Thursday, April 24, 2014

ASTR Announces North American Co-Headline Tour With The Knocks

05/08 – Toronto, ON – Canada Music Week @ Drake Underground
05/09 – Toronto, ON – Canada Music Week @ Tattoo Rock Parlour
05/10 - Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

06/11 – New York, New York @ Bowery Ballroom*
06/12 – Philadelphia, PA @Underground Arts*
06/14 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
06/16 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club*
06/20 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall*
06/21 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s*
06/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*
06/24 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
06/27 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café*
06/28 – Vancouver, BC @The M
edia Club*
06/29  - Portland, OR @Mississippi Studios*
07/01 – San Francisco, CA @Independent
07/03 – Los Angeles, CA@ The Echoplex*
*With The Knocks
Tickets on sale Friday, April 25, 12:00pm EST
For additional informiont, visit

NYC based “noir n’ b” duo ASTR - whose polished, electro-pop sound has bolstered the buzz-worthy band into the spotlight, have announced their first North American co-headline tour with electronic duo The Knocks. The 13-date tour begins in New York in early June, swings through upper North America and wraps-up in Los Angeles in early July.

Before their inaugural tour, the duo, comprised of singer Zoe and multi-instrumentalist Adam, will perform at Canada Music Week in early May, and make an appearance at the Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD - just outside of Washington, DC - at the iconic Merriweather Post Pavilion. 

Yesterday, ASTR's remix of New Zealand's brother-sister duo Broods' song 'Bridges' debuted on The Fader. Giving the 'original growler a sort of Swedes-doing-tropical bounce,' ASTR again proves their ability to transform a wide-range of pop tunes into funky, danceable beats. Listen to the track here.
The pair also recently added a drum-driven spin in a remix of 'Sleeping With A Friend,' Neon Trees' latest single from their upcoming album. Check out the remix here.

Their latest studio track, 'Part of Me,' was released via British U.K DJ and international tastemaker Annie Mac just after the duo completed a successful SXSW experience. Listen to ‘Part of Me’ here.

ASTR also dominated MATTE’s Painted Black Act III at Irving Plaza in New York City last month, captivating the  audience with another dynamic, high energy live performance.
Watch the video recap of ASTR’s Painted Black performance, set to their song ‘Blue Hawaii’ at the live performance here.

The band’s debut EP Varsity, and remixes of their hit ‘Operate’ by The Chainsmokers and The-Drum, are available on Spotify, iTunesand Google Play

Sun Club Debut New Video via Impose Magazine - New Tour Dates Announced

 Sun Club Release New Video: Cheeba Swiftkick
Premiere on Impose Magazine
New N. American Tour Dates
 EP 'Dad Claps At The Mom Prom' out now on Goodnight Records

April 24, 2014, New York, NY - Sun Club have premiered their brand new video for 'Cheeba Swiftkick'via Impose Magazine:  "From the hyper and happy clash of species, sexes, and silliness; Sun Club continues to be another reason why we continue to love our Baltimore artists and movements even more."
Check it out here:
Grab the video for posting here
Sun Club will also be hitting the road once again on a run of dates in support of their recent Goodnight Records release, an EP entitled 'Dad Claps At The Mom Prom.' Hailing from Baltimore, this is the band's debut release and they have been honing their chops playing numerous live shows supporting the likes of Snowmine, Los Campesinos, Yuck, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Big Sleep, DAD's, Ava Luna and more. 

"Take a McDonalds Play Place, throw in a dose of punk, and add a splash of body paint. What do you get? Baltimore’s pop wunderkinds SUN CLUB of course! Getting noticed for their bombastic live performances and wild vocals, this five-piece has been touring circles around clubs all over the US"

“Sun Club serve as a brilliant amalgamation of various styles that swirl together into one cohesive and incredibly satisfying result. They carry a certain spontaneity that makes their music inherently enjoyable, you’re never too sure of when they’re going to stick to a catchy rhythm or break into a primal flash of shouts and percussive breakdowns.”

