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Street poet Oompa releases new single "Feel Like Cole," plays Bank of NH Stage 07.20

Don't let the sugary pop hooks fool you, the lyrical flow of Boston's Oompa is murderous truth from a street poet, educator, and rising New England star. The rapper's latest single "Feel Like Cole" flashes rumbling beats, slick production, and the same vocal intensity that Oompa is known for, all glazed with a vintage '80s hip-hop vibe. Much like that storied time in hip-hop lore when born-poets could be found on street corners, spitting agile verses for the sake of keeping their neighborhood vibrantly colored, Oompa's latest track feels genuinely born from the Boston-annexed neighborhood of Roxbury she hails from. The cultural spirit of Roxbury lives in the music but also in the lyrics of Oompa which address her and her community's struggles, triumphs, and unresolved questions of a social matter. Oompa will be taking the Bank of NH Stage for a ride on July 20th, bringing important issues to the forefront with rhythm to spare. The brand new single is streaming below. - Rene Cobar





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Pensive mornings have met their match in Max Grazier's new record "Warm Enough Not To Care"

Your weekend playlist can get a boost from the music of Portsmouth’s Max Grazier. The New Hampshire singer-songwriter’s latest EP Warm Enough Not To Care is evenly spread with a sonic marmalade of dynamic acoustic and electric guitar riffs, stupendous vocal harmonies, and subtle drums to sway to, all tinged with a bedroom-production syrup so sweet. All three tracks of Grazier’s new record feel like confessions, not meant to be released, deeply personal, sung with passion, and played to the wave of pseudo-surf guitar ambiance. Pensive weekend mornings just got a lot better, in that kind of moody-basking way, thanks to the music of Max Grazier. The trombone finale in “Paper Eyes” is exquisite, let it build up below. - Rene Cobar





Cindy Latin mixes elegance and urban flair in new single "In a Year From Now"

Matching the splendor of the tasteful instrumentation that accompanies her, Boston’s Cindy Latin lets her vocals soar in her latest single “In a Year From Now.” Yes, the drums flash some nearly-acrobatic fills, the bass grooves deliciously, and the trumpets are resonant, but it is Cindy’s passionate expressions that captivate, switching with ease from flowing verses to soulful choruses, she commits to them wholly. Cindy Latin strikes that perfect balance between an elegant soul singer and hardened street lady, similarly as another gal people may know of named Alicia Keys. “In a Year From Now” drips with honest curiosity about the future, and easily creates a narrative that we can all relate to, Cindy Latin channels the message well. Without further ado “In a Year From Now” is streaming below for your listening pleasure. - Rene Cobar 

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One Time Weekend is a funky carnival of sounds too good to pass up, plays BRYAC Black Rock 06.28

Letting its reggae and funk influences lead the way, the group from Collinsville, CT known as One Time Weekend has crafted a record you can move to. Weekend at the Circus is jam-packed with hip electric guitar solos, fun changes in tempo, rapid-fire vocals, and piano notes that shine among the carnival of sounds. The lead vocal melodies on tracks like “Gandalf” and “Cavity” have the magnetism of great orators like Sublime’s Bradley James Nowell or Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy; the instruments move the party along with groovy basslines to spare. One Time Weekend’s summer tour continues with a stop at BRYAC Black Rock in Bridgeport, CT on June 28th. We are streaming “Cavity” below for your enjoyment. - Rene Cobar

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