new releases

ISSUE #59 / May 9, 2019


Shlomo Franklin / Aptl 16 / Shlomo Franklin

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A striking full-length debut from the New York-based singer/songwriter Shlomo Franklin, Apt. 16 is as reflective as music can get. Raised as Hasidic without exposure to the overwhelming pop culture reality most of us wade through daily, Franklin’s tunes have an untouched innocence that makes his experiences all the more affecting.


Empath / Active Listening: Night on Earth / Get Better

Philly post-rockers Empath have a loose and chaotic style that they bring in full force on full-length debut Active Listening: Night on Earth.


L7 / Scatter The Rats / Blackheart


A perfect return to form from the ‘90s legends who haven’t put out a proper studio record in twenty years! Scatter The Rats is the epitome of the L7 sound. Screeching guitars, propulsive beats, and Donita Sparks’ ever-present howl. Welcome back to the grunge-infused rock ‘n’ roll of L7!  

The Metro is hosting them with opener Le Butcherettes on May 21st! Tix are $26.50.


Protomartyr / No Passion All Technique (Reissue) / Domino

We’ve waited years to get our hands on this long out-of-print debut record from one-of-a-kind Detroit rockers Protomartyr. Now you can hear how it all started with No Passion All Technique.

They are opening for ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead at Logan Auditorium with local noise rockers Melkbelly starting things off on May 16th. Tix are $22 - $25.


Pile / Green and Gray / Exploding In Sound


Pile continues to put out some of the most interesting post-rock out there. Green and Gray is the Boston quartet’s seventh record in only twelve years. A rather steady pace considering most musicians output these days.  

Pile will be visiting the Subterranean on May 31st. Tix are $15. And at Do Division Fest that weekend.


Ten Tonnes / Ten Tonnes / Warner

22-year-old phenom Ethan Barnett is Ten Tonnes. His self-titled debut is an old school rock record in all the right ways.

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The Felice Brothers / Undress / Yep Roc

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An overtly political record, Undress comes from upstate NY folk rockers The Felice Brothers, and it’s as entertaining as albums get.


At Mission Dolores / Last Night Outside Her Apartment / Factotum

These Canadian indie rockers’ third record takes a cool and calm approach to the chaos of the world. At Mission Dolores takes their time, patiently building the atmospheric jewel that is Last Night Outside Her Apartment.

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Mexico City Blondes / Blush / Burger

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Hazy guitars and soft drums, with soft electronic and keyboard melodies, L.A. duo, Mexico City Blondes releases 12-track album, Blush, a different kind of collaborative style between singer Allie Thompson and guitarist Greg Doscher. With a variety of instrumentally calming songs and Thompson’s transcendence vocals such as, “Addido,” “Crimson,” and “Planet Caravan,” this duo is anything but a typical experimental band.



Ordinary Elephant / Honest / Ordinary Elephant

Husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore have done it again as folk duo Ordinary Elephant. A stirring and evocative record, Honest is everything you could hope for from the accomplished performers.

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Rising Appalachia / Leylines / Rising Appalachia

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Fronted by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, Rising Appalachia has been a force in the roots music scene for years now, and Leylines is another fantastic brick in their wall of accomplishments.


Kedr Livanskiy / Your Need / 2MR

Russian for “Lebanese Cedar,” Kedr Livanskiy is Yana Kedrina and the Moscow producer and singer has returned with another solid effort in Your Need.

She is hitting up the Empty Bottle on July 2nd. Tix are $10.

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Lily & Horn Horse and Banny Grove / 4 Partners Road / Nicey

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4 Partners Road is a split album from L.A. artists Lily & Horn Horse and Banny Grove who switch off two tracks sets producing an odd dichotomy that strangely fits together as a cohesive whole.


Drahla / Useless Coordinates / Captured Tracks

The deep and dark recesses of life are captured by Leeds, UK trio Drahla on Useless Coordinates.



Unwed Sailor / Heavy Age / Jonathan Ford  

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Unwed Sailor is one of those journeyman bands that has called many cities home, including Chicago. Now settled back in Tulsa, the instrumental post-rockers produced Heavy Age, an excellent record that flows through its hour run time with ease.  


