April 15, 2016

Well Kept Things – ‘Homegrown’

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Spring is passing by quickly and everyone is ready for summer. Buffalo-bred Well Kept Things is your perfect dose of summer for the next coming months. Their debut EP, Homegrown, encapsulates all the best parts of summer. Listen to this EP with your windows down on a road trip or while drinking a beer on the porch with your friends, the feelings all the same. Sporting an engrossing indie-pop/punk vibe, Well Kept Things has memorable lyrics, hooks, and straight up fun music to get yourself amped up for the summer months. For friends of I Can See Mountains and Modern Baseball, check out Homegrown on Bandcamp right now. It’s currently “Name Your Price.”

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April 15, 2016

Summer Wars – Acoustic EP

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Stepping away from their raw, energy-infused pop-punk sensibility, Summer Wars starts 2016 with Acoustic EP, an acoustic version of their debut EP, Better Days. Full disclosure: I listened to the acoustic EP before the debut EP, however, I feel confident in knowing both of them quite well now.

Acoustic pop-punk is always a mixed bag. It can come off brilliantly and add more depth to their original counterparts or be a piss-poor rendition that feels phoned in. Thankfully Summer Wars falls into the former category. (more…)

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April 5, 2016

The Other Stars – We Were Kids

a2046092919_10One of the latest signings to pop-punk/indie label Take This To Heart Records is The Other Stars from Worcester, MA. Their debut EP, We Were Kids is set to be released on April 29, 2016.

Right off the bat it’s easy to get hooked into the opener, “You Looked Better At the Party.” Sprinkled with clever lyrics and husky vocals, comparisons will be drawn with Modern Baseball’s earlier work and it’s easy to see why. Don’t get too invested in this comparison though, The Other Stars distinguish themselves thoroughly throughout the EP. (more…)

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April 1, 2016

Lobby Boxer – ‘Big Bucks’

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Every now and then you get the strangest group of guys that get put together to make the gnarliest music. Lobby Boxer hails from St. Louis and has released an absolutely dazzling debut LP, Big Bucks. While they are not defined by a single genre, they have compiled a variety of sublime guitar riffs, rick-rolling drums, and quirky vocals to boot. Big Bucks is available on Bandcamp and is “Name Your Price” right now. Don’t skip out on this.

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