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Signs of life from us are rare. Consider yourself blessed, dear Reader, to be witnessing such an unpredictable phenomenon. Today I jump on the inexplicable trend of celebrating a part of the non-existent gender binary on specific days of the week by highlighting kick ass female bands.

First up in this (hopefully) continuing series is Scranton, PA’s Petal! Formed in 2012 by songwriter and lead singer Kiley Lotz, Petal features a rotating cast from bands such as Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, and Captain We’re Sinking. Currently signed to Run For Cover, Petal’s 2013 EP Scout (RFC store, bandcamp) features five emotionally raw and introspective tracks that echo some of modern indie’s greatest acts.

Their debut LP entitled Shame (pre-order it) is due out on 10/23 via Run For Cover and is produced by the incomparable Will Yip (mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth, etc.). Check out “Sooner” from their debut LP below. I’m fairly certain half of the play counts on this song are mine. “Sooner” shows leaps and bounds of artistic growth and is making Shame easily one of my most anticipated records of this last quarter of the year. Simple distorted guitars mixed with clean, distinct vocals and Lotz’s pleading lyrics (“Please don’t leave sooner than you have to”) promise a great record that is not to be missed.

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The Long Winter is over, and we have just now begun to thaw and crawl out of our hibernation caves to bring to you new and wonderful tunes.

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Firstly and most importantly, mewithoutYou’s Pale Horses was released on Tuesday via Run For Cover. It is their first release since signing to the new label, and producer/wizard Will Yip has once again used his sonic sorcery to bring to us one of the best records of the year so far (and probably for the rest of the year, if we’re being honest, which we always are). As a long time fan of the band I (and I think I speak for us all) can say that Pale Horses undoubtedly ranks among their best work. It combines all the classic elements of previous records, including a revisitation of Brother, Sister‘s “C-Minor” with “D-Minor.” It features a mix of calming melodies and powerful riffs mixed with Aaron Weiss’ versatile, moving vocals and unparalleled ability to weave words. Prepare yourself for 39 minutes of nonstop chills. If you’re able, please catch the band on their national tour with Foxing for a truly unforgettable experience (with acoridans!).

See below for some more treats released this week.

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New Music Tuesday on a Wednesday

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Rejoice, for Self Love is finally upon us. Not really, but do yourself a sonic favor and head over to VICE to stream the highly-anticipated (especially by us) two-track split that features two of our very favorite bands, Touche Amore and the eternally prolific Self Defense Family, working as one spectacular, chaotic musical outfit. It’s everything one could hope a mash-up of two of Deathwish’s darlings would produce. Expect a gushing review shortly. This AND the Self Defense Family/Creative Adult split are both out March 10 on Deathwish. Order them here and here, respectively.

But wait! There’s more! Under the cut check out a new track from Westkust (members of Makthaverskan, on tour with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult right now. SDF is everywhere. Succumb.), a new LP from Lady Lamb, and a catchy new track from Death Cab for Cutie.

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New Music Tuesday

No time to chat it up! Let’s go!

First, from a couple weeks ago, you NEED to listen to Drug Church’s new EP Swell. It’s – ahem – swollen with sweet riffs and wallowing in misery. It’s a very well put together record, while the lyrics are of someone not put together whatsoever. “Work-Shy” and “Zero Zero” are two gut-punching favorites.

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Stream the new Title Fight record right now

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What a treat, particularly for those of you in New England who will otherwise be busy getting inebriated under several feet of snow for the next few days. Now you can pretend you are doing the exact same thing on a sad, dreamy surfer beach instead.

In all seriousness, this record is everything we could have hoped for and more. Stay tuned for a stupidly glowing review.

Hop on over to NPR to stream Hyperview in its entirety ya dope! And scavenge one of the few remaining record bundles here.

Review: Sick Feeling – Suburban Myth

by Andrew Parker

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(released 1/20/15 on Collect/Terrible)

It’s a rare and lovely thing when a band’s debut album instantly feels like a punk classic.

I have not minced words. Should that have been a little more subtle and understated? Probably. But it also would have felt criminal to do that. So now that you know how I feel, I’m going to get into just why Suburban Myth is such a huge record.

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