Garage

Loud Boyz 7" release show!

Loud Boyz is finally releasing a 7" this Saturday, January 10th, at Comet Ping Pong! The single includes the songs Hard Feelings and 4 the Ladies, and can be pre-ordered at Cricket Cemetery.

Loud Boyz will be joined by DC garage/surf heartthrobs Shark Week, who are preparing the highly anticipated album, Beach Fuzz, for 2015 (check out lead single "Desire"). This is a super lineup, featuring two of DC's hottest bands, poised for national success, on one stage, and not to be missed. Saturday, January 10th, @ Comet Ping Pong. 10PM. $12. --Natan Press

   

Sports Coach releases 2nd EP, plays Tuesday in Boston

Just a few weeks after releasing his debut, Hit The Showers, Sports Coach is back with another EP, Grab Your Balls and Get On The Court. This time around the NFL sound bites are sent to the bench but coach’s lo-fi charm remains the same and even a little hazier.  Several tracks suggest a poor performance on the field or court, but Sports Coach always tries to make it sound positive, as a good coach would. Coach sums it up quite well: “Poetry is dumb, no muscles needed."

-Hayden Karnitz, @hkarnutz

Sports Coach performs Tuesday at Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA, with The Deli's artist of the month, Nathan Ventura.

   

New video for Paperhaus' "Cairo"

 DC's Paperhaus are ramping up for their first full length release early next year. Shortly after returning from a tour of the east coast, they dropped their first single, "Cairo," and have just released it's companion video. Directed by Nigel Lyons (who's been doing some amazing work for the best bands in the local scene), the video channels booth the energy and excitement of Paperhaus' live show, and the vivid colors and vibrant tones of the band's recordings. These masters of DC's current DIY scene are set to dominate the national stage. Catch them locally while you still can at The Black Cat on October 13th, and DC9 on October 23rd--Natan Press

   

Wanted Man's "Slow and Steady" video.

 DC's hottest band Wanted Man have released a video for their garage-rock blitz "Slow and Steady." Ahahaha! It's funny 'cause the title is misleading. I know you have less than two minutes to check out the video below, recorded at DC's house of houses The Paperhaus. When does this album drop? I need it. --Natan Press

   

The Milkstains preview new album Broken Bones

 Richmond's The Milkstains put up a preview stream of their new album Broken Bones (officially due September 4th). I knew I liked this band already, but this album surpasses expectations, seemingly running down a checklist of my favorite sounds and styles. Every track makes me love them more.

"La Adelita" is an expertly crafted surf instrumental, psyching the listener up for what's to come. "Sidewalk" is Replacementsy pop-rock, as engaging as that description can suggest. "Let Us Down" is an 80's proto-indie rocker, ferocious and meek, strong and sweet. "Caroline O'Keeffe" is some wacky low-fi garage version of Leiber/Stoller pop (with a blistering guitar solo). "Carrion Crow" is the desert and death, heat and haze, all gritty and sexy, like the loners and rebels your mom warned you about. "Heart of Mine" is a straightforward garage stomper, pounding drums and kinetic guitar-work. "Invisible Friends" is more dynamic garage with clever psychedelia conjured by the all analog studio. "Heavy Water" is the appropriate name for the next song; another instrumental surf track, but truly heavy, deep, crushing guitars. "Sonic Kick" fools you at the start with another heavy growling tone out of the bass, but turns immediately into a sweet and smooth indie-rocker, with shimmering guitars playing anthemic hooks. All too soon the album ends on title-track "Broken Bones," an even more anthemic indie-rocker with room to jam on some noise, like a combo of early 90's Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr., riding waves of electricity, blazing through hooks, into Siamese Dream-like walls of sound.

Broken Bones is a triumph of non-stop excitement, head-shaking goodness, taste and ambition. It's like a shrine to analog sound and psychedelia, collecting iconography from 60's surf to 90's alt-rock, and everything in between. The Milkstains aren't copycats however. They channel an energy all their own through each song, a growling tiger ready to pounce from beneath each track, and harness their musicianship and the skills of their producers to create a seemless passionate journey.  

You can catch them next at Richmond's Fall Line Fest, where they'll have the first solid copies of the album for sale. Get this album, however you can. --Natan Press