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Monday, February 10, 2014

Music Monday! Ages and Ages, Nightfell, Load B, Whim, and the Body

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

It's a slippery, slushy Music Monday!

Last week Ages and Ages released the second advance track (do we still call them singles?) from their upcoming sophomore LP, Divisionary, over at Time magazine. "I See More" is a quick, peppy song with lots of percussion and interwoven harmonies, a perfect soundtrack to the relative warmth melting the snow and ice off our city's streets. Divisionary comes out March 25 on Partisan Records, and Ages and Ages will play at Mississippi Studios on March 1.

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Nightfell has garnered quite a buzz in the local metal scene based on their recently released debut album The Living Ever Mourn, available digitally on Parasitic Records with a physical release coming in the upcoming months. "The Hollowing" is a good example of what the duo of Tim Call (Aldebaran) and Todd Burdette (Tragedy) have concocted, an inky-dark thicket of death, doom, and black metals that leaves a resounding stain in the ears. Nightfell has yet to transition into a live band, so for now, The Living Ever Mourn will have to serve as the best glimpse into their cavernous abyss.
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Load B, the hiphop duo of emcees Brill and Milc, recently dropped The Scumbag Tape, a new mixtape available on Bandcamp for streaming and pay-what-you-will download. Opening track "Beef & Broccoli" was produced by Stewart Villain and boasts a laidback groove; other tracks feature a harsher trap sound and flirting with styles from the EDM side of the street. It's a diverse, impressive collection of local hiphop.

More Music Monday after the jump!

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This is Whim, the name of teenage Portland singer/songwriter Sarah DiMuzio, and it should be mentioned in her bio that she hates the term "singer/songwriter," so for want of a better term, let's think of Whim a music-player/song-maker/vocal-doer/person. Whim's debut EP Small Infinity is a small-scale but pleasurable collection of songs that sound older and wiser than DiMuzio's years. Take a listen to the title track above.
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The Body have traversed from Little Rock to Providence, but now they're firmly settled in Portland, and their fourth album, I Shall Die Here is a collaboration with the Haxan Cloak (AKA Bobby Krlic). If you're of stout heart and able body, take a listen to "Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain," a nightmarish, flickering abattoir of industrial sound with guest screaming from Ben Eberle. The six ear-crushing tracks of I Shall Die Here come out April 1 on RVNG Intl. Pray for mercy.

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