining chillwave synths, live drums and synth hooks that wouldn’t be out of place in Kid Cudi’s best work. The song was released to Bandcamp on June 25 alongside the similarly trippy, unpredictable “Carry the Oar.” The band is currently crossing the country on tour, but stay tuned to its Facebook page to find out when you can see them next. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Vundabar embarks on ambitious U.S. tour

Boston’s Vundabar is surfin’ the USA with its brand of chilled-out summery rock. After a nearly two-month trek in Europe, the guys will kick off their latest tour with a hometown show at Great Scott in Allston tonight, July 22. New Englanders can also check the band out at Modern Gypsy in Manchester, NH, on July 23; Woodbury Music Shop in Woodbury, CT, on July 24; and The Space in Connecticut on August 8. Or, if you happen to find yourself in Brooklyn, peep them alongside Perennial Reel and Morus Alba on July 27 at Muchmore’s. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

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Boston Calling Announces Blank Canvas Contest

A little over a week ago, the organizers of Boston Calling announced the launch of Blank Canvas, a contest inviting all interested artists to create a concept for a 36 x 60” mural that will then create and put on display during the fall festival session (September 5-7). Five winners will be chosen from the submissions, receiving $1000 cash (including $250 for supplies) and four 3-day VIP tickets to the Boston Calling, in addition to the vast exposure their designs will receive at the festival.


According to a press release, the idea for this contest came about after brainstorming different ways of trying to utilize the talents of all artists (not just musicians) in the activities at Boston Calling. “We are always seeking ways to extend our connection to the community and further celebrate the talents of the people that make Boston, and the entire region vibrant,” says Brian Appel, co-founder of Boston Calling, in the release.  “At this past May’s festival, every time we saw a blank wall, we felt we missed an opportunity to have an artist display their work.”


All interested applicants must submit their designs via an 8.5 x 11” digital document no later than August 5, 2014. A full list of contest rules and regulations--and info about September's concert lineup--can be found here.


-Dan McMahon (@dmcmhn)

 

 

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