4.23 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery w/ Total Slacker
4.25 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Bard College 
4.26 - Bronxville, NY - Sarah Lawrence College w/ Mac Demarco
4.27 - Baltimore, MD - John Hopkins University 
4.30 - Brooklyn, NY - Babies All Right w/ Saint Rich
5.2 - Baltimore, MD - MICA
5.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live w/ Bad Suns & Skaters 
5.18 - Brooklyn, NY - School Night @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ High Highs and Grizfolk 
6.9 - Washington DC- Rock n Roll Hotel w/ Cayucas and Papa
6.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle w/ Cayucas and Papa
6.12 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop w/ Cayucas 
8.16 - Annapolis, MD - Silopanna Festival
9.4-9.6 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

DEAD IN THE MANGER: Black Metal/Grindcore Cult Streams 20 Buck Spin Debut EP At Metal Insider

20 Buck Spin will flood the planet with the blazing and harrowing Transience EP, the debut recordings from anonymous black metal/grindcore quartet, DEAD IN THE MANGER.

With just six songs in less than twenty minutes -- succinctly named Parts I-VI -- Transience melds atmospheric and pentatonic melodies into a maelstrom of bleak, scalpel-sharp, maximum BPM aggression and multiple stab wounds of hate-driven malcontent. Filled with ill will and revulsion, DEAD IN THE MANGER walks a fine line between all out sensory violence and post trauma exhaustion with staggering ease. A precursory strike, being released ahead of the act's impending introductory full-length later this year, 20 Buck Spin will release Transience on MLP and digital formats in North America on April 29th and in Europe on May 2nd.

Ahead of its looming release, Metal Insider is today streaming all six bludgeoning movements DEAD IN THE MANGER's Transience bears, throughTHIS PORTAL.

Orders for Transience can be placed now HERE.

DEAD IN THE MANGER plans to begin tracking their debut full length during the wretched Summer months for a late 2014 street date. Stand by for further warnings.

"For the next 20 minutes, your existence will be plummeted into an abysmal void marred by raw, blackened ferocity and depressive auras... Dead in the Manger deliver a mixture of black metal and grind with a tendency for noise and ambient atmospheres as well. 9/10" - American Aftermath

"Starting off with an ambient instrumental, the rest of the EP is full of an impressive mix of black metal and sludge and a tinge of post-rock. It's enough to leave you wanting a proper full-length..." - Metal Insider

"All of the songs are relatively brief, running their course in less than 20 minutes. They're almost like a tantalizing preview of what this band could do in an album's length of time... But what they do on Transience is fascinating enough despite its brevity, a genre-crossing creation that's well worth exploring." - No Clean Singing

With the current ambient trend in black metal, it was only a matter of time before it began to spread into other genres... Transience is a nice mash-up of genres that serves as a brief but engrossing offering..." 8.5/10" - Dead Rhetoric

White Reaper announces tour dates w/ Young Widows, shares "Conspirator" via IMPOSE

White Reaper announces tour dates w/ Young Widows, shares "Conspirator" via IMPOSE

Louisville band to release debut EP in June on Polyvinyl
STREAM: "Conspirator" -
IMPOSE  / SoundCloud 
From the increasingly fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, emerges White Reaper - an incandescent power trio who is ready and willing to blow out eardrums far and wide.

The band - formed by Tony Esposito (vocals/guitar) and twin brothers Nick (drums) and Sam Wilkerson (bass) -- combines sparkling hooks and fluid, fluttering rhythms to create psychedelia-tinged garage punk that make heads bob without sacrificing an ounce of sonic bite.

Having cut their teeth playing a number of raucous local and regional shows that left everyone's ears ringing and no pores devoid of sweat, the group is ready to unleash their eponymous debut EP -- a six-song blitzkrieg that traces the band's present and future. While dingy and jangly single "Conspirator" scratches the itch left behind by Jay Reatard, infectious stand outs "Cool" and "Funn" will undoubtedly make the ears of the Ty Segall/Oh Sees sect perk up.

