Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/16 – 3/22): Sego, CHAI

Sego – “Shame” – (indie punk rock)

For some reason I completely forgot about this song until I went to write these prime slices today. It’s odd since this is definitely my favorite song that’s come in thus far this year. Sego is a four piece from Los Angeles with a really fun, zany, and thumping sound. The vocalist’s style reminds me a lot of Beck but thankfully not in the rip off kinda way. The song is really entertaining throughout and hits hard with the chorus, making it such a good ear worm. This is the first single off their upcoming album Sego Sucks, coming out April 5th on Roll Call Records. It also comes with an awesome music video that pairs with the song really well. Check ’em out!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/9 – 3/15): Pottery, Dirt Buyer

Pottery – “Hank Williams” [single] – (garage punk)

To start this off I’d like to mention that for both bands I have today, these are their first releases which I think is pretty awesome. Coming out of the gate real strong is garage punk band Pottery, hailing from the UK and parts of Canada but stationing themselves in Montreal. They’ve gained over 8,000 listeners on Spotify since the release, and for good reason! This new tune starts and ends with an electrifying amount of energy. The instruments and vocals sound fairly raw and gives that sound like you’re hearing them record right in front of you. Their first album, which includes this track, is set to come out on May 10th which just isn’t soon enough. But in the meantime, do yourself a favor and save this little gem.

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Show Review: Mike Krol at Great Scott

I’d been waiting for this show to happen for quite a few weeks now and did it live up to expectations? Yes, it absolutely did. Although I thought Krol definitely needed a bigger stage for his energy alone, it’s exciting to be up close and personal with an artist you love and he did an amazing job to put on the best show he could. But let’s get into it.

The first opener was Earthquake Party! who I missed sadly, but after listening to some of their music it has a very similar vibe to Krol’s. Definitely worth a quick listen!

The second opener was SAVAK; a four piece indie punk band from Brooklyn, New York. Their first song came out really strong and got me really excited for the rest of the set but all the other songs didn’t live up to that first tune. It seemed like either it was a new song with a new sound they’re going towards or an old song they peaked on. I’d say half their set had some early Devo influence and the other half was a bit more NOFX sounding. Their image wasn’t terribly put together but they had some good energy between them and a solid sound to go with it. After SAVAK’s set,

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/2 – 3/8): The Dip, Benny Sings

The Dip – Delivers! – (Motown / Rock)

This week was one of those weeks that didn’t have a lot to work with. That being said, I’ve been blessed with two solid albums to talk about. First up is The Dip who have created a nice blend of 60’s Motown and rock ‘n’ roll for their second LP The Dip Delivers!. The entire album is packed with high energy, punchy lyrics, and a sweet, sweet horn section. This group of guys have really tapped into a good groove with their songs and it sounds like they have fun playing together. They can put you on your feet with songs like “Sure Don’t Miss You” and “Advertising” but can have you slow dancing on “Atlas” and “Adeline.” This might be one of my top picks for the end of the year, mark my words!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/23 – 3/1): CHAI, Big Data,

CHAI – “Fashionista” [Single] – (rock)

CHAI is an all-female Japanese rock band who’ve been around since 2012.  The majority of the time I shy away from any music that isn’t in english because if I can’t understand or sing along to the lyrics then what’s the point? But I’ve been trying to get away from that mindset because I love this track a ton. They have this groovy instrumentation and unique vocal style that isn’t very comparable to anything else. They use a blend of English and Japanese in most of their songs, maybe as way to be more accessible, but with or without it, their music is still extremely catchy. Check out this song and the rest of their discography!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/16 – 2/22): Mike Krol, White Denim

White Denim – “Shanalala” [single] – (fuzz rock)

Coming in hot this week is a fiery new single from Austin band White Denim. This song is a mix of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and early Eagles of Death Metal with a really driving chord progression as well as the singers nonchalant vocal delivery. The lyrics aren’t easy to understand through the verses and are almost used as a rhythm part until the chorus, where “I don’t believe you” is repeated. It’s a really simple and effective tune that makes you wanna groove along so check it out.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/9 – 2/15): Squid, Claude Fontaine, Andrew Bird

Squid – “The Dial” – (indie punk)

At the very top of my list and will definitely appear again at the end of this year, is Squid’s new single “The Dial.” Squid is a relatively new band from the U.K. who have only released a few singles thus far in their career. This is currently their heaviest track but easily their catchiest. The vocal delivery is hard hitting and aggressive as he repeats with more intensity each time “The dial doesn’t change, oh the dial stays the same.” It’s one of those songs that gets you angry even if you weren’t before. It’s a real punch you in the face kinda song and it’s my new favorite. CHECK THIS OUT!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/2 – 2/8): Pip Blom, Cass McCombs, Pamela York

Pip Blom – “Daddy Issues” [single](indie fuzz rock)

There’s a little pressure trying to pick the first prime slices of the year but so far I’ve been given some pretty good choices. First on my list is Pip Blom hailing from Amsterdam. Fronted by the singer-songwriter of the same name, they’ve been putting out music since 2016 but recently broke through with their new EP Paycheck, released in October of last year. This single is following the same trajectory with their sound and I hope it can snag them some new fans. It’s a punchy song with a fuzzy wall of guitars and a great hook. Give it a listen!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (12/9 – 12/15) The Beths, Starcrawler

The Beths – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – (indie rock)

Well as fate would have it, I have another spicy Christmas release for you all to listen to. The Beths, who put out their third album, Future Me Hates Me, just a few months ago, did up a nice cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” It has a really wonderful Doo-wop vibe through the start and then kicks in with a crunchy electric guitar playing the melody and eventually taking off into a Beths style solo, it quiets down and sweetly ends with the string section vamping with the band. It’s one of my new favorite versions of the classic and honestly my favorite song of the week. Put this on your next Christmas playlist!

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Show Review: Tall Heights at the Royale

When I walked into the Royale to see Tall Heights I was going in with a blank slate. I had read a brief bio and their instrumentation had piqued my interest (cello, guitar, bass, drums, synth, and trumpet). But I wasn’t too familiar with their songs or genre and I’ll tell you right now, don’t hold your breath.

I walked in just as the first opening act, folk singer-songwriter Old Sea Brigade, played their last couple songs. Next up was Frances Cone who had a very similar vibe but more electro folk. Her songs weren’t bad but really nothing to note other than that the trumpet player for Tall Heights came out to play a song with them which was a nice collaboration. Both openers didn’t have much stage presence which is a bit of a turn off for me. They also didn’t really have any hooks in their tunes, which of course isn’t necessary for every song you write but I believe every band should have those few songs that everyone can pick up the lyrics or melody in a matter of seconds. Continue reading “Show Review: Tall Heights at the Royale”