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Big Thief

Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

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While some people are ok with enjoying the good stuff life brings to them, others prefer to prevent future pain. Happy Now, the debut single from Brooklyn natives, Shapes in Calgary, is an aching account of finding someone that's almost too lovely to let go, and the claustrophobic pressure that builds when one realizes it's just not the right person. Dressed in a clean 80's synthpop, Alyssa Ciorciari's words have a devastatingly biting quality from the track's first moments, and her casual vocal style gives the impression of an overheard late-night confession. The song is all too familiar for any veteran of love's misfires, and it reveals emotions so universally honest, one may swear that someone's been rifling through his or her diary! We're looking forward to the 5 song EP that will be released this fall, but for now you can stream the single below. The band will be playing at Alhpaville on September 3rd. - Olivia Sisinni

July 21, 2016

Typically I'm weary of the word patio, after seeing it applied to countless local ads for senior-home condos or the over-friendly neighborhood brick layers stumbling through radio commercials. The Brooklyn trio Patio however has lightened my jaded little heart with their perfect blend of sweet melodies and post-punk grit. Marked by subdued vocals that read in a genuine post-cool way, Patio's first EP, Luxury, is driven by mobile bass lines and punctuated snare hits. The band emphatically paints anthems for the current malaise plaguing twenty-somethings and their infectious tunes are furthered by the band's sense of fun and loving devotion of chicken sandwiches. See Patio live on August 8 at Shea Stadium supporting Ovlov, Happy Diving, and Peaer, and check out their single 'Arbitrary Numbers' below. - Olivia Sisinni

July 21, 2016

Poet/educator Amy Leon is born artistically of the Nuyorican Slam scene. As such, anthems about love and strength are fueled by undercurrents of social justice and feminism; soul and gospel vibrate from every fiber. Look for a solo debut this summer and in the interim check out her latest music video for "Burning in Birningham" (Streaming below) and catch ebullient live show, which includes often politically charged improvised spoken-word, on August 5 at Joe's Pub. - Jason Grimste

July 21, 2016

NJ quartet YJY's music has always felt like a broken mirror's reflection of the surf genre. Instead of celebrating the genre's sunny optimism, their songs are all about wipe outs of the emotional variety. "Summer Lifeguard," a single off their forthcoming The Same Noise EP, follows this motif, protagonizing a dude that's bitter a summer lifeguard would only "give a shit" about him if he was drowning - yes, the guy obviously has a crush on her (him?). The track's surf-y guitar feature occasional dissonant notes that emphasize the day-at-the-beach-gone-awry aura, serving as the dark clouds swirling around the bummed dude. The single is overall a promising indication of what's to come on YJY's sophomore EP, due out in August. You can also check them out at The Saint on August 7th. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber - Photo Credit: Jill Hendershott.

July 20, 2016

One of the great powers of music consists in its therapeutic ability to allow us to create personal universes where we can get lost when needed.  If this is what you’re searching for, the songs of Atlas Engine might come in handy. This is the new project of multi-instrumentalist Nick LaFaice (formerly of BRAEVES and Terrible Terrible), offering dreamy tracks sung in his reassuring alto, like in single 'Everest,' streaming below.  Atlas Engine's debut EP, “after the end” will be released on July 29th, and you'll get a chance to see them live at Bopwery Electric on July 25th. - Madeleine Grossman 

July 20, 2016

The Wilful Boys live up to their name with an intentionally gritty and intentionally ugly brand of punk that channels the elements of hard rock, noise rock, and hardcore. Their debut full length Rough As Guts tightly packs their self-loathing lyrics, frantic energy, and anxious howls into 12 songs. Tracks like “Poor Old Mate” and “The Pinch” feature methodical drumming and driving riffs that are overflowing with attitude. The title track contains the album’s softer and quieter moments before spiraling into a head banging punk track characterized by vocalist Steven Fisher’s abrasive yells. The Wilful Boys will be releasing the album on July 22nd through ever/never records, and will be celebrating its release that night at Union Pool. - John Honan

July 20, 2016

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