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Natural Velvet offers luscious layers of fuzzy post-punk

"Love is Love/Alien and Strange" croons Baltimore-based Natural Velvet on their latest single, and though the band's sound may be a bit alien and strange itself, we're certainly in love. A post-punk act with a serious dash of psych and noise vibes, Natural Velvet invites listeners down a fuzzy, swirling, spacey, rabit-hole freak out with its thick instrumentals and dark vocals. Check them out for yourself, and stream Natural Velvet's "Love is Love" below. - Olivia Sisinni 

Recluse Raccoon brings their soft psych sounds to The Camel 12/9

While the name Recluse Raccoon may have the sheen of simple children's programing, the Richmond-based three-piece is far from delivering clean, simplistic tunes. Billing themselves as a psychedellic-jazz-pop band, the group is certainly not too shy to serve up angular melodies, but Recluse Racoon's tracks never stray too far from structure--they often root themselves with a soft, driving tom-tom--and create tracks that edge toward experimental, but never feel loose. Maybe what's most striking about the band is the voices--gossamer vocals that border on ghostly create a distinct, ethereal, quality to their songs. With a sound that inspires introspection, the band is definitely our suggestion for your next grey, moody day. You can catch Recluse Raccoon playing The Camel 12/9 with Lightfields, The Wimps and Get in the Car, but in the meantime, stream them below.-Olivia Sisinni

Buzz Alert: Horse Lords offer unpredictable avant-jazz on "Interventions"

 If you want an exercise in controlled chaos, why not look to Baltimore-based Horse Lords? The experimental group lays down frenetic tunes that jam just as much as they threaten to dance themselves off a cliff. Their latest release, Interventions, is a whirlwind of cascading poly-rhythms, textured tones, and devilishly, funky grooves. Horse Lords is currently on a European tour, so hold yourself over until their return by streaming them below.-Olivia Sisinni

Buzz Alert: RadaR crafts indie rock for the dancefloor

With smooth vocals and punchy, danceable riffs punctuated by synths, DC-based RadaR offers infectious indie rock that's guaranteed to grip you on the dancefloor. Featuring soaring hooks, catchy melodies, and an electro-britpop sensibility, the band's music is instantly compelling, but their deeper lyricism offers even more for listeners to engage with beyond a first-blush pass through. Listen to RadaR streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

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Buddhagraph Spaceship lands 11/11 at the Velvet Lounge

Though Buddahgraph Spaceship's sound certainly can feel astral at times, don't be fooled--the band's strong funk sensibility keeps them firmly planted on earth. With tasty basslines, ethereal synths, and infectious grooves, the VA-based group manages to create hip-swinging funk with a prog-y twist. Catch them live at the Velvet Lounge 11/11 with NAH. and Woodgrove, and be sure to tune them in below.-Olivia Sisinni

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