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New Sam Bekt LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Sam Becht, operating under the pseudonym Sam Bekt, offers up stylish, homespun, pop melancholia on their album Selfie. A reflection on our culture of burnout and tech malaise, the LP combines field recordings and samples into songs that play cheerful despite taking on darker topics like social media validation and post-grad listlessness. The tracks touch on many genres without landing in one particular spot, giving Becht plenty of room to flex their producer chops. Tracks like “Switzerland” and “Sign Off” display an impressive range in style when put side by side, never deviating from offering a clean and full sound. You can take Selfie for a spin below. - Josh Kelly

   

Iverson @ Tonic Room (2/15)

Iverson is fully embracing the Valentine’s Day spirit that so many just overlook this time of year. The Synth Pop band is throwing a Valentine’s Day party at Tonic Room on February 15th and will be putting their spin on love songs from Prince, Queen, Britney Spears, and more. They will be joined by Carlile, Uuskhy, and Thair.

Iverson has evolved over the last six years and now consist of Alec Watson, Gene Knific, Luc Parcell, Ethan Parcell, and Charles Iverson. They released their latest album, Content 3.0, back in August.

   

Rachel Mazer channels her grief on "Home," debut LP out 3/8

Writing and composing is a coping mechanism for Rachel Mazer on "Home." On her latest single, the soulful singer-songwriter documents the grief she underwent after she lost her brother. Her silken vocals add welcoming warmth to the song's breezy jazz rhythm, exhibiting a more subdued take to the vigorous delivery of her previous single "Open Heart." It's through her tempered affliction that we're able to truly empathize with her story, which as sad as it may be, ultimately soars with a hopeful message. 

"Home" is the third single off of Mazer's forthcoming debut LP, which she will self-release on March 9. Juan Rodríguez

   

Beef Boys - As Rowdy As Their Name Suggests, Monarch Tavern on 04.01

There’s always one rowdy Peterborough band showing up on my feed. Beef Boys are a three piece garage punk band that’ll get ya flippin’ tables by the second song. They giver at a ferocious pace and still find the time to add some surfy influences. Fire up their latest album “Melted Like A Witch” on their bandcamp page. Your next chance to see them in Toronto is April 1st at the Monarch Tavern along with Bad Sports from Texas and Toronto power pop sensations First Base. – Kris Gies

   

Sparkle Carpet

Feminist folk trio Sparkle Carpet are the tough, goth ladies we’ve been waiting for. Their album, We Do Stares, has such an “I don’t give a shit” attitude that reviewing it almost feels redundant. Emphasis on almost. Their music is lively and boisterous. “Mrs. Robinson Digs Me,” a playful take on the Simon & Garfunkel original, is incredibly fun to listen to. The use of triangle adds an enjoyably childlike aspect to the songs, but in no way does it make the music childish. It makes the music sharper, bringing attention to the cheeky smirks behind each word sung. Other songs, such as “You Don’t Think” reveal the steely inner core at the heart of the band. The resolve and determination in the song’s hoarse vocals are rousing.

Sparkle Carpet's next show is Friday, April 19th at Murder Mine. Loud in the Morning, Earth of Foxes, Geophagia will also be playing sets. 

-By Avril Carrillo