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Purse

Put It in the Pool (CD/DIG – Bandcamp)

Portland new wave indie-metal trio Purse just birthed their second full-length album. It’s called Put It in the Pool and it’s all chapped lips and skinned knees. It’s raw meat vs. nursery rhyme: the album’s opening track, “Hot Swap,” barfs up a partially digested version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” midway. It’s campy! And creepy. Lead singer/guitarist Ginette Labonville alternately shouts/croons her best disaffected Debbie Harry chic through a restrained brand of psychedelic ’80s-infused twang metal, a weird throwback to the B-52’s by way of Thurston Moore. Best track? “Heart of Stone.” Deep. Blast it in your garage.

— Victoria Karol

 

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Tricky Britches

Comin’ in Hot (CDEP/DIG)

A plucky foursome that’s been at it since 2009, and thankfully hasn’t lost the hungry, hardscrabble ethos they started with. This little barnburner has six tracks, 18 minutes of country-bluegrass sweet, solemn and jackrabbit-quick. Tracks like “Allagash” are where the Britches sting best, hot potato–ing a theme from banjo to fiddle to mandolin, while “Stove Up” and “Jackson Square” have enough personality in the lyrics to set them apart from the bluegrass pack. “Well, someday, maybe someday soon, I’m gonna turn a penny playin’ them tunes” begins “Jackson Square” — and it’s hard to justify living in a world where that is not the case. You can dance to this stuff all summer long. Perhaps not coincidentally, we hear they’re big in Hawaii. [http://trickybritches.com]

— Nick Schroeder

 

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Muddy Ruckus

Pretty Bones (CD/DIG)

The second full-length from Muddy Ruckus, the nostalgia-drenched Americana project from songwriter Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl, initially feels like pure genre work. Yet Flaherty and Stahl play their roles well enough, like vagabonds skulking Mississippi street corners and speakeasys, that it evolves into more. Duos as handsome and restless as these have irrepressible charm — anyone saying they wouldn’t want to live their life like these songs is lying — and although this style’s been milked of a good deal of its inventiveness since the great, post-recessional nostalgia wave of Americana, Muddy Ruckus keep things fresh, with catchy, hit-ready songs like “Die for You,” yes, but particularly well-earned ballads like “The Stone.” Too formulaic to swallow its 12 songs, 50 minutes in one sitting, but solid in small bursts. [http://www.muddyruckus.com]

— Nick Schroeder