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new music: Birch

Birch, “Halfway”

electropop/folky/indie pop in the vein of Metric and Chvrches with 60s girl-band vocals. invigorating, infectious and catchy. Michelle Birsky graduated from college with a music composition degree and moved to Brooklyn. She worked at a commercial music house, music supervising an indie film and interned with film composer Elliot Goldenthal. In August of 2014, Birsky went on a two-week solo, silent retreat to her parent’s house in Vermont where she began working on songs for Birch’s debut.

who:

singer/songwriter Michelle Birsky
bassist Mat Towles on bass
guitarist Emma Munger

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The Halfway EP is available for download on August 28.

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new music: Mophono; Positive No

Mophono, “VL Mono”

do you want to feel like you’re in a video game? distorted beats and persistent blips and beats mesmerize and pulsate on this simultaneously futuristic and retro release from Bay Area native Mophono. His Facebook page lists these genres: Dirt Wave, Thug Jazz, Riot Funk, Psyche Madness, Musique Concrète. I prefer the latter two.

Mophono’s EP M.O.3 is out on DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Positive No, “Pedal Through”

indie rock. very 90s. sweet, wistful vocals and blurred guitar. Positive No is: songwriter/guitarist Kenny Powers; singer Tracy Wilson [90s post hardcore band Dahlia Seed]; bassist Sadie Powers [Richmond’s synth-pop group Dead Fame] and drummer James O’Neill [Snowy Owls, Plain Scrap]. debut album Glossa [Negative Fun / Little Black Cloud] out September 18th.

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music preview: Wolf Alice at The Middle East Wednesday August 5, 2015

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I adore this band so much right now. Along the lines of Curve and Throwing Muses, this is gorgeous indie guitar rock with dark swirling melodies and a female vocalist. Simultaneously haunting and brazen with spidery guitar and hard bass, Wolf Alice cuts all angles. I found out about Wolf Alice from DJ Dan O’Connell on XFM London—the benefits of listening to a London radio station at the gym etal. In June, the North London band released its debut album, My Love Is Cool [Dirty Hit/RCA Records].

The fourpiece is currently on tour in the states and will be playing my birthday [happy birthday to me!]– Wednesday August 5 2015– at The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge, Mass.

who:

Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar)
Joff Oddie (guitars, vocals)
Theo Ellis (bass)
Joel Amey (drums)

TOUR DATES:

Wednesday August 5
Middle East (Downstairs)
Cambridge, Mass.

Thursday, August 6
The Hollow
Albany, NY

Saturday, August 8
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, Calif.

Tuesday, August 11
Hawthorne Theatre
Portland, Ore.

Wednesday, August 12
Neumo’s
Seattle, Wash.

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