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    We caught up the guys in Badboxes about their JSMN ep, and what it means to craft “Northern Pop.” JSMN is out now, and more new tunes are available here.

    The Range

    We caught up with The Range during a recent performance at Glasslands. His debut full-length, Nonfiction, is out now on Donkey Pitch.

    Deptford Goth

    We were on hand to capture Deptford Goth’s (nee Daniel Woolhouse) first North American performance, which took place last month at Mercury Lounge.

    Brooklyn-based Suā recently stopped by the MXD SGNLS studios to chat about their new EP, Twins, and to perform “Welcome” and “Beach 90,” two tracks from the record. The performance above was purely acoustic and while the reverb of their studio recordings is washed away, the beauty of the compositions remain, highlighted by the sultry vocals of lead-singer Suki Kwan. Enjoy.

    We’re big fans of Nashville’s Those Darlins. That much has already been said. So we captured some footage from their show at Mercury Lounge earlier this month and cut together a piece set to “Optimist,” a rowdy track from the band’s new album Blur The Line. The record is out now on Oh Wow Dang, Those Darlins’ own label. Do yourself a favor: listen to it, and see the band perform in your town. They’re on tour now.  

    Those Darlins @ Mercury Lounge 10/14

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    CMJ officially started today, but if I didn’t get my ass to another show this week, I’d be cool with it. Last night, Nashville’s Those Darlins played to a packed room at Mercury Lounge and raised the stakes for every other band rolling through this fair city over the next 120 hours. Consider yourselves warned.

    It starts with Jessi Zazu. Onstage, the diminutive front-woman commands attention. And last night, with her all-white get-up punctuated by a cherry-red guitar, she seemed to say “Come at me. Dare ya.” She’s got a natural charisma, and from song to song, she transitioned smoothly from a tender, doe-eyed croon to a jagged snarl which belied the menace that spikes many of Those Darlins’ songs. On “Mystic Mind,” from 2011’s  Screws Get Loose, her face even pulled into a wide-eyed-stare-of-dread like something straight out of an Edvard Munch.

    The Mercury Lounge show falls in the midst of a lengthy U.S. tour supporting the band’s third LP, Blur The Line. On Saturday in Brooklyn, before a date at Union Pool, we sat down with Zazu, guitarist Nikki Kvarnes, drummer Linwood Regensburg and bassist Adrian Barrera to discuss the evolution of the band. Zazu and Kvarnes spoke at length about what it means to be an artist in the digital age, and the challenge of writing honest songs amidst the deluge of social media noise and “me-too” content pushers (irony acknowledged). It’s a conceit that manifests both onstage and on record with “In the Wilderness,” a romper about the need to retreat to the raw, and an idea which pervades  Blur the Line, the band’s truest album to-date.

    At the Mercury, the band stomped through nearly ninety minutes worth of their brand of punkified rockabilly (including an encore that featured a rad cover of “White Light/White Heat”). But for the me, the best song of the night, and the song which seems to encapsulate Those Darlins in the present moment, was “Oh God,” the lead track on Blur the Line. It’s a smoky, slow-burner steeped in danger and regret. And like all great art, there’s a sense of mystery. In this case you’re left wondering: what in God’s name has he done?

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