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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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January 13, 2015
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Brooklyn Laughing Fingers' bandcamp profile includes the following tags: "rock," "cassette," "death rehearsal," "post-something" and "sometimes heavyish." This represents a wonderful example of how creative types and search engine optimization are not exactly made for each other. But who cares, really, if the post-something duo can produce, in 2014 alone, three intense and beautiful EPs full of sometimes heavyish (but often mellowish) rock that blends roots influences with ambient, slacker rock, and sparse psychedelia. Released as cassettes (we assume) their records are so tight these guys must be rehearsing them to death (hence, they like to jokingly refer to their weekly group meeting as "death rehearsal"). Well, I guess those tags made sense after all... so now you know that next time you feel like listening to "something heavyish" or "post-something" all you have to do is Google it!

Check out "Crutches," streaming below, the opening track from their latest double EP, appropriately titled "Two EPs," and if you like it, check out the rest of their repertoire here - you'll find lots of good songs.

January 29, 2015
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After touring extensively the US and Europe in support of last year's album "Deleted Scenes," Brooklyn based solo electronic artist, Goste (aka Owen Ross), is already promoting a new release, entitled "Eugene EP." Lead single "Loaded Like a Pistol" (streaming below) is a darkwave track featuring Goste's raspy vocals, that bring shape and character to the entrancing minimalistic track. You can catch Goste live in NYC tomorrow night (01.30) at Rockwood in Brooklyn next weekend (02/07) at Bar Matchless. - Jordannah Elizabeth

January 29, 2015
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What a beautiful world it would be if each one of us learned to argue without taking issue at diverging opinions! As you can see in the first few seconds of the video we are premiering here for single "Something I Said," the six guys in NYC folk pop band Side Saddle are not very good at that, but at least there's enough of them to allow them to resolve their disagreements through a football match in the park. That's a better way to settle disputes rather than screaming at (and secretly hating) each other, although admittedly not a very time-efficient one, in particular for bands, often cauldrons of conflicting egos. But this two year old project doesn't seem to have that problem, since it's coming out from a very productive year that saw the release of debut EP "The Postcard" and, more recently, full length album "The Astorian" (a reference to the NYC borough the band hails from). The latter features "Something I Said" and also their most popular single, the Simon and Garfunkel-esque "Don't Wait For Him." Speaking of the legendary folk duo from the 60s, it's obviously a strong influence on Side Saddle's music, but the band wears it with impressive flair, churning out catchy and compelling folk pop gems, enriched by tasteful and absolutely spot on vocal harmonies.

Astorians can see them at Old Prague on January 31, Manhattanites at Bowery Electric on 02.02, and Brooklynityes at Muchmore on 02.20. Staten Islanders and The Bronx... ites (?) get no love for now (but they rarely do anyway...).

January 29, 2015
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We wish every NYC venue had residencies, like Pianos does; it would be so much easier to figure out what local emerging artists have the potential to get to the next level. The Fluids is a Brooklyn band so new we had a hard time finding a picture of them. Their round, slightly epic rock sound didn't immediatiely strike us for its originality, but once Michael O'Donnell's vocals hit our ears with his semi spoken-word style, we became hooked big time. The dude is without any doubt whatsoever the in vitro (or something) child of Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and Gerard Langley of The Blue Aeroplanes... Science can "forge" a child out of two males now, right? Michael has the rare