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Pet Cheetah injects some groove into new track “Open Up”

Pet Cheetah | via petcheetahmusic.bandcamp.com
Pet Cheetah | via petcheetahmusic.bandcamp.com

Unconventional four-piece Pet Cheetah just put out their 2nd ever single “Open Up”. Their blend of upbeat indie rock and folk instrumentation comes together in foot-tapping fashion, as “Open Up” takes 5-minutes to dance between string-based hooks and John Mayer-like intensity.

It’s damn difficult not to move to this song, and while 2016’s “Wake Up” focuses on tip-toeing guitars, the manic back section gives the track an almost Latin vibe to the music, grooving seamlessly. I’ve gotta give it to PC; I’ve yet to hear a sound like them from this city, so they’ve got to be doing something special.

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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Cayetana gets back up in the empowering new single “Bus Ticket”

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Local favorites Cayetana are getting ready to release New Kind of Normal next month, and after giving us some great tour news yesterday, they unveiled another track. “Bus Ticket” encapsulates Rocky’s creed of “…it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward,” as Augusta Koch bounces back from toxic relationships and self-depreciation.

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Check out Louie Louie’s minimalistic and mysterious visual for “I Want to Dance With You”

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

We already know that Louie Louie are the queens of throwback jams on this side of the Mississippi, and they proved it yet again with their video for “I Want to Dance With You.” This time, the band wanted to play around how the visual complimented their tunes, telling Ladygunn “It would be false to retroactively assign a concept to the video. Rather than a plot line, the story is told through textures – dark and light, solid and void.”

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