Affectionately known as "Tony and the Twins," White Reaper has six tracks in their pocket, a few future surprises up their sleeves, a thunderous live show, and they're just getting started....


All dates w/ Young Widows

06/19 Czar Bar-Kansas City, Missouri
06/20 Moon Room-Denver, Colorado
06/21 Kilby Court-Salt Lake City, Utah
06/22 The Shredder-Boise, Idaho
06/24 Chop Suey-Seattle, Washington
06/25 Bunk Bar-Portland, Oregon
06/26 Witch Room-Sacramento, California
06/27 Thee Parkside-San Francisco, California
06/28 The Church On York-Los Angeles, California
06/29 Rhythm Room-Phoenix, Arizona
06/30 Plush-Tucson, Arizona
07/02 Holy Mountain-Austin, Texas
07/03 Club Dada-Dallas, Texas
07/04 Conservatory-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
07/05 Firebird-St. Louis, Missouri

White Reaper
White Reaper EP
Street Date: June 24, 2014Pre-Order here

Half Bad
She Wants To
Ohh (Yeah)


Frameworks Stream "Loom" via Stereogum, On Sale for $5 at Bandcamp, Out 4/29/14 on Topshelf Records

Loom, the debut full-length from Gainesville, FL post-hardcore quintet Frameworks is streaming in full on Stereogum this week in advance of its' April 29 release date on Topshelf Records. Recorded by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Comadre) in his Atomic Garden Studios in San Francisco, the record sees Frameworks sprawling into more experimental territory.  On Loom, Frameworks expand beyond their post-hardcore roots to create a record which is brightly evocative, emotional, overwhelmingly gorgeous and one that sees the band genre-bending to carve out space for what they manage to create in  Loom's 11 tracks.  
Formed in Gainesville in 2011, Frameworks first gained notice with their early 2013 Small Victories EP on 13th Floor Records.  A split release with Kittyhawk, Prawn and Droughts later that year drew more attention to the band who somehow manage to create music that exists where Explosions in the Sky and Fucked Up meet.  The band is currently on tour with Gates and Tiny Moving Parts, and will tour with Old Gray in May (all tour dates below).

Recent Praise for Frameworks Loom:

""Loom" gives off impending doom, cramming in three or four code-red emergency drills into about two and a half minutes." -Pitchfork

"Frameworks reinforces its sonic violence with a complex rhythmic undercurrent and tops it off with a blistering guitar sheen." -Stereogum

"If you long for the days of bands like pg. 99 and City of Caterpillar, you might dig Frameworks. The Gainesville, FL band combines the earnest urgency of your favorite screamo bands of yesteryear with a modern hardcore twist." -Noisey

"Gainesvile, Florida's Frameworks aren't on your radar.  If you're into stuff like Slint and Sincebyman, well, they should be on your radar... Loom sounds massive" -Decibel

Tour Dates:
4/24 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
4/25 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
4/26 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre *
4/27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Shred Shed *
4/29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon Lounge *
4/30 - Portland, OR - Slabtown *
5/01 - Redding, CA - House Show *
5/02 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar *
5/03 - Los Angeles, CA - Cobalt Cafe *
5/04 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe *
5/05 - Mesa, AZ - The Underground *
5/06 - El Paso, TX - The Spot *
5/07 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside *
5/08 - Dallas, TX - Three Links *
5/10 - Gainesville, FL - 1982 Bar (Record Release Show) #
5/22 - Rochester, NY - The California Brew Haus ^
5/23 - Toronto, CAN - Smiling Buddha ^
5/24 - Howell, MI - Bled Fest ^
5/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Mr. Roboto Project ^
5/26 - Asbury Park, NY - Asbury Lanes ^
* = w/ Tiny Moving Parts, Gates
# = w/ Tiny Moving Parts
^ = w/ Old Gray

QUESTION - New Mexican Death Metal sensation

Walking in the footsteps of the country's great act such as The Chasm, Question takes the essence of occult Death Metal and gives it an expression with an underlying sense of mystery and esoterica like no other. Most bands are just straightforward but Question always leaves something to the imagination or multiple listens. Delve in this intriguing gem of an album, a surprising debut by this band from Mexico.

