fnmr march2014

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

March marks the beginning of spring — and warmer tracks. This month's new music round-up certainly doesn't disappoint on that front, featuring a selection of blues rock, '60s pop-inspired tunes, and a rising diva from Brooklyn.


A cursory listen of "Going Out In Style," the newest cut from Boston psych rockers CreaturoS, make it sound like the self-identified 'freakbeat' guys have cleaned up a bit. The edgy, blues rockin' tune definitely is tighter than their previous effort, "SWAMPP THINGG," and their lineup has shifted a bit. The word is still out on what else the well-weathered punks have in store, but we're excited. They headline Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge on April 20.

Upbeat, melody-driven tunes with shades of '60s pop are a necessity for ringing in spring. The Colorines, a brand new quartet from a tiny upstate NY town, released a collection of short grungy ditties earlier this month called "Paleontology." A highlight is "Haircut," pairing lighthearted harmonies with simple lyrics about haircuts and stalking people on Facebook. They play NYC's Mercury Lounge on April 5.

There isn't much information about soulful pop artist Katherine Smith, known as Lewis, but we're digging her first single — and the accompanying pop production — of "Hunter." Local blog The Wild Honey Pie just released a music video for the track, a well-produced, shadowy look into the many faces of Smith. This one has radio pop written all over it, but Smith's attention-grabbing vocals deserve it.

Orca Orca, a lo-fi dreampop project based out of Allston which has been on our radar for awhile, released "The Shallows" earlier this month. "Ok, Lost," the Real Estate-inspired lead track, meshes songwriter Jimmy Hewitt's delicate voice alongside a melancholic drum machine. They officially release the 7'' on April 6 at Great Scott in Allston with a lineup of fellow Boston indie pop risers Bent Shapes, Abadabad and Catenine.

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

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