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Listen to Hurt Valley's dusty, sun-dappled debut single "Apartment Houses," sign to Woodsist

Brian Collins doesn't wish anything heinous on any duplicitous friendships. So instead, the rootsy singer-songwriter, who goes by Hurt Valley,  would rather kill them with kindness. "I'm so happy you are leaving/I only want good things for you," Collins jests on his first single "Apartment Houses," keeping his cool over a breezy guitar melody that's pitched halfway between acoustic folk and late-sixties British psychedelia. The dusty, sun-dappled track takes Collins out of the city and into the highway, or at least through his state of mind, learning to move on as he gives himself the space he needs. 

 "Apartment Houses" is the first single off Hurt Valley's debut album Glacial Place, which is due out December 6 via Woodsist. - Juan Rodríguez


Listen to Trends' indie-rock scorcher, "Branches," play two shows in November

On their poignant new single, "Branches," Trends deal with time's ever-changing nature. The surging first single, which started as the lo-fi project of Marina Paiz, considers how we deal with change in our lives, and how the people we care for come in and out of our lives—some we outgrow and others outgrow us. It's a bittersweet feeling that Paiz conveys through the now quartet's powerful blend of shimmering guitar leads and surging choruses. "Time passes me by/ pieces, they flake right off me," she softly sings, following the song's placid ebb and flow before it builds into a driving indie-rock scorcher.

Trends are playing two upcoming shows in the month of November, starting with Harvard & Stone on November 20, followed by The Other Door in North Hollywood on November 27. Check out the video for "Branches" below. - Juan Rodríguez


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On "Cobwebs," Esbie Fonte's doom-laden folk reveals a darker side of her musical personality

On "Cobwebs," Esbie Fonte finds comfort in the darkness of her psyche. Backed by a trip-hop inspired beat, the singer-songwriter (alongside collaborator Peter Tilley) enchants with her cryptic storytelling over an acoustic chord progression—slathered in a grey-hued atmosphere. But there's also a gothic elegance to her seductive delivery, as she conjures doomy folk with an intensity that never fails to captivate—and continues to keep us guessing with her chameleonic musical personality. 

"Cobwebs" is her second single this year following the release of her debut EP, Cemetery Drive. - Juan Rodríguez


Behavior release tense, throbbing new single "Organic," play Zebulon on 10/19

 If you were to mute Behavior's video for their latest single, "Organic," you could easily assume that it's a corporate travel promotion sponsored by the city of Los Angeles. Except that behind the scenic landscapes and glamour shots, the L.A. trio juxtaposes these images with crippling unease—a disconnect they translate in their minimal, throbbing post-punk. Centered around Evan Burrows' circuitous tom-tom hits, vocalist Bedros Yeretzian sets his disaffected, yet oddly sing-speak against Justin Tenney's tight, rumbling bass.

"Organic" is the third single off of Behavior's forthcoming third LP, Spirits & Embellishments, which comes out on October 18 via Post Present Medium. Before they head out on a West Coast tour, catch them their album release show at Zebulon on October 19. - Juan Rodríguez