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NJ's The Vaughns open for the Gaslight Anthem at Irving Plaza on 06.22

One could say that, with their influences equally split between pop-punk and brainy/noisy indie rock, The Vaughns represent the perfect balance between the most dominant musical inclinations of the Garden State and the Big Apple. But, of course, influences mean nothing if they aren't supported by good and original songwriting, and the Springfield, NJ, quartet can certainly deliver in that department. Their 2017 single Santa Cruz is still their most accomplished track to date, with its pressing arpeggiated chord progression that seems able to build up tension for an indefinite amount of time, and vocalist Anna Lies' borderline casual approach to singing. More recent single "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" (video streaminbg below) is a faster, punkier number dressed with Sonic Youth-style guitar stabs, Blur-worthy "who-oos," culminating into an orgiastic (sonically speaking) grand finale. The band just landed an opening slot for The Gaslight Anthem's show at Irving Plaza on June 22, it should be fun.

   

Hal Baum "Buzz Aldrin's Love Song For The Moon”

Hal Baum recently released the second single, "Buzz Aldrin's Love Song For The Moon”, from his forthcoming debut album, Love Songs For The Moon, which is due out June 17th.

This is beautifully quirky folk music with simple, but possibly insightful, lyrics.

   

New Zilla Rocca LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Wrecking Crew member Zilla Rocca rewinds it back to Allen Iverson’s rookie campaign with his new album 96 Mentality. With smooth/grimy grooves, the Philly emcee/producer exudes confidence and wit through interconnected, layered storytelling. Reminiscing while remaining in the present, the tracks capture an up close & personal, street-level sound, with a dramatic, cinematic edge. The LP also features collaborative efforts with Curly Castro, YIKES the ZERO, PremRock, Vic Spencer, and many others.

   

Rose Dorn deal with their unease on charming new single, "Shaking"

"Shaking," the new track by San Fernando Valley trio Rose Dorn, fools you at first—it begins with a wispy, sticky-sweet melody that quickly descends into a slow, shambling manner. That changing mood suits the indie-pop band's downcast theme, having been inspired by the coping mechanisms people use to fend off trauma. Nevertheless, they're able to make it land with a wholesome, bright melody. Bar None Records recently signed the band, and you can see why—their keen sense of melody fits right at home with the label's past and present, from The Feelies' post-2000's jangle-pop to Happyness' winding indie-rock. 

"Shaking" is the first single off Rose Dorn's forthcoming full-length debut album, Days You Were Leaving, due out August 23. Juan Rodríguez

   

Luniere returns with vibrant sophomore record, plays release party at Blue 06.16

Portland, Maine's Luniere is releasing its sophomore album Leave The Light just in time for the vibrant New England summer. The band's blend of pop, rock, and folk is gorgeously displayed once again in this second entry to the group's discography. "Always" (streaming) for instance has a lax drum beat that accompanies exquisitely-timed electric guitar embellishments, a sweet hook, and a haunting chorus to finish off. The group graces pop, country, rock, and folk, it caresses these genres to produce tracks perfect for those easy-going summer evenings by the fire with friends, or for reflective times of solitude. The trio will be celebrating the release of their EP with a show in their hometown at Blue on June 16th, singer-songwriter Molly Ladd will be providing support. - Rene Cobar