Record-Release Roundup

Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels debut their Americana soul album Until the Stars Came Out on Friday, June 4, with a release party at the Marble Room. “Rather than just selling downloads,” says front man LaMonaca, “we’ll be selling the first 1000 copies as a limited-edition release that we’re signing, stuffing, numbering, and wrapping individually.”

June 8 will see the release of History From Below by Delta Spirit, signed to Rounder Records. Produced by Eli Thomson and keyboardist Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), the disc was recorded at Prairie Sun Studio C in Cotati, California, oft-occupied by famous former neighbor Tom Waits (who has a new DVD, Under the Covers).

The Hinges EP by the Midwinters debuts June 9 at the Belly Up. “It’s about time for us to put something out, since we’ve been doing this for four years,” says bassist Matt Cliff. “The problem is most of us have day jobs, mortgages, and kids now.”

June 15 promises Red Dissolving Rays of Light from the mod-men (and woman) of the Loons, courtesy of Bomp! Records and featuring guest songwriter Mike Kamoo.

On June 22, post-hardcore prettyboys Pierce the Veil release Selfish Machines, which front man Vic Fuentes says refers to human nature. “We all have natural tendencies to want, love, and take. It’s about that evil thing inside of us that is really not evil at all. It’s just there and always will be inside all of us.”

Reverend Stickman launches Half Alive: Stories From Under the Black Hat at Swedenborg Hall on June 24, with a show he’s calling The Reverending Story. “It’s a collection of songs, videos, skits, and other surprises,” says the right Reverend. “Expect some tongue-in-cheek humor, some personal history, some storytelling, and even a choir.”

The compilation series Staring at the Sun Volume 8 debuts its local lineup on June 27, with a crowded Casbah bill still being compiled.

June 28 will see the release of The Weirding Valley, an appropriately named effort from experimental existentialists Me Me the Moth. “My wife found the moth featured on the cover. [It was] dead in her truck,” according to bandleader Marcelo Radulovich. “I scanned it at high resolution and took many photos of it. I still have the moth in a case in my fridge. I thought of giving it a proper burial and making a video of it, but that doesn’t seem right at this point.”

But keeping a dead moth in his fridge does feel right.

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