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Darlings release new single + play glasslands on 08.10

Darlings have been entertaining Brooklyn crowds for quite a few years now with their musical philosophy asserting that the best ingredients for fun are uptempo drums, plain distorted guitar chords, and most importantly simple, catchy melodies. The band remains faithful to its credo in the new 7" of "Pet the Ghost" (streaming below) which will be released today (August 10) with a show at Glasslands with like-minded lo-fi local heroes The Sundelles.


Weekly Feature: Motive - Live at Pianos, 08.18

A long time ago, the founding members of Motive were shredding through jazzlead sheets and getting carted across the U.S. and Europe to showcase their young talent. Nowadays, Motive populates a different scene. Erupting from a Clinton Hill practice space onto stages and club circuits around the city, the band is taking NYC – and the internet – by storm. In the dawn of a quintessential political election, their song “Nobody Eats Dinner” was synced to clips of Mitt Romney at his worst. This video went viral and with it, Motive. Their music is masterfully layered and meticulously produced. With a new age, larger than life sound that slowly seeps into your brain, it’s hard not to hum the enchanting hook of “What’s So Bad” (streaming below) right before drifting into a rock and roll daydream. See the band at Pianos on August 18. - Read Ed Guardaro interview with the band here.


Weekly Feature: Avan Lava plays Glasslands on August 31

Avan Lava, as a whole, is a mind-blowing spectacle that takes time to behold. The band is a mix of seasoned pros and otherwise unknown underground talent. Ian Pai and Le Chev of Fischerspooner theorized this upbeat hard hitting disco-rock side project while on tour in Brazil four years ago. Since then the band has grown, but Avan Lava is really a troupe. Their live shows feature fantastic displays of laser lights, dance numbers and costumes unparalleled in an other wise too-cool-for-school indie music scene. They sought to remove themselves from the chilled out ambient norm, and erupt onto the indie music circuit with high-energy tracks that get people off the wall and back onto the dance floor. Avan Lava does not create generic four-on-the-floor dance tracks, their music is intricate and intense, but easy to listen to, and most of all fun. Their ear-tickling EP “Flex Fantasy” is available for free online. - Read Dean Van Nguyen's interview with the band here.


NYC Band on the rise: The Last Names

Listening to The Last Names begs a lot of questions. Not much is known of the band apart from the handful of songs they've released so far. Former members of Bishop Allen, Justin Rice and Darbie Nowatka began the group as a side project, and are now devoting some serious time to the folksy 'Mommas and Poppas' brand of hippie nostalgia you'll hear on their soundcloud.

The band's debut full-length 'Wilderness' comes out in early October and contains some of the most relaxed, evocative music I've heard in a long time from the Brooklyn pair. Personal fave 'Dead Reckoning' comes in on a breath of fresh air, and the rest of the record channels Haight-Ashbury as something new, even while channeling its ghosts throughout.

Stream part of the record on their Bandcamp and pick up a physical copy when its released October 2nd. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


New Hooray for Earth track from upcoming release

I guess September is approaching! Until a few days ago we were struggling to find interesting stuff in our press releases, now it's an explosion of pre-releases, this one from Hooray for Earth, from an upcoming single on Devecote Records. - Read a Deli interview with the band here.


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