Indie Rock

Turnover takes over Strange Matter tonight 6.28!

Hailing from the coastal town of Virginia Beach, Turnover has charmed with spellbinding riffs and powerful melodies. Deriving its roots from pop punk, Turnover doesn’t shy from confronting the doubts and nuances that so often plague everyday life; questions of identity, insecurities, and love, which they so beautifully explore in their more indie centric Peripheral Vision. With reverb laden and treaded guitars they manage to evoke a sense of warmth and tenderness in each song tinged with a touch of melancholy and nostalgia through Austin Getz’s vocals. Turnover continue their transition into a gauzy dream pop and indie rock with their most recent single, Humblest Pleasure (streaming below), where it feels like being submerged in a memory of muted colors, speckled by brilliant bursts of vivid colors brought to life with the intricately beautiful guitar work. “What a thing it is to grow” Gretz sings, what a thing it is indeed. Turnover takes the stage tonight at Strange Matter so make sure to catch them! - Adriana S. Ballester

   

Stove plays Shea Stadium on 7.04

Stove is the new solo project from Connecticut native, Ovlov member Steve Hartlett and other friends mostly based in Brooklyn. The band released its debut album Is Stupider in November of 2015 on Exploding in Sound, opffering a brand of slacker rock heavily influenced by '90s acts like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. Catchy melodies and memorable choruses abound in tracks like “Wet Food” and “Dusty Tree," and so does the tendency towards introspective and self-deprecating lyrics. “Dusty Weather” (streaming) is the cleanest sounding track on the album, deviating from the band signature sound, until the fuzzy burst of melody at the end. Stove will be playing Shea Stadium on July 4th. - John Honan

   

Caveman releases third LP 'Otero War' + talks about pedals on Delicious Audio

Belonging to the rare category of "bands that keep getting better all the time," Brooklyn's dream rock quintet Caveman just released their third full length album (and three years in the making) 'Otero War,' and is set to play several major festivals this summer including Forecastle in Louisville, KY, Panorama in NYC and Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, CA. With a gear insider like Jimmy Carbonetti in its ranks - besides being the band's guitarist, the man is a fine luthier and owns Cobra Guitars - we were tempted to ask him a few question about guitar pedals - check out the link below. Check out latest single 'Life or Just Living,' streaming below.

Delicious Audio Q&A with Caveman about their guitar pedals.

   

Brooklyn's Gillian streams new EP 'Strange Candy'

Gillian's frontlady Kym Hawkins's vocal phrasing revisits the style of 80’s icons Lene Lovitch and Missing Person’s Dale Bozzio as much as modern counterparts Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. While the joyous pop-funk groove of opening track “Eau to Be” stomps to clever lyrical word play, it's the ultimate hook “we play our danger game, we found our danger fame, how did we get into this life?” that will stick in your head for days. Their new EP's “Strange Candy"'s title track “Strange Candy” merges electronic pulses and rock guitar hooks with Hawkins’ deliberate enunciation. Slower track “Sue My Mood” wades into the copyright law debate (an interestingly rare subject for a rock song!) suggesting there should be limits on what can be litigated regarding creative control - check out the video here. “Radio Clock” returns to faster tempos, relying on an angular jazz-funk style with tandem male-female vocals. The song was inspired by the novel Suttree by Cormac McCarthy, as was following track “Windfall,” describing a win win situation with the lyrics “we both got high and we both got laid.” Final track “House Boat” (also inspired by that now must-read book) has Kym singing tragic hero fantasy lyrics like “brave warrior, raise your sword” with a stylized accent and cascading structure reminiscent of Liz Fraser’s work with The Cocteau Twins. The Deli is exclusively streaming Gillian's new EP below. - Dave Cromwell

   

Calico Blue to bring vitalized Surf sound to O'Brien's Pub on 7/1

If asked to name a band that could be representational of what's popular in indie music today, Amherst's Calico Blue could serve as an unlikely, if not interesting answer. They have a dreamy, nostalgic sound based on pristine guitars, minimalist tendencies á la The XX, and deeply sad vocals reminscent of a lo-fi version of Lana Del Rey. Their self-described "surfer blues" is able to capture vintage elements and conteporary influences and coalesce them into something new and intriguing. Their 2015 self-titled album drags the listener down with heavy lyrics while also keeping them afloat with light guitar work. You can check them out at O'Brien's Pub on 7/1. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber