Dig into this week’s Saturday Alternative playlist! The Fitting Room was The War: Act 1 by upcoming First Thursday performers The Family Crest.

The Family Crest are a San Francisco-based seven-piece at their core, but the family tree reaches far beyond – out across the country, forming what has become a vast network of musical friends whom they enlist to perform with them on stage and in the studio. The result is a sound as large and ambitious as the project itself. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Liam McCormick, the band released an EP last year called Prelude to War, building anticipation for the inevitable follow-up, The War: Act 1. Inspired more by McCormick’s personal relationships than political happenings, it’s a concept album he’s been writing for the past 5 years that is finally ready to see the light.

You’ll be able to catch The Family Crest live at First Thursdays on August 2nd at the Canton Waterfront Park.


-hour 1-

(You’re Better) Than Ever – Illuminati Hotties – Kiss Yr Frenemies

Panic Attack – Liza Anne – Fine But Dying

Soul No 5 – Caroline Rose

Watching From A Distance – David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere

Fever – Rainbow Kitten Surprise – How To: Friend, Love, Freefall

Sweet Divide – The Magic Numbers – Outsiders

Fields – Spirit Award – Neverending

Nervous Young Inhumans – Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

The Enlightenment – Mastersystem – Dance Music

Hollow – Stacked Like Pancakes – Strange Creatures

The Power – Sweet Spirit – St. Mojo

Treasure – Company of Thieves

Sisters – Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past

All I Want – Ride – Weather Diaries

-hour 2-

Falling Into Me – Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Shiggy – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard

Fanny Dog – Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin

I Don’t Have To – Sibille Attar – Paloma’s Head EP

Drinking Song – Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden

The Wandering Star – Saintseneca

Like a Motherless Child – Moby

Confirmation – Westerman

Fair – Animal Flag – Void Ripper

I’m Becoming You – 5 Billion in Diamonds – 5 Billion in Diamonds

Space Gun – Guided By Voices – Space Gun

Prior Things – Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Semicircle Song – The Go! Team – Semicircle

-hour 3-

Enter Entirely – Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound

For Now – DMA’S – For Now

Twin’s Twist – The Sidekicks – Happiness Hours

Every Day’s the Weekend – Alex Lahey

Soldier – Death By Unga Bunga – So Far So Good So Cool


It Keeps Us Dancing – The Family Crest – The War: Act 1

Take Tonight – The Family Crest – The War: Act 1

Waiting Still – The Family Crest – The War: Act 1

Twisted Highway – Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown

Tic Tac Toe – Django Django – Marble Skies

Wide Awake – Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!


Grave – Queen Wolf – Halloqueen EP