Ruby Fields  / Permanent Hermit / Ruby Fields

“Average chick,” reads Ruby Fields’ bio, but we assure you there is nothing average about Permanent Hermit. The Sydney-based indie rocker hits all the right buttons with her debut LP.

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Truth Club / Not An Exit / Tiny Engines

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Yet another amazing debut from this week comes from Raleigh post-rockers Truth Club. Not An Exit is immediate, raw, and downright post-rock magic.


An Horse / Modern Air / Lamo-O

Australian indie rock duo An Horse has returned after eight years without a record with Modern Air, and they have not lost one single step.

They are coming to Subterranean on May 24th, opening for Camp Cope. Tix are $18.


other notable releases

The Dream Syndicate / These Times / The Dream Syndicate , Anti
The Cali 80’s “Paisley Underground” heros are set for a two night stand at The Hideout of May 31st and June 1. Both of which are Sold Out.

Caroline Spence / Mint Condition / Rounder , Concord
The Nashville singer/songwriter is visiting Schubas on May 19th. Tix are $10 (12 doors).

Johnny Lloyd / Next Episode Starts in 15 Seconds / Xtra Mile

Barrie / Happy To Be Here / Winspear

Sleep Talk / Everything In Colour / UNFD

Flamingods / Levitation / Flamingods

Versing / 10000 / Hardly Art

Saint Agnes / Welcome to Silvertown / Death Or Glory Gang

Pheeyownah / Silver / Labrador

Combo Chimbita / Ahomale / Anti
The NYC psych experimentalists are coming to the Empty Bottle on July 8th. Tix are $12.

Wy / Softie / Beatnik Creative

Donovan Woods / The Other Way / Meant Well

Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi / there is no Other / Nonesuch , WEA
Uncomparable in every way, these two are coming to City Winery on October 26th and 27th. Tix are $50 -$65. (27th is sold out).

George Winston / Restless Wind / Dancing Cat

Allen Tate / In The Waves / Allen Tate , Sleep Well

SYML / SYML / SYML , Nettwerk

A Certain Ratio / acr:box / A Certain Ratio , Mute

Bobby Oroza / This Love / Big Crown

Clara Sanabras / Fugue to the Floating World / Smudged Discs

Feverwar / Piss Poor / Revival

Ardent Sons / No More Than This / Wonndertaker

Drinker / Fragments / B3SCI

Florida Man / Tropical Depression / Spartan

Hamish Anderson / Out of My Head / Hamish Anderson

Jesse Mac Cormak / Now / Secret City

Patience / Dizzy Spells / Winona

John Southworth / Miracle in the Night / The Angel

Dead Bars / Regulars / A-F

Lucy Spraggan / Today Was a Good Day / Lucy Spraggan , Cooking Vinyl

Laura Misch / Lonely CIty / Laura Misch

Little May  /Blame My Body / Dew Process , Universal

Crazy P / Age of the Ego / Walk Don’t Walk

Blaze Ryan / Demons / Blaze Ryan

Sunbeam Sound Machine / Goodness Gracious / Dot Dash

ASOMVEL / World Shaker / Heavy Psych

Snow Ghosts / A Quiet Ritual / Houndstooth

Ishmael Ensemble / A State of Flow / Seven Songs

Caterina Barbieri / Ecstatic Computation / Editions Mego

Sara Trunzo / Dirigo Attitude / Sara Trunzo

Matthew Milia / Alone at St. Hugo / Sitcom Universe
This Detroit sing/songwriter is visiting Sleeping Village on May 31st. Tix are $5.

Joy Williams / Front Porch / Sensibility , Thirty Tigers

Passenger / Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All / Black Crow

Anderson East / Alive In Tennessee / Elektra , WEA , Warner
He is headlining the Saturday night of Taste Of Randolph on June 15th!

Editors / The Blanck Mass Session / Editors , Play It Again Sam

Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul / Summer of Sorcery / Wicked Cool , Universal

Vampire Weekend / Father of the Bride / Spring Snow , Columbia , Sony
The pop rock wonders are visiting Northerly Island on June 16th. Tix are $26.50 and up.  

Johnny Shines / The Blues Came Falling Down (Live 1993) / Omnivore