The Hush Now – Memos

September 10, 2011

The Hush Now have had a few line-up changes over the years, but their latest configuration may be their strongest yet.

A new lp, “Memos,” is due out in just a couple weeks. I had the pleasure and the privilege of listening to an advance copy last Friday at WZBC, so I can tell you what it sounds like: pure pop perfection.

Check out the first track below, or download it yourself from bandcamp. Look for the full album September 27.

“Arkansas”

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Found Audio – Chalk

July 9, 2011

If you’re looking forward to the new Wilco album coming out this Fall, you should be looking forward even more to this lp, “Chalk,” by Found Audio, which comes out next month.

Singing the alt-country blues in Allston. And who among us hasn’t done the same, from time to time?

“Walker, Riddley”



Young Adults – Black Hole

December 11, 2010

This new release by Young Adults was the one I had been looking forward to more than any other this year. In terms of local music, that’s a designation that usually gets reserved for one of my old favorites, like Mission of Burma. But based on the strength of the band’s five-song demo, released earlier in 2010, I couldn’t wait to hear more.

The full-length “Black Hole” combines those five outstanding tracks from before with six others, no less excellent, plus two short instrumental compositions. The songwriting remains strong throughout. And the energy level, as high as it was on the demo, seems to get ratcheted higher still on the lp. Maybe that’s because the sound benefits from additional production. Or maybe just because I liked the album so much I kept turning up the volume.

As I’m sure you will too. Check out a brilliant live performance of “Rip it Up,” below. Or the entire album, streaming here. Because Young Adults are a band that has arrived. And hopefully come to stay.