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SNEAK PEEK: Indie folk Wylder releases new video, Bitter

 DMV staple Wylder has released a new video from their debut album, Rain and Laura. The track, Bitter, is a lighthearted and sweet song that evokes optimism in the face of adversity, conveying a feeling like getting over a somewhat messy break-up. Smooth vocals, steady guitars, and buoyant keys meld into a delightful song masking pain and sharing hope. The video calls upon the song's lyrical content to tell its story of a man trying to recover a part of himself lost in a recent uncoupling, at times resembling Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure and others recalling every rom-com where the ex-boyfriend goes crazy. It's fun, refreshing, and should be loved by any fan of Wylder's persona. Give it a watch and check out their next show at Picker's Supply in Fredericksburg. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Pete Curry brings his lo-fi pop to Strange Matter on 9.01

Pete Curry is a Richmond-based lo-fi pop artist whose latest EP Doin’ Nothin’ delivers six jangly pop tracks to set the mood for the summer. Curry makes use of acoustic guitars and keyboards on the record to capture the fun summer vibe, which serves as a departure from the garage-pop featured on his debut Advice on Love. The album’s title track takes a cheerfully goofy approach to Curry’s songwriting as he sings about sneaking into pools, doobies, and summer BBQ’s. Final track “Summer’s In My Head,” instead, slows down the pace with its dream folk sound. finding the singer reflecting on a summer love that he can’t get out of his head. Pete Curry will be playing Strange Matter on September 1st in support of Buffalo Rodeo! - John Honan

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Camp Howard plays Strange Matter on 9.01

Richmond’s Camp Howard was formed through Virginia Commonwealth University’s art community in 2014, and released their debut self-titled album in March of 2016. Their breezy rock ‘n’ roll pairs frontman Nic Perea’s laid back vocals over melodic, distorted guitars and sluggish drums. While the album draws heavily on relaxed vibes of indie rock acts like Mac Demarco, it features darker, grungier moments that take influence from acts such as Alice in Chains. The record’s lead single “Veins” creates a dreamy atmosphere driven by its fuzzed out guitars and washed out vocals. The haziness from these moodier tracks is carried over onto tracks like “You’ve Been Misled” and “Anybody”, which have a more upbeat tone. Camp Howard will be playing Strange Matter on September 1st! - John Honan

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Doll Baby play Strange Matter on 8.12

Doll Baby formed a little over a year ago in Richmond, and released their debut EP Polliwog in June. Their sound combines an energetic punk rock with guitar driven heaviness of alternative rock bands like Jawbox and The Smashing Pumpkins. The opening track “The Great Divide” puts frontwoman and guitarist Julie Stroey’s flexible vocals and introspective lyrics on display, while the layered guitars help to drive the track's moody atmosphere. Following song “Drift” was originally included on their 2015 demo, but appears on the EP with a reimagined sound characterized by swift, crashing drums, shouted vocals, and distorted glistening guitars that show the band’s versatility. Doll Baby will be playing Strange Matter on August 12th in support of Solids. - John Honan

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The Wimps bring their throwback rock and roll to Strange Matter on 8.09

 The Wimps could easily be mistaken for a 60s band that never quite made it big, instead they're a young Richmond based quartet who formed less than a year ago and take inspiration from prominent artists such as The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, and The Stooges. In April they released their debut self-titled full length, which features 10 garage pop tracks dripping with infectious melodies and catchy lyrics. The record highlights a variety of different sounds from the 60s that range from the easy going melodic pop of female singers like Lesley Gore to the R&B soul of artists like Percy Sledge. It also contains the energy and attitude of garage rock characterized by buzzing guitars and precise drumwork. The Wimps will be playing Strange Matter on August 9th in support of Lady God. - John Honan

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