• Looks like MARIE STELLA are calling it quits. This past weekend's gig at the Empire was billed as "one of our last shows." Bummer. We were pretty into their girl-fronted indie-pop thing.

• Similarly, the excellent pop-punk SOPHOMORE BEAT have got a goodbye party planned for August 12 at the Deering Grange. Bummer. We were pretty into their sneering, cynically upbeat thing.

• In the not-calling-it-quits department, DEAN FORD has put the polish on a new two-song EP (single?) called Control, which will be released August 2, the same night he'll be busting out the entirety of Purple Rain. Get ready for some serious glam.

Related: Review: AoK's solid debut, New projects, debuts, and goodbyes, Gully + Foam Castles + Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance, January 8, More more >
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