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Nedelle Torrisi Unveils New Album Only For You, Release Party at Bootleg Theater

Advice columnist Nedelle Torrisi’s musical versatility heads toward the domain of soft adult contemporary in her upcoming album Only For You, with allusions to the pitfalls and complexities of monogamy no doubt gathered from her time writing as Advice from Paradise. A steady fixture of the indie scene, Torrisi is known by some for her work as one half of experimental project Cryptacize, as well as for her contributions to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Sufjan Stevens, and John Vanderslice.

Listen to the featured single “Complicated” before Torrisi’s album release party tonight at the Bootleg Theater. Only For You comes out on May 18 via Frenchkiss Records.

Al Harper brings breezy indie rock to Abbey's Tavern (6.2)

The delicacy of Oakland-based Al Harper’s jangly, soft rock solo project is reminiscent of dreamy vocals of the indie pop duo Tennis, but with her own added edge. Her breezy falsetto carries the listeners through angsty lyrics with ease, like the school-girl sounding “The New You” (streaming below) where she sings about a person that’s changed but “it’s cool, I still want the new you.” There’s an empowerment behind her effortless sound as she embraces femininity in a way that brings her up to the ranks of other beloved female artists like Snail Mail and Evil Seagull. She will be celebrating the release of her tape About Power and to play a few unreleased tracks on June 2 at Abbey's Tavern. - Lilly Milman, photo by Kelsey McClellan 

Anthony Graziano releases debut single "Bicycle Day"

On April 19th of 1943, Albert Hofman became the first person to take LSD (and also the first to do so while riding a bike.) 65 years later, Boston-based singer-songwriter Anthony Graziano released a song about it. The debut single “Bicycle Day” (streaming below) is a smooth and psychedelic lullaby, with lyrics that fluctuate between entrancing and eerie (“The roads were winding and the buildings seem tall / As if nothing was real at all / Paranoia has me question my health / Am I dying? Did I poison myself? I guess I'll see.”) A debut EP by the artist is still forthcoming, but Graziano is definitely one to watch. - Lilly Milman

Anthony Graziano releases debut single "Bicycle Day"

On April 19th of 1943, Albert Hofman became the first person to take LSD (and also the first to do so while riding a bike.) 65 years later, Boston-based singer-songwriter Anthony Graziano released a song about it. The debut single “Bicycle Day” (streaming below) is a smooth and psychedelic lullaby, with lyrics that fluctuate between entrancing and eerie (“The roads were winding and the buildings seem tall / As if nothing was real at all / Paranoia has me question my health / Am I dying? Did I poison myself? I guess I'll see.”) A debut EP by the artist is still forthcoming, but Graziano is definitely one to watch. - Lilly Milman

Clara Joy plays intimate bedroom pop at The Platform 05.06

On her fall 2017 EP growing pains, Clara Joy makes true productions of seemingly lo-fi bedroom recordings. “never tell” undemandingly strums through with nonchalant tape recorder charm (or maybe that’s GarageBand, who knows? What’s it matter anyway?) but a twist of a knob warps the recording slowly in and out of allignment creating a gentle sweeping tone. Likewise, the following “blow a kiss” turns bedroom minimalism into miniature pop with intertwining vocal lines and the addition of a glockenspiel type keyboard melody. Clara Joy’s music is full of these moments—little touches that make the small things important. That sense of intimacy that can make music so powerful. On May 6, see Clara Joy perform in person at The Platform as part of a teaser screening party for indie film ‘Multiverse.’ Give a listen to growing pains below. – Cameron Carr

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