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The Wolff Sisters release vivid new single, play The Barn 08.03

The Wolff Sisters serve their folk music with a bluesy glaze that brings out the unique flavor of their storytelling. Using vivid imagery, leading basslines, and brilliant acoustic guitar strings Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat Wolff compose tunes rooted in New England’s folk culture. In the group’s latest single “Drive” the steady drumbeat and embellishing electric guitar riffs accompany a sentient vocal delivery that evokes images of nature and a rebellious love. The single is a preview of the group’s upcoming fall album Queendom of Nothing. The Boston-based sisters have a show upcoming at The Barn in Chaplin, Connecticut on August 3rd. We are streaming “Drive” for your listening pleasure below. - Rene Cobar

   

Queen Moo's new record is a tribute to DIY, release show set for 08.25

Faint Sounds of Us Hanging Out is the latest record from Hartford’s Queen Moo, and boy does it intrigue. The album is a lo-fi adventure that gives you the feeling it took place in a bedroom and nowhere else. The instruments have a vivid sound to them: in tracks like “Flinch” electric guitar signals distort and reverberate to unpredictable drum patterns. There are soft piano overtures, trumpet segments, and quirky vocal harmonies, but it is the girt of the production that is most charming. All the vibrancy of the instrumentation has a grainy tinge to it, a real DIY touch. The record places the listener right in the middle of the recording process, hanging out with the band. The album release party is set for August 25th at The State House in New Haven. We are streaming “Periphery” below to get you ready for the show. - Rene Cobar 

   

Folk songstress Evelyn Cormier releases new single, plays Tupelo Music Hall 08.04

This summer has already gifted us some excellent music from New England’s rising talents, one of them being the ever-glowing Evelyn Cormier of New Hampshire. The singer-songwriter’s latest single “Peach Skies” features a vivid acoustic guitar chord progression and ambient sounds that set the stage for string instrument swells, an undulating bassline and Cormier’s sumptuous vocals to shine. The song leads the listener to an atmospheric sonic garden where Cormier’s vocal harmonies and an uplifting piano cadence are its most impressive blooms. Evelyn Cormier is set to perform in New Hampshire at the Tupelo Music Hall on August 4th. The singer-songwriter embraces folk’s most appealing aspects and makes each song her own; we are streaming “Peach Skies” below for you. - Rene Cobar

   

Streetlight Shakers are all-Americana goodness, First Church show set for 08.13

Few bands show the combination of skill and passion that Connecticut's Streetlight Shakers do. The trio uses a simple set-up of drums, keys, and bass to produce full-blown Americana gems. The elegant vocals of Jeff Boratko lead the way past intricate basslines and finely-crafted drum patterns, telling a story easy to relate to, easy to imagine. The band's debut record A Light in the Dark is jam-packed with tunes tailored-made to capture consciousness profoundly: some songs inspiring like "Pull Yourself Together" some cautionary like "Down With the Devil" all demand careful attention. The group's stories seep into the mind and remain there, fermenting till the next listen. The band has a busy month ahead with the next New England show at First Church in West Hartford on August 13th. We are streaming "Brooklyn Bound" to keep your weekend going in style. - Rene Cobar

   

Start the Week Over releases rowdy debut single, plays Outpost 186 08.01

Start the Week Over takes it back to basics with a heavy-handed drum beat, a rowdy bassline and fiery power chords that morph into energetic solos. A welcome throwback to pop punk's glory days, the music of the Boston group has enough lively hymns to elicit images of groups like New Found Glory and Good Charlotte playing to countless screaming fans. While the Warped Tour heyday of beer tents with no line and acrobatic fans may be over, pop-punk music always delights. Start the Week Over's new single "Daisytop" is a reminder that good music doesn't need to be overprocessed, sometimes it just needs to come from the heart. The band will be playing Outpost 186 in Cambridge on August 1st. We are streaming "Daisytop" to get you pumped for the show. - Rene Cobar