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AUDIO: Grace Weber – “Parachute”

R&B songstress Grace Weber’s second single since her album “A Beautiful Space” is out now. “Parachute” is about falling hard for someone and wishing to be let down carefully like the titular flotation device. Weber brings the romantic swagger, asserting that she deserves to be fallen for with the same intensity. She feels saved by this person and it’s a

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AUDIO: HollowHecatomb – “Procession of Evil”

Industrial rock project HollowHecatomb released a new album on Virtues Label this past week. Incorporating elements of black metal and harsh noise and even hardcore punk, this body of work is dissonant and hellish. The cacophony of many creeds culminates into a truly brutal exhibition – in the best way. German punks Fliehende Sturme contribute on the third track while

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AUDIO: Leechmonger – “Deathwish”

Deathcore band Leechmonger are out with a new record this week. The band brings some of the harshest and most animalistic shrieks we’ve heard all year, coupled with fierce and doomful beatdowns. Lyrics punch into living as a tortured soul, holding in rage, crawling towards death, and giving a huge “fuck you” to lying killer cops. It’s a scornful record

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AUDIO: X Harlow – “Cathars”

Industrial-emo post-punk artist X Harlow has a new album out on Sweat Equity. It’s a dense, abstract record that contemplates the persevering human spirit through calamitous landscapes. Some pieces serve as meditative interludes of gothic waves juxtaposed with medieval chants (“Lost in Her House”, “Metempsychosis”) while other tunes contain more of a pop structure, finding Schmidt lyrically ruminating on secluded

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AUDIO: Ben Harold & the Rising – “These Days”

Americana rockers Ben Harold & the Rising are out with their debut album today. It’s a painted picture of adult hardships and confrontations. Harold explores themes of powerlessness, cyclical heartbreak, escaping painful relationships, and departing from one’s former self among other difficult topics. He does so with brutal conviction that radiates across the room, to the point where you want

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AUDIO: Valerie Lighthart – “Pt. II: The Witch”

Folk pop songstress Valerie Lighthart has the second part to her “By Moonlight” series out today. While “Pt I: The Goddess” carried a brightly shining aura with electronica elements, “The Witch” dwells within the shadowy underside of magical beauty, utilizing entirely acoustic instrumentation and slower tempos. Lighthart has spread her wings into the darker territories of imaginative storytelling, reveling in

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AUDIO: LoBi LoBianco – “Listless”

LoBi LoBianco is the solo “folkgaze” project from one of the members of Howard Grove. LoBi’s got his first single out and it’s a solid dose of fall melancholia. With carefully-layered instrumentation of woodsy textures, LoBi blooms lonely sentiment into friendly charm. He’s got a full-length record coming soon; stay tuned for more from LoBi LoBianco in the near future.

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AUDIO: Billy Dreamer – “Fuck Snapple/BYOG”

Theatrical punk rockers Billy Dreamer have a new two-piece out this week. The first track finds them really angry about the fact that Snapple is in plastic bottles instead of glass now, while the second track touches on blindly following a faith. It’s rock and roll that comes in blistering hot and right in your face, whether they’re tackling simple

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AUDIO: Hundredbucks & Julius Dolls – “Fall Pack”

Chicago’s bedroom pop artists Hundredbucks and Julius Dolls teamed up for a two-piece this past week. The first track has a shoegaze-flavored melody accompanied by electronic rhythm while the second track is a midtempo jam with an watery, chugging riff. Both feature vocal parts from each; Bucks and Dolls sing about missing someone but not putting up just yet, growing

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