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NYC's Dynasty Electric releases album tonight (06.27) + builds buzz

NYC electro-pop duo Dinasty Electric has built a good amount of momentum in the last few months, culminating with today's release of their new self-titled full length. The band's rather accessible material is enhanced by sophisticated electronic elements both in the audio and video realms. We have some goods for you to watch and listen to: here's the video from their softer single "Eye Wide Open,"  while below you'll find a stream of their new and more upbeat single "Oasis". Dinasty Electric will celebrate the CD release tonight (06.27) with a show at Glasslands, and then leave for a 10 day east coast tour.


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play CBGB Fest's free Summerstage show on 07.07

The recently revived CBGB legacy celebrates its return to New York with a four day festival from July 5th to 8th, 2012. Focusing on both legendary acts and emerging young bands, the event will not only feature music, but film premieres and screenings, as well as industry panels for musicians. The highlight show is a free concert at Summerstage in Central Park on July 7 featuring Guided By Voices, The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart, War On Drugs and Cloud Nothings. Lots of "original regulars" of the old CBGB's will be performing, including Liv Tyler's mother, ex model, Playboy Playmate and queen of groupies Bebe Buell and her band at Highline Ballroom on July 5, and NY Dolls' frontman David Johansen at Sullivan Hall on that same night. Lots of emerging NYC artists will be involved too, more about this in the next few days. For detailed information on line up schedules and to purchase festival passes go here. - Dave Cromwell

Hunters tours with APTBS + releases new single

We already praised Brooklyn Hunters' super-tense approach to noise-rock in more than one occasion (they were our NYC record of the month in February). Well it looks like NYC reigning noise champions A Place to Bury Strangers also have taken notice of this sonically uncompromising duo. The band (whose debut EP was partly mixed by YYY's guitarist Nick Zinner) just released the new single "Street Trash" (streaming below) and announced a July East Coast tour with A Place to Bury Strangers. It's going to be like a series sonic blasts across the coast, indeed!

NYC artists on the rise: Queen Orlenes gets remixed by Tim Powell

I’ll admit it, I first heard of Queen Orlenes through producer Tim Powell’s epic remix for ‘Bones.’ On their EP ‘Helicopters,’ the track sounds like something Feist might have contributed to a Broken Social Scene session. While Powell places singer Brooke X’s casual contralto over an insistent backbeat for his mix, it sounds equally powerful on the band’s own recordings. In fact, this ability to expand and contract on demand marks a rare skill that Brooke and band pull off convincingly.

There’s the sharp opener ‘Helicopters’ for instance (streaming below). Here’s a song with a groove as haunting as anything you might be missing from Portishead, complete with a rousing wash of strings from the Bergersen String Quartet. Equally, the other three tracks on the EP highlight a group with the confidence to effortlessly balance dynamic power over steady groove. Even with their first release now just a couple months old, this is a group that sounds like they’ve been making it happen for years. So hopefully they’ll be announcing some new dates soon… - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

NYC Band to watch: MS MR plays Santos on 06.27 + tours

After months of ambiguity, MS MR have finally begun playing live, giving only a slight glimpse into the world of the mysterious duo. Comprised of a woman and man (the MS half may or may not be named Liz), MS MR has released a demo album and a single with accompanying music videos, but that’s about it. Following the example of another rather successful NYC boy/girls duo, Cults, they don’t divulge their identities, they don’t show their faces on press photos, and they certainly don’t grant interview (at least for now). But, really… do we care about all this stuff? No we don’t, all we care about is their music, and the single “Hurricane” has a lot of things to say: a tremendously enjoyable blue soul-pop gem, the song is built around MS’ beautiful melody - the lady has a voice to kill for, with a peculiar mixture of sweetness and severity. In the background, a light and ambient trip-hoppy electronic arrangement work some magic against pounding mid tempo electronic drums. The band is also likely to be originally from the UK, which is possibly where their dream and drone sound originates. They may not be eager to expose their inner workings, but MS MR do have a musical focus to back their secretive attitude. See them at Santos Party House tomorrow June 27 before they leave for a July west coast tour. – Devon Antonetti


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