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PREMIERE: Brush's "Teenage Time Machine" is ambivalent rock for uncertain times

“All these plans, in God’s hands, what do they mean?” It’s with this uneasy question that New York slacker rock outfit Brush begin their new EP, Teenage Time Machine, indicative of the cautious worldview the band embodies over the course of the releases’s five tunes. Trudging drum beats, melodic, gain-heavy guitar lines, and a slack-jawed vocal delivery immediately conjure associations with 90s genre progenitors such as Pavement and Silver Jews, but Brush carve out a space of their own through of-the-times lyricism that embodies our contemporary cultural zeitgeist. They’re equally comfortable posing existential quandaries as they are reminiscing on love and life, pivoting from the uncertain queries of title track opener “Teenage Time Machine” to sunny, melodic riffs on tracks like “Brian” and closer “Chelsea,” a feedback-heavy drive that concludes this extended play on a high note. Regardless of Brush’s ambivalence about the present, they won’t hesitate to describe things as they see them, marching confidently into an unwritten and terrifying future; it is that sincerity that will define Teenage Time Machine as one of 2019’s standout local releases. Stream the EP here, and watch their new music video below. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

New Forms debut raucous record "I don't want to live my life again"

Sore vocal cords, odd time signatures, and math-rock sonic corridors that lead to destructive instrumentals are all part of the norm for Chester, New Hampshire's New Forms. The group's latest album, I don’t want to live my life again, is a collection of post-hardcore tunes that are fast and furious. "Fortunato" viciously splits between thunderous noise and intricate electric guitar melodies in true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde fashion. "Spirals" descends with finesse into moshpit-fueling insanity that is as cathartic as you want it to be. Where tracks like "Ember Twin" embrace the mighty spirit of screamo, other songs like "[Redacted]" surprise with their tough-atmospheric sounds. New Forms embrace the type of crushing sound you are glad to get hit with at home, or inside the pit. Stream "Spirals" below and drop into the post-hardcore madness. - Rene Cobar, Photo by Kyle Musser

   

Bay Babes: Tricycle Records Releases Compilation Vol. 9

Our friends at Tricycle Records released their 9th compilation album this month featuring a whole lotta women that we dig on. There’s Kendra McKinley, whose “Asleep in Winter” showcases her connective and empathetic lyrics in funky pop with looping pedal work (Performed by Kendra McKinley, recorded and mixed by Scott McDowell at the Henry Miller Memorial Library).

We dig on Micropixie’s “Dark Sight of the Moon,” with its Pink Floyd inspirations and the powerful push against modern day politics on the home front and beyond. It’s electro psych pop dripping with social justice narratives. If you haven't caught it yet, check out her video for "Como Minimo," shot at our beloved Lovejoy's Tea Room in San Francisco. 

Another favorite is Beckylin and Her Druthers with “You Ain’t Woman Enough”…to take my man. Damn straight. A nice and exciting find for any country fans. Beckylin and Her Druthers are bluegrass and twangin’ and powerfully sassy. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Lightning Bug returns with sophomore LP “October Song,” plays Trans-Pecos 11.24

Audrey Kang made waves in 2015 with cult debut LP Floaters, a lush, indietronic project replete with tactile guitars, dissonant electronic keys, and lurid songwriting. Kang returned earlier this year with a full band for Lightning Bug’s sophomore effort, October Song, further delivering off-kilter earworms and killer experimental indie pop. Title track “October Song, pt. ii” is a cool demonstration of the outfit’s penchant for soft, melodious songwriting and synth-driven, easy-going grooves; stream it below, and catch Lightning Bug on November 24th at Trans-Pecos, supporting Bethlehem Steel, Ben Seretan, and Sinai Vessel. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Shallow Waves - Noisy Garage Rock Release Party at The Cameron House 11.22

Shallow Waves combine elements of surf, pysch and garage for a wonderfully noisy sound. This Toronto band sounds like they are shattering their amps on the latest single “Dust”. This track appears on their album “Parallel States of Consciousness”. It is an in-your-face stoner track that’ll take you for a ride around your mind. They are hosting a release party for this album on November 22nd at Cameron House along with Psychic Void, Wave of Terror and Dark Trip. – Kris Gies