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By Mandy McGee

Wilmington, Delaware’s Teen Men has a new video, an EP and they are going on a mini tour with Work Drugs. Teen Men are Catharine (a photographer), Albert (a filmmaker, who has done videos for Spinto Band and Ra Ra Riot), and Nick and Joe (from Spinto Band). They mix synth, samples and ambient tones in perfect crafted pop songs. Live they have a projector with interactive visuals.

I am posting their newest video as well as another video from a month or so ago that I didn’t around to posting for you. Their EP is free for download on their Bandcamp til the 19th of April and if you are on the east coast check out one of their shows; they are opening for Work Drugs.

http://teenmen.bandcamp.com/
TOUR:
Apr 11 Boot and Saddle Philadelphia, PA
Apr 12 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY
Apr 16 Bug Jar Rochester, NY
Apr 17 Rumba Cafe Columbus, OH
Apr 18 Underground Lounge Chicago, IL
Apr 19 The Basement Nashville, TN

By Mandy McGee

I haven’t shared new music in a while because I have been incredibly busy and then I took a much need vacation. I am back in the game and excited to share things with you!

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(Photo by Mandy McGee)

Plumerai is a dark dream pop band from Boston, MA who has just released a video for the song “13” off their album MondegreenVocalist Eliza Brown dominates with her sweet jazzy voice in this track leaving you wanting more. The whole album is definitely worth a listen which you can get at their bandcamp.

Plumerai’s Next show is December 20th at Parkside Lounge in New York City.

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(Photo by Mandy McGee)

Teen Men is a brand new band out of Delaware comprised of Joe Hobson and Nick Krill from Spinto Band and visual artists Catharine Maloney, a photographer, and Albert Birney, a filmmaker (who has made videos for Spinto Band, Generationals and Ra Ra Riot). They have a great vibrant sound blending electronic samples and ambient accents. Seeing the band live is where it gets more interesting because they use a synchronized video projection that is interactive. If you get the chance to see this band live please do so. It will blow your mind. In the mean time keep up to date with Teen Men as they are working on their first album. Here is the video for “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)” featuring Sylvio.

You can see Teen Men on these next few dates:
December 7th at the Shop in Pittsburgh, PA
December 14th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA
January 17th at Current Gallery in Baltimore, MD 

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(Photo by Matt Gaye)

Philadelphia’s psych rock band Needle Points have released their new album, Bom Tugangu, on bandcamp which you can get as a digital download or vinyl. Here is a video they released a month ago for the song "I Drink Rainfalls" off the new album.

You can catch them next at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia on December 12th.

Austin, TX based psych pop band Tele Novella have added a new song to their bandcamp and a new video. Watch the new lo-fi whimsical video for "No Excalibur"

On November 27th they are playing with the amazing Girl in a Coma at Backstage Live in San Antonio, TX.

By Mandy McGee

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The Lone Bellow did a video shoot for “Teach Me To Know” with Paste Magazine and Sennheiser USA at Newport Folk Festival

Amazon is also selling The Lone Bellow album for only $5 for a limited time. Click the picture link below to purchase it.

By Mandy McGee

Brian Langan is a musician from Philadelphia, PA. He is more than a musician, he is witty, a true artist and a sex bomb! I was able to catch is fun, witty side in this interview. I highly recommend checking out his numerous projects and see how artistic and sexy he is. Brian really is an amazing musician and has a fabulous voice. HA!

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(Photo by Jason Riedmiller)

Mandy: For our readers pleasure who is Brian Langan in a nutshell?

Brian: It’s very tight and dark, it gets hot, real friggin hot!

Mandy: You are in a bunch of different music projects, can you describe them?

Brian: I play fuzzed out loud bass and do some singing about cosmic shit in Needle Points which an experiment in street level boogie.

I play ripper guitar and sing in Sweatheart which a dress up band that kinda sounds like 80’s party movie rock.

I play guitar and LEAD SING in Langor which i guess you’d call my solo project. 60’s fantasy pop/rock type stuff.

I also play dumb guitar and sing in Kock107 a classic rock band in the vein of Foreigner, Bryan Adams and Thin Lizzy. We’re a very sexy band!

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By Mandy McGee

Here is a quick rundown of a few bands I recommend you checking out.

(Photo by Dylan Gordon)

Giant Drag is calling it quits but not before a few new videos surface. Here is one that Annie Hardy did recently for he song “90210”.

You can buy the last Giant Drag album (ever) Waking Up Is Hard To Do on Annie’s Bandcamp. Follow Annie Hardy and the Psychos and Full Psycho Records.

