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Listen to Blame Baby's lively new single, "Headcase"

On "Headcase," power-pop trio Blame Baby realize that our younger years aren't that different from our adult life. "Memory of memories at full assault/Revealed in reverie identities true and false," vocalist Jesse Johnson sings over a chugging guitar line, a thought that came from a conversation he had with his younger sister. Despite the anxiety he feels, the band's jovial debut single pulses with an anthemic energy that aims for the rafters.

Listen to "Headcase" below. - Juan Rodríguez


MILLY share hypnotic new single "Crazy Horse," play Teragram Ballroom on 11/6

Before moving to Los Angeles, multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer had begun to take a homespun approach to the music that spoke to him from his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut. Dyer's new single under his new project with his live band MILLY, "Crazy Horse," solidifies his experimental urges while deepening his songwriting focus. The track's slow, reverb-drenched rhythm befits his increasing lethargy, the direct aftermath of disappointment, finding some solace in the gleaming chord arrangements he plays—before he builds it up into a fuzzed-out, searing conclusion. It sounds simple in construction, but there's a lot of details Dyer tucks in within its steady, programmed drum beat, whether it's subtle touches of the piano or wistful bursts of slide guitar.

With two official singles under their belts, MILLY is joining seminal shoegazers Swervedriver on their entire tour in October and November—including a stop at Teragram Ballroom on November 6. Juan Rodríguez


Indie Rock

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Loyal Lobos' "Criminals" is a touching ode to a dear friend

Andrea Silva's latest single, "Criminals," feels like you're eavesdropping into two good friends having an honest conversation. Silva, who goes by Loyal Lobos, recounts a series of past experiences —and how these have shaped their present lives. "You were also there in the morning/ When I saw everything dark," she admits, playing a dreamy, cascading guitar melody set to swelling ambiance—an element that gives the song a strong feeling of nostalgia.

"Criminals" is the first reveal off a series of sessions Silva recorded with singer-songwriter Evan Voytas and famed songwriter/producer Terry Geiger. She's currently in the middle of a West Coast tour supporting Girl Ultra, including a stop at the Regent Theater on September 17. Juan Rodríguez


Alt Pop

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Brooke Josephson
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The Rockwell