July 2, 2012

Sound Bites: Fang Island, Minus the Bear and Woods

Fang Island's "Seek It Out"

After bursting onto the scene like a cloud of confetti in 2010 with their self-titled debut, euphoric Brooklyn-by-way-of-Providence indie rock trio Fang Island are asking you to RSVP on July 24th to celebrate the release of their sophomore effort Major, due out on Sargent House. "Seek It Out" is the LP's latest burst of energy to make it's way into the open air, and it's absolutely surging with sing-a-long harmonies and manic riffs that should easily make any of their upcoming live dates an all-inclusive party .

Minus the Bear's "Lonely Gun"

Progressive math-rock mainstays Minus the Bear made a sudden shift toward linear time signatures on 2010's Omni, and it sounds like they're still aiming to succeed in that direction with "Lonely Gun," the first preview off their forthcoming LP Infinity Overhead. The Seattle indie band's fifth LP is due August 28th on Dangerbird Records. A string of tour dates around that time is beginning to take shape, eventually leading to Chicago's Riot Fest alongside Descendents, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Gaslight Anthem.

Minus the Bear - "Lonely Gun"

Woods' "Cali In a Cup"

Whether aware of it or not, Brooklyn psych-folkers Woods have a tendency of making the seasons for which each album is released an important part of their sound, and with Bend Beyond being given a September 18th release date via frontman Jeremy Earl's Woodsist label, it's no surprise that it's first track "Cali In a Cup" breathes in a rustic air unlike the sun-soaked sounds of 2011's Sun and Shade and 2010's At Echo Lake. Before the summer comes to an end, however, Woods and its extended lo-fi family of Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, Peaking Lights and more will hold their annual Woodsist Festival at the Henry Miller Libary in Big Sur, CA.

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