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Dust Moth (These Arms Are Snakes / Minus The Bear) Premieres New Song “Cusp” @ The AV Club 03.7.14

Stream "Cusp" from Dust Moth here!

Following their split 7” with LA’s Aeges released last October, Dust Moth now releases their debut EP, Dragon Mouth. A dense, layered genre-defying statement in six distinct movements. The band is comprised of current & former members of such influential bands as These Arms Are Snakes, Minus The Bear, Undertow, Aeges and XVIII Individual Eyes.

Taking the sound hinted at on their debut single “Toto,” the band has upped the ante for themselves across the board. The songs are deceptively heavy while simultaneously lush with atmosphere, as Irene Barbaric’s haunting croon floats effortlessly above it all. The album spans the emotional spectrum with some moments feeling unbearably morose and others feeling utterly triumphant. Few debut EPs sound this confident, this direct, or this special.

Dragon Mouth was produced, recorded, and mixed by Matt Bayles, who is also a full time member of the band (keys). His resume is no secret, and includes legendary bands such as Isis, Mastodon, Botch, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and many more. It was then sent off to be mastered by Chris Common (Palms, Pelican, The Sword). The album will be released on April 22nd via The Mylene Sheath.

Pours (ex-Man Man / Santigold) Announce Debut s/t Album Out This Spring 02.24.14

Stream new song "Carry The Oar" @ BrooklynVegan.com here!

Pours is a Burlington, VT-based moody psychedelic duo comprised of Bryan Parmelee and Christopher Shar. By combining abstract electronic textures with heavy rhythms and hypnotic melodies they create music that is as sonically diverse as it is accessible, and large enough sounding to be mistaken for more than just a duo.

After years of extensive touring playing bass with Philadelphia art-rockers Man Man and later Santigold, Shar relocated to Burlington and began focusing on drums, where he would eventually meet and join forces with fellow VT transplant, Parmelee. After a few years of playing shows, recording demos, and refining their sound, Pours is preparing to release their self-titled debut LP, an ambitious and sprawling collection of tones and moods brilliantly blended into dense psychedelic tunes anchored with strong pop sensibilities.

The debut Pours release will be available this coming May 2014 on Section Sign Records, the new Burlington-based record label pressing an initial run of 500 copies.

Pours is:
Christopher Shar: drums, bass, samples
Bryan Parmelee: vocals, synths, guitar, samples

ILLUSTRATIONS Premiere New Song “Leave Me” @ Revolvermag.com 02.12.14

In support of their upcoming debut album, "In Vain," out February 25th, San Antonio's punk infused hardcore band ILLUSTRATIONS have premiered their latest track "Leave Me" streaming exclusively at Revolver Magazine's website, Revolvermag.com.  (((LISTEN HERE!)))

"This electric sander to the skull of a song is gloriously unstable; it moves from circle-pit-inciting speed to head-bobbing groove to elephants marching maliciousness, all in under three minutes. This is good shit." - Metal Sucks

"The first few riffs in “Heaven” suggest straight-ahead metallic hardcore of the HM-2 collector’s variety. There’s a big, strutting mosh groove; the guitar and bass seethe with mids; the vocalist sounds like he might not have a tongue. But then, about halfway into the tune, one of the guitarists unexpectedly takes off into delay-pedal melody-land. Good cop/bad cop dynamics are endemic to the meeting points between metal and hardcore, but Illustrations play them more subtly than most. Wise choice." - Invisible Oranges

"In Vain is an onslaught of caustic death metal growls, bonecrushing guitar riffs, and unrelenting percussion; all executed with exemplary punk breeziness." - The Needle Drop

Alden Penner (ex-Clues / The Unicorns) Premieres New Song “Word” @ MTV.com 01.17.14

In support of his upcoming and debut solo album, "EXEGESIS" out February 4th, former Unicorns and Clues founder Alden Penner has premiered the latest track from his forthcoming release, titled "Word," streaming exclusively at MTV.com (((LISTEN HERE!)))

In addition to the new song, Penner is also announcing a series of upcoming Canadian dates, with additional North American tour dates, including appearances at this year's SXSW marathon coming soon.

About Alden Penner:

Alden Penner is a songwriter and musician based in Montreal, Canada and founding member of critically acclaimed bands such as The Unicorns and Clues. His solo recordings and film scoring have been known, cherished and circulated by devoted fans and record labels since the early 2000s.

Penner has been involved in music since his early years growing up in rural Quebec taking piano and flute lessons. He continued with trumpet, percussion and bass guitar in school band after moving to B.C. at age 9, and eventually took up the electric guitar and singing. Some of his first bands started in Campbell River while attending high school and working events in a jazz ensemble with his geography teacher. Alden Penner and Nick Thorburn (Islands) formed the Unicorns out of high school. In 2003, after moving to Montreal, they recorded the widely celebrated Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

Until now, his only formal releases as a solo artist have been a handful of limited-run singles and 2 EP's, with the most recent one being 2013's Precession, 4 songs which received glowing reviews and are featured on his debut album EXEGESIS.

