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Last year Baked came out with a tape called S/T Cassette.  Two songs short, it's enough to see where the band is coming from; they're not afraid to blur themselves, letting the sounds melt into landscape jams.  On Debt, their debut off Exploding in Sound, Baked is still melting, but it's a much more guided flow.  The album mixes high velocities with the turned down mellow feels that Baked just seems to ooze from every orifice.   R.J. Gordon's vocals take a back seat under a wash of reverb, sitting just below the pop driven melodies that surround him.  "Mick Jagger" especially is a stunner, where Yoni David's drumming drives the tune as the rest of the sounds float in zero gravity.  There's something unobtainably attractive about this band's sound, whether it's because they remind us of England's long lost Wu Lyf, or because they channel Bedhead at the same time. - Jake Saunders

 
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Bandmates Andrew James, Aynsley Powell, James Cleare, Tom Deis, and Grant Zubritsky have come together to form the elusive Elaphant, an edgy quintet with rock and roll at its heart. The group kicked off the summer of 2014 with their self-titled debut EP, a short but powerful collection of raw and genuine musicality. While Andrew is the songwriter and mastermind behind the project, it is his bandmates who translate the compositions and transform them into something truly compelling. The result is a big band sound threaded with authentic blues and commanding instrumental interludes, and we’re dying to hear what they have in store for their next release. Elaphant is scheduled to play the CMJ Music Marathon at Rockwood Music Hall on 10.23. 

LINKS: Read Jillian Dooley Interview with Elaphant

September 18, 2014
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Like constantly unstable chemical elements, most musicians are always seeking new collaborations that can open new creative possibilities - which also explains why for bands it's nearly impossible to find committed musicians. Fancy Colors' songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Zac Colwell and drummer Dave Heilman toured with Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and Sondre Lerche among others, met on the road and recorded their debut album 'Near Equator' in several locations during breaks in their tour schedule. In June 2014 they followed up with sophomore LP 'Island of the Dead,' which brings their evocative and elegant dream pop to new levels of lusciousness. The band today is premièring this psychedelic video for new single 'Gnosis,' and we are proud to let you know that they are scheduled to play our Indie Pop CMJ Official show on Saturday 10.25 at Spike Hill. You can also see them live at Rockwood Music Hall tomorrow (09.18)

September 17, 2014
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Juniper Rising harnesses is a washy western blues band form Brooklyn convincing enough to take us back to Texas. They're putting out their full length debut on Burger Records next month, and we can tell it's going to be a solid release. "I don't care what the people say/I ain't waiting for my wedding day" Holly Overton sings on this spaced out track, as she weaves nostalgic images of rainy days on the beach. Live they are absolutely delightful, Kevin Faulkner plays a mean table stell slide guitar, providing sliding melodies that give this band that extra western feel. Make sure to give their debut, 'Day of Days,' a listen and catch them at their release show on October 3rd or at these east coast dates in late September. - Jake Saunders

September 17, 2014
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Lia Ices, one of our favorite NYC chanteuses (featured on the cover of the 25th issue of The Deli in 2011) is finally back with her long awaited sophomore album, and, well... it sounds nothing like the debut one that grabbed our tortured hearts. But change and experimentation are necessary in music, and in this record - entitled simply "ICES" - Lia abandons the spare, deeply intense ballad format that characterized her early career in favor of more lighthearted, lo(wer)-fi pop tunes that embrace many world influences, Caribbean ones in particular - we are thinking more about Calipso than reggae. The vacation related imagery in this new video for single "Higher" confirm how "ICES" can be filed under the 'beach pop album' category. Since it's dropping at the end of the summer, it might help us extend the perception of the warm season through sound induced nostalgia, or maybe even make us dream of that trip through exotic lands we never took. Don't miss her live tomorrow (09.17) at The Mercury Lounge.

September 16, 2014
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Led by singer Kelso Norris, NYC emerging synth pop quartet Una Lux constructs dark melodic songs that land somewhere between Depeche Mode's digestible industrial pop and Goldfrapp's lush and layered romanticism. They released their first single 'Simon' in mid August, and just unveiled its video (streaming below). The band is scheduled to play Glasslands Gallery on September 18.

September 16, 2014
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Earlier this summer we blogged about the young alt/art rock band The New Tarot, a group founded and led by sisters Monica and Karen Walker (pictured). The quintet has been getting some attention love recently after releasing this intriguing video for single "Make Up." We are excited to announce that the band will be playing one of our official CMJ shows at this year Music Marathon in October.

September 15, 2014
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