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No Vacation’s Phasing out October 18

Oh yes, a little sweet bossa-vibbed beach pop tune is just what we were looking to find. What a delight! Single “Estrangers” (Topshelf Records) is a perfect little taste off No Vacation's forthcoming EP, Phasing. We know No Vacation as their former San Francisco selves, who released Amo Xo and Summer Break mixtapes back in 2015. And we know they’ve since relocated to Brooklyn, rebranded as No Vacation, and certain songs have busted out millions of listens (“Yam Yam” is a jam worth checking), but hey we’re still holding onto a tad of our Bay Area claim to these purities. Stay tuned for upcoming shows and that sweet new EP. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

Vukari "Abrasive Hallucinations (Reality Hemorrhaging)"

Black Metal group Vukari has released the opening track and lead single, "Abrasive Hallucinations (Reality Hemorrhaging)”, from their forthcoming third full-length, Aevum. The album will be released via Vendetta Records on October 1st.

This is wonderfully atmospheric work of Marek Cimocowicz (Guitar, Vocals), Spenser Morris (Bass), Mike DeStefano (Drums, Keyboards), and Jace Kiburz (Guitar).

Photo via Lindley King

Al Harper’s fall shows bring warmth

Oakland-based Al Harper is what we can only describe as delightful. Songs like “Paradise” and “Sunny Somewhere” have just the right amount of surfy guitars and sweet lyrics to put you in a fine little mood. Even finer is their video for “Sunny,” (directed by John Snapp) which features Harper encountering a sweet little dog a huggable friends. There’s kind of a modern day No Doubt feel and we’re digging it. They’re playing at The Rite Spot Cafe on September 21, and El Rio on the 25th. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

Debut Ash Cheshire Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Illusion is the debut release from Ash Cheshire. The sparseness of instrumentation provides a singular focus on its mesmerizing vocals and harmonies, like a candle in a minimally lit room. One can easily become transfixed. It's a mysteriously memorable force.

VANDANA releases new record “Contra,” plays Baby's All Right on 9/22

Expanding on a noir electro-pop sound already steeped in eastern influences, VANDANA's latest release Contra re-imagines Indian and Pakistani music from the 70's, 80's and 90s. Lead track “Ahsa” intrigues with a heartbeat synth-bass pulse and foreboding keyboard textures. The artist's deep and resonant vocals soon become the focus, singing in a native language that adds an extra element of mystery. Careful percussive and electronic keyboard elements make their way into the mix completing an overall mystical experience. Follow-up track “Ahsila” makes use of slow-building atmospherics, deep bass synths and light bubbling textures in between seductively enigmatic vocals. Five tracks in all, the record can be heard and acquired at the artists bandcamp. VANDANA will be playing a daytime event Benefit for Kashmir at Baby's All Right on 9/22. - Dave Cromwell

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