Alt Pop

Fat Heaven release "Crybaby" EP, plays secret show on 11.16

Punk rock has taken on a number of forms since it's emergence in the late 70's. While some artists have celebrated its more abrasive aspects, many others embraced the speed and energy while adding melodic elements to it. Brooklyn's Fat Heaven's new two-minute-long single “Crybaby”, with its aggressive and punchy power trio sound, clearly falls within the genre, with the band's penchant for catchy vocal melodies placing them closer to poppier acts like Jimmy Eat World and Green Day. That said, there's certainly enough edge on “Crybaby” to fuel a mosh pit.  The band's lyrics, included on each of the four videos linked to the EP's tracks, indicate thought behind the rhymes. “Suburban Nightmare” doubles-down on that approach with a high-powered lament on the working life. “Never Needed You” provides the perfect break-up song for those who've been in (and then out of) a relationship. Final cut “Fashionista” adds a 50's feel to the progression while calling out style appropriation when it's merely a pose. The band is promoting a live show on 11/16 at a “secret location” (DM them for address). - Dave Cromwell

   

New Music Video: "I Found a Woman" - Scotty

A new video for “I Found a Woman,” featured on Scotty’s latest EP Goodbye, has emerged. Palm trees and gently pulsating, vibrant colors mirror the song's laidback aesthetic. Animated lips mouthing the lyrics and the injection of various strange cartoon characters completes the eccentric set of imagery. It's just the right amount of odd to help brighten your day. Ha...maybe.

   

Gabby's World unveils new album, plays Elsewhere on 11.15

With digital releases dating as far back as 2008, Gabby's World has always been a little more than a side project for Eskimaux's Gabrielle Smith. But the artist decided to make it her main outlet when the previous band name proved controversial for PC reasonsBeast on Beast is the first full length to come out under the new moniker, but still delivers all the goods Ms. Smith has gotten us accustomed to: her delicate melodies, introspective lyrics, and fragile voice. Single Winter Withdraw, streaming below, feels particularly appropriate at this time of year. 
Be ready to catch Gabby's World live at Zone One on November 15 befor she leaves on a US tour with like-minded Philly artist Yowler.

   

Candice Sand - Pop Star/Songwriter's New Video "Just So You Know"

Candice Sand is a pop singer/songwriter originally from Saskatchewan. She is now based in Toronto and has released a brand new music video. “Just So You Know” is a spacious yet thumpin’ pop song full of emotion. It’s actually that spaciousness that in my mind sets this song apart from other songs in this genre. It gives you room to really get into the song and enjoy her voice and lyrics. She has a few performances around the GTA in November and December which you can see here! – Kris Gies

   

Explore Reliant Tom's moody, gritty world on "Bad Orange"

Reliant Tom’s Bad Orange is one of those records that proves art is all in the details. Each of the album’s nine tracks are underscored by sparse, gritty electronic production that feels at once cold and analogue, creating a musical mise-en-scene for powerful vocal performances by vocalist Claire Cuny. Track “Alien” perfectly sets the scene in this regard, with Cuny crooning against electronic drums and brooding bass in a manner similar to that of Trent Reznor or Thom Yorke circa OK Computer, albeit more melodic and less rough around the edges. Overall the entirety of Bad Orange is a moody, cool, and well-produced effort, representing a bold vision for Brooklyn duo’s first full length release. Stream below the video for single Happy Birthday, and the entire record under it. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)