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Perspective, a lovely hand to hold previews new record with explosive single

Nashua, New Hampshire's Perspective, a lovely hand to hold has us excited for the release of its full-length record Lousy on September 27th. "Subject to Change" is the second single off the album and it presents a deceptively super-charged preview heavy on distortion, just right on the dynamics, and fierce as hell. The song's combination of indie and math-rock is doused with grunge fuel, and it sure explodes in the culminating breakdowns. The band is keeping the spirit of rock 'n' roll alive and very well, with sick drum fills and no reservations. Fresh off a performance at ONCE in Somerville expect some autumn dates after the record's release. We are streaming "Subject to Change" for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

Chelsey Meyer releases deeply-layered single "Your Mind Amazes Me (Shots!)"

We are keeping with today’s indie-pop theme by presenting to you the music of Boston’s Chelsey Meyer. The singer-songwriter’s voice is a quick shot of endorphins to the brain, a light to dissipate the gloomiest of thoughts. Despite having a tinge of DIY to it, Chelsey’s latest single “Your Mind Amazes Me (Shots!)” has a sophistication to it that is undeniable. The song’s chipper vocal inflections and grandiose instrumentation are almost theatrical in delivery: piano leads, a warm bassline, and Meyer’s vocal range tell a great story in full performance. The track is a mass collaboration that Chelsey is grateful for; they should all be proud for they have delivered New England a solid tune to forget the world for a while. We are streaming the new single below. - Rene Cobar

   

The Q-Tip Bandits debut with upbeat single, play Thunder Road Music Club 09.19

Helping you set an upbeat mood for your weekend is “Willow” the debut single from Boston’s The Q-Tip Bandits. The new song is an indie-pop delight that is generously sprinkled with jazz/soul elements creating a number fit for your worst and best moods: it is a smile-inducing jam all the way through. The gorgeous trumpet swells, crystal-clear guitar strums, groovy bassline, and lively-poetic vocals are Young the Giant meets your new favorite jazz group. The drumbeat is steady and smooth; the harmonies are delicately shaped; what more do you want? The band has a performance set for Thunder Road Music Club in Somerville on September 19th. We are streaming the debut single here for your weekend ignition. - Rene Cobar

   

Fault sets a fierce pace in latest pop-punk single "KIDS"

New Bedford’s Fault opens up its latest single “KIDS” with a furious pace that captures the listener’s attention quickly. The song’s dynamic guitar riffs and acrobatic drum fills create a high-speed sonic pathway for the fierce lead vocals of Sandra Cardoso, summoning the best elements of pop-punk music. The breakdowns and choruses in the song are the mosh-anthems that are oh so sorely missed in contemporary music today; long live 2003! The group is super-charged having just finished a string of shows at home. With members from New Bedford and Providence in the band, there is no doubt New England will hear much more from this group soon. We are streaming “KIDS” below to get a head start. - Rene Cobar

   

Amanda Palmer debuts provocative music video for "Drowning in the Sound"

Boston’s Amanda Palmer released There Will Be No Intermission back in March, of the twenty tracks on the record “Drowning in the Sound” always stood above them all. The sharp orchestral changes led by disjointed piano strains provide the canvas for Palmer to paint inconvenient portraits of society with her lyrics. Amanda tackles tough subjects like abortion, climate change, and today’s political whirlwind of division with both sophistication and a much-needed crudeness. The music video for the single is a dance movement spectacle of the turmoil within. Beautifully orchestrated by Coco Karol and directed by Michael Pope, the “Drowning in the Sound” music video is an elegant portrayal of inner turbulence in the face of difficult and personal decisions. The video begs to be viewed and felt with the same intensity it was created; it is art the way art should always be: provocative. We are streaming the music video for “Drowning in the Sound” below. - Rene Cobar