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Nashville's Boom Forest moves to NYC + lands residency at The Knitting Factory (next show on 6/15) new

This past fall, Nashville-based experimental rock project Boom Forest (aka songwriter John Paul Roney) released a sublime chimera of an album with ‘Post Knight Errant.’ Starting with the guitar-soared “Silver Hair,” which elegantly segues into the a capella-flecked “Been” and then leads to “Cameron” (streaming below), an electronics-flirting track that pleasantly recalls ‘White Album’-era Beatles, the work is both dark and warm, anxious but welcoming, and emerges as something of near beatific power. Roney recently relocated to Brooklyn, and quickly landed a three week residency at the Knitting Factory - the last night of which is next Wednesday (6/15). - Zach Weg 


The Wild Jays offer up some "Murmurations" of greatness

Vibrancy is the central force that carries Murmurations, the mighty-promising debut from The Wild Jays. From its cover art that looks like a Rorschach test by way of a pomegranate to the last seconds of the last track, even the slow moments are miles-deep caverns of sunny reverberations. Produced to a delightfully soupy, swirly consistency, the range of influences is similarly mixed. Perhaps appropriately, there's a heavy vibe of 60's folk and psych (what's a "Wild Jay" if not a Byrd anyhow?), but it's mingled in with post-punk, new wave, a touch of Sergio Leone, and even some Deer Hunter-esque unease in places. This is one that benefits from a cover-to-cover listen, so get to clicking that play button below. -Austin Phy

 


Another Afternoon takes us down home with "South"

Psyched-out and starry-eyed, Another Afternoon's South is an impressive debut effort from a band that's been lurking around for the better part of a year teasing us with singles and appearances on YouTube series that we may have mentioned a time or two in the past. Aside from the closing number, a fairly traditional ballad duet, the M.O. here is to-the-point laid back space folk that isn't interested in hemming and hawing and wasting your time. Less than 20 minutes in length, South feels completely satisfying due to its sheer density. We'll be looking forward to more from these guys in the future. -Austin Phy


Dream Wave translates raw feeling to sound on "Living for Moments of Beauty"

Living for Moments of Beauty is a scattered project, comprising of a couple dominant sounds organized in a stream-of-consciousness flow with no obvious rhyme or reason. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. The album reads like a smattering of bedroom ideas presented as they were conceived; it's a picture of a person at a certain time, free of pretense or pressure. The result is honest, to-the-point, and most importantly, an enjoyable listen. Ranging from guitar-centered soundscapes to Mac Demarco by way of The Strokes, Living for Moments of Beauty is one small taste of a large—and largely unnoticed, it seems—discography. Do some digging. You'll like what you uncover. -Austin Phy

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Leagues debut "Dance With Me" ahead of September album release

With a foot in the past and eyes fixed on the future, the newest from Leagues is a modern dance treat dressed in secondhand neon. There are some parallels to longtime local favorites How I Became the Bomb, which is a comparison that can be nothing but flattering. Set to release their sophomore album, Alone Together, on September 9, "Dance With Me" is the first we've heard from the band since their debut dropped back in the long-gone year of 2013. Stream the single below and keep an eye out for that new album when September rolls around. -Austin Phy

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