By Amanda Dittmar - For Weekender

QUICK CHORD: Heart Out, Low Spirit, and Mallcops

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    Heart Out

    Scranton, Pa.

    Sounds like: A blend of melodic hardcore, punk, and rock and roll. For fans of the Descendents, Hot Water Music, and Seaweed.

    Fun fact: Vocalist Peter Tanski is a published poet/author, as well as being Shop Steward for Teamsters Local 401.

    Find them:, Twitter/Instagram: @heartoutband,,

    Low Spirit

    Upton, Mass.

    Sounds like: Dark and gloomy rock music

    Fun fact: Low Spirit is the solo project of Sam Checkoway from the band Sleeping Patterns.

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    Twitter: @honestfacerecs,


    Somerville, Mass.

    Sounds like: Emotional, honest, and sensitive — creating the perfect combination of emo, punk, and alternative.

    Fun fact: The members of Mallcops aren’t cops and they don’t like Kevin James, but the Burlington Mall is sick.

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    By Amanda Dittmar

    For Weekender

    Amanda Hrycyna photo, courtesy of Heart Out

    Photo courtesy of Low Spirit

    Photo courtesy of Mallcops

    Photo courtesy of Mallcops