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Den "Blackout"

Noise Rock trio Den recently released the first single, "Blackout", from their forthcoming EP "Beyond The Lantern Fire".

This is the work of Adamn Harris, Dylan Piskula, and Ian Piirtola.

   

Aunts crack and sizzle in new EP "The Last Great Place"

BOOM! POW! KABAM! That is how the music of Hartford’s Aunts cracks, and more so in their latest record The Last Great Place. “Open Space” erupts in such fashion that nothing is missing: from the revved-up electric guitars to the classic pop-punk screams that move in unison with the powerful rhythms of the track, all exists vivid as can be. “Canon” brews for a while, very hot and all, as it eventually pours out a furious drum pace sizzling. “Zihuatanejo,” an ode to the band’s last EP, lets the softer side of pop-punk show with sweet hooks that beg you join in. Overall the record is a refreshing listen for all who love this brand of alt-rock worth discovering time and time again; stream “Canon” below for a punchy good time. - Rene Cobar

   

Quality Living soundtracks the good life on “Something Softly Caught Me”

There’s a smattering of genre-influences on Something Softly Caught Me, the new album by north Jersey indie outfit Quality Living, that really don’t make sense on paper, yet congeal over the record’s half-hour runtime to make for an energetic, incredibly fun listen. Namely, the crux of Something lies in Quality Living’s synthesis of slack jawed 90s alternative with the blue tones of late 70s-early 80s jazz rock, making for an LP that modulates between being both fast and loose or deliberate and polished. All this said, it somehow, someway works — Quality Living deliver dissociative wordplay in tandem with grooving Wurlitzer keys (“Pretty down”), and scuzzy guitar-driven ballads suddenly give way for saxophone segues (“Kite Violit”) to create a cohesive piece of work for fans of Stephen Malkmus and Walter Becker alike. Stream it below.

   

Lag "Porous"

Lag has released the lead single, "Porous", from his forthcoming debut album. For this song Lag traveled to LA to work with Theo Karon at Hotel Earth and Ben Babbitt.

This blend of sleepy folk and layers of electronics that leaves wanting more and eagerly awaiting the full album.

   

Brett Naucke & Ryley Walker

Electronic producer Brett Naucke has teamed up Ryley Walker on a new EP called "I am Aware We Do Not Save One Another Very Often". These four tracks feature Walker on acoustic guitar gracefully balanced upon Naucke's atmospheric soundscapes.

Naucke's most recent album was released back in October via Make Noise and is called Electronic Hypnosis Program.