This monthly feature highlights recently released tracks by bands from the Northeast, focusing on local acts from New York, Boston and surrounding areas.
We waited until after Black Friday passed to publish November's new music roundup, but those couple of extra days allowed us to find the best tracks of November. Begin the month right with some local eletro-pop, rock and punk.
NYC-based soul singer Leah Siegel — the daughter of NPR broadcaster Robert Siegel — has been releasing music for nearly a decade. Since 2011, though, she's fronted electro-rock act Firehorsewhich pushes her voice into the direction of indie rock divas ala Emily Haines (Metric) and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). "Good," a high powered synth-pop jam, puts Siegel's soul in the hands of punchy keys and insistent drums. Firehorse play NYC's Mercury Lounge tonight at 10:30.
'90s-influenced guitar rock will always have a place at Locally Amped and since Streight Angular have been a staple in the local Boston rock scene since '08, it's about time we mention them. They initially caught our attention at last year's Boston Music Awards, where frontman Al Polk made a hallway in the Liberty Hotel his playground. "Will Smith," off the self-released LP An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus is an angsty tune about growing up but beneath it all lies a hook-laden gem. Streight Angular play the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA on 12/20 with Math the Band.
More often than we'd like, we don't find out about a band until after they've left town. Occasionally, though, we miss seeing a band entirely. That was sadly the case with SIRS, a four-piece punk act from just north of NYC in Purchase, NY, who broke up in November. They finished in DIY style, releasing a self-titled cassette and hitting underground mainstays in Brooklyn (Shea Stadium) and Philadelphia (Golden Tea House) just before calling it a day. "Impostor," a track off the aforementioned EP, draws the listener in quick with Justin Jurgens' impassioned voice — and keeps them listening with poetic thoughts on ideals.
This is part of a Metro Boston and New York music column called Locally Amped. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.