Alt Pop

Mike Morrissey delivers cool single "Set The Record" with poise, hosts open mic 06.05

Mike Morrissey's latest single "Set The Record" has a neat character to it that suggests you sit back to take in its sprightly sounds. The Somerville-based singer/songwriter delivers in the song a lively collage of unadulterated electric guitar riffs that gush out to the rhythm of an energetic drum beat. The vocals—relaxed and poised—have a perpetual coolness that fits the track's breezy vibe. Morrissey's indie-pop music fits in beautifully in that relaxing Sunday morning playlist of yours, next to Belle and Sebastian. Mike Morrissey is hosting Aeronaut Brewing Company's monthly open mic event in Somerville on June 5th. Enjoy "Set The Record" streaming below. - Rene Cobar


A Beacon School plays vinyl release show at Baby's All Right 06.14

A Beacon School concots a fascinating sonic puzzle in its 2018 record Cola—vibrant electric guitars, exuberant vocals, subtle synthesizer melodies, and evocative musical breakdowns constitute the various elements of this overall dreamy but upbeat album. Songs like “ I Don’t Believe It” and “Glue” ramp up the pace and pound away at punky drum beats to create surprising blends of dream pop and garage rock in part reminiscent of 4AD cult shoegazers Pale Saints. The group is gearing up for a vinyl release of Cola and is celebrating with a performance at Baby’s All Right on June 14. The vinyl will include three unreleased songs from the original album sessions and a clear version limited to 250 copies. Check out “I Don’t Believe It” streaming below. - Rene Cobar


Matthew Mercury loves you, plays record release show at ArtsRiot 06.14

Mathew Mercury’s music is like a thick and cool slushy for your summer days, a hot and creamy beverage for your crisp fall evenings, with your crush: Matthew Mercury is a sonic supplement for your better moods. The Vermont-based band serves up Strokes-inspired guitar riffs, resonant electro-key embellishments, and elegant drumbeats that could easily get a nod of approval from the late Dennis Davis (in our opinion at least). The band’s identity was formed in a synth-pop crib, but as it matured, it spread its wings to flash indie-rock elements in splendor. Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Ambulance Ltd, Dwight & Nicole) is spearheading this project and seems to be having fun enjoying the influences his bandmates are bringing to the party. The celebration is ongoing as Matthew Mercury will be playing their record release show June 14th at ArtsRiot in Burlington, VT, and we got a preview of their self-titled debut album for you below. - Rene Cobar


New Sami Rahman EP Available for Streaming & Download

Mattress Food's Sami Rahman recently dropped a solo release, Birdboy - EP. Drenched in synth, the album occupies a silky, soulful, R&B/hip-hop setting, which may come as a surprise compared to Mattress Food’s more noise-laced indie rock. These songs wash over in reassuring, tranquil waves. You can catch Rahman at The Fire tomorrow night, as part of a lineup that also includes yeenar, Georgey V, and Grand Rapid's Cønrad Shøck + the Nøise.


New Track: "One Down" - Slaughter Beach, Dog

The first singles from Slaughter Beach, Dog’s forthcoming album, Safe And Also No Fear, have arrived. “One Down,” the LP's opener, recalls and catalogs one’s actions in an isolating, step-by-step progression. A subdued sense of routine allows a bit of sadness to enter the equation; however, it may just be a way of reviewing one’s day and clearing thoughts before going to sleep. Safe And Also No Fear is scheduled for release on August 2 via Lame-O Records.