Indie Rock

Lowell's Spooky Future plays Midway Cafe on 12/15

Back in March, Lowell, Massachussetts trio Spooky Future released 'Chrese,' a palpably intriguing collection of jazz-rock songs. Calmer than its title may imply, the first track "Finally, You've Lost Your Mind" (streaming below) is a smooth blend of drum clasps and guitar curls that is pleasantly reminiscent of The Bad Plus and BADBADNOTGOOD. The second-to-last song, "The National Fun Deficit," similarly, plays along to a graceful pace, its thick bass lines effectively showing the elegant power of instrumental music. Spooky Future plays at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, MA on 12/15.- Zach Weg

   

Ezra Furman 'The Prisoner'

Ezra Furman has released a new track, "The Prisoner", which was the b-side to his single "Restless Year". Furman also announced his Spring tour which will have in Austin for SXSW.

You can catch Ezra Furman at Lincoln Hall with Sleepy Kitty on March 26th.

   

Northampton's Mammal Dap plays Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT on 12.10

With their sputtering beats and trotting guitars, Northampton, Massachussetts indie funk quartet Mammal Dap powerfully reminds the listener that instruments alone can be deeply affecting. Excluding a human voice, songs like the drum-skipped "Ariel" and the bass-rubbed "Tried Tides" (streaming below) evoke autumnal melancholy while ultimately letting summer joy slide through. A compelling combination of Ratatat's elasticity and Flying Lotus's claustrophobia, such subtle yet fierce tracks play along to an intriguingly unpredictable pace. Mammal Dap has many forthcoming shows listed, including one this Thursday (12/10) at Stomping Ground in Putnam, CT. - Zach Weg

   

Boston rockers Day Grazer play Thunder Road on 12.21

Back in August, Boston four-piece Day Grazer released 'Water Sports,' an offering of two lackadaisically energetic songs. Intriguingly mixing the starkness of "Where Is My Mind?"-like Pixies and the warmth of The Strokes’ “Soma,” both tracks, "Water Sports" (streaming below) and "Fodder,” convey early-twenties angst with bold honesty and vivid simplicity. "What do I know?/After all, I'm twenty-four/And bored," sings the frontman named Dave over jittering guitars on the former, near humorous candor emerging from the greatly intense pain. Day Grazer plays at Thunder Road in Somerville, MA on 12.21. - Zach Weg

   

Boston sextet Loose Change's sunny rock

As heard on their warm, harmonica-hinged songs "Get What You Give" and "Sun Go Down," Boston sextet Loose Change radiantly blends the bluesy rock of 'Beggars Banquet'-era The Rolling Stones and the floaty Americana of Wilco's 'Summerteeth.' Lead singer Sam Bergquist even sports the prowling voice of Mick Jagger on the latter track and, with his bandmates' tight drumming and smooth guitar strums in the background, he makes Loose Change pleasantly, wonderfully fresh. While the band doesn't currently have a forthcoming show listed, keep posted on its Facebook page. - Zach Weg