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Buzzwords like "fresh" and "innovative" get thrown around all the time in music journalism. They are pretty cool sounding afterall. Rarely, though, does an artist and their music justify the usage or embody the spirits of those words. Boston's People Like You do.  The indie outfit's debut LP from two years ago flew under our radar, but now's the perfect time to discuss it since they are working on its follow-up and playing a ton of live shows. At the core of their sound is the contrast between the band's cerebral instrumental arrangements and the visceral vocals.  Each of their songs is a swirling mix of instruments and styles from classical glockenspiels,  jazz horns and persussion to indie-rock guitars. The isnstrumental parts are intriguing, inventive and could probably function as post-rock songs just by themselves. That would, however, take away singer Chris Lee's emo and spoken-word styled vocals, and that would suck. Lee's at times laconic, others verbose, but always emotional vocals crash head-first into the band's instrumental arrangemtns to create a sound that excites emotions and provokes introspective thought. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 19, 2016
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Folk may be an old, old genre, but that doesn't mean everyone has given up on trying to innovate it. Take the latest project by Somerville band, Eternals for example.  On Isn't That Any, the quartet intently root their music in the... rootiness of their lead singer's voice and snare-heavy percussion typical of folk, but on each track they also mix in a different genre or influence seamlessly, giving the album a broad musical width while still maintaining a strong investment in folk. One intriguing moment in the record is when they segue directly from "See You," a song drenched in shoegaze, to the alt-folk pop jam "Bar Room Dancing." At other times they even bring in some synth textures - perhaps signifying the emergence of "synth folk" as a genre? In short, it's always nice to see someone take the old traditional American music with open mind and heart, and Eternals have done just that on this latest LP.  You can check them out at Lilypad Inman on 7/22. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 18, 2016
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While a core element of Sexy Coyote's unique brand of pop-punk is the cacophony they create by crashing arrangements into oneanother, it never feels like its a process that's being done haphazardly or ironically. Rather, on their recently released Danger in the Deep EP the band takes on the role of mad scientists, forging a sound that feels almost experimental at times but never without the precision or poise necesary to create a fundamentally tight sound. It's one that works on multiple levels as well: impassioned vocals, booming drums and quick tempos get the heart racing, while at the same time intriguing and often-shifting guitar patterns keep the mind intrigued.  Check out their new EP below. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 05, 2016
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Boston band Covey has been making some interesting noise as of late, releasing quality singles within the dream folk realm and opening for huge acts such as Hozier. Now potentially furthering this upward trajectory, they're premiering here "Bows," a track that may be most emblematic of their bourgeoning sound. Frontman Tom Freeman's expressive alto, partly reminiscent of The Tallest Man on Earth, takes both the roles of lead singer and backup vocalist through production magic. His passioned melodies are supported by a simple but well orchestrated guitar part and a reverberating high pitch drone, creating a spacious sound that evokes melancholy and emotional desolation. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

July 01, 2016
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While some bands of the emo-punk variety have the unfortunate tendency to let emotional expression get in the way of the quality of their music, this is not the case for Bostonian three-piece sports. This isn't to say their music lacks feeling, but, rather, their tight sound lets the emotional qualities of their music shine, rather than being distracted or muddled by it. One key to this is that the instruments and vocals feed off of one another. As the guitar and drums transition to heavier sections, the lead singer is able to match them by going from mumbling to shout-singing whenever the music calls for it, or vice versa. Their latest release is a three-way split EP with Lions and Perspective and a Lovely Hand to Hold. they'll play O'Brien's Pub on 7/2.Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

June 29, 2016
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If asked to name a band that could be representational of what's popular in indie music today, Amherst's Calico Blue could serve as an unlikely, if not interesting answer. They have a dreamy, nostalgic sound based on pristine guitars, minimalist tendencies á la The XX, and deeply sad vocals reminscent of a lo-fi version of Lana Del Rey. Their self-described "surfer blues" is able to capture vintage elements and conteporary influences and coalesce them into something new and intriguing. Their 2015 self-titled album drags the listener down with heavy lyrics while also keeping them afloat with light guitar work. You can check them out at O'Brien's Pub on 7/1. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

June 27, 2016
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