Friday new music roundup: Krill, ARMS and more

friday new music roundup

Now that Locally Amped is back in its blog format, I’m introducing a new occasional feature called Friday New Music Roundup where I feature recently released tracks from the Northeast, focusing on local acts from New York and Boston. 

The inaugural edition features new cuts from long-time favorite folk punk act Kal Marks, their compatriots from Boston Krill and a couple of NYC pop acts with their first new material in awhile.

Among Boston-area breakout acts of the last couple of months, a surprising proportion have roots in the Allston’s gritty punk-leaning basement scene. Acts like Speedy Ortiz — who released Major Arcana to praise and were just covered in the New York Times and Rolling Stoneare leading the pack. Right behind them are two younger acts with just as much unbridled emotion and potential:  Kal Marks and newcomer Krill.

Kal Marks premiered the angry, anxious — and personal — “Life is Murder” this week, a track which has an old school punk aesthetic and highlights frontman Carl Shane’s angry, but pointed, voice. The full-length, also titled Life is Murder is out on 9/17 via Exploding in Sound Records/Midnight Werewolf/Sophomore Lounge.

Also within the same Allston scene are the younger psych-tinged act, Krill. They just dropped their sophomore LP, Lucky Leaves, in June and finish up a summer tour in August before what should be a successful fall. “Purity of Heart” shows off Jonah Furman’s grating but oddly satisfying voice meshed with screechy but a propos guitar riffs.

One the other side of the umbrella ‘indie rock spectrum,’ a couple of NYC-based indie pop acts released new material for the first time in quite awhile.

NYC-based Todd Goldstein, better known as ARMS (and formerly of the vastly under-rated jangle pop act Harlem Shakes) just dropped a new single in advance of EP2, out on September 10 via Paper Garden Records. “Comfort” has a lo-fi, chill vibe, but keeps the listener intrigued through with intricate guitar riffs and his wispy voice.

North Highlands release a 7″ on Monday with a light, airy indie pop cut called “I’ll Do My Best.” The five-piece from Brooklyn, who are at work on second full length, retain the charm from their 2011 debut Wild One while calling to mind C86-style dreampop.

This is part of a Metro Boston and New York music column called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter @LocallyAmped.


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