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Clairo's star rises quickly with debut record, show set for XL Center 08.04

If you have not heard of Boston’s Clairo, you soon will: the young artist is seeping into the pages of major publications like The Guardian with her debut record Immunity. Clairo is set to seriously shake up the pop hierarchy with her lively brand of synth-pop music. Don’t just imagine synth-driven tunes, picture energetic indie-rock guitar riffs, groovy drumbeats and the reverb-tinged vocals of a young woman ready to let her emotions spill across the mainstream. Clairo’s record is a sonic chameleon taking on the best colors of today’s music landscape: Immunity has the trap beats that currently surge in Chicago, the electro-rock bubbling in New York City and the ever-vibrant pop glaze of Los Angeles. You will want to catch this artist before she is out of reach, and the XL Center in Hartford is the place to do that on August 4th. We are streaming the red hot track “Bags” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar


Rissa Garcia splits 90s house and modern grooves, plays Elsewhere 8.10

New York DJ and label boss Rissa Garcia knows how to strike the right chord between heavy nostalgia and classic sounds. Her recent drop “Baby I Can Feel It” demonstrates this aptitude, interpolating 90s piano house with more contemporary synthetic and percussive accents. It endows “Baby” with a feeling that’s as nostalgic as it is danceable, employing a vintage aesthetic that never feels derivative or pandering; rather, “Baby I Can Feel It” shows Garcia’s ability to recognize the electronic textures that are timeless, and utilize them in novel, groovy ways. Stream this bop below, and catch Rissa Garcia at Elsewhere on August 10th alongside Classixx, Young Franco, and Alejandra Sabillon. -Connor Beckett McInerney


Radio Rahill explores dissent across the decades on "Songs of Dissidence," plays Soho Grand 8.7

“When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence without realizing that the real content of any kind of revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals you’re striving for.” This excerpt from a 1972 interview with Angela Davis begins Rahill Jamalifard’s mix Songs of Dissidence, laying the foundation for an hour-long intercultural musical odyssey throughout the southern United States (as well as the Global South). Beginning with Dorothy Ashby’s “Soul Vibrations” before quickly segueing through international deep cuts such as “Funeral of a Worker” by Melia Barbosa and “Bravo” by Jacqueline Taïeb, Jamalifard (who performs under the name Radio Rahill) demonstrates a keen ear; not only for the ways in which she blends differing sonic textures into a cohesive project, but for her ability to curate songs of dissent from the world over. In doing so, Radio Rahill creates a portrait of resistance that spans continents and decades, painting a portrait of an enduring, continuing struggle for equality, justice, and respect. Listen below, and catch Radio Rahill spin at Soho Grand on August 7th. -Connor Beckett McInerney


So Sensitive Bask in Uncertainty on "What's A Girl To Do?"

New York synth duo So Sensitive swagger back into the limelight with new single “What’s A Girl To Do,” bolstered by its absolute-unit-sized keyboard hits and member Kira Clark’s breathy, intimate vocal delivery. Lyrically, the track finds a linkage between the death of a parent and the qualities we look for in a romantic partner, conveying sentiments of helplessness through glam-laden vox and dark, interweaving keys. So Sensitive arrive at no easy answers to these feelings, preferring to bask in uncertainty; in doing so, they impart an uneasy feeling upon the listener through both their lyrical honesty and sultry instrumental soundscapes. As such, it’s required listening for anyone who finds themselves looking towards an undetermined future, unable to find the necessary guidance as to what they should do. Listen to it below, and stream the rest of their new album, Bedroom Drama, when it drops August 2nd. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Spencer Hotchkiss