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Weird Hot share cinematic video for “I Was At a Party,” prep for release of new LP

Weird Hot
Weird Hot | photo by David Kain

Weird Hot are set to release their new self-titled record at Johnny Brenda’s on December 19th.  The local “funk noir” six-piece has released a new video for their single “I Was At a Party” in anticipation of the LP, which shows a diabolical cast of characters carrying out a mission that surrounds a silver briefcase.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse share video for “25 Shades” ahead of EP release

Dirty Dollhouse
Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dolllhouse | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

The ladies of local folk trio Dirty Dollhouse have unveiled a video for the title track of their forthcoming debut EP 25 Shades.  The record will be released next Tuesday, December 2nd.

The video, which was directed by Caitlin McCann and features lead vocalist Chelsea Mitchell along with Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait, follows three young women as they struggle with unhelpful and disrespectful partners.

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Hiss Golden Messenger to include World Cafe recording of “Southern Grammar” on new EP

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

After his World Cafe session aired on XPN in October, Hiss Golden Messenger‘s MC Taylor hinted that something else related to those recordings was in the pipeline.  Now the North Carolina-based musician has announced a new vinyl EP called Southern Grammar to follow up this year’s Lateness of Dancers full-length, an effort that will feature the World Cafe performance of the title track.

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BC Camplight shares new video for “Just Because I Love You”

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

With How To Die In the North inching closer and closer to its release date in January, Philly-turned-Manchester musician BC Camplight has shared a new video for album single “Just Because I Love You.”  The clip, directed by Seth Fuller, depicts the aftermath of a break-up in ultra-realistic fashion, from the periodic jolts of awareness to the eventually-regretted impulse decisions.  The song itself is a fantastic piece of soul / pop production, marking a triumphant return to form from Brian Christinzio. Check out the video below.  How To Die In the North is out January 20th on Bella Union.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: St Lucia at The TLA, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer

St Lucia
St Lucia | photo courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn’s St Lucia hits The TLA tonight in support of their 2013 debut When the Night.  The band’s sound is heavy on the sparkle and shimmer, creating a fully-enveloping sonic environment that translates exceptionally well from headphones to a live show.  The Key’s Skye Leppo spoke with frontman Jean-Philip Grobler last week about the record and touring; check it out here and pick up tickets for the all ages show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Boot & Saddle, New Sound Brass Band at Underground Arts, Chuck Prophet at World Cafe Live

Residuels
Residuels | photo via Facebook

Residuels debut their new look as a four-piece tonight at Boot & Saddle. After drummer Pat Troxell dispersed for sunnier days in Georgia with his other band Creepoid earlier this year, frontman Justin Pittney thought the group was put to rest.  But a working relationship with Iggy Pop and some choice advice inspired him to charge on with a new line-up and new album, recorded at Uniform Recording with Jeff Zeigler.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Maligned” below.

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The Ghost In You’s new video for “Singing Sirens” will break your heart

The Ghost In You

The Ghost in You | photo courtesy of the artist

The Ghost In You‘s Billy Pollard not only excels at crafting intimate bedroom songs, he also has a talent for creating animated videos on his Nintendo DS.  In 2011 he made a “flipnote studio” visual for a demo version of his song “Singing Sirens” off of Wet Wood, but just this month fastened the official album cut of the track to video instead.  The clip is reminiscent of The Snowman, showing a lonely snowman looking into a frosted window at a couple snuggling in front of a (presumably) crackling fire.  Watch the video below and get Wet Wood here. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Alvvays, Caroline Rose, The Fleeting Ends and more

Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Alvvays recorded a special live session for this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade.  The Toronto outfit was in town a couple of weeks ago to support its self-titled debut and performed two cuts from the LP along with an unreleased new one called “New Haircut.”  Stream and download the session below.

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