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Big guitar and big rock is what the newest offering from Toronto’s Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs self-titled record has to offer and it is a hi fivin’ fun ride. The group pulls power pop hooks and punk like anthems that in today’s scene is almost refreshing because the music is likable and feels timeless. It has just enough dash of classic rock to raise the nostalgic eyebrow but the current mood of a punk rocker like Jeff Rosenstock.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs Website
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Dine Alone Records
Kelley Stoltz continues to fly under the radar with his addicting psych indie rock. His newest long player on Castle Face, Que Aura, has a slickness to it that feels natural and seems easy for Stoltz as he incorporates plenty of keyboard snyth floating songs with his 60’s style vocals. The record has a seamless mix that is made for headphones but has plenty of moments that can find you turning up the volume. Stoltz has been playing rhythm guitar on tour recently with Echo & the Bunnymen and it is not a stretch to know why when you hear some of these tracks. Que Aura is easily one of those albums that nobody talks about, is completely different compared to anything on the Castle Face roster but given a listen will work its way onto some best of the year lists.
Kelley Stoltz Website
Castle Face Records
The surf is up and the reverb is just pouring out of L.A. Witch’s guitars. The band’s self-titled debut is a full on groover that will have you swaying and rolling with the distant echoes as Sade Sanchez’s vocals will hypnotize you. The record bubbles up out of the ground during several tracks but mostly stays in the mid-tempo range. If you have been fans of La Luz or Dum Dum Girls then L.A. Witch should be in your wheelhouse.
L.A. Witch Website
L.A. Witch Facebook
Suicide Squeeze Records
Fried Shallots, Ty Segall’s latest EP, was pulled together from his past recordings and all the profits from its sales were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. This gives the EP a lack of cohesion but it is still Ty and some tracks stand out because of his talent. The banjo folk of “When The Gulls Turn To Ravens” and the Beatlesque “Talkin'” is another great side of Segall. Ty fans will want it and should have it.
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Drag City Records
Shagg should be on your radar. This Cleveland band will rock the crap out of you for this entire just over 14-minute record. Their arrangements are chaotic, the music is messy and they can blow your speakers out but all of those things are what I like about this debut. If you are getting my drift, Shagg give you an in your face hi speed rock that is energizing and unrelenting, while their cover of the Wipers “Return Of The Rat” is spot on.
Quality Time Records
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