Austin, TX based indie pop band Tele Novella has only a couple of songs up on their soundcloud now but just wait til November…more will be up along with a new vinyl to purchase. You can follow them on twitter or facebook to get updates. Here is a small list of November shows coming up around TX. 

November 9th -Houston- Mango’s
November 10th - San Antonio-Hi Tone’s
November 11th - Denton-Macaroni Island
November 12th - Austin-Hotel Vegas
November 13th - Dallas-The Crown and Harp

Here is a neat video I found filmed by Jim Bailey of Tele Novella performing “Hair of the Dog” at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento, CA on 5-28-13.

(Photo take from the band’s facebook, credit unknown)

The experimental psych band from Philadelphia Needle Points released this gem recently. This is for the song “I Drink Rainfall”. Don’t forget to keep up to date with Needle Points

NEEDLE POINTS from Matt Gaye on Vimeo.

By Nico Ami

imageMishkin Fitzgerald reminds me of so many things: Fiona Apple, Depeche Mode, Regina Spektor, Evanescence, Nicole Blackman, A soulful singer in a slinky dress standing in a too-smokey bar in the 1940s, a depth of sadness that seems almost impenetrable, and a person that seems so fragile that they just might stab you if they get hurt one more time.

Suffice to say, Present Company is a wonderful and incredibly emotionally charged solo album from the lead singer of Birdeatsbaby. The album transitions from softened piano ballads, to dark-wave/early ‘00 alternative blends, to acoustic lamenting ballads. Her voice is spectacular, mournful and wistful, hitting beautiful high notes or dredging down to something slightly grittier. 

Each track has its own very different feel, which both helped and hurt this album. On a song by song basis, this is one of the better albums I’ve heard this year, and definitely was unexpectedly intense. Her lyrics are simple and straightforward in a way that makes them incredibly impactful. You want to sing along to these songs. As an album, the track order really felt disjointed. The songs didn’t seem to flow into one another, leading to something I really wanted to put on random, rather than listen beginning to end.

Every genre she touches on (indie, dark-wave, folk, borderline industrial, pop) she manages deftly. She puts her own spin on each style. She took the best from so many genres and made it her own, in a way that only an incredibly talented musician really can. All in all, this album is more than worth a listen. And when you decide that there are one or two tracks that require being on repeat for the next few days.. You’re welcome.
 
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By Mandy McGee

Hanson is going on tour for their new album, Anthem. They always put on a fantastic show (I have seen them 36 times…go ahead and make fun of me now and get it over with). Anthem is a step away from their last album, Shout It Out, with more aggressive sounds and heavy rock riffs. You can still tell how influenced they are by blues and 50s-60’s rock and roll. I know their live show will still be amazing and a lot of fun. Check them out near you!

They are touring through the end of the year. I have posted only September dates. Go to their website for the full list.

  • Sep 02 Bethlehem, PA-Sands Bethlehem Event Center
  • Sep 04 Richmond VA-The National
  • Sep 06 London, ON, CANADA-Western District Fair
  • Sep 08 Atlanta GA-Variety Playhouse
  • Sep 09 Birmingham AL-Workplay Theatre
  • Sep 10 Nashville TN-Wildhorse Saloon
  • Sep 11 Memphis TN-Minglewood Hall
  • Sep 12 New Orleans LA-House of Blues
  • Sep 15 Austin TX-Antones
  • Sep 16 Dallas TX-House of Blues
  • Sep 17 Albuquerque NM-Kimo Theater
  • Sep 18 Denver CO-Bluebird
  • Sep 20 Salt Lake City, UT-The Depot
  • Sep 21 Las Vegas NV-Fremont Country Club
  • Sep 22 Tucson AZ-Rialto
  • Sep 24 San Diego CA-House of Blues
  • Sep 25 Anaheim CA-House of Blues
  • Sep 26 Los Angeles CA-House of Blues
  • Sep 28 Portland OR-Aladdin
  • Sep 30 Seattle WA-Neumos

By Mandy McGee

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Fredericksburg, VA noise-pop band Ceremony put out a limited edition tape cassette single on Moon Sounds records. You can purchase a copy and receive a digital download along with it. It comes with two tracks, “I Want to Kiss” (which will be on the upcoming Ceremony album Distance) and “Down On Me”. Go to Moon Sounds Bandcamp to get this amazing limited edition cassette, their are only 100 copies. Take a listen to more tracks from Ceremony on their soundcloud

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Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) recently released a new album, Paracosm. It is full of synth, psychedlic pluses and warm reverb. I have had this album on repeat. Paracosm is an any time of the day chill-wave album. Here is the video for the single “Don’t Give Up”. Washed Out is currently on tour; don’t miss a live show. You can also purchase the new album via Sub Pop.

