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Laura Stevenson | Photo by Christopher Hainey | courtesy of the artist

Brooklynite Laura Stevenson often gets pulled under the umbrella of punk rock, not so much for how her music sounds but more for the company she keeps: Don Giovanni Records, Against Me!, Gaslight Anthem, Gainesville’s annual FEST. But take a listen to any point in her catalog and you’ll hear smart, sophisticated songwriting with appeal that stretches beyond scenes and subgenres.

2013’s Wheel had a jangling folk-pop vibe in the vein of Aimee Mann, Bright Eyes and Laura Veirs, while her follow-up – Cocksure, due out on October 30th via Don Giovanni – is reportedly more raw. We can definitely pick that up on “Torch Song,” premiered today on Spin, which has a strong power-pop thing going on: a little bit Go-Gos, a little bit Fountains of Wayne. Needless to say, we’ve had it on repeat this afternoon, and are pumped to hear the entire record – and to see Stevenson’s next Philly show, slated for the Foundry at The Fillmore Philly on November 18th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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