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Post-punk-inspired rockers The Wants debut new single, play Union Pool 06.30

Each instrument in The Wants’ new single “Ape Trap” (streaming) has its grand entrance: a vigorous drum beat is followed by a gruff bassline, then by a sinister-sounding guitar riff, as smooth vocals creep in. The song draws you in, grips you, and does not let go easily. The single blends elements of pop and post punk with a mechanical feel reminiscent of some semi-robotic sounding bands of the early '80s, forging a style that pulls you in multiple directions. The clarity of the recording adds to the track's detached aura as do the lyrics of singer and guitarist Madison Velding-VanDam, both awkwardly abstract and oddly relatable. This band has devised an edgy style that reimagines the sound of post punk in simple but effective ways. You can catch The Wants live on June 30th at Union Pool. - Rene Cobar





The Illustrious Blacks will have you grooving at Baby's All Right 06.20

The old saying that two heads are better than one is confirmed by the pairing of Manchildblack and Monstah Black. Known collectively as The Illustrious Blacks, this NYC duo takes the rhythms of '70s disco and enhances their pizzazz through iconic '80s influences (Boy George, Prince). Their latest single "Revolutionary Love" (streaming) is driven by an infectious bassline and a sophisticated arrangement that slowly builds towards a brass section-enriched chorus. "Revolutionary Love" was specially made for last year's Pride 2018 and its anthemic lyrics reflect that as they chant "I don't give a fuck what they think about us/We got something none can touch/A Revolutionary Love." The duo has a string of shows through Brooklyn in June which culminate with a performance at Baby's All Right Jun 20th. - Rene Cobar

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A Beacon School plays vinyl release show at Baby's All Right 06.14

A Beacon School concots a fascinating sonic puzzle in its 2018 record Cola—vibrant electric guitars, exuberant vocals, subtle synthesizer melodies, and evocative musical breakdowns constitute the various elements of this overall dreamy but upbeat album. Songs like “ I Don’t Believe It” and “Glue” ramp up the pace and pound away at punky drum beats to create surprising blends of dream pop and garage rock in part reminiscent of 4AD cult shoegazers Pale Saints. The group is gearing up for a vinyl release of Cola and is celebrating with a performance at Baby’s All Right on June 14. The vinyl will include three unreleased songs from the original album sessions and a clear version limited to 250 copies. Check out “I Don’t Believe It” streaming below. - Rene Cobar

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Alt Rock

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Band name: 
Eden James
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https://www.facebook.com/edenjamesmusic/
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Mercury Lounge
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Jess Clinton releases new single "The Runaway"

Jess Clinton has decades of songwriting experience; she's spent the last ten years making a name for herself in the crowded New York City scene. In July, she'll release her new album Real Glass Heart, a collection of intimate stories set to her driving indie folk music. The first single off of the upcoming record, "The Runaway", shows the kind of rich, soulful sound that Clinton crafts for her songs; the dark tones from her high and light voice -- which can shift between alto and soprano on a dime -- mesh with the crunch of her guitar. Take a listen to "The Runaway", and stay tuned for more from Jess Clinton this summer. - Will Sisskind

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