Every Local Release

LOCAL BANDS

Dyslexic, In Bob We Trust EP (out now, self-released, dyslexichiphop.bandcamp.com): With a great voice and a decent sense of humor, Dyslexic comes through with jokey tracks “Girls Theme Song” and “A Dyslexic Mind,” but stumbles over a jacked Tupac beat on “Mr. Rock Any Party” and others.

Andy Glover, Visions of the Future EP (out now, Grumpy Old Bear Artist’s Collective, grumpyoldbear. bandcamp.com): Recorded in one three-hour take, Glover gently pairs honest lyrics with simple chords; from the love-laden “Play Along” to the self-reflection of “End of the Line,” his raw, subtle performance—somewhere between Sam Beam and Ben Gibbard—leaves you nostalgic for a future that hasn’t happened quite yet. (April 13, Cafe Racer)

Angela Hammontree, Bitter Vines EP (out now, self-released, angelahammontree.bandcamp.com): Hammontree’s lusty croon recalls Melissa Etheridge, Ann Wilson, and Grace Slick, and her band’s classic-rock licks tether them to a fitting blue-collar sound.

*I Am Empire, Anchors (3/26, Tooth & Nail, myspace.com/iamempire): Anchors explodes out of the gate with “Gravity Bomb,” which builds on itself in a constant alt-rock crescendo similar to Muse’s. “Gasoline” takes a harder approach, with strong harmonized vocals and a powerful chorus right out of AFI’s playbook.

* Miniature Airlines, And Everything Collapsed. (out now, Pleasure Boat, miniatureairlines.com): The album’s eight electronic tracks are all friendly, intelligent, and complete, with progressions that roll along naturally like an interesting conversation; that producer Dylan Abbott is able to craft this tone using uncomplicated arrangements is all the more impressive. (Sunday, Electric Tea Gardens)

* Rebel, “Safeco” (out now, self-released, realrebel.bandcamp.com/track/safeco-prod-by-drew-beats-radio): Vitamin D’s son raps smooth stoner verses over Drew Beats’ cloudy instrumental like a seasoned vet.

Kelly Castle Scott, Terra Galactica (out now, self-released, kellycastlescott.bandcamp.com): Part hip-hop, part electro-soul, Terra Galactica is an impressive release overflowing with witty quips and Scott’s powerful, fluid voice. “Pre-Nup to Hectic,” a standout track, feels weightless as it bounces and bops to a dark beat.

 
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