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Patio’s “Essentials” is essential post-punk listening, play Le Poisson Rouge 12.13

Brooklyn post-punk trio Patio’s debut LP Essentials is an engaging, introspective, and darkly humorous listen. From the sinister bass and spoken-word vocals of opener “Split,” to the self-effacing lyrics of “Boy Scout,” and concluding with an evenhanded examination of the present (and future) on “Legacy Continued,” Patio demonstrate a penchant for idiosyncratic songwriting and energetic, guitar-driven instrumentality. The band’s ability to reconcile the often-discordant nature of their playing with the intensely honest (but hopefully optimistic) lyricism makes Essentials a good album for those craving a down-to-earth, no bullshit rock record. Listen below, and see Patio live on December 13th at Le Poisson Rouge alongside Pile and Gabby’s World.

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Stream Blush FM's minimalistic pop on "Project A," plays Mercury Lounge 12.5

“Pop-adjacent” artist Blush FM’s newest EP Project A is a sparse, at times haunting affair, replete with moody, minimalistic synths and a powerful central vocal performance. It’s the type of release that exudes confidence, one that highlights Blush’s dramatic vox against quietly brooding synthetic swells; the most high-key element of the Project A’s five songs would be a tactile-but-understated 808 that propels the tracks forward, and the occasional hair-raising resonance-heavy synth, which lend additional drama and intrigue the project’s overall sound. Fans of artists like FKA Twigs and SHAED will feel right at home with this extended play; stream single "Move" below, and catch Blush FM at Mercury Lounge on December 5th.

 

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With "Change," Thom Sawyr asks for empathy over gritty, fiery Americana

 On his new single, "Change," singer-songwriter Tasso Smith is mad as hell about the current state of affairs. More specifically: medical industry D.C. lobbyists and the dehumanization that humans are imposed upon due to greed and corporate interest. It's a complex issue that Smith, who goes by the moniker Thom Sawyr, addresses with poignant simplicity over an alternative meets Americana-styled production. "We've been lost for so long/How much before we break and hurt someone," Smith questions, offering an anthemic plea that urges for just a little bit more compassion. 

"Change" follows Smith's debut single "Wishing on the Wind," both of which he'll feature on a still-unannounced EP.  For more information on touring dates, including a December date he's yet to reveal, visit his official website. - Juan Rodríguez

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Dog Petter's "Sucktitude" video is a Tolkien-esque odyssey

New York indie rock duo Dog Petter bill their new video “Sucktitutde” as “what Lord of the Rings would look like if it cost $20 to make,” although one could argue it looks a bit like a poor man’s Skyrim. Soundtracked by noodling guitar lines and predominantly soft vocals, band members Emmitt and Brian embark on an epic voyage through Middle Earth (or the woods of New Jersey), leveling up their stats and befriending a God-like dog along the way. Humorous visuals aside, Dog Petter’s sound is somewhere between the muted repose of bands like Duster and The Antlers and the emotionally explosive elements of northeast emo outfits like Snowing, finding a happy medium between the quiet and cacophonous; watch the video below, and stream their most recent effort Asleep in the Heat here. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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Cherry Hooker - Glam Punks Rockin' The Powder Box Release Party at Bovine 11.30

Fuzzed and Buzzed is releasing a new box set of 7” singles including Toronto glam-punks Cherry Hooker. They have a high energy sound with crunchy guitars and wild vocals. You can see their jaw dropping, dazzling performance at the Bovine Sex Club on Saturday November 30th when they release a brand new track “City Sidewalkin” at The Powder Box Release Party along with Head and Witchrot. Get a feel for their sound with a previously released single “Puddle Deep”. – Kris Gies

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