Indie Rock

Urgency Permeates in Humanshapes at All Night Diner July 20

An ominous sense of urgency permeates in the post-punk/noise-rock of Humanshapes. Tonight, they enter All Night Diner. Mixed feelings characterize their sound, bass and percussion pummel in an all-out attack, dictating a frenetic pace as buzz-saw guitar and frantic vocals chaotically stir. However, amidst the fury, a secluded, sly chill lingers. On this evening, they’ll be fistful of heavy, sludgy, guttural adrenaline, otherwise known as The Cloth. A pair of Massachusetts bands in the psych-metal hybrid of Dent and the experimental-aftermath of Gamma Pope wrap up this bill. All Night Diner, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Atlas Engine releases debut EP "after the end" + plays Bowery Electric on 07.25

One of the great powers of music consists in its therapeutic ability to allow us to create personal universes where we can get lost when needed.  If this is what you’re searching for, the songs of Atlas Engine might come in handy. This is the new project of multi-instrumentalist Nick LaFaice (formerly of BRAEVES and Terrible Terrible), offering dreamy tracks sung in his reassuring alto, like in single 'Everest,' streaming below.  Atlas Engine's debut EP, “after the end” will be released on July 29th, and you'll get a chance to see them live at Bopwery Electric on July 25th. - Madeleine Grossman 

Ticket Giveaway: Quilt & Mary Lattimore at The Foundry Next Friday

We are happy to be doing a ticket giveaway for Boston psychedelic indie-rockers Quilt and ambient celestial sounds of harpist Mary Lattimore next Friday, July 29 at The Foundry. To enter for a chance to win a pair of tix, just send an email to with the subject line "Love Quilt". Please also include your cell number in the body of the message (in case of an emergency). Good luck!

Active Bird Comminity drops new video for 'Pick Me Apart' + plays Bowery Electric on 7/23

Fresh out the time machine, Active Bird Community play indie rock music that could've been beamed straight out of the late 90's. Clearly inspired by the tense, guitar-driven acts of yore like Interpol or Built to Spill, the quartet's tunes are like love letters to a simpler time for indie-rock, when everyone knew what the hell it actually was. Their latest video for "Pick Me Apart" perfectly captures this ethos: Tom D'Augustino's slacking vocals sing about the mess that is life, while "fun" events and happy people whir around him. The only time he shows positive emotions, then, is when he's playing music with his friends under a blanket fort. It's a video about lost youth, highs and lows, alligned thematically with college rock, but featuring a more mature sound. Active Bird Community also released a single back in April, and you can check them out at The Bowery Electric on July 23rd. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

People Like You ready release of sophomore album

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

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