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Oh Sees - "Overthrown"

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San Francisco rock band Oh Sees (previously Thee Oh Sees and other variations) are back after last year’s Orc and Memory of a Cut Off Head, the latter of which was released under the OCS moniker. The band has become known for its prolificness, so the quick release of this new single, “Overthrown” comes as little surprise.

Thee Oh Sees have never been afraid to crank up the volume, but they've really upped the ante for “Overthrown.” While staying true to their garage rock and psychedelic foundation, the band puts a greater focus on metal and prog rock influences.

“Overthrown” is the first single leading up to Oh Sees’ upcoming album, Smote Reverser, which drops August 17 via Castle Face. They’re kicking off a tour this weekend at Boston Calling.

-Owen Murray

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - "Crumbling Castle"

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard seem to have their fourth album of 2017 locked and loaded, and while I haven't been particularly impressed by the past two releases, this latest single has got my mouth watering. "Crumbling Castle" is one of the most epic, multi-faceted, and mystical tracks the band has delivered thus far. And they're apparently making good on their promise of five albums this year, so I guess we'll be hearing this one real soon.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Lord of Lightning Vs. Balrog

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In lieu of a mere single, here is the entire second chapter of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's three-chapter concept album Murder of the Universe. This will be the psych rock experimentalists' second album of 2017, following the great Flying Microtonal Banana, and the 'gimmick' this time around is the addition of a spoken word narrative to the mix. I'm not sure the band's gonna meet their goal of five albums this year, but so far I think they're pacing themselves well and are finding interesting ways to keep their sound fresh and fun.

Murder of the Universe drops June 23 via Heavenly.