Most of these recordings were started years ago, at home with borrowed equipment and in a studio with friend and Grammy-award winning engineer Mark Lawson. They were brought to completion in late 2013 and early 2014 with the assistance of multimedia artist Laura Crapo, who co-produced the album along with Penner.

Sun & Sail Club Streams Debut Album “Mannequin” @ SPIN.com! 11.12.13

Stream "Mannequin" from Sun & Sail Club exclusively @ SPIN.com here!

"If Queens of the Stone Age called themselves "robot rock," then Vocoder-saturated bandroids Sun and Sail Club are rebooting the '80s-era Transformers cartoon — bright, colorful, heavy as anything. More than meets the eye, this crew — former Kyuss/Obsessed bassist Scott Thomas Reeder and current Fu Manchu members Bob Balch and Scott Reeder — shoots the sludge-bubblegum stoner pop of contemporary bands into the center of Bambaataa's Planet Rock." - SPIN

In support of their upcoming debut album, titled "Mannequin" out November 19th on the band's own Satin Records Recordings, hard rock super-group SUN AND SAIL CLUB have premiered a full stream of their upcoming release exclusively at SPIN.com.

Featuring members Bob Balch of Fu Manchu (guitar / vocoder vocals), Scott Thomas Reeder of Kyuss / The Obsessed (production / bass) and Fu Manchu drummer Scott Reeder, the band describes their sound as being inspired by DEVO, VOIVOD, KRAFTWERK, TORCHE and SLAYER, as much as it’s inspired by ASWAD, JOE PASS and WES MONTGOMERY." Adds frontman Balch, "The riffs are heavy and the vocoder vocals are full of harmonies. I wanted a super heavy groove that would support angelic vocal harmonies. I think we have achieved that."

Blevin Blectum Announces New “Emblem Album” LP Out 12/7 on Aagoo Records 10.23.13

"Blectum shaves beats so razor thin that they lose their bass-ness and become another light, feathery wafer to stack and arrange. She's clinical in her song-making: Every sound, from fuzzy poofs of static to 8-bit bleeps to the reversed violin (Blectum is classically trained), gets examined under her microscope. Each instrument resides in its own glass case, ready for inspection." - Pitchfork

Bevin Kelley/ Blevin Blectum is an electronic music / multimedia composer, performer and sound designer, violinist and veterinary nurse. Her work can be heard in radio plays, electronic toys, theater spaces, film and television scores, advertisements, clubs, concert halls, headphones, and art spaces. Working solo and in collaboration (with Kristin Grace Erickson as Blectum from Blechdom), she has released a dozen or so records since 1998, on labels such as Tigerbeat6, Orthlorng, Phthalo, and Aagoo. Her fifth solo album (as Blevin Blectum) will be released December 7th 2013, on the Aagoo label. She plans to complete her Ph.D in MEME / Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University in May of 2014.

Blevin Blectum is a wordless sonic-world-builder, a sound designer situated precariously on a scaffolding of loosely precise and drastically personal time and structure - a creature of speculative sonic fictions. She has performed 7 / multimedia worldwide since 1998. She also tours and records with her better Blectal half, Kevin Blechdom. Together they form the doubly-troubled entity BLECTUM FROM BLECHDOM. They tied for second prize in 2001, bagging the Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics (Linz, Austria) for their first full-length album The Messy Jesse Fiesta. Blevin Blectum's most recent collaboration is with her brother Kelley Polar, co-producing live radio play science fiction for violin, viola, electronics, voices, and theatrical objects.

Her fifth solo album, EMBLEM ALBUM, released on the effervescent and always- spot-on AAGOO label on December 7th 2013, picks up where her critically acclaimed 2008 release GULAR FLUTTER left off. The Wire magazine (UK) tapped GULAR FLUTTER as one of its top 15 Electronic records of 2008.

"Emblem Album" Track List:
1. Cromis Part 1
2. Cromis Part 2
3. Nanofancier
4. Deathrattlesnake
5. Basically Chunnelled
6. Wrapped in Aw
7. Harpsifloored
8. Goth Botch
9. Manners
10. Sycamore Scarab

Blevin Blectum Live!
Thursday 12/5 @ Granoff Center for the Arts / Brown University (live performance + artist talk)
Saturday 12/7 @ Columbus Theatre / Providence, RI (official release party feat. Blevin Blectum and Blectum from Blechdom sets)

+ More dates coming soon!

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