By Mandy McGee

Philly song/songwriter Gretchen Lohse released a new video for her song Being Still. It is dreamy and makes me miss east coast winters (in theory…I hate being cold). You should go and take a listen to her other songs. Her music makes me feel relaxed and happy.

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By Mandy McGee

A couple of Fridays ago I went to see Vibragun’s CD release show that also included Happy Hallows and Nightmare Air. This was such a fantastic show. Each band rock it out and the sound was amazing. It took place at Seattle’s Chop Suey in Capitol Hill. I took a ton of pictures and some video but I have yet to have time to process it. I wanted to share these bands with you in the meantime.

Vibragun opened the night up with the best show I have seen from them. The sound was amazing and and Joel and Amber’s vocals were dreamy, especially when Amber sung alone; I love boy/girl harmonies. They have added a new song on their soundcloud from their S/T album. Take a listen to this fantastic fuzz filled noise pop band from Seattle, Wa. If you ever get a chance to see them live you should go; I promise they will not disappoint you. Keep up to date with them via their facebook.

The Happy Hollows are a LA trio that delivers heavy fuzz mixed with modern rock and a post-punk feel. I really enjoyed watching the lead singer, Sarah Negahdari, rock out and thrash around on stage. This band gave a lot of energy and were very dancable. They have been touring with Nightmare Air along the west coast in support of their new album, Amethyst. Give a listen to the video below and check out their facebook.

Nightmare Air closed out the night with an amazing performance. Crazy lighting and thrashing around the stage. This band incorporates heavy fuzz driven bass and psych noise, boy/girl harmonies and power rock into one of the best live performances I have seen in a long time. They are from LA and are touring for the release of their debut album, High In Lazers. One of the things that made me so excited for this band is Dave Dupuis from the shoe gaze band Film School. This band is highly, highly recommended; especially as a live show. Keep up to date on their facebook page.

By Mandy McGee

Here are some new releases to check out!

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Seattle based indie rock band, The Purrs, just released their new album, The Boy With Astronaut Eyes. With it, they released two new videos. Watch one of them below for the song “The Promises We Made.” You can buy their album on bandcamp and get updates on their facebook.

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(Photo via Facebook, credit unknown)

Another Seattle based band, Friends and Family Band, did a kickstarter recently to help fund their first album, “Happy, Good Looking, and In Love.” I think the indie pop band is amazing and very talented and you should watch this video for the song “Vanilla,” (which isn’t on the album but still a great song). You can buy their album on bandcamp and keep up with updates on their website. Friends and Family band also have a live radio event coming up in August on KEXP. Check it out!

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(Photo by Patrick Surace)

Los Angeles experimental dark cabaret band Stolen Babies has recently released their first album, Naught, in 6 years, and just finished a massive tour. Watch the video for the song “Second Sleep” below. It is dark, creepy and oh so amazing! Buy their stuff on merch connection and get updates on their website.

I hope you enjoyed the music I picked. Until next time.

Hugs and 8bit kisses!

By Mandy McGee

I found a few lovely gems for you on this glorious Monday. Here are a few bands who have released brand new music videos. 

First up we have We Are The Physics. A punk rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who center around themes of science (mostly)! Because….SCIENCE!!! This is their newest video for the song Goran Ivanisevic. 

Check them out for more music and info on their official website

Piney Gir, Kansas born and living in London, roles out the sweet 60’s sugar pop in this new video. It is also complete with a B-Horror movie plot….vampires in the sun though? Still cute and fun. 

Want more Piney Gir?

Last for today is a new amazing animated video from Spinto Band. I have posted several articles on this band in the past. Spinto Band is a DIY band from Delaware with catchy pop songs. They always have awesome videos and most of them are made by Albert Birney with other Spinto collaborators. Check out this video for the song for Amy + Jen. It was made with Mario Paint, green screen video, and it is 80stastic!

Stay up to date with what is going down at Spinto HQ.

By Mandy McGee

VIBRAGUN

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(Photo by Eric Foster)

This Seattle based dreampop band released a new song that is now up on their soundcloud. I have to say that this is my favourite song by them thus far. It is also the best recording I have heard as well. I am friends with the band and see them often live but this one song has made me very excited to hear more new material and see where they go from here. I booked one of their first shows over a year ago and in this short amount of time they have grown so much as a band. Vibragun on facebook!