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Silent Lions share "Runnin' Me Down" video via Impose + on tour now!

Artist: Silent Lions
Album: The Compartments
Release Date: 01.14.2014
Label: Nah Collective



Silent Lions - "Runnin' Me Down"

"post-The Third Hand RJD2 with more distorted bass."

"Silent Lions’ world is one where atmosphere and songcraft grease each other’s wheels without competing for dominance. Groovy, sultry and sinister, all three are interwoven like the components of a marble cake."
- PopMatters (8/10)

"Somewhere between the Motor City power of the White Stripes, the cool, disaffected air of Death From Above 1979 and A Tribe Called Quest’s chilled-out, murky funk, the Silent Lions preen and groom themselves."
- Beatroute

"...catchy and dense: the perfectly solemn lovechild of blue-eyed 70s soul and The Cure’s 1979 debut, Three Imaginary Boys."
- Rascal Mag

Silent Lions debut "Runnin' Me Down" video with Impose + on tour now, dates below! 

Watch "Runnin' Me Down" on Impose or YouTube
"...concerned with the darker side of The Black Keys-esque heavy stoner soul-rock." - Impose

Conceived in Toledo, OH with a home base in sister city Detroit, Silent Lions are the sinister twosome of heavy-soul. Dean Tartaglia simultaneously plays affected octave bass, sampled synths, and manipulated atmospheric vocals, all while drummer Matt Klein grooves and thrashes beside him, often providing soulful singalong melodies and harmonies. The duo’s live shows sound as thick and creamy as they do on record. Their music has been tagged as “heavy soul,” “chill punk” and “Hall and Oates backed by Rage Against The Machine.”
Silent Lions’ sophomore six-song EP, The Compartments, is a deeper exploration into genre manipulation. From hip-hop to stoner rock, Silent Lions create moments of lo-fi chaos out of hi-fi clarity. With their unofficial third member Zach Shipps (Electric Six) producing, The Compartments takes enough risks to turn your head, but never strays from SiLi’s visceral, trademark, super sub bass and drum sound.
Dean started making his mark nationally with Detroit local legends The Sights, touring the U.S. and Europe supporting Tenacious D. Silent Lions are proud to continuously share bills with some of the best artists in the scene (Mr. Gnome, Jamaican Queens, Foxy Shazam, Stepdad, The Soil & The Sun).
Silent Lions’ The Compartments EP was released on January 14, 2014 on vinyl, digital & CD formats through the band’s own label, Nah Collective.
Spring Tour Dates:
April 23, 2014 · Dayton, OH – Hole in the Wall
April 24, 2014 · Huntington, WV – V Club
April 25, 2014 · Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant St
April 26, 2014 · Washington, DC – The Pinch
April 28, 2014 · Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
May 1, 2014 · Ferndale, MI - Woodward Avenue Brewers
May 2, 2014 · Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
May 3, 2014 · Charleston, WV – Boulevard Tavern

