19
Sep

Beach Slang gets compared to Goo Goo Dolls with new single

Beach Slang aren’t the Goo Goo Dolls, but they do obviously take them in as an influence. If that epitome of mid to late 90s anthemic indie rock isn’t your thing, you should still check out Beach Slang. They have a new EP “Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street” dropping on Sept. 30 digitally and Oct. 28 physically on Tiny Engines. The good people at NPR have the band’s latest single “Dirty Cigarettes” and we suggest you give it a listen.

18
Sep

Zookeeper streams second single from future album

You should be listening to Zookeeper as much as you can. Zookeeper is the solo project from Chris of the band of emo legend Mineral, who recently reunited for a tour. The artist’s solo project is much more mature and focused. “Pink Chalk,” the project’s sophomore LP, will be out on Oct. 14 via Count Your Lucky Stars. Head on over to Brooklyn Vegan to get a taste of the album with the new track “Conclusions.”

18
Sep

The Great Explainer share new track from debut LP

You can never have too many four-piece punk bands from New Jersey. That description is usually a pretty safe bet when it comes to music. You might want to go all in with The Great Explainer. They’re releasing their debut self-titled album on Oct. 27 via Panic State Records. “Defeated,” the release’s first single, is available over at Punknews.

18
Sep

Self Defense Family releases third single from upcoming EP

You must know about the new Self Defense Family. You don’t? It’s all over the news. Well then, the band will be releasing a new EP “Duets” on Sept. 30 via Iron Pier. The record’s third single “Been Passed On” is available over at Stereogum. You should probably check it out. The band is also going on a U.S. tour and you can find all the dates below.

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18
Sep

Lights streams third album in its entirety

It’s safe to say that Lights is a legitimate pop star, at least in Canada. People love her all over though and they’re about to be excited. The singer has put her entire third album “Little Machines” up for streaming. Head over to New York Times to check it out. She’s also heading out on a U.S. tour and you can catch all the dates below. “Little Machines” is out on Sept. 23 via Warner Bros.

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17
Sep

Puddle Splasher signs with Black Numbers and announces debut EP

Puddle Splasher are relatively new. The New Jersey three-piece haven’t even been around for an entire year, but the band consists of some members of hardcore band Damaged Goods and drums up comparisons to Title Fight and Sunny Day Real Estate. All very good things rolled up into one with these guys. They’ve recently signed with Black Numbers and have announced their debut EP “Poor Planning” to be released on Sept. 23. Check out the entire EP over at Brooklyn Vegan.

17
Sep

Man Overboard announces new EP

It’s old by now, but Man Overboard is still defending pop punk. Always and forever. They’ll keep up their guard with the release of their new EP “Passing Ends.” The record will be out on Oct. 28 via Lost Tape Collective. Check out the first single “For Vince” just below.

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15
Sep

Bandit signs with Broken Circles and streams new single

What originally started as a solo project for Angela Plake, Bandit is now a full-fledged band with the full-fledged sound to go with it. The band has just signed with Broken Circles for the releases of their debut album “Of Life,” out on Jan. 20 of next year. The LP’s first single “Dragon” is available for your listening pleasure just below.

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15
Sep

The Jazz June streams new single from upcoming LP

We are sure you know by now that The Jazz June haven’t released an album in 12 years. You also know that the band are pioneers of 90s/00s emo and have been a huge influence for many artists. We would be willing to bet that you probably didn’t know that the guys have released a new track from that future album though. Their latest single “Edge of Space” can be heard over at Entertainment Weekly and you won’t want to miss it. “After the Earthquake” will be out on Nov. 11 via Topshelf Records.

One more thing you probably didn’t know about is that we recently talked to guys about all you could want to know. Be on the lookout for our interview with them in the near future.

15
Sep

Stream the new EP from Teen Death

Teen Death is releasing its latest EP “Crawling” tomorrow on 6131 Records. If you’re looking for something noisy, abrasive and slightly 90s tinged, then these guys have exactly for which you are looking. Head over to New Noise to check out the entire thing.

About Us

Everyone knows that scene from “Taken” where Liam Neeson mentions having “a very particular set of skills.” We at Unplugged were able to relate to that statement, albeit on a less “badass” level. We were working for publications that weren’t challenging us and began getting bored with our own design, writing and photography abilities.

Unplugged Magazine was established in January, 2013, because of our combined love of journalism and music, and from our selfish desire to share the music we enjoy. We wanted to showcase local acts and write about national bands we are into. Most of all, we wanted to immerse ourselves in the music community by using the abilities we already have.

Each month we interview local artists here in Sacramento, as well as national acts that we feel are worth sharing. We write about albums and topics we believe people may like. We share our stories and the stories of musicians we want everyone to know about. What started off as a simple endeavor is now a 20-page outlet for our creativity, and for musicians to have a voice in our local scene and share what they do.

Unplugged is:
Co-editor-in-chiefs: Steven Condemarin and Alisha Kirby
Writers: Josh Jurss, Daniel Romandia, Ashli Jade, Jorden Hales
Copy Editors: Robert Aguilar, Megan Houchin
Photographers: Allen Dubnikov, Jesika Gatdula, Elmer Martinez
Contributors: Kendra Beltran, Eric Delgado

Unplugged Magazine Issue 18