SPOTLIGHT KID

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(Photo via facebook, credit unknown)

This UK band knows how to bring you layers of boy/girl vocals drowned in distortion, fuzzy guitars, reverb, and a wall of noisy dreampop. Spotlight Kid debuted in 2011 with “Crystal Dreams” EP and released “Disaster Tourist” in October of 2012. I am just now discovering them and am totally hooked on their sound. It has the right amount of hook, dreaminess and melodies for me to swoon. I highly recommend this band. Get more info on their website and facebook and buy their albums

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS

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(Photo via Robi’s facebook)

Last for today, but not least by any means, is a new video from A Place to Bury Strangers. Robi Gonzales, the drummer, posted this video yesterday and it may not seem like the typical APTBS video because it is so silly, but I know these guys and this is more their personality. This video reminds me of how much I love these guys. I have known Oliver for a long time and it is great to see him pretty much being himself. I love this song and could not stop laughing at the ridiculousness of this video. APTBS FTW!!!

By Mandy McGee

So I am starting Music Mondays now. Since I am in love with music so much and that is mostly what I write about having a specific day for me to tell you about some awesome music I have found makes things better. I will still talk about music in other posts but there is so much music to share I will be able to share a bunch in one post on a specific day. I will be starting a “Mixtape” article too where I share a small personal playlist with you to enjoy.

Make sense? It does to me….just go with it. 

So I am starting this first Music Monday with a few musicians I have been listening to a lot lately. 

GRETCHEN LOHSE
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(Photo by Jason Paul Stewart at Kettle Pot Tracks)

First up is Gretchen Lohse a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA. Her music is haunting, distant and illusionary. It makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale or some far off peaceful place that only exists in dreams. You can listen to some of her music on her soundcloud and follow her on facebook

Here is a video of Gretchen with Thomas Hughes of Spinto Band.

THE LONE BELLOW
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If you haven’t heard of The Lone Bellow yet then you should now. I was happy to see that my friend and his wife making it in an amazing country band. This isn’t modern alternative country stuff, this is soulful, old school, Nashville country folk but from Brooklyn, NY. I was very excited to get to see them live in Richmond this past April while I was visiting town. I had never gotten the chance to meet my friend’s wife and I hadn’t seen my friend, Jason, since I moved to Seattle over 8 years ago. I had no idea how big the band had gotten since I first heard about them. They have a massive following in such a short time. The album is amazing and they rock it live. They have fabulous harmonies and great musical chemistry. You can check out a couple of videos I took of the band at the Richmond show on our youtube channel. Bellow is their newest video. Get more info and buy their music on their website.

ALLIE COY

(Photo and EP Artwork by Mandy McGee)

Lastly is Seattle transplant Allie Coy. A few months back she released her first EP that was recorded by a mutual friend, Cory Holland, and artwork done by me. She is a singer-songwriter, wizard, and part mermaid. Allie’s sweet voice and sugary pop acoustic songs are perfect for a sunshiny day….in Seattle wee don’t get many of those so it’s just perfect whenever. Maybe a road trip or while cleaning the house. Allie Coy is just adorable! You can see the videos she posts (some originals and some covers) on her youtube channel, follow her on facebook, and buy her music (her EP is only $3!). Check out one of her videos recorded in her home with a special appearance from her cat.

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By Mandy McGee

So instead of the “Things we saw today” we are changing the name to something artsy like “Stars Before Dusk.” Don’t blame me for it, blame our writer Jason. HA. It won’t be a daily thing but it is a way for us to lump a few tid bits we find to show you that won’t get a full article (Yet). 

Since I love music so much…dun dun dun… this is a music article. No surprise there!

Starting off with Psychic Twin. They just released a 7” on Polyvinyl. I wrote up an article on their first song released, “Strangers,” and here is the video for “Dream State.”

Think Joan Jett, The Runaways, The Slits, The Donnas, Sleater-Kinney…. are you thinking about it? Good! Now watch this video! It is Lisa Doll and the RNR Romance kicking butt in Baltimore, MD. I suggest you keep up to date with them because I believe they are going somewhere. I did an interview with Lisa Doll a ways back about her and her art and tattoo career. Now she is the lead singer of a touring garage punk band. 

It’s looking like I am talking about the kick as females in music. Here is La Luz from Seattle. They are an all girl surf rock band and they recently did a live performance on KEXP. Here is that full performance. 

That is it for “Stars Before Dusk” today. Until next time.