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RINI, Jill Peacock, Wayne Tucker play The Revolution, Vol. 44 on 11.14

Few events embody the spirit of independent music in New York City than The Revolution, a performance series that highlights artists continuously pushing thefrontiers of innovative alternative pop.

This week, the series returns to Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on Thursday, November 14th for its 44th volume, featuring sets by local artists RINI, Jill Peacock, and Wayne Tucker. RINI’s strength comes from the outfit’s synergy of Carnatic music (a product of bandleader Harini Raghavan’s formal training at the Berklee College of Music and her own roots in the city of Chennai, India) with electronica, crafting a final output that balances and synthesizes two seemingly disparate genre influences.

Likewise, Canadian keyboardist and singer Jill Peacock crafts nu soul bops that echo trip hop and classic United Kingdom soul, creating grooves that transcend decades and continents; jazz trumpeter, composer, and vocalist Wayne Tucker similarly finds his footing in bridging the genre’s long history, incorporating soundscapes equal parts bebop and contemporary R&B.

Tickets are still available for The Revolution Vol 44—stream each of the artists here before you catch them this Thursday.


International DIY songstress Halima recollects lost love on “Ford Cardinal”

Alternative pop artist Halima is currently residing in New York City, after previously living in Lagos and London. Her most popular and recent single is “Ford Cardinal,” a smooth and catchy tune, one that touches on a complicated relationship wherein she wants nothing but to be with someone who appears to have left her behind. Halima repeats that she found loose change in the backseat of her Ford Cardinal, reminding her of a distant memory with a lover. On top of the lyrics, the melody is also catchy, a minimalist groove carrying Halima’s polished vocals. The highlight of the song comes at 2 minutes and 16 seconds, as she begins to lightly rap her feelings and thoughts aimed at the unrepentant lover who doesn’t think they fit together. This powerful bridge is refreshing against the repetitive-yet-heartfelt lyrics. Jam it below. —Karigan Wright



Healing Potpourri at The Knockout Nov 8

How to describe Healing Potpourri? Sweet bossa beats with a real gentle vibe. Healing, indeed. It's like what you wish elevator music was. The boys are coming to The Knockout tonight and we wanted to send out this late but proper invitation. So forth, be soothed. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor


Club Oro share taut, mellow new single "Lené"

On "Lené," Club Oro's latest single, you're never entirely sure where their taut, misty bedroom pop will take you. Led by singer Cassandra Cronin's gentle lilt, the track's clipped metronomic rhythm weaves in and out like a trance. Her clever imagery is just an uncanny, following a soulful, improvised groove that reveals itself the more you engage with it: "Most of art must be explained/Most of secrets end in flames." What once was a duo between Cassandra and her sibling Connor is now a full-fledged five-piece, though even in broadening their musical palette, they remain true to their DIY sensibilities.

"Lené" is featured on Club Oro's forthcoming debut EP Where's the Hook?, due out later this fall. Juan Rodríguez


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