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Shark? - Savior (10/1 via Old Flame)
In a few short years, garage-rock workhorses Shark? have come a long way since forging rickety rock 'n' roll and scraping for Kickstarter funds. Songs are effortlessly catchy and just a hint brash, occasionally reined in and softened for charm's sake. Plaintive lyrics and an unpretentious attitude is still the general rule of thumb, though, which remains refreshing for a Brooklyn band. Hey, "Did you see that show last night, the one where everyone got shot?/It was on right after House/I dunno, I liked it" frontman Kevin Diamond deadpans on a song perfectly called "This Is Living."
Big Ups - Eighteen Hours of Static (10/8 via Dead Labour)
Back in the day (four months ago) when we called out Big Ups for being an NYC band you need to hear, we wrote of their uplifting upheaval. Here, though, Joe Galarraga's heart-on-sleeve enthusiasm is twisted into sadistic screams, only amplified by his nonchalant talk-singing, while the band reinterprets hardcore ferocity from a pessimistic place. The future is fraught with anxiety and the chance that we might all be turning into robots. But until then, they're sill a band you need to hear.
Parquet Courts - Tally All the Things That You Broke EP (10/8 via What's Your Rupture?)
Judging from the hopped-up lead track, nothing's changed much on Parquet Court's quick follow-up spin since releasing Light Up Gold. We're perfectly ok with this. Jangly punk that sticks in your head after it kicks and screams for two and an half minutes doesn't typically benefit from fussiness. Also? Best album title of the season.
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