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Chousand Brings Catchy Pop-Punk to The Shamrock in Waterbury, CT 12/30

Connecticut pop-punkers Chousand are dedicated to bringing you catchy, self-depricating songs about chasing girls, getting drunk, and growing up.  Too bad they're Ten Years Too Late, or at least that's what the title of their latest EP suggests.  Reminiscent of bands like old-school Blink 182 and The Vandals, Chousand will bring you back to the glory days of pop-punk with infectious guitar riffs, headbanging breakdowns, and endearing humor.  Check out their high-energy live show at The Shamrock in Waterbury, CT on 12/30, with Sex Bomb, Bearstronaut, and Andy Shea. -Brian Varneke

Buzz Alert: The Smallest Town Ensemble Paints a Portrait of City Life With EP Out East

Brainchild of Matt Bowker, The Smallest Town Ensemble is not an easy band to track down, but if you're lucky enough to come across their EP, Out East, you'll be telling all of your friends about the gem you found.  A love letter of sorts to the Somerville, MA community, Out East paints a portrait of urban life that anyone inhabiting a cramped city apartment can relate to.  From country/folk twang to brass choir harmonies and gospel musings, Bowker weaves through a multitude of genres, creating a beautiful and poignant tapestry.  Each track features a unique instrumentation, masterfully tailored to the needs of the song.  Spend some time with this album and keep your eyes open for more from Matt Bowker and friends. -Brian Varneke

Thunderforge Brings a Killer Robot Xmas to Salem, MA 12/23

Stumped on what to get that special someone this holiday season?  Stuff their stocking with some power metal from Thunderforge.  The western Mass heavy metal quintet released their EP, Call of the Conqueror, earlier this year, bringing into the world five tracks of face-melting guitar work and soaring vocals from frontman Adam Morini.  The album is an excellent showcase of the bands talents, ranging from driving, double-bass riddled mayhem to softer, dynamic sections that illustrate the band's diverse capabilities.  Check these guys out at Koto in Salem, MA on 12/23 for a "Killer Robot Xmas" toy and canned food drive, also featuring Frostbite, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, and Green Bastard. -Brian Varneke

 

The FORZ Bring Infectious Power-Pop to Sally O'Brien's 12/31

Listening to The FORZ's sophomore album Running From The Past, it's hard not to see the irony in the title.  The brain child of songwriting duo Cole Tyler and Anthony Graziano, the Boston power pop quartet has embraced a wonderfully Beatles-esque/surf rock dynamic, bringing a modern energy to a tried and true formula of quality songwriting and simple, catchy melodies.  All four members share the title of lead singer, adding an extra layer of variety in their vocal stylings.  If you're in the mood for some high-energy nostalgia, help Boston's fab four ring in the New Year at Sally O'Brien's on 12/31. -Brian Varneke

 

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Diablogato Plays Firehouse 13 on 12/16

You've undoubtedly heard the musical elements and influences that make up Diablogato's distinct sound, but you have never heard them put together quite like this.  Fusing together rockabilly, punk, folk/Americana, and "gothic southern swamp darkness", Diablogato creates a unique potpourri that is all of those things and more (think Josh Homme meets The Stray Cats, with a bari sax thrown in for good measure).  If you're in the mood for some dirty, squealing, high energy rock n roll, jump in your Cadillac and head down to Firehouse 13 in Providence on 12/16, where they'll share the stage with Cactus Attack and Tiger Man Whoa! -Brian Varneke

 

 

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