Chiodos Premiere "Ole Fishlips Is Dead Now" Video

Lead Music Video From Hit DEVIL Album Goes Live at PureVolume, AbsolutePunk, Buzznet and Property of Zack Simultaneously Noon Eastern - View Here:
New York, NY --- Chiodos and drk/lght records / Razor & Tie have premiered the lead music video from the band's hit album DEVIL via multiple properties in the SpinMedia portfolio simultaneously.  At Noon Pacific, 3PM Eastern the clip goes live at PureVolume, AbsolutePunk, Buzznet and Property of Zack.  To stream the video, click here:
Chiodos’ new album debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart with more than 18,000 units sold.  DEVIL also entered the Billboard charts at #1 Independent, #2 at Hard Rock, #3 at Rock and #5 at Vinyl.  The release finds founding front man Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost reunited with band members Bradley Bell, Pat Mcmanaman and Matt Goddard, as well as the first album to feature lead guitarist Thomas Erak (The Fall Of Troy). 
The new album has been met my raves from media across the globe.  Alternative Press wrote, "A cohesive arc of power, finesse, quirksand accessibility in equal measures,” while Kerrang! published, "This is the best album Chiodos have ever made.”  
Chiodos continue to draw packed houses as they travel East to West on the DEVIL DANCE TOUR 2014. The excursion began April 15 in Buffalo, and the majority of dates have sold-out.  Remaining appearances with support acts Emarosa, Our Last Night, and 68 are below.  On May 7, Hands Like Houses will be added to the bill, appearing on all dates through May 21. 
4/24     Atlanta, GA                                                    The Masquerade - Heaven 
4/25     St. Petersburg, FL                                           State Theatre
4/26     Jacksonville, FL / Welcome To Rockville       Metropolitan Park
4/27     Vero Beach, FL                                               Polish American Club
4/29     Houston, TX                                                  The Studio At Warehouse Live
4/30     San Antonio, TX                                            White Rabbit
5/01     Albuquerque, NM                                          Launchpad
5/02     Mesa, AZ                                                       The Nile Theater
5/03     San Diego, CA                                                SOMA
5/04     Pomona, CA                                                   The Glass House
5/05     West Hollywood, CA                                     House of Blues
5/07     San Francisco, CA                                          Slim's
5/08     Sacramento, CA                                              Ace of Spades
5/09     Portland, OR                                                   Branx
5/10     Vancouver, BC                                               The Rio Theatre
5/11     Seattle, WA                                                     El Corazon
5/13     Murray, UT                                                     Murray Theater
5/14     Englewood, CO                                              Gothic Theatre
5/16     Burnsville, MN                                               The Garage
5/17     Joliet, IL                                                          Mojoes
5/18     Pontiac, MI                                                     Crofoot Ballroom
5/19     Cleveland, OH                                                House of Blues
5/20     Columbus, OH                                                Newport Music Hall - Indoor Stage
5/21     New York, NY                                                Irving Plaza

CHTHONIC: Taiwanese Metal Collective To Kick Off North American Tour As Part Of Paganfest 2014!


Taiwanese metal collective, CHTHONIC, is readying to kick off another North American run as part of the fifth installment of Paganfest! Set to commence tomorrow in Springfield, Virginia, the band will join coheadliners Korpiklaani and Turisas as well as Varg and Winterhymn for nearly two dozen live incursions across North America. See confirmed dates below.

CHTHONIC on Paganfest Part V
w/ Korpiklaani, Turisas, Varg, Winterhymn

4/25/2014 Empire - Springfield, VA
4/26/2014 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
4/27/2014 Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
4/28/2014 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
4/29/2014 Imperial - Quebec City, QC
4/30/2014 Metropolis - Montreal, QC
5/01/2014 The Opera House - Toronto, ON
5/02/2014 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
5/03/2014 Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
5/04/2014 Skyway Theater - B - Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2014 Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
5/07/2014 The Republik - Calgary, AB
5/08/2014 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
5/09/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
5/10/2014 Toxic Lounge - Portland, OR
5/11/2014 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
5/12/2014 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
5/13/2014 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
5/15/2014 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
5/16/2014 The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
5/17/2014 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
5/18/2014 The Palladium - Worcester, MA

