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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We Don’t Call

San Francisco’s Thao & the Get Down Stay Down produce the kind of alternative folk-rock that proves to be creativity at its purest form. Genuine innovation is experienced, as each song is able to to introduce something new. Be it syncopated saxophones, ever-changing percussion sections, or a mix of production elements, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down manage to keep ears perked from start to finish. The Impact has a feeling that these guys are about to get real big, real soon. Check out their song We Don’t Call” off their 2013 release We the Common below. Read More…

Hail the Sun – Testostyrannosaurus

A shining light in the dim world of post-hardcore, Hail the Sun makes us remember why we got into the genre in the first place. Like a cross between Circa Survive and The Fall of Troy, Hail the Sun make the kind of heavy, yet catchy tunes that Pitchfork wouldn’t dare even cover. Delicate guitar lines are pounded by the quick, pulsating rhythms until they shatter into a mess of off-kilter pop-punk-esque romps. Let’s just hope Hail the Sun marks the comeback of a once-great genre turned ridiculous. Check out the track “Testostyrannosaurus” off their 2012 EP Elephantitis below. Read More…

City Pulse – 4/24/13

This week, both state representative Jeff Irwin and Jeff Hank of the Coalition for a Safer Lansing call in calls in to discuss the topic of decriminalizing the use of marijuana in Michigan. Later, Ben Duke of the 4th Culture Studios joins Berl in-studio and we listen to an interview with state representatives Andy Schor and Sam Singh.

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Tera Melos – New Chlorine

A band that could only come out of California, Tera Melos seems to enjoy confusing the crap out of their listeners. Jazz-based math rock with elements of electronic and house music thrown in, they’re actually considered to be innovators of the math rock scene. The rhythmic structure of each song can only be characterized as “chaotic.” Guitar-tapping, start-and-stop dynamics, and the extreme use of guitar pedals and effects make Tera Melos one of the most interesting bands to watch live. You can actually catch them this weekend when they open for TTNG at The Magic Stick. Check out the track “New Chlorine” off their tamest album to date: 2013’s X’ed Out below. Read More…

The Dear Hunter – Whisper

Providence, Rhode Island’s The Dear Hunter have been making a theatrical version of ambient hard rock since 2005. Musical mastermind Casey Crescenzo, along with his brother Nick, create a full, powerful sound spanning the spectrum of emotion. With a versatile arsenal of -driven storylines, each album has been a heroic tale of love and loss. The new album Migrant is their first concept-free album. Claiming to be the most honest album yet, it’s clearly pure experimentation at its best. Check out the music video for the new track “Whisper” off their 2013 album Migrant below. Read More…

Look Mexico – Not On My Watch

Florida’s Look Mexico are the best band you’ve never heard of. After a series of lineup changes, they began putting out music in 2006. With elements of math rock, post rock, and alternative, Look Mexico provide a new and refreshing take on music with each song. Chaotic yet controlled drums carry the song through sporadic, off-kilter guitar lines and bright, crisp vocals. Though their style has changed over the years, each album and EP they put out offers something new. Plus, all their song titles are Vin Diesel quotes, so there’s that. Check out the track “Not On My Watch” off their 2006 release This Is Animal Music below. Read More…

The Basement – 4/18/13

Big thanks to Vince Zydeck and The Plurals for stopping by tonight. Be sure to tune in next week when we have Honey Wild and The Distorted Watlz in the studio.

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Wayne Szalinski – Sweetness

Honey Wild – Deadbeats

Last Night Saved My Life – Nosotros Read More…

Rare Monk – Death By Proxy

Rare Monk are a melting pot of indie rock. Combining all different types of rock including, but not limited to soul, garage, indie, folk, and electronic. Like a broken down, raw version of Atlas Genius, the Portland-based five-piece have only been in the scene for a couple years. Often getting into fits of experimental, psychedelic rage, Rare Monk could be described as a mix between Surfer Blood and The Killers. Check out the song “Death By Proxy” off their 2013 album Sleep/Attack below. Read More…

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