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A Deli premiere: The Bottom Dollars' video for “Prizefighter”

With their good old-fashioned folk‘n'roll and a new video to match, The Bottom Dollars (who placed at #35 in our 2011 Best of NYC Poll for emerging artists) have premiered “Prizefighter” this week. The video was shot around iconic New York landmarks like the Coney Island boardwalk and Washington Square Park, and includes, yes, plenty of people having fun and fighting. The band, dressed dapper in 1920’s attires, duke it out in a series of brawls, though not always proving their claimed “prizefighter” status. The elusive single-named Seeley directed the video, which features appearances from a few friends, members of The Nuclears and the frizzy-haired W.M.D. DuBois of Deathrow Tull and Strings for Truth. See The Bottom Dollars live at Mercury Lounge on August 7. - Devon Antonetti

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NYC dream-folk Wilsen release debut CD - Union Pool, 07.25

The magic hour is that one time of day when shadows get sharper, light gets more intense, and everything is perfect to take great photos. The debut video for Wilsen’s first release seems to recall this mood in its sharp instrumentation and dizzying lights. Shot in the band’s rehearsal space, ‘Dusk’ highlights the differing shapes and sizes this time of day creates. From Tamsin Wilson, a singer/songwriter usually associated with country twang, comes a surprisingly commanding voice backed by an ambitious folk trio. The song channels the heavens in its haunting refrain “dusk is rolling in,” and I’m excited to see what vision develops from here. Check it yourself when they play their debut album release show at Union Pool on July 25th. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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NYC punks you should check out: Sexy Neighbors

Sexy Neighbors is a garage band from Brooklyn with a sound that reminds me a little of one of my favorite British post punk bands - The Stranglers, "Black and White" period - I guess because of the relentless organ parts and lead singer Felix Gottdiener's commanding attitude. Native J (the lady behind the keys) also lends her voice to the band's tunes, adding an unexpected, occasional dreamy element, in particular in "Seeds" (streaming below). This is a band that's fun to listen to, and should be even more fun to witness live.

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She Keeps Bees releases new single, plays anywhere but NYC

We've been following Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees for a long time now, and it's great to see them gaining more and more buzz (no pun intended, maybe). Their latest single “Counter Charm” (streaming below) was released this week and debuted on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and showcases an interesting development in their sound, in a direction that's at once more atmospheric, punchy, and tense. Singer Jessica Larrabee howls over a dark, pulsating melody, pleading out “please stay” over and over. Larrabee, who is joined by drummer Andy LaPlant, possess a sinister tone throughout, at times reminiscent of Cat Power. The single also includes the track “Blue Moon,” one of the ominous forays of the 1930’s classic. She Keeps Bees is finishing up a tour overseas (for some reason it seems like every time we blog about them they are in Europe), but will return for US this fall for a string of shows in the... west coast - dudes, NYC shows??? - Devon Antonetti

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The Felice Brothers release album + open for Modest Mouse

Since their release of 2011’s “Celebration, Florida,” The Felice Brothers have had a rough go of it. Their home was hit by a hurricane, their tour Winnebago broke down, and their singer/lead guitarist was hospitalized. Yet the Americana band persevered through the adversity to deliver a new collection of songs. Entitled “God Bless You, Amigo,” the collection consists of twelve’s original songs and eight covers of traditional folk songs. The proceeds from “God Bless You, Amigo,” which can be downloaded exclusively from the band’s website, will go towards an official follow-up to “Celebration, Florida” and a new touring vehicle. The Felice Brothers will be opening for Modest Mouse at the sold out July 20 Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre, and “Lincoln Continental is streaming below. - Josh Johnson

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