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Vundabar preview new record with sugary track "Burned Off"

Boston’s Vundabar is set to release Either Light on March 13th and how excellent it promises to be. That promise exists in the deliciously retro indie-pop track “Burned Off,” which takes the listener on a speedy sonic roller coaster that cascades past a pulsating bassline, a crisp drum pattern, candy-sweet vocals, oh and guitar riffs so 2003. Brandon Hagen, Drew McDonald and Zackery Abramo continue this project that is quickly escaping our stratosphere on here as the group is touring the country throughout the spring with a show on April 24th at Paradise Rock Club for our New England folks. If the new record has more of the exquisite falsettos, and atmospheric breaks, featured in the single streaming below then wonderful it will be. - Rene Cobar

   

Ohmme "3 2 4 3"

Ohmme has released the lead single, "3 2 4 3", from their forthcoming album, Fantasize Your Ghost, which is due out June 5th via Joyful Noise.

This is the duo of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham and this is the follow-up to their breakthrough 2018 album Parts.

You can catch Ohmme at The Hideout on March 14th as part of their annual SXSW send off party.

Photo by Ash Dye

   

Couchsleepers evoke something beautiful in new record "Only When It's Dark"

Toward the end of February Burlington, Vermont group Couchsleepers released a silky indie-rock record—titled Only When It's Dark—that ticks all the boxes for a laid-back evening or end-of-road-trip soundtrack. From sensationally atmospheric tracks like the title one, which hypnotizes with its heart-beat-deep basslines and hazy delays to the warm vocals that lure and groove in "All I Want," the record jumps from one syrupy track to the next. Songs like "On Your Mind" bask in their melancholy as they flaunt sweet indie-rock guitar riffs, slightly fuzzed and exquisite. The record evokes a feeling of completion, it begs you to recall the end of something, perhaps beautiful, maybe tragic. Stream "On Your Mind" below and trust us that it will be worth your time. - Rene Cobar

   

Axons "I Object To Everything" Out 3/12

Axons are preparing to release their latest album I Object To Everything on March 12th. This is the first new music from the trio since 2015, and they are returning with a compelling concept album. The album is "inspired by the true story of how two federal prisoners, Joseph Banks and Ken Conley, escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago by rappelling 17 stories down the side of the building on ropes fashioned from braided bedsheets sewn together with dental floss on an icy December night in 2012".

Last Fall the trio performed two of the new songs on Live at DZ Records. You can watch them perform "Past Present Future" below. Axons is the work of Adele Nicholas, Princess Ojiaku and Sarah Sterling.

You can catch Axons on March 25th at The Whistler with CHNNL as part of CHIRP Night.

   

Cindy Latin honors life's simple pleasures in new single "5 More Minutes"

So good to see the hard-working—and ever-soulful—Cindy Latin continuing to churn out velvety jazz singles dripping with the vulnerability-strength duality she balances so well. “5 More Minutes” is an honest confession of love, an ode to the simple pleasures that are best shared with a special someone. Latin’s rich blend of sonorous brass instrumentation, soft electric guitar riffs, and, of course, her ever-enchanting vocals is the perfect sonic brew for those mornings foggy with melancholic memories and bright hopes. Taking the best elements of late ‘90s R&B and modern alt-soul, Latin scores again. We cheers to Latin’s work ethic, and as always, we wish her a great 2020 to come. Stream “5 More Minutes” below for a smooth start to your week. - Rene Cobar, photo by Michal Augustini