Friday new music roundup: Miniboone, XNY, Orca Orca and more

friday-new-music-roundup-sept

This monthly feature highlights recently released tracks by bands from the Northeast, focusing on local acts from New York and Boston.  

This month’s Friday New Music Roundup comes in a few days late as we’ve been exploring the music Internet’s hidden depths. It was worth it though, as we found a swell garage rock throwback act, a folk punk duo with gusto and a band that Cake would be proud of.

Miniboone, a four-piece act from New York named after a neutrino experiment, finally released their self-titled debut album, which was five years in the making. A mix of power pop with hints of new wave, their palpable happiness is first and foremost on the album. Listen to their single, “I Could, I Could,” a hopeful song full of power riffs, keys and the anticipation of something larger.

Here at Locally Amped, we grew up on tracks based simply in guitar, drums and vocals, so it’s nice to hear a song so simple that it can take on a life of its own. Vocalist Pam Autuori leads XNY, a NYC-based duo, in a passionate tale called “Ride On” that eventually drives into a singalong chorus.

Orca Orca is one of those bands we’ve been meaning to see live in Boston but keep missing. “Climb,” a self-recorded single off their latest effort “Tidals,” continues lead singer/guitarist Jimmy Hewitt’s trend of producing dreamy, jangly tracks. Just as notable is their tireless self-run promo and touring, which we hope will translate into something more soon.

Within the grittier side of Boston’s underground scene lies garage rockers The Monsieurs, who want everyone to know that the ’70s aren’t dead. They’re one of those bands you have to search for, but the effort is worth it for a surprising mix of distorted vocals, garage hooks and a slew of early punk influences. Here’s “Shadow,” a track off their debut cassette.


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



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…