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Taylor Dukes releases "Gravity", plays the Basement 8/30

 Taylor Dukes' voice is smooth like your favorite silk shirt- assuming you own a silk shirt. Other things one could compare her voice to include polished wood, or cinnamon ice cream. Not only does the singer bless us with her warm (and at times sultry) vocals on her new song "Gravity," but also with an incredibly tasteful arrangement including a mellotron flute, a gorgeous acoustic guitar, a soulful rhythm section, and layers on layers of harmonies. I even hear a little bit of Elton John in the piano-infused bridge. Simply delightful. Catch Taylor Dukes live at the Basement on 8/30. -Geena Kloeppel

 





Demo Love is here to spread throwback poptimism

 Demo Love's tagline really spoke to me: "Remember your favorite high-school bands? Remember major chords and rockin' jangle-pop?" Yes. Yes I do. The band's debut, self-titled album is a real winner- it's lush, full of hooky melodies and choruses, and is superbly arranged with guitar riffs and a well-executed rhythm section. Two highlights are "You & Me" and "Evelyn" that almost feel more like rock than pop- but then again, back in the day, that's what our favorite bands sounded like. Final track "Stay" is more wistful than the rest of the batch, but equally lovely. The whole record is carried by the warm and caring vocals of Chris Banke and Benjamin Lusk. If the new "it" genre is throwback, I'm down. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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Rainsticks' new album 'Elkmont' brings back the pop sound of '60s and '70s

The other day I was listening to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and wondered what they'd sound like if the trio were on the scene today. Lo and behold, today I stumbled upon the indie/psych/pop group Rainsticks on Bandcamp. Fronted by Asher Horton, not only does the band bring back the best of old-school pop, using the same layers of vocal harmonies and basic instruments as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but there's also a hint of psychedelia. This album is one to listen to from front to back, preferably through a stereo, on a Sunday. The music will wash over you like the afternoon sun. -Geena Kloeppel

 





Digyphus is an ethereal, experimental gem of a project

 Whoever (or whatever) Digyphus is- I'm here for them. Digyphus is described as the digital version of Sisyphus on Bandcamp, and is apparently fronted by one D. Andersen, who wrote and played all of the instruments on the project's new record, Escapism. To give you an idea of just how diverse that body of instruments is, I'll list a few: synthesizers, glockenspiel, electric guitar, and ocarina are all present in this album. "Digital Sisyphus" starts with an plucked acoustic guitar and piano arrangement, reminiscent of the "Call Me By Your Name" soundtrack. It builds into something a bit noisier, but not intrusively so. The whole record is awash in various reverbs and almost unnameable sounds. I could hardly pull myself away. -Geena Kloeppel

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Amy Darling's debut EP is a reminder to everyone that women are slaying in rock'n'roll

 Can someone please put more rock'n'roll ladies on our radar? Thanks. I'll start you off- with Amy Darling's debut EP Rock'n'Roll Woman, a four-song exposition that fuses your favorite classic rockabilly textures (Jackson Browne, Steppenwolf, a dusty saloon...) with a heap of female assertion and power. The title track is the edgiest of the four, but the slightly slower "Flip the Bird" is just as sonically stunning, if not even a little more interesting. My only qualm about the record is its length: if only there were more songs! Looking forward to a full length in the future! Catch Amy Darling's EP release show on 9/5 at American Legion Post 82. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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