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Buzz Alert: Crumb leaves us hungry for more of their jazzy soul psych tunes

Boston-based Crumb offers laid-back tunes for reflective mornings. Layering singer/guitarist Lila Ramani's effortless, nonchalant vocals over a bed of sometimes-funky-often-jazzy psych rock, the band delivers dulcet tunes with a serious side of haze. The lyricism invites introspection, and instrumentals often wind down unexpected turns, but Crumb's music manages to be engaging without being overly demanding of their listeners. Right now, the band's Soundcloud account description is simply inscribed with the words "More to come." We'll certainly be looking forward to the next release from the band, but in the meantime, you can stream Crumb below.-Olivia Sisinni
 

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Pile to play Great Scott 11/17

Listening to Pile is kind of like being in the eye of a storm--there are brief moments of calm, punctuated by the cacophony of the hurricane hurling around you. A lot of what makes the band so engaging to listen to is that while they certainly deliver the head-nod worthy riffs of an indie rock band, they're also explosive and driving--constantly pushing the limits of simple song structures and edging toward blanketing the listener in total noise. The result is an unpredictable sonic experience with expert dynamic play, and gleaming, textbook examples of bridled chaos. If the sky ever cracks open, this may be your soundtrack to the end of the world. Check out Pile 11/17 at Great Scott with Palm and Dust from 1000 Years, and listen to them streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

Buzz Alert: Lady Bones drops grungey 6 track EP

With the recent revival of flannel and plastic tattoo chokers, Lady Bones may be the next obsession for nostalgia-hungry millenials on the hunt for their next 90's throwback. On the their latest EP, Terse, Lady Bones serves up everything we loved about early 90's tunes: churning out packageable tracks with a lo-fi, DIY tinge, that still manage to seem on the brink of losing their cool. Riffs are weighty without being heavy, drumming almost feels primal at times, and the band's vocals are unhinged, even while crafting catchy hooks. Listen to "Weight" from Lady Bones streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

Buzz Alert: We Can All Be Sorry delivers technical power pop on latest release

The only thing that I'm truly apologetic about is that I'm having a really difficult time jamming Boston-based We Can All Be Sorry neatly into the lines of any clear genre. The band's latest release, Weekend Sorry, is arguably their most acessible album, and one where they really seem to have gelled comfortably into (mostly) coherent grooves (think the power pop vibes of old-school Weezer), but throwing adjectives out there like punky, poppy, jazzy, or post-whatever really does the band a disservice. Sure, there are muscular melody lines and a powerful sense of song structure, but there's also something delightfully off-kilter about the band's sound. There's the almost-reckless display of atonal play, unexpected chord progressions, and clever use of dynamics that manages to be salient on the recording, but never overtly so. It's a delicate balance that screams classical training, but is so totally devoid of pretension or obvious eye-roll-inducing technique-flexing that would cloud the real meat of the songs. The result is a refreshing display of talent that never edges toward tipping its own hand. It's also 10 tracks of kick-ass tunes you'll find hard to not be humming the hooks of. Check out We Can All Be Sorry streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

Punk band Fucko "Deals with the Weird" on latest album

The Boston-based trio of "sarah, jake and derek" have given themselves one of those classic band names that I'm a little bothered I didn't think of first: Fucko. Their latest release, Dealing with the Weird, is a fun punk LP--catchy as all hell, tongue-in-cheek at times, but not to be confused for an album without a ton of heart. Singer/guitarist Sarah, whether belting out hooks or delivering her lyrics dryly, sings with a relatable earnestness that is instantly translatable--even on a first-blush listen. But then again, who out there isn't dealing with their own weird? Check out Fucko streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

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