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January 2015
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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New Track: "Nothing Weird" - Thin Lips

Found on their EP Divorce Year, which will be released on cassette on May 5 via Seagreen Records, Thin Lips' latest single, “Nothing Weird,” is jumpstarted by a momentous riff as Chrissy Tashijan depicts a definitive tale of a relationship ending. It’s a song that hits an emotional note, while occupying a tough POV as Tashijan pushes through the discord and moves forward. You can stream the track over at Stereogum. Thin Lips will be touring with Hop Along, making a stop on May 9 at Union Transfer.


New Track: "Sucks Either Way" - Spill

Ex-Placeholder frontman Brandon Gepfer has teamed up with former members of screamo crew We Were Skeletons to form Spill. The new project just premiered its debut single "Sucks Either Way," via Brooklyn Vegan. They also have plans to release an EP, and have already booked a few shows in their hometown of Lancaster, PA with Diarrhea Planet, Spraynard, NAH and more. 


Title Fight Opening for La Dispute w/The Hotelier at Union Transfer March 26

Since the release of their latest album Hyperview last month, vibrant indie punks Title Fight have been reluctantly grabbing hold of the spotlight. The ambitious four-piece, who are signed by ANTI- Records, have already jumped onto big tours that will find them playing for fans throughout North America, Europe and Australia in support their highly lauded third LP. They were also dubbed one of the standout bands to watch at this year’s SXSW. Their current tour with La Dispute rolls into town at Union Transfer for a sold-out gig tonight. And they'll be joined by buzzing Worcester, Massachusetts emo outfit The Hotelier. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8pm, Sold Out, All Ages - Bill McThrill


New Track: "Glory, Glory" - Bad Braids

Bad Braids, a.k.a. Megan Biscieglia, recently shared a new song entitled "Glory, Glory." The single is the B-side to a split 7" with Portland, Maine singer-songwriter Jacob Augustine. The release is currently available via Pretty Purgatory, a record label/artist collective that both the performers are involved with. (Photo by Tamyka Smith) 



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