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Kleptokrat release new EP, play Rose Gold on 7/9

Combining elements of pop, jazz, soul and heavy rock into an appealing progressive mix, Brooklyn's Kleptokrat is a band intent in expanding the parameters of alternative rock. Their newly released sophomore EP “Momentarily, to Grace” boasts five impeccably recorded, genre-twisting tracks. Soulful horns and sweet, jazzy female lead vocals establish the mood on opening song “The Great Leap Forward.” Over the track's four minutes, precise, angular structures give way to floating ambient interludes that merge together with beguiling charm. “Jumping Ship” applies those light and airy vocals to a lyrically dense story of relationships coming undone, punctuated by heavy bass, sax and drums. “Kleptocito” further adds touches of latin rhythms to what becomes an over five minute instrumental tour-de-force. Final cuts “The View at Bethlehem” and “Body in the Room” bring back those engaging, honeyed vocals over alternately dreamy-to-frenzied compositions. The band kicks off their summer tour at Rose Gold on 7/9, followed by a stop in Philly on 7/11. Full tour dates can be found here. - Dave Cromwell

   

Little Arcs July shows, new releases

Little Arcs’ latest release, First One, is a trio of songs with beautiful harmonies and surprising key shifts that work bright and true, every moment of it. It’s clear these folks have an understanding of creative composition and some jazz backgrounds. Little Arcs is for diggers of Whitney, appreciators of Radiohead and lovers of juxtopositions. It’s like if Grizzly Bear was even more chill and included a female vocalist in the mix to lighten the harmonic balance. The band just put out their first cassette, which you can snag at their last show before summer break--July 13th and 14th at their own abode. You can find out the location of these semi-secret shows on their Facebook. It's all high praise, we know. But these folks are a gem and we recommend catching them while they're around. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

New Taiwan Housing Project LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Sub - Language Trustees, the new full-length Taiwan Housing Project album, recently arrived via NYC's ever/never records. The band stirs one’s expectations, commanding as fierce vocals spotlight the distorted, jarring, sonic debris. Explosive, experimental instrumentation rips through the terrain as a perpetual buzz lingers in the atmosphere. Scattered noise remains within earshot, yet an intense rhythmic focus pushes the soundscapes forward with a distinct purpose. (Photo by Rich Wexler)

   

Operator Music Band unveils "Slim Spin" from upcoming full length

Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band pull no punches on new single “Slim Spin,” launching right into a three minute vamp of spring clock percussion, synth jazz chord progressions, and start-stop guitar solos of no wave origins. It’s hard to render the wide-breadth of influences OMB have channeled into this premiere track from their forthcoming album Duo Duo, but the New York quartet has an ear for understanding what distinct genre influences blend mellifluously. This is best demonstrated by the song’s second half, wherein over a repeated, hypnotic vocal line by singer and multi-instrumentalist Dara Hirsch, the group shifts keys seamlessly (and sometimes chromatically), building tension that coalesces in a melodic explosion of wurlitzer synths and sunburnt Fender riffs. It’s but a snippet of Operator Music Band’s penchant for the experimental, and it bodes well for the rest of the outfit’s sophomore record, out September 20th. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Afinca'o “Si Esta Cama Hablara”

Afinca’o released a new sultry single called “Si Esta Cama Hablara” earlier this month. The title roughly translates to "if this bed could talk", and the heat builds from note one.

This is the Salsa band’s third single, first since 2017, since the release of their 2016 album Prepárate.

You can catch Afinca’o on July 5th at Spirit of Music Garden at Grant Park. They will also be performing at Taste of Chicago on July 12th on the Goose Island Stage.