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Lionlimb impresses with "Shoo"

If you're reading coverage on psych-folksters Lionlimb (and you are), you'll more than likely hear a mention of Angel Olsen (and you have). And reasonably so—it's an interesting tidbit of musical genealogy that the two guys behind Lionlimb have previously best been known as members of her band. Her shadow is undeniably a large one to escape, but if there's anyone who could teach folks a thing or two about escaping big shadows, it's former Bonnie "Prince" Billy acolyte Olsen.  

It seems that these guys have learned that lesson and then some, as proudly showcased on the recently released-for-streaming Shoo. A nonstop soulful, groovy album offering its own take on 60's-styled pop in a modern context, Shoo flows effortlessly from one piece to the next. It doesn't demand your attention in any kind of aggressive way, but even if you turn your eyes toward another task, good luck keeping your head from bobbing along with the beat. To boast that these guys can stand on their own is an insult to what's going on here. There's no sense of trying too hard to make a path for themselves; they just let it roll, and the end result is rock-solid.

Shoo is available for streaming in full right now and is set for official release on March 3. -Austin Phy

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A Deli Premiere: Commander Keen drops "Carolina," brings the heavy to Drkmttr this Thursday (03.03)

"Carolina," the first single off the upcoming full-length from local shredders Commander Keen is a big ol' beef patty sizzling on the grill. It's not a slow burner; the edges are plenty crispy and standing too close is a good way to get your face melted off. Taking cues from heavyweight punk groups like Titus Andronicus with a heavy dose of Dinosaur Jr. skate vibes, there's a lot to unpack here from the thick riffs to a rhythm section that just won't dial it down, no matter how many times the neighbors call the cops. It wouldn't be unwarranted for you to feel a little bloated and exhausted at the end of it all. But you know you actually want another serving, yeah?

Catch Commander Keen with Terrible, Mouth Reader, and BUMMRcity this Thursday (03.03) at Drkmttr. It's a packed-out bill featuring some of our favorite locals, and you'd be a damn fool to sleep on it. -Austin Phy

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I'm an Island releases "Bored Days, Old Years"

We're not floating in space, ladies and gentlemen, but the feeling of I'm an Island's Bored Days, Old Years is somewhat similar. It's a tender affair, with elegant psych-tinged guitar flourishes taking center stage and a lush production lifting the whole thing into orbit. Each song is an exploration that takes a few moments to get where it's going but leaves no doubt that the journey here is just as enjoyable as the destination.  

Bored Days, Old Years is set for a vinyl release on June 27, but until then you can stream the whole album via Bandcamp.

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Adia Victoria teases new album with "Dead Eyes"

"Dead Eyes," the first single from Adia Victoria's upcoming LP Beyond the Bloodhounds is a snarling, vicious rejoinder from someone who's finally over it. Angry but jaded, modern but traditional, the track is a slight departure from the doom blues of her debut EP, but it still treads on some of the same ground. The tempo here is considerably more upbeat, but that doesn't mean the tone has followed suit. That isn't a complaint—Adia has a voice all of her own, and we're psyched to hear the rest of the album.

Steam "Dead Eyes" below and keep your eyes alive and alert for the May 13 release of Beyond the Bloodhounds. -Austin Phy

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All Them Witches summon forth video for "Open Passageways"

Picture the opening car ride in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but let's imagine things go a little differently. What if Hunter and the good doctor had smoked those two bags of grass, dropped those five sheets of acid right there, and left a couple dozen empty cans of beer on the side of the road? Things might have started to look a lot more like Heavy Metal, and the music playing in their desert-heat delirium would quite possibly be All Them Witches. They award-winning band  just released a video for "Open Passageways" from last year's Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, and it's a doozy. Between the twitchy, raw animations and the disintegrating portal-jumper of a main character, it's a far-out match for a solid track. -Austin Phy

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