Fall Playlist Part II

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October is here, trees are changing, and the days are getting shorter. Hoodies and jackets are out, and I’ve had to start wearing socks inside. It is the farthest time away from my favorite season, spring… but at least I have music to keep me warm! Here are 10 more tracks from some more of our favorite local artists to get you in the mood for fall.

Lilac Daze – Frederick Rock City

http://lilacdaze.bandcamp.com/track/frederick-rock-city

Laughing Man – Brilliant Colors

video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Y5peN9o6I

Caustic Casanova – Quezalteca Deathswitch Blues

video here: https://youtu.be/1V7GGmcHdVQ

Technicians – Shells

https://technicians.bandcamp.com/track/shells

Owl Like Creature – Broke the 6

https://owllikecreature.bandcamp.com/track/broke-the-6

Marian McLaughlin – Ocean

https://marianmclaughlin.bandcamp.com/track/ocean-3

Ménage a Garage – Alien

https://magrocks.bandcamp.com/track/alien

Adrienne Smith – It’s Raining

Heavy Temple – Legendary Conversations with Ants

https://heavytemple.bandcamp.com/track/legendary-conversations-with-ants

Escape Point – Goonerang

https://escape-point.bandcamp.com/track/goonerang-2

by Wanda Perkins

Fall Playlist Part II

Pyramid Fest

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Pyramid Fest 2015, organized by Casey Julian Minnick, happened on a beautiful, sunny September 26th after being rescheduled due to thunder storms. The lineup changed a bit, but the festival went off beautifully all the same.  Here is short rundown of the bands!

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Knuckleberry Finn started the day off with some creative punk, in what was rumored to be their last show ever.

https://knuckleberryfinn.bandcamp.com/

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BUST OFF aggressively took the stage performing covers and originals, attempting to channel the spirit of punk-rock.

https://bustoff.bandcamp.com/

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Dissonance lived up to their name, casting out sounds of creatively interesting indie rock.

https://anotherbandcalleddissonance.bandcamp.com/

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Barehands brought some serious chops from Philly, weaving a pretty mix of math rock, jazz, and experimental music.

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Night Kitchen delighted us with their mellow indie alternative style.

https://nightkitchen.bandcamp.com/

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EastWestHwy layered guitar effects, vocals, and danceable beats into fun electro-indie pop.

http://eastwesthwy.bandcamp.com/

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The Meer rocked the stage with grungy, alternative post-punk.

http://themeer.bandcamp.com/

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Treble Lifter came on heavy and strong with some angry doomy rock.

http://treblelifter.bandcamp.com/

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The Escape Artist unfurled blissful, atmospheric post-rock sounds across the sky.

http://theescapeartistdc.bandcamp.com/

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Funky Duck had the funky groove.

https://funkyduck.bandcamp.com/

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Kabob-O-Taj brought on the experimental, moody prog-rock dance party.

https://kabob-o-taj.bandcamp.com/

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Atlas At Last got loud and serious with some emotional punk-hardcore.

https://atlasatlast.bandcamp.com/

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Jack Nicholson played us into the dark with groovy psychadelic funk-rock.

https://jacknicholson.bandcamp.com/

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Cartoon Weapons closed out the fest with experimental alt-rock, and unison guitar and bass riffs from another planet.

https://cartoonweapons.bandcamp.com/

Pyramid Fest

Menàge À Garage: The Demo EP

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Menàge À Garage is a pop punk band from Washington, D.C. This is a band with a very unique yet familiar sound. Somewhere between heavy punk rock and a slower indie sound, Menàge À Garage firmly forges their own unique style. All of the musicians in this band stand out. The way the songs are written on The Demo EP utilizes the bass, guitar and drums of this three piece. What stands out to me is the way they can write a dark sound over a nice melody. Die in a fire, the opener of the EP, is full of a morose speculation about life, and the way that good things can fade away.

The band I’m reminded of the most is They Might Be Giants. Any fan of them would more than likely enjoy this EP. This band did remind me more of a feeling than a specific person. The flow of the sound overall to me directed to someone else. A series of seven messages, some subltle, others obvious, and some song about an alien. This is where Menàge À Garage stands out strong. The effects in beginning, the catchy, upbeat chorus make for a song that’s fun to listen to and one that I came back to a lot while writing this. Menàge À Garage isnt the kind of bands that sticks to writing one kind of song. On The Demo EP, there’s a different sound to every song, while maintaining a consistent tone throughout.

Asyphixiation, is a slow and romantic ballad that surprised me when I first heard it. This song has more of a Smashing Pumpkins 90s slow groove, but that’s something I haven’t heard done as much lately. It was nice to hear that kind of song again. The closer, Lovely Lover, is one of the catchiest, ear worm songs in my life. I had to listen to it multiple times to finally get it out of my head after three days, I couldn’t even believe it. It’s a great song, a classic four chord bass line drums throughout over the lead vocal wailing, it reminded me of an old Weezer song. This is a good album for anyone that’s into pop punk, 90s  alternative, or grunge.

Listen here: http://magrocks.bandcamp.com/

Menàge À Garage: The Demo EP