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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Local news: Sockets Records showcase at Black Cat on Saturday

By David Malitz

humeHume is one of bands that has helped Sockets become a top label. (Wilson Kemp)

Sockets Records has successfully made the transition from "excellent local record label" to simply "excellent record label." The qualifier isn't necessary - and, honestly, it hasn't been for a few years - since there are few labels in any city that boast such a diverse and high-quality roster. Saturday's four-band showcase at the Black Cat won't hit on experimental electronic or hip-hop sounds, but it will feature plenty of head-spinning guitar rock. Headliner Hume specializes in jumpy, intricate long-form guitar workouts that are as precise as they are powerful. Opener Laughing Man is about to release an excellent debut album, "The Lovings ('63-'69)," of rock-blues-soul that establishes singer Brandon Moses as one of the city's most intriguing vocalists. Buildings and Skeletons round out the stacked bill.

Listen to an MP3 from each band below.

Hume - "Inverse Fireworks" (from an upcoming 7")





Laughing Man - "Mood and Dress" (from just-released album "The Lovings ('63-'69)")





Buildings - "A" (demo)





Skeletons - "What They Said" (from the album "Lucas")





By David Malitz  | January 14, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Local news  | Tags:  Buildings, Hume, Laughing Man, Skeletons, Sockets Records  
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