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Strange Names to Play Album Release Show at Baby's All Right on 02.24.

02.23 marks the day that Strange Names release their sophomore album, Data, through Frenchkiss Records. To celebrate this milestone, the self-described "next wave" group will be playing an album release show at Baby's All Right on 02.24 with glitch pop project NOIA opening. The event is presented by LPR and is 21+. Doors will open at 8 PM, and the show is slated to start at 9 PM. Tickets are $10 in advanced and will be $13 on the day of the show. Data can be pre-ordered from either iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play here, and "UFO" can be streamed below. - Alexander Beebe





Strange Names Gear and Creative Process

Minneapolis transplants Strange Names have brought to NYC a swagger and confidence most of the local hipsters cannot emanate even if they tried. Their style flirts with the clean, stylized sounds and imagery of the pop of the '80s - heck, their singers kinda looks like a young Simon Le Bon! - but their music, uptempo in a catchy but edgy way, is by no means simple: layers of electric, percussive and electronic sounds intersect with each other (and with the vocals) creating intriguing and often rather complex sonic webs, which must have required a certain amount of production in the studio. Our friends at Delicious Audio had the opportunity to ask guitarist Francis Ximenez where all these sounds - and the band's inspiration - come from, see link below.

Strange Names interview about gear and creative process

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Strange Names celebrate the release of 'Use Your Time Wisely' at Baby's All Right on May 21

In early April we issued a NYC buzz alert for Brooklyn soul pop trio Strange Names, and in just over a month the buzz has become something more than that: after unveiling four singles from the upcoming album 'Use Your Time Wisely' (to be released on Frenchkiss Records), the boys last week played a sold out show at Irving Plaza supporting Azelia Bank (and then two more in Chicago and Boston). All this is building the ideal conditions for the album release party, which will be celebrated with a show at Baby's All Right on May 21. Check out single "I Can't Control Myself," streaming below.

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NYC Buzz Alert! Soul pop trio Strange Names plays Mercury on 04.08, announces debut LP on Frenchkiss

Referencing the extraordinarily sophisticated and catchy soul-pop of Hall & Oates, recent Brooklyn transplant (via Minneapolis) Strange Names have found a way to inject new life in the '80s revival. The band just released a video for single "Ricochet" (streaming) that perfectly recreates the minimalistic style of the early MTV years, minus the almost inevitable cheesy stumbles of that era's productions. The song, performances, and production are rather impressive. If these guys can pull off what we see here in a live setting, they are going to have some fun years ahead. We can find that out on April 8th at The Mercury Lounge, or at any of the other three NYC live shows they have scheduled in the next few weeks. Strange Names's full length album is scheduled for a May release on Frenchkiss Records.

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