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Ian Wayne examines love in the longterm on “Baby,” new LP out 9.18

Love songs tend to be fairly focused in their subject matter, yet Queens-based folk songwriter Ian Wayne takes an eagle-eyed approach on new track “Baby,” penning a ode on an “imagined longview of life in love” that speaks the universality of the emotion. Sweetly sparse and consistently grounded, Wayne’s vox glides over a downtempo indie, almost Americana saunter, offering a plainspoken view of adoration that accepts both the good and bad in equal measure. With an economy of language and an ear for balance between the track’s winding guitar solos and a softer central voice, his capacity to render emotional intimacy in terms comprehendible to any warrant praise and a careful listen. Stream it below, and keep an ear out for Wayne’s forthcoming record Risking Illness, out September 18th on Whatever’s Clever.

Listen to Atta Boy's "Shade" from upcoming long-awaited sophomore LP

After eight years since their last release, alt-Americana group Atta Boy will release their sophomore LP Big Heart Matters on September 11th. Following the surprise success of their debut Out of Sorts in 2012, Atta Boy's members pursued solo projects on both the West and East coasts, all the while coming up with ideas for a possible second record. They reconvened earlier this year to put together Big Heart Matters, and while times have made creating and releasing music difficult, Atta Boy have already put out two singles from the upcoming album. The first, "Devoted", hit streaming services in May, and the second, "Shade", came out in June. Both singles retain the folk feel of Out of Sorts, having the mood of the dog days of summer and the uncertainty of not just these past several months, but of life in general. With a big fan base behind them now, Atta Boy look forward to sharing the record with many more years of experience under their belts. Take a listen to "Shade" below, and look out for Big Heart Matters on September 11th. - Will Sisskind

Odd Fellows Way is all New England in new single "World's Worst Liar"

Immediately smile-inducing, the brash, fisherman’s tone of Odd Fellows Way’s latest single “World's Worst Liar” is as New England as music can get. Truly anthemic and furious-paced with drums that gallop and guitar chords that take flight, the song is bar-ready and so replayable. The lead vocal is a story told in a cheerful spirit, rough and ready to infect. Odd Fellows Way provides the type of happiness we all seek these days, and beyond that too. Listen to the butter-smooth sax that deliciously spreads itself all over the track below. - Rene Cobar, photo by Curtis Arnett

My Son The Doctor channel summers past and present on "Blue Tank Tops"

It’s easy to find joy in the unbridled drive of My Son The Doctor, whose latest single “Blue Tank Tops” is an indie rock vamp tailor-made for our recollective summer. Between vignette one-liners about “East Side women talking blue chip stocks” and “local pool boys” triumphant garage rock shreds with a healthy mix of discord and polish. While such seasonal non-sequiturs seemingly endow the song with a nostalgic energy, there’s a forward-focused outlook present in Brian Hemmert’s lyrics, a quasi-implication that, with each summer to come and go,there will always idle pool party chit-chat and blue tank tops — and maybe that’s something worth looking forward to. Give the track a listen below, and keep an eye out for the band’s upcoming EP Dad Time, out later this year. Photo by Elizabeth Lopiccolo

Jamila Woods "ZORA (LIVE)"

Jamila Woods has released a fantastic live version of "ZORA" from her 2019 album LEGACY! LEGACY!. When performed live this track really comes alive and is filled big bluesy guitars and Jamila's passion for the story she is telling.

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