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George Clanton unveils new single, plays at Elsewhere on 08.18

The pastiche of vaporwave and the dozens of spinoff genres that followed illustrates just how quickly the internet will devour musical identities in their entirety. Slowed down samples and retro aesthetics were recycled ad nauseam. However, there exists artists who have disrupted the status quo enough over the past decade that the movement has produced some breathtaking artists. George Clanton aims to be one of those artists. The scope and vision of his newest single “Dumb” reveals just how the formula of vaporwave can be tweaked. Waves of robotic guitar effects churn in the very opening before the vocals emerge, full of a somewhat restrained passion. The outcome is strikingly familiar; it’s reminiscent of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine in how the wall of noise is bluntly beautiful, but the interpretation is entirely its own, full of digitized static and instantaneous crescendos that were ubiquitous in vaporwave’s early days. Utilizing a genre’s ideas in surprising ways is not always easy or successful, yet Clanton’s growth as an artist can be pinned on his aspiration to reshape how listeners hear a sound they may already be familiar with. “Dumb” is the apparent first single off a new album, according to his SoundCloud, and if the rest of his new material is this ambitious, it will be a must listen for 2018. You can stream the single below and catch Clanton perform live at Elsewhere on August 18. - Tucker Pennington


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New Crazy Bull Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Crazy Bull's The Past Is Today is loaded with raunchy riffs, as the quartet’s retrofitted, 70’s heavy psych-blues rock motors toward a collision course with your eardrums. Channeling Leslie West, the band hovers between a hard rock/metal threshold, establishing a groove, and then branching off into extended, escalating, guitar-fueled fire. What maybe starts off as bar blues quickly accelerates into a mystical stratosphere. Crazy Bull will be bringing their raw brand of epic rock 'n' roll to Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday, July 21, supported by Mota and Alms.

New Track: "Be a Light" - Ali Awan

If a temporary summer trip is in order, “Be a Light,” the new single from Ali Awan, could provide the sound. Harmonized vocals fortify the loose, laidback, psych-folk ride. The grit of the guitar strums are smoothed over by the shimmer of keys, as the continuous churn of the rhythm marches onward in a direct, mind-tunneling expanse. He'll be sharing a billing at Johnny Brenda's on Thursday, August 9, with Lightninging and Mesmeric Haze.


A Deli Premiere: "More or Less" by AOTM Monkeys of a Bygone Era

Congratulations are in order for the punchy indie rock three-piece Monkeys of a Bygone Era — the Deli New England’s newest Artist of the Month. Led by Jason Zavala, the quirky group specializes in creating bouncy and infectious jangle rock with a twist and we can’t get enough. Their most recent endeavor is a 3D animated video for the track “More and Less” which, according to the band, “was conceived around the idea of ‘less is more’ being a challenging aspiration to maintain in a world where everyone wants more.” - Lilly Milman, photo by Tim Oxton

Check out an exclusive premiere of the song and accompanying video below.


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