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Birthing Hips get meta and weird in “Internet” music video

Noise-punk quartet Birthing Hips bamboozled the Boston underground music scene in October by announcing a tape release show that would act as their final live performance. Birthing Hips gained notoriety in the DIY music circuit for their chaotic live performances and quirky charm, winning over fans of hardcore, indie rock, noise-punk, and avant-garde. Last week, the band released an obscurely jarring music video for the song “Internet”, off of their newest album Urge to Merge, released digitally on November 17th. Check out the video below. -Charley Ruddell

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Record of the Month: Sandcatchers - See them at Berlin on Mondays in December

If, when faced with the prospect of listening to world music, you can't help but going "meh" (it's a shared prejudice!) you owe it to yourself to check out Brooklyn's Sandcatchers, both live (they are currently holding a Monday residency at Berlin) and on record. In sophomore LP "What We Found Along the Way" this quartet manage to effortlessly assemble tracks that blend middle eastern influences with Americana, post rock and noise rock as well. Based on an impossible time signature (what's that, a 9/4 tempo?), streamiing single Flees Fast Singing is groovy, tense and unpredictable. A lot of their repertoire is softer, like opening track Sky Stirs (which betrays folky pasts) or favorite Drop Stars Like Memories, but the band seems to catch fire whenever the BPM revs up, like in Washed and Wild, where a twangy distorted lap steel and an oud compete for attention on top of a breakneck fast paced rhythm section. The group is composed of veteran musicians, and you can hear it in the top notch execution, which - as so rarely happens - is matched by a sound that is as original as it's entertaining. Don't miss the next performance at Berlin on Monday 12.11. - PDG





Free jazz outfit Sudden Duo release compelling debut album “Frontier”

Sudden Duo, a Boston based free jazz/experimental project, is a collaboration between Dylan Sherry on saxophones and electronics and Chris Southiere on drums. The duo’s debut album Frontier is a minimal and abstract approach jazz, with little to no harmonic accompaniment to Sherry’s lone horn. The “freedom” of Frontier is refreshing; the inherent confines of harmonic chord structures are nonexistent, which allows Sherry and Southiere to have a healthy and honest pursuit towards both everything and nothing, and whatever is in between. Frontier, in all of it’s imaginative and compelling space, is like listening to the great Albert Ayler sit in on a Sun Ra drum track. -Charley Ruddell

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Spooky and the Bear drop new EP, "So Long Ago," plays Epistrophy on 12.17

NYC's Spooky and the Bear is a dark-synth/ambient duo, with a penchant for surprisingly catchy tunes. The group just dropped their first multi-track release, "So Long Ago," an EP that marries beatmaker Marco Dianese's sometimes-trippy-always-engaging beats with Nina Varner's smoky vocals. The result is 5 tracks of offbeat electro-dance pop. Stream "Water" off the new EP below and see them live at Nolita's Epistrophy on December 17th. - Olivia Sisinni





New Tim Motzer Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Beyond any astral imagery, space can be understood as the context in which creation happens. This concept plays a key role in the music of Tim Motzer, whose spontaneity and undulating harmony swells in the realms of ambient music, while retaining a presence that acts as a grounding force. Motzer’s newest album, titled “Soak,” was released on his own 1K Recordings label, and was captured during a live performance for Stockton University’s radio station WLFR. The recordings are mostly ambient sound structures, interwoven with bright guitars, not unlike Brian Eno and Robert Fripp’s album Evening Star. You can catch Motzer performing in his band Orion Tango on Sunday, December 17 at Ortlieb’s. - Josh Kelly

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