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February 2015
Dolly Spartan
"self-titled EP
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartan; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

 
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Fletcher C. Johnson releases video for 'Messin' Up My Mind'

Fletcher C. Johnson releases video for 'Messin' Up My Mind'

Brooklyn's Fletcher C. Johnson is technically one man and a band all at the same time;  Fletcher C. Johnson is both the name of a trio and the lead singer of said trio. In their/his newest music video for “Messin’ Up My Mind,” cardboard aliens plus ticked off beehived back up singers make for a hilariously DIY experience. This mega catchy retro-tinged rock single was originally released in April as the A-side of the band's 7".  If you aren’t listening for the infectious tunes, be sure to watch for the healthy dose of absurd, pizza-throwing humor -- not surprising at all from a band that describes their sound as, "A guy making trumpet noises with his mouth.” - Corinne Bagish 

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