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Some emerging NYC bands playing Northside on Thursday.

We'll take the opportunity given us by Northside to highlight a few emerging local artists we haven't blogged about in some time - or not at all. Browsing through the list of bands playing tonight, we notice that NYC Kenrda Morris will be at Matchless with Aabaraki (pictured, song streaming below), two acts dedicated to bringing soul back to the heights it deserves (here's an article about the Soul Revival in NYC by the way).

On the other side of the musical genres' spectrum, noise masters Yvette will challenge (and probably destroy some) ears at Muchmore's, headlining a bill of droney bands that includes Courtship Ritual (good name! streaming below), and electro experimenter Alan Watts.

Semi-French pop treat Slowdance (song streaming below) will play Public Assembly's back room with two fully French bands (by the way, now that the main room is closed, Pub. Ass. is throwing shows in a pretty cool room upstairs). Spike Hill on the other hand will host three Brooklyn bands we covered inside out: ARMSConveyor and Miniboone, and one we never heard about: Chris Mills.

Grand Street's mainstay dive Trash Bar will host loud garage New Jersey based outfit The Everymen and rising indie crooner Tyburn Saint, together with this weird NYC band called The Cowmen - what the heck is this, zombie-country? Some imaginative heads at work there!

285 Kent will surely have a packed show featuring Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Julian Lynch and other great bands from out of town, but these are artists on the verge of not being emerging anymore... Glasslands on the other hand has a DJ only night with some local stars behind the booth - but we don't care about DJs...


Slowdance releases new video for "Boyfriend"

A foggy haze of smoke and lights surrounds Brooklyn band Slowdance's dark video of their new single “Boyfriend.” Originally released as a 7” on White Iris records, the song is a playful take on efforts which can be made to keep things exciting in a long-term relationship (a thick fog and darkness always help when your partner is getting old and fat). The band's pop tendencies keep things light as usual, but an element of melancholia seeps through the steam.

Curiously, at one point a man in an American flag button-up dismounts a motorcycle with an overlay of sparklers - an image which ironically, in one shot, represents the duality of bilingual singer Quinn-Settel (English and French) - since sparkles for some reason bring to mind many French things (champagne, glittery fashion, and a French guy I met once who couldn't light his cigarette). - Christine Cauthen


Slowdance releases "Boyfriend" 7" + plays Northside at Cameo on 06.15

This is hard for an Italian to admit, but, even though French wines and cheeses are obviously inferior to ours (he he), I have to concede that French musical influences are way, way, way more "usable" in an indie context than Italian ones. Led by French singer Quay Quinn-Settel, Slowdance is one of the newest bands belonging to the rather copious battalion of francophile and francophone artists produced by the NYC scene in the past decade (La Laque, CoCoRosie, Die Romantik, and Elodie O are some of the other notable ones). Their new single "Boyfriend" (out as a 7" on White Iris Records), end even more so side B "Airports," revisit the simple, charming melodies of 60s French pop and baptize them in a dream pop musical backdrop. This "French-girl-dream" formula is rather pleasing and conspires images of desperately needed motorcycle trips through Provence's spectacular countryside. That is a good sign. But since you obvioulsy can't afford that, you should probably go see Slowdance live at the next opportunity, which is on June 15 at Cameo, and dream about it. - PDG


Weekly Feature: Slowdance

There’s something wildly fantastic about Slowdance and their stylish EP, “Light & Color”. Whether it’s their distorted trots through neo-new wave pars or their smoldering struts through retro French-pop standards, the young Brooklyn indie quintet knows exactly how to entice and bewilder listeners at the same time. - Read Annamarya Scaccia Q&A with the band here.


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