This monthly feature highlights recently released tracks by bands from the Northeast, focusing on local acts from New York, Boston and surrounding areas.
South by Southwest, better known as the platform for rising acts to shine (and the music industry's spring break), is just around the corner yet again, so it's no surprise that February's new music selections are stellar. February has brought far too much cold — but these local Boston and NYC-based folk, rock and electro acts do keep things from remaining too frigid.
Lead singer Erica Lane's warm voice might just be all you need for cozying up in the winter's waning moments. The Hunting Party, a six-piece indie folk act brings full, Americana-laced tunes to NYC. "Bobby" acts as a quick embrace to the woodsy party, meshing elaborate, rambling instrumentation (including well-placed banjo) with Lane's crooning. They play Brooklyn's Rock Shop on 2/6 before a show at Bowery Electric in Manhattan on 2/23.
We're not sure where we first found out about blues rockers Blue & Gold, but we are certain that they've got riff-ready rock 'n roll down pat. During 2012's CMJ, we were hopeful that girl-fronted rock was on its way back (see: Deap Vally, Savages). With a little bit of luck, these guys might be our next hope for gritty rock. This four-piece released a video for single "Ghost Man," a slow burner earlier this month. Catch them headlining NYC's Mercury Lounge on March 29.
Western Mass.-based band Freres Lapierre just want summer already. The four-piece cheerily trumpets catchy, upbeat jams with appearances from the glockenspiel and trombone to boot on their recently-released, self-titled full length. "XBJ" could've made them a contender for joining the influential '90s indie folk collective Elephant 6 if it was still around — but should be heard regardless of whether an edgy label collective picks them up.
Dance pop always has a place within the virtual pages of Locally Amped, and Boston-via-RI duo Miss Geo make us wonder whether or not chill-flavored pop should've gone out of style in the late naughts. "Snake Soiree" hits a punchier tone, calling to mind early Metric with synth-and-guitar hooks (and the lush, candy-coated voice of lead singer Abby Gutierrez). The track, an old one, comes on the heels of a spring EP. Stay tuned.
This is part of a Metro Boston and New York music column called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.