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If you're one of the few not plagued by thoughts of mortality and burdened by self-reflection, consider yourself lucky. If you're a brooder, however, then Shift Age, by NYC dark electro-rock project The Great Void, might be the record for you. It bears all the outwards signs of happy pop music, though the longer you listen, the more surreal it gets. Especially vivid is “Medicine Ball,” whose plunky synths and new-wave vocals divert bleakly-rendered lines like, “I know we'd have fun/But you're much too young.” By “Shift Age (Part 2),” it's clear the gloss is just a cover for deconstructing nostalgia itself. “Out with the days of the old ways” sings leader Josh Ascalon before a barrage of high-pitched squeals surge towards an apocalyptic finale. Or maybe that's just the hardware inside his keyboard threatening to fry out? - Brian Chidester

 
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Now that Brooklyn's Market Hotel is back, we can finally have a clear picture of which local artists in the NYC DIY circuit have the necessary following (or whatever you want to call it) to play a venue that's considerably larger than any other "DIY" venue. We used quotes when referring to DIY because it must be noted that the term has lost most of its original meaning, since most of these places, from Aviv to Palisades, and also Market Hotel, are perfectly legal venues: we guess DIY, today, is all about attitude, all ages shows, DIY decor, and - most imprtantly - about the style of the bands booked, veering from punky to psych to experimental or wildly creative, but never over produced. Maybe they should just rename this the "no frills" Brooklyn scene.

Anyway, not that many bands - besides DIIV (too big for us to cover) - are playing Market Hotel in the next few weeks, but we dig the few ones that are. We blogged quite a lot about Show Me The Body and their insane blend of Post Hardcore, Noise Rock and... Hip Hop maybe? Stuff that won't climb the charts, but that might very well be remembered as what was relevant and new in Brooklyn in the mid '10s - they are playing the Bushwick venue tomorrow February 5th.

We've always been big fans of Lodro, a noir, tense as f**k  trio that will be opening for DIIV's second show on March 3rd.

A band we never covered before, Uniform (pictured), will perform on Saturday February 13th as an opener to SF electro post punkers The Soft Moon. The Brooklyn duo's music also blends electronic sounds (drum machine and droney bass synth) with punky and industrial elements. Definitely a band to see while wearing earplugs and your good old mosh pit shoes on - oh, right you wear those all the time... you are good to go then!

 

February 04, 2016
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Late Cambrian, winners of our Best of NYC Readers/Fans' Poll in 2014, just released a new single entitled 'Yearbook Photo' (streaming), which boasts a sound a lot more electronic than what the duo got us used to. Swirling synth arpeggiators and pads leave little space to electric guitars - the band's 'first love' - underlining a transaction from their early power pop days to a dreamier, more serene and mature electronic sound. This is a band relentlessly at work: they also just released a video for more uptempo single 'Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?)' - check it out here.

February 04, 2016
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Back in December, New York-via-Oakland singer/songwriter Jennah Bell released her humbly majestic latest effort, ‘Anatomy.’ Subtly remarkable in its deft ability to convey both innocence and experience through a folk/R&B blend, the aptly-titled work shows a musician assuredly burrowing into her innermost sadness. On the country-inflected middle track “John Forbid” (streaming below), for example, the smooth-timbered Bell asks the titular character to just “say something,” compassion for both his and her own imperfections arising from the guitar-swept dust. To celebrate the release of ‘Anatomy,’ Bell will play Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on 2/17. – Zach Weg

February 03, 2016
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Fast drums, distorted guitars and melodic vocals barely floating on top of the noise - it's the rock'n'roll equivalent of a BLT, you just can't go wrong with it. That is, in a few words, what Dion Lunadon's band does when he's not busy playing the bass for A Place to Bury Strangers or Flower of Evil. Dion unveiled just one track so far, the streaming "Com/Broke," to be released in vinyl on February 16th, but - most importantly - already has booking representation through Paradigma, which is a great asset for a new band. If this sonic BLT is your cup of tea, don't miss the band's show at Palisades tomorrow (02.04) - it should be a good one. 

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best punky songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

February 03, 2016
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In the company of just two ukuleles, in her new track "unpuzzle Me' (premiered below), NYC singer songwriter Kate Copeland moves in a direction dramatically different from her previous album, taking a (rather long) step towards a sparser, more intimate sound that unveils the artist's silky voice and intense lyrics. Gone are the experimental arrangements, gone is the "sonic puzzle" brought by electronic arrangements and a "produced" sound. It makes sense, then, to discover that the song "is an attempt at describing [a] complex process of growth and transition" - as Kate admits; the track's simplicity acts, at once, as a more candid medium for her songwriting, and as a cure for "jumbled-up feelings that arose during a confusing and exciting time." As a welcome side effect, the song seem to have therapeutic effects on us too. Kate Copeland will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall's stage 3 tonight (February 3rd). Her new EP 'Red & Blue' is scheduled for a spring release.

February 02, 2016
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Brookyn based alt folkers Jagged Leaves (brainchild of songwriter Dan Penta) on February 5th will be playing at Palisades and unveiling physical copies of their debut album, 'Nightmare Afternoon' (saying "physical copies" sounds so quaint, these days!). So far, we only have access to one single, 'Low & Wet' (streaming), a poignantly beautiful song led by Dan's commanding voice, and gently propelled by acoustic guitar, drums and the melodious accompaniment of a violin. Female vocal harmonies tastefully integrate Penta's powerful voice, adding an appropriately melancholic aura to the vulnerability of the lyrics: "Vision cast onto anything/ My two fingers are all syrupy/ The bulbs glow back/ And we are both spent/ It's ok if you're low and wet." This sounds like Anti-Folk done properly. - Adriana S Ballester

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