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While killing time on the internet today, I stumbled on this great punk band from Brooklyn. They play a type of fuzzy, melodic punk. Equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Black Flag, sprinkled with more contemporary peers such as Fucked Up, Hoax, and Titus Andronicus. A few moments on their Clean Dreamin’ 7″ even remind me of some old Level Plane bands. Anyway, they seem to be churning out 7″s faster than the seasons can change; with 4 released in the past year, they appear to be coming out strong from the proverbial gate. Check a few of these 7″s out on their bandcamp and support ’em if they ever roll through your town.

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When I saw Des Ark play on their tour with Pygmy Lush in the Spring of 2011, I was blown away by the versatility of singer/song-writer Aimee Argote. The band blew everyone’s hair back with three or four energetic songs as a full band, then rushed to the center of the crowd with acoustic instruments in hand. After a handful of hushed, intimate acoustic songs sang in an almost campfire fashion, the trio returned to their electric instruments for a manic, rowdy finale. Two of the acoustic songs really made an impression on me, and I scoured the internet for recordings for weeks following the show, but to no avail. I had all but forgotten about it until I heard Des Ark’s recently posted Daytrotter Session. Lucky me, the last two songs are the songs I fell in love with over a year ago and have not heard since. The performance really illustrates that Aimee is just as talented as a folk singer/song-writer as any other style of music she chooses to play.

 

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Foxing – Old Songs

August 20, 2012

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Here’s the debut 3 songs from Saint Louis’ Foxing. As a self-described beard-rock, these guys strike me as a solid mixture of the intensity of Duck Little Brother Duck with some of the heart-on-your-sleeve 90s emo worship you’d expect from Empire! Empire! These songs have a distinct ability to simultaneously tug at your heart strings and kick your head in. Aside from these songs, they’ll be putting out a split with Send Away Stranger, which I’m already really excited to hear. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for more from these guys and support them and Carucage, who will be releasing some material from Foxing in the near future. Until then, go see these guys and support them any way you can. 

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Also, Josh from Foxing writes over at Boss Koala. Be sure to check his blog out regularly. They’re consistently writing some of the best reviews and posting about great new music.

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