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Blake Red "The Darkness"

Blake Red recently released visuals for the latest single, "The Darkness", from her most recent EP, "The Cradle".

The single features a contribution from the legendary musician Nona Hendryx. This is the only track on her EP that Red did not perform all the elements herself.

The EP is filled with powerful lyrics and riffs that would make any '90's Alt Rocker jealous.

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The uneasy lullabies of Furrows' "Fisher King"

The debut full-length set by Furrows, called Fisher King, is basically the folk-rock-baroque-dream-pop version of William Wordsworth’s The Prelude or, Growth of a Poet’s Mind because on this record Mr. Furrows (a.k.a. songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Peter Wagner) stares into a chasm and declares it sublime

Sounds like bullshite, you say? Well, mmmaybe, but I'm sure my high school English teacher would be impressed. Anyway, if you’re looking for a record that’ll help you to achieve a state of mellow euphoria, with more than a hint of longing to throw oneself into the abyss, and with lyrics overflowing with pastoral nature imagery like “shining suns” and stars and mountains and horizons and “skies receding out of sight” and “the sounds of the sea filling the air” and really all that’s missing is the “craggy ridge” that got Wordsworth so hot and bothered—then lucky for you because now you’ve found it. (note: even the word furrow itself refers to "a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plow" so it's nature-adjacent at least)  

Given Fisher King’s immersive yet highly generalized lyrical imagery, it’s easy to let your mind drift away and get lost in the pure essence of the music and, fortunately, that’s where Furrows excels most of all. Assisted by producer Sahil Ansari, this is a record full of cellos and Mellotrons and tense synths and “delay wobbles” and “psychic spaces”—played over bedrock layers of delicately strummed acoustic guitars and gently shimmering electric guitars and a rhythm section (Mr. Wagner's on bass, natch) that somehow maintains a steady beat despite all the sedatives they must’ve ingested before hitting the record button.

And sure, there’s some other bands from the past that have given off a similar eternal-golden-hour-bathed-in-a-meloncholy-glow impression ranging from the Chills to the Shins—but this is the present and Furrows’ music speaks to the present-day widespread state of generalized anxiety masked by numbness. (tho’ don't get me wrong, it’s a beautiful album and you’re allowed to be happy while listening to it, you sick bastard!) Either way...we all need to take the edge off sometimes, no? Rest assured this long-playing rekkid will help you to do just that. But only if you don’t mind an uneasy undertow underneath it all which is, as Mr. Furrows himself puts it on “Grey Cities,” “unseen, but always there.” (Jason Lee)





Glad Rags "All of Them"

Glad Rags have released their debut album called All of Them. This is a powerfully profound collection of songs that explore themes of cancel culture, gendered violence, and how a community heals.

Sonically the group blend disco, soul, funk, and pop into a sound that touches on each decade that is currently seeing a revival, the '70's, '80's, and '90's.

You can catch Glad Rags at the Hideout on November 6th with Living Thing.

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Dan Vapid And The Cheats "Runaway Jane"

Dan Vapid And The Cheats have released the lead single, "Runaway Jane", from their forthcoming album, Escape Velocity, which is out on Nov. 5, 2021 via Eccentric Pop Records.

This is the group's fourth studio album and first single 2019's Three. This is the Pop Punk group led by Dan "Vapid" Schafer who has played in such groups as Screeching Weasel, Riverdales, The Methadones, Sludgeworth, The Mopes, and Noise By Numbers.

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Won't Stay Dead

Gothic Punk group Won't Stay Dead recently released their latest album, Purgatory, via Don't Panic Records.

This is the work of Angelo (Drums), Saffron (Bass/Vocals), Tyler (Guitar), and Violet (Guitar/Vocals).

Photo by Josh Phebus

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