Song Of The Day: The Black Angels – Empires Falling

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“Empires Falling” is the latest single off of Wilderness of Mirrors, the new album from Austin psych rockers The Black Angels, out now on Partisan Records. Check it out.

Concert Review: Sylvaine, September 16, Opera House

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Friday night saw Norway’s Sylvaine (not to be confused with the late Sylvain Sylvain or, for that matter, David Sylvian) taking to the stage at The Opera House alongside Imperial Triumphant and Zeal & Ardor.

A charming frontwoman who took the time during her set to tell the story behind some of the songs, Sylvaine, aka Kathrine Shepard, introduced herself and her bandmates as being “from Europe” adding that they come from Norway, France and Germany, but Sylvaine is really Shepard’s brainchild. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist and composer, Sylvaine has assembled a solid collection of songs on her latest, Nova (out now on Season of Mist).

Sylvaine offers up a mix of black metallish sounds with traditional folk stylings and vocals that run the gamut from ethereal beauty to full on shrieks. With a sound reminiscent of bands like Alcest and Myrkur, the band put on an impressive show. In a live setting, songs like “Mono No Aware” and “Nowhere, Still Somewhere” really come alive, with a few in the crowd even getting a bit of a mosh pit going towards the end of their set.

For their parts, headliners Zeal & Ardor and show openers Imperial Triumphant also put on memorable performances, though I feel that Imperial Triumphant in particular deserves a special shout out not only for their musical chops but for incorporating a champagne bottle into their performance, first using it as a guitar slide before popping the cork and then spraying the crowd, pouring the remnants into a few concertgoers mouths. I mean, if you were one of the lucky few to get some free champagne included along with your concert ticket? That’s just good value.

Song Of The Day: The Murlocs – Bellarine Ballerina

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“Bellarine Ballerina” is a bracing bit of psych-punk from Melbourne’s The Murlocs, taken off of their upcoming sixth studio album Rapscallion, out this Friday via ATO Records. Check it out below.

Song Of The Day: ODDLY – Alligator

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London’s Damnably Records have been responsible for some of Panic Manual’s faves over the past few years, including Say Sue Me, Grrrl Gang, and Otoboke Beaver, and if “Alligator” is any indication, we may now have to add the name ODDLY to that list.

The Kyoto-based trio initially released “Alligator” as part of the Adult Swim curated Japan Is Loud compilation and are now putting it out as a digital single via Damnably with plans in the works for the band’s debut full length album as well.

Check out the video for “Alligator” below.