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07.08 at The High Watt: No Coast bring indie pop bounciness

Bouncy indie pop goes great with the summer heat; bands like No Coast have you covered. The group will perform their next at-home show at The High Watt on July 8th, as part of a bill with Cousin Simple, Parrotfish, and Thames. No Coast released their debut EP Never Stop Starting earlier this year; they've received accolades in the indie press for Manny Pyka's and Tate Gardner's songwriting chops and the band's smooth pop arrangements. On Never Stop Starting, "Mars" takes listeners to a realm dominated by funk and ambient sounds, while "Keep Me Running" has a touch of a folk vibe. "Drowning" has the  bubbliest sound on the album; take a listen to it below, and don't miss No Coast's performance at The High Watt on July 8th. - Will Sisskind


Debut Fast Car Slow Car Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Dadas, the debut release from Fast Car Slow Car, a.k.a. Breshon Martzall (Straw Hats), recently arrived. Produced by Rob Grote (The Districts, Goat Mumbles, Straw Hats), the album swims in electro-R&B waters. A tranquil, humid haze merges with the personal nature of the lyrics. Sonic textures and serenading vocals induce movement and reflective evaluations. House Cat will be presenting Fast Car Slow Car's EP Release Show & Beyond the Bars Benefit at Beautiful World Syndicate on Saturday, June 29, supported by Body Meat and EM-E.


Don't Believe In Ghosts' "The Chase" is an '80s phantasmagoria

There’s no shortage of '80s nostalgia present in indie subgenera these days, but few approach the level of full-camp seen in “The Chase,” the newest video by New York alternative pop purveyors Don’t Believe in Ghosts. Betwixt the haze of fog machines, gaussian LED lights, and sequin miniskirts, “The Chase” is a phantasmagoria of cultural ephemera, one that, against the plucky, guitar friendly groove of the band’s music, reads as a celebration of the Reagan years’ frequently criticized/glorified aesthetic. That, paired with frontman Steven Nathan’s bombastic vocal performance (and roller-skate choreography) defines the track as a ridiculous, but fun, showcase of the Don't Believe in Ghost's iconoclastic pop vision. Stream it below, perhaps as a visual amuse-bouche to a John Hughes marathon, and catch them live at the Bowery Electric on August 17th. -Connor Beckett McInerney


New Stephen Freshy Masi EP Available for Streaming & Download

Here's Two Songs For Ya is the aptly-named new release from Stephen Freshy Masi. The recordings hit you with their lush, melodic, breezy tones, creating a seamless yet intricate, sonic setting. Earnest whilst vibrantly refined, these songs exude a practiced polish that seems radio/label ready.


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