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The Medium, Axxa/Abraxas, Grand Vapids

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Doors 8 | Show 9

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Once the vibe has worn off and the post-Busch delirium sets in, switch on "Good Ol' Days." Oddball baroque psychedelia broadcasted from a basement on the east side. This is a bonafide earworm thanks to a loose piano melody and singular vocal stylings. Nice to find the kids that aren't afraid of writing a hook. Play the demo again and again until the tape wears out or the sun comes up. -Aquarium Drunkard on The Medium

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Based out of Asheville, NC, Axxa / Abraxas is the longstanding art psych project of songwriter/ artist Ben Asbury. Hitting on a wide sonic array from psych-pop to post punk to shoegaze, April 5th sees the release of their 3rd LP ‘Get Weird or Die Boring,’ an all out psychedelic assault on the body/mind.

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When Grand Vapids emerged on the Athens music scene a mere fistful of years ago the group's blurry tales of emotional intensity drew listeners in like hungry wolves. Then, at some indeterminate point, the wolves took over pushing and pulling in all directions by both soothsayers and false saviors. Coupled with the band's own internal clockwork going awry, everything seemed to slowly limp to the pace of a broken heartbeat. Every new move a false start while each step seemed like forever. The band's debut album, Guarantees, proved a perfect postcard from the time they were fresh and lean and full of nothing but beginner's hope.

The first sessions for the Rake EP and Eat The Shadow LP took place while the band was still bursting out of its starting blocks. After dumping the results of these sessions they tried to re-record the tracks in various locations but nothing was saved. Finally, after regrouping and drilling down into clearer realms of focus, the band joined producer David Barbe (Sugar, Buzz Hungry, Mercyland) and what happened between them is what you've got in your ears now.

And what that is, in no uncertain terms, is the sound of rebirth. But it's not a gentle sense of being born again into grace but a retaking of the reigns with one's teeth full of grit; not a sense of ascendence so much as a clawing upward. This is as true for the rational, earth-bound details of its recording as it is for the emotional-sphere and depth of its songs. From the furious opening chords of "Dissolve" to the get-on-or-get off marching order of "Radiant Black", these new collections are the sound of a band back in control.

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