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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 

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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





Rogozo's dual album is a sonic journey worth taking, performance set for 08.02

Boston's Rogozo has a brand new double record out titled Nine Lives/Eight Lives and boy does it offer an escape from life's asphyxiating routine. The ambiance in the opening track "Nine Lives" alone is enough to relax the brain's neurons and secrete euphoria. The listener can be lost in the suppleness of the string instruments and keys that open the song and lead toward an intriguing marching drum build-up. The song then cascades the mind into a lake of majestic vocal chants, blinding drum fills, and flourishing guitars. The record continues its art-rock flexing to flash stylish guitar solos and Queen-like enthusiasm in its performance. "Animals" in particular is a cross between the most prominent rock forms of the '70s: punk, glam, and psych merge for a riveting experience. "The Psychic" fast-forwards to the '80s for an electro-tune that displays a furious pace, a smooth bassline, and charming vocal harmonies. "Red City" has a lush piano riff that contrasts with the song's aggressive tone. Rogozo has crafted a sonic journey that is deserving of praise, in its execution as much as in its creativity. The Thunder Road Music Club will be hosting Rogozo on Aug 2nd for a performance sure to be a good time. With so many tracks to choose from, we have to go with the pop-punk tinged "Dream" streaming for you below. - Rene Cobar

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