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Dead Native
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Dead Native's self-titled sophomore album has an overall cosmic feel starting with the cover but building through out in the sound. The band blends echoing elements of psych rock, shoegaze, mototik, and pop. There is also a blues under current, but it is toned down from their 2013 debut, Keep It Strange". The adventure on the new album builds through out the tracks, but the most effective cosmic track has to be "Traveling". The 9 minute epic space journey seems built to put anyone into orbit. It is followed up by the one of the heavier tracks, "Clean Kill", that trudges through muddy fields of throbbing guitars. The album closes with an anthemic flourish with "Respite" with all instruments soaring to a close. This may or may not be a concept album, but it does truly feel like a complete listen that was meant to be played track by track. Dead Native's new album will be released on Sept. 2nd.

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The latest LP from Kenny Dennis (aka Serengeti), Kenny Dennis III, is coming out on Nov. 11th via Joyful Noise. This the label released the first single from the LP, the Odd Nosdam produced track "No Beginner".

You can catch Kenny Dennis at Empty Bottle of October 21st with Open Mike Eagle and Jeremiah Jae.

October 10, 2014

Bike Cops released a new track, "Solmon Sundae" from their forthcoming EP, Close Cover, Strike Gently. Their EP will be released on October 21st through Jurassic Pop Records and the band will be touring the east coast leading up to the release.

You can catch Bike Cops tonight (10/10) at Emporium Arcade Bar.

October 10, 2014

David Ashley (JODY) has released his much anticipated solo debut LP, Perfect Dark. The r&b singer produced many of the tracks himself, but the album also features production work from Supreme Cuts and Hawaiian Gardens.

October 10, 2014

Jed Sed released his latest project Trivial Pursuit back in June and has released three entertaining videos since. The latest is for the track "Somewhere Over Durango" late last month.

October 09, 2014

Dann Morr released his latest album, Shouting Into The Wind (Squirrel Trap Records), late last month digitally. Morr has been writing and recording music with various project since the 90's. On this project he is accompanied by The Dashing Bastard Sideshow and brings elements of '90's indie rock and modern songwriting touches.

You can help Morr celebrate the release of his album on October 23rd at The Hideout with Terriers and Phil Angotti.

October 08, 2014

The Element Empire (formerly Manx) is the template for contemporary Alt Rock. They are lead by the power vocals of Jason Sheppard and the anthemic and soaring guitar play of Chris Chamness. The band released their latest EP, CPU, back in July.

You can catch The Element Empire at Elbo Room on October 25th.

October 08, 2014

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