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St. Vincent at the UCH

St. Vincent will be at the Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday, March 7. Performing with her is Norwegian singer/composer/lyricist Jenny Hval. Tickets are currently on sale, and are $25.

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Waka Flocka at the Upstate Concert Hall

The Upstate Concert Hall just announced that Waka Flocka will be playing April 19 at the UCH. Tickets go on sale January 30 at 10am, and are $20 in advance.

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Sufjan Stevens at The Palace

The Palace recently announced Sufjan Stevens will be playing on April 15 at 8pm. Tickets start at $30 and go on sale Friday January 30, and can be purchased on The Palace website.

This tour is in support of Stevens’ forthcoming record Carrie & Lowell, and is his first album release since 2010.

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Perfume Genius at BSP Kingston

BSP Kingston recently announced that Perfume Genius will be playing on March 25 alongside the expirmental Norwegian outfit Jenny Hval.

Perfume Genius got a Best New Track endorsement from Pitchfork for his song ‘Queen’, as well as having the same song listed at #8 in their Top 100 of 2014 list.

Tickets are on sale now and are $15. Read more on the event page.

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Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA

Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing at MASS MoCA on Friday, April 17. Also on the bill is the Dot Wiggin Band. Neutral Milk Hotel has said that this is the “last tour for the foreseeable future”.

The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was here in 2013 in what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band.

Tickets go on sale December 12 at noon and are $36 if purchased in advance, and $45 day of. Read more and buy tickets via MASS MoCA.

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Drug Church announces new EP and releases new video

Drug Church has premiered a new video today on SPIN, as well as announced a new EP which is currently up for preorder.

Drug Church is one of my favorite bands that happens to be from the Albany area. It’s a pretty refreshing take on as it’s grounded in hardcore but often goes on tangents in an interesting, great way. Go check the new video and grab the EP on vinyl before it’s sold out.

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KC’s Music Monday: Rome Fortune – Small World

Recently Rome Fortune released his third project of the year – an 11-track EP titled “Small VVorld.” The album features production from Four Tet, Blood Diamonds and Bassnecter, as well as guest appearances from artists, OG Maco and ILOVEMAKONNEN, with the hopes to have some of the new talent that Atlanta is harboring represented alongside Fortune.

At first listen, I didn’t think this was an album for me. It has that abrasive, rough quality that, in this instance, grew on me quicker than I thought it would. Sometimes you just have to listen to filthy, haphazardly constructed rap music and get down with it.

This isn’t a perfect album. I ended up loving that about it. It’s got an edge to it where the imperfections simply aren’t flaws, they are subtly enhancing each track. There are certain times where the lyrical delivery seems forced or lazy or even unclear, and that ends up being part of the charm. Rome Fortune is having fun with his voice and his vision, while also delivering a bigger picture into the conversation, and that is clear from the tracks to the album cover.

Fortune spoke to Billboard.com regarding this EP, saying, “‘Small VVorld’ is an ideology I have that’s obviously a common saying, but at the same time is the truest way to test if you’re on the right path of life, in my opinion. If you’re doing it right, ‘it’ being whatever you prefer to occupy your time, you will always run into powerful presences [and] entities that can push you further with that passion or take it all from you. That’s what the album cover signifies in one image.”

Tracks like “Workin’ Gal” and “5 Second Rule” appear in the dead middle of the EP, and those were the two tracks that really sold me on the project. The production is spectacular and really shines alongside simple, repetitive patterns and hooks. “FriendsMaybe” is also a stand out track for me, and has both a club or radio quality to it (in the best way possible) and has a relatable story behind it.

Overall, this EP pleasantly surprised me. You can check it out below, available for free download.