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02/14: Leila Sunier drops debut EP "If Only To Bleed Out The White Noise"

On February 14th, Leila Sunier will drop her debut EP, If Only To Bleed Out The White Noise. Though the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter has already seen some press from American Songwriter and Audiofemme, her new EP will mark the first full introduction of her work to the masses. In the six songs on the EP, Sunier explores electric dance-pop hooks and moments of quiet reflection with her guitar; you can hear these elements mingle on tracks like "Ghost", on which Sunier's soft voice adds pulses of muted energy. Take a listen to the track in the music video below, and enjoy the rest of If Only To Bleed Out The White Noise when the full EP comes out on 2/14. - Will Sisskind

   

Marinara offers saucy rock on "I Feel Like Dog," plays Footlight 2.16

Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet (and presumed tomato-enthusiasts) Marinara provide charismatic lofi indie rock on I Feel Like Dog, a fresh LP evocative of early-2010s college radio rock and their erstwhile 90s slacker compatriots. Tracks like “Desert Schtick” and “Ugly Sleeper” wouldn’t be out of place on a Double Double Whammy compilation, with Nick Cortezi’s plainspoken vocal performance interweaving between warm riffing and a progressive pace. This isn’t to say the entirety of the album is a sunny romp — the band leaves space for downtempo moments of respite on “Marie,” “The Orchid,” and “The Wasp,” the last of which characterized by an unpretentious, six-minute build to one of the record’s best instrumental performances; Cortezi’s season-spanning recollection and quiet vox leads to epic shreds and an energetic percussive breakdown. These various highs and lows help to make I Feel Like Dog the very, very good record that it is — listen to it below ahead of their show at the Footlight on February 16th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

 

   

Oil Bay's "Demo" is rightfully rough, plays C'mon Everybody 4.7

Demo is a cursory, two-track offering by Brooklyn-based five piece Oil Bay, one that despite its short nine-minute run time firmly establishes the band’s ear for enchanting garage and tactile synths. A-Side “STRANGERdemo” builds mystery with its noir-inspired melodies and instrumentation, rife with lurid allusions to late night tales and heavy-compress guitars, opening with equal measures of disorienting keys and screaming strings, this downtempo energy fading with the introduction of “SpacesuitDEMO” and its accompanying breakbeat pace. With no shortage of reverb and a flexibility to incorporate experimental electronic accents into their lofi sound Oil Bay is tailor-made for listeners looking for gritty, noisy Indie rock — listen below, and catch them at C’Mon Everybody on April 7th.

   

Melissa Mills spills raw emotion in new single "Lose My Cool"

Melissa Mills has a new single out, and it is classic Melissa Mills. “Lose My Cool” has an emotional edge to it that is hard to ignore: Melissa’s passionate vocals grip you from the start, and combined with a luscious blend of synths swells and smooth-cool rhythms drag you to the places of her mind where healing is taking place. Fury and acceptance exist in the track, and both are acknowledged with honesty and raw emotion—Melissa’s specialty. Stream this new track from the Boston-based artist below. - Rene Cobar

   

02.16: The Paranoyds play homecoming show at Alex's Bar after whirlwind tour

You're wondering what you can call "the sound of the 2020s". The Paranoyds seem to have their finger on the pulse in their prog-rock, new New Wave, punk-tinged melange, which powers their energetic live shows. The band have taken their set on the run through the last few weeks; they'll close out their whirlwind nationwide Global Warming Tour with a show at Alex's Bar in Long Beach on February 16th. On this tour, the band have pledged to donate one dollar of every merch purchase to helping end the Australian brushfires. The show at Alex's Bar will be your last chance to help the band help others, as well as for you to get some sweet merch from them in person for a while.

The Paranoyds put out their latest album Carnage Bargain last fall, and on it you can hear them dabble with sounds influenced by The B-52s, Blondie, and other proto-punk pioneers. Take a listen to the album below, and catch The Paranoyds when they come home on February 16th. - Will Sisskind