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House Playlist: Male Bonding, Future Islands, & Big Troubles

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Male Bonding, Future Islands, & Big Troubles
<em>House</em> Playlist: Male Bonding, Future Islands, & Big Troubles

Male Bonding, “Mysteries Complete.” Male Bonding cleans up its ragged punk act ever so slightly on their second album, Endless Now. One of the highlights is “Mysteries Complete,” a blast of guitars and dreamy vocals that recalls My Bloody Valentine, but with a bit more muscle. Acing the rapid-fire riffs and percussion-heavy breakdowns, the band proves that musical prowess and indie-rock hooks aren’t mutually exclusive. Frontman John Webb sings of discovering betrayals and haunting regrets, but here Male Bonding keeps the overall vibe bright and powerful. Michael Kilpatrick