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September 2015
Advance Base
"Nephew In The Wild

To say an album "returns to form" seems to allude to something being off or missing or in a deformed state in previous releases. With the new album from Advance Base (aka Owen Ashworth), Nephew In The Wild, it is more of a beautiful blending of two "forms". This album could have easily been the first Casiotone for the Painfully Alone album since 2009's Vs. Children. This is a clear return to the sound and storytelling of the Casiotone persona. The album's open track and lead single "Trisha Please Come Home" in the perfect example. Ashworth spins tales of the everyday but tinges of sadness. His stories are sweet and sad, and always fully realized. Musically, the album is filled with familiar sounds from an array of instruments; Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons. All of this, blending with Ashworth's skill, create a perfect late summer and early fall soundtrack.

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Electro-pop duo Smoke Season to grace The Black Cat, 8/27, with infectious dance beats

Need good music for your insatiable dance fix? Look no further than Smoke Season, a Hollywood-based duo specializing in upbeat club grooves and catchy rhythms that cling to the brain like honey to a child’s fingers. Sultry vocals and well-coordinated synthesizers make up the core of their sound, but don’t expect a typical nightclub act; Smoke Season is top-notch. Catch them tonight with King Raam at The Black Cat for only $15, doors at 7:30. -Jonathan Goodwin


Underground pop rockers New Boss open show at 9:30, 9/5, and tease new album out this October

Listening to New Boss is like sending your brain to the beach. Their lo-fi approach is well-executed and carries their sound perfectly, with the right amount of twang and dance beats provided by premium drumming. The melodies are easy to lose oneself in, but they’re hard to leave behind. If you like Yo La Tengo or Belle & Sebastian, you’ll love New Boss, Charlottesville’s premier twee pop outfit. You’ll find them presenting their excellence as the openers for Sleepwalkers and The Dough Rollers at the 9:30 on 9/5 for just $15. Look for the new album Twee Boogie Vol. 1 & 2 this October! -Jonathan Goodwin


Alex Vans & The Hide Away release "Somebody To Lose"

Last April, Alex Vans released the double A 45 "Velocirapture" to much fanfare. Fans had waited a long time for a follow up to Alex's debut album DJ Booth. Luckily for us all, this time we didn't have to wait long for yet another single. "Somebody To Lose" is a favorite at live shows already, but this record cranks up the tempo and intensity. It starts like a power-pop party-rocker and dives right into it's infectious expanding groove. The best part, of course, is the chorus. Sweet and melodic, a contrast to the hard bass-driven verses. The entire record sounds beautiful. Punchy and bright guitars swirl around Alex's smooth vocals. Snappy drums are joined by percussive punctuations and bits of studio laughter, adding a layer of sonic intrigue.

Together with the two tracks on Velocirapture, we have the beginnings of a very ambitious album. None of the three tracks are much alike, tied together only by Alex's voice and skillfull melodic rock. Hopefully we wont have to wait too long for a full length, or at least another single. Check it out on Spotify! And don't miss Alex Vans & The Hide Away playing for The Circus Life Two Year Anniversary Concert at the 9:30 Club on Friday, August 28th   --Natan Press


Baltimore pop-folk septet Haint Blue releases new EP, plays Baltimore Folk Fest, 10/24

Baltimore’s own Haint Blue is back with a beautifully crafted self-titled EP out earlier this month. The seven-strong group artfully amalgamates poppy beats with Americana roots and instruments, producing a sound akin to Shovels & Rope or Avett Brothers, but still apart in its context and tonal shifts. Haint Blue has layers of pain and living in its lyrics, wrapped carefully in cheery beats and twangy harmonics. Grab a copy today and check them out at the Baltimore Folk Fest on 10/24. -Jonathan Goodwin


NOVA-based indie folk group Wylder releases new single, plays in Jammin' Java BOTB finals, 8/21

They’re from Fredericksburg and they sure know how to compile a track. Wylder takes all that is good about indie pop and folk and fuses it into a beautiful, symphonic melody. Their brand new single, Sunstroke, would fit perfectly as part of a movie soundtrack where everything turns out all right in the end. Emulating the sound of greats like The Polyphonic Spree, Wylder’s quality stands out as they’ll compete in the Jammin’ Java battle of the bands finals in Vienna on 8/21. Give them a listen and your support when they take the stage at 8pm! -Jonathan Goodwin



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