DIY/Lo-Fi

The Lo-Fi's are tailor-made slacker rock, play Trans-Pecos 7.24

Union City's The Lo-Fi’s embody the type of slacker rock mentality their name suggests, crafting fuzzy, sing-speak narrated vamps tailor made (and fostered by) the northeast DIY scene. Recent single “Rest Assured” embodies these qualities in the best way, finding strength in syncopated vocal lines, tinny percussive beats, and reverbing blue wave riffs, perfect for nonchalant dancing at a basement show, or in my case, dissociating on the L train. Jam it below, and catch their easygoing bops at Trans-Pecos on July 24th, supporting Earth Dad, Ocean Heights, and Pynkie. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

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

 

   

Krust Toons: "Americana" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Americana" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

   

New Under The First Floor Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Below is a new twenty-band compilation from the Under The First Floor podcast, entitled Mixtape Vol 1. It features Deli Philly favorites such as Strawberry Runners, Yowler, Corey Flood, Radiator Hospital, TVO, MINT, and many more rad, fledgling artists. Their performances were laid down on four-track cassette in a basement. "Shitty recordings of bands you should like." All proceeds will be donated to RAICES, "a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees."

   

Simon Garrett's "Dreamworld" is an experimental odyssey, plays Sunnyvale 7.16

Dreamworld, the new LP from Brooklyn-based artist Simon Garrett, spills out onto the canvas like a knocked over can of paint, incorporating smatterings of electronica, breakbeat, and alternative rock throughout the course of its nine distinct tracks. It’s a record that’s hard to pin down, and Garrett seems to like it that way, directly confronting the listener by means of off-kilter percussive segues (“Expalina”), power-pop anthems (“Whole New Shaky”), and bare-bones lofi folk performances (“Last Sunday”). While by no means a thematically cohesive work, Garrett’s penchant for weird, disconcerting sonic textures and drive for experimentation ultimately delivers an album that’s satisfyingly strange, offering an idiosyncratic take on numerous genres from a radically new perspective. Listen below, and catch Simon Garrett on July 16th at Sunnyvale, supporting Racket Man, Tidal Gloom, and Phil and the Osophers. -Connor Beckett McInerney