Top o’ the week! Clad in green and adorned with four-leaf clovers, this weekend Bostonians did one of the things that Bostonians do best. Cold temps and sidewalks lines with icy snow did not stop crowds from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Music is something else that Bostonians do well, and here is where you can find this week’s highlights!
Bananas, Mirrors, and Masks: A Music Video for Vundabar’s “Shuffle”
On March 10, the Boston trio Vundabar released their 2015 album, Gawk. The re-release includes a new single, “Shuffle.” The video for “Shuffle” is stitched with themes of narcissism and the things nightmares are made of. The eerie video shot in black in white was artfully written by Brandon Hagen and directed by George Watts at Holler Productions. Vundabar is scheduled to perform at this year’s Boston Calling and has an upcoming show at the Middle East Night Club on April 8 (get your tickets here). An added incentive to purchase “Shuffle” is that all digital sales benefit Planned Parenthood!
SXSW: Boston and Beyond
In a place a little south and a little west of here, big things were happening this week in the music world. Austin, Texas hosted its annual SXSW music festival, which brought together artists from around the world. As excited as I was to discover new and fresh music, I was also curious to see which Boston-based groups made the trek out to Austin. Representing our great city at Berklee’s Boston and Beyond SXSW Party were Aüva, Bat House, Boketto the Wolf, Contact, Rebecca Loebe, TRISHES, and Weakened Friends. Some noteworthy happenings with these artists include: Aüva released the album Side Effects earlier this year, Rebecca Loebe will be at Club Passim this Friday, March 24 (tickets can be found here), and Bat House will be releasing their full self-titled album next month.
The Symptoms Release New Single “Bones”
Four-piece Boston-based experimental pop group, The Symptoms‘ new single, “Bones,” carries the dark, morose tone of some of the tracks on their 2015 album, Lens. The song begins with mellow, pulsing lyrics and a slow, repetitive beat, then takes you on a journey through a mix of experimental electronic sounds. The swaying rhythm at the start of the song is like the ebb and flow of a dark, ominous sea, and then the song arrives at a more upbeat tempo. “Bones” was released on the heels of “Hard to Find,” “Mature,” and “Orange Peel,” which the group released just last month.
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