CHTHONIC recently released their Ián-Bú DVD via Eagle Vision. The first new video release from the eclectic ensemble in six years, the DVD includes stunning live footage and extensive bonus features beginning with CHTHONIC's full performance at the 2013 Formoz Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, where they were joined by the Chai Feng Traditional Orchestra, as well as renowned Taiwanese opera singer Tang Mei-yun for a collaborative rendition of the track "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace." Additionally, the near-hour-long DVD offers up five spectacular music videos from their recently released Bú-tik full-length: "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace," "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant," "Sail Into The Sunset's Fire," "Set Fire To The Island," and "Next Republic." The music videos are an extraordinary blend of martial arts, combat fighting, dance, and drama. CHTHONIC members wire-fly through the air, bathe in water amid torrential downpours and travel through time to a party in the 1930s in an elaborate military alliance between Nazi Germany and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime. The production truly highlights CHTHONIC's irrefutable creativity both onstage and beyond. Other extras include behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoots as well as exclusive interviews with bassist Doris Yeh, director Vince Chuang and various backstage footage.

CHTHONIC released their award winning, seventh studio recording, Bú-Tik, via Spinefarm Records last year. Called "a masterful and elegant tradition served underneath soaring thrash-influenced guitars, pummeling drums and a vocal performance that is absolutely stellar from an overlooked vocalist," by, the critically adored Bú-Tik is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and emphasizes what bassist Doris Yeh describes as "righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits." Formed in 1995, with the existing lineup having been together since 2005, CHTHONIC blends metal with traditional Taiwanese instrumentation, mythology, Taoist folklore and the country's labyrinthine history, each album bearing a deep, conceptual story. CHTHONIC is notorious for their elaborate costumes, stage makeup and highly visual stage shows as well as their outspoken political views on human rights and Taiwanese independence.

Ián-Bú is currently available on DVD via Eagle Vision.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pony Bones (Speedy Ortiz's Matt Robidoux) Stream "Pony Bones II" EP via BrooklynVegan

"Pony Bones II" EP due out April 29th via Exploding In Sound Records
Massachusetts duo PONY BONES are streaming their new EP, PONY BONES II viaBrooklyn Vegan, a week ahead of its scheduled release date. The dynamic and endearing album has enthralled fans with singles “Clyfford” and “Crystal Key,” and now the entire EP is available for all your listening pleasure. The cassette/digital is available on April 29th via Exploding In Sound Records. Comprised of Matt Robidoux(Speedy Ortiz) and Kate Hanlon (ex-Kendra), Pony Bones II is a quick burst of indie influenced noise rock, with equal focus on the catchy and memorable melodies as the atonal dissonance and experimental freakouts. Matt Robidoux is an extremely creative songwriter capable of warming hearts and blowing minds amid the strange depths of guitar noise and tape manipulation. Hanlon’s drumming is impeccably in tune with Robidoux’s chaotic squalor, as the two show an undeniable chemistry, sounding instinctually tight while playing deceptively loose. Pony Bones are a rare breed.

“lo-fi rock that wildly slides from grinding noise to sweet melodies” – Stereogum

“a raucous, gloriously off-kilter couple minutes” – Dots and Dashes

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Pony Bones shared some insight on the project:

“Although not the first band named Pony Bones, we began in service to an Allston, Massachusetts basement show on New Year's Eve of 2010.  More in favor of noise jams than songs at that point in time, we eventually started writing music for cassette tape and touring.  We've continued doing our thing and changing since.  Kate is from Boston and I'm from Western Mass, so we try to represent the whole of Massachusetts in our own way.  Here is our music. It is all we have to tell you how we feel. Know that your love keeps our love strong.” - Matt and Kate

 Pony Bones
Pony Bones II
Exploding In Sound Records
April 29, 2014
Pre-Order Available HERE

1 – Clyfford
2 – Instrument There
3 – Alien Fog
4 – Crystal Key
5 – 30 Seconds of Juggalo Plaisir

Produced by Pony Bones and Robert Macdonald at Kate’s House (Somerville, MA) and King St. Manor (Northampton, MA). Mastered by Carl Saff.