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Matt Maratea debuts funky new single "Can't Make It Up," MGM Live performance set for 07.12

West Springfield, Massachusetts is bumping to the latest single from their very own surging hip-hop star Matt Maratea. "Can't Make It Up" revs up a deliciously funky guitar riff that then blasts off alongside a pounding bass for a dance groove that enkindles Maratea's already captivating flow, abundant with charisma. The production by Tantu and Danny EB is squeaky clean, showcasing the producers' ability to layer harmonies in such an organized way that they create an entrancing atmosphere for the mind to escape to and a sonic spectacle that commands the body surrender unconditionally. The brand new single incorporates just enough pop and funk elements to create a viscous hip-hop hybrid track too sweet to ignore. Matt Maratea will be taking the MGM Springfield Stage by storm on July 12th, and we got "Can't Make It Up" streaming below in anticipation. - Rene Cobar

   

Stacey Kelleher creates an alt-pop atmosphere too rich to forget, plays ONCE 07.10

You can easily get lost within the thick dream-pop atmosphere of Boston’s Stacey Kelleher: the Berklee College of Music graduate has a habit of immersing listeners into her music with sensual layers of acoustic guitars, epic synth swells, and hazy vocal harmonies. Her self-titled debut album last year showcased the singer/songwriter’s ability to take prominent alt-pop elements and blend them with hints of British blues for a mix entirely of her own. Kelleher seems equally comfortable behind an acoustic guitar as she is at the vocal helm of a grand pop music production, the confidence appears to stem from her songwriting which is intimate in nature but passionate in delivery. Stacey Kelleher is bringing that duality to ONCE in Somerville on July 10th, and it should be a great time. We are streaming “All I See” in anticipation below. - Rene Cobar

   

CAZADOR invites listeners into its turbulent world with new single "Skeleton Crew," plays Middle East 09.07

Boston's CAZADOR is a vivid symbol of everything that has made progressive rock a nearly religious listening experience for so many: the band uses ear-piercing guitar riffs, break-neck pace changes, ambient sounds, and intense vocals to stimulate all senses, to possess souls. The band's latest single "Skeleton Crew" showcases the group's tendency to mix up its viscera-shaking breakdowns with psychedelic atmospheric stretches that are a nod to progressive rock's genesis bands like Pink Floyd and Yes. The single is part of the band's upcoming record Failure to Thrive, due out July 12th. For progressive rock and metal zealots, the single is a promise of a record that deserves praise, recognition for its commitment to the modernization of the sometimes obscure genre. We are streaming "Skeleton Crew" below in anticipation of the new album and the band's upcoming show at Middle East on September 7th. - Rene Cobar

   

Biggie Da Don shares his story of triumph in latest single "Don Talk"

A calm piano overture ushers in a powerful beat that accompanies the opening stanzas of "Don Talk," the latest single from Boston's Biggie Da Don, verses that are heavy with personal revelations, hints of defiance, and flames of passion released. The ever-active rapper continues to shake out one fertile track after the next, with "Don Talk" being his first single of the summer. Biggie Da Don's gruff vocals in the song help him establish an authoritative tone that clarifies his confessions for people to listen to, disclosures that reveal his street experiences and personal struggles, his eventual triumph over them. Vulnerability may not be hip-hop's current market product, but it is a sorely missed part of the game where some of the best tracks live. Biggie Da Don is not afraid to spit his truth, and "Don Talk" is a prime example of that. Enjoy the single streaming for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

Tripp Lullaby's "Bundles of Joys" is an alternative-sounding spatial distortion, 30th-anniversary show 07.12

The men of Tripp Lullaby are in the middle of a time warp, an alternative-sounding spatial distortion: the band's 1990 recordings have been unearthed, remixed and remastered by Duane Trower for 2019 audiences looking to peek at New England's alt-rock beginnings. Tripp Lullaby was and still is based in Cape Cod, MA. The band's scene, nearly thirty years ago, included groups with names readers here may recognize such as The Freeze and Green Day. Bundles of Joys is the band's trip down memory lane, and it is loaded with classic punk beats, post-rock guitar flourishes, raw vocals, and now a luscious glaze of nostalgia. The band's compilation of tapes is indeed a time relic that gifts listeners an intimate experience with an alternative group that was then being defined by the seismic changes of the music world around them, by the winds of the sonic storm of grunge fast approaching. The band is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a record release show at Devil's Purse Brewing Company in South Dennis, MA on July 12th. We are streaming "Reality Sucks" for you below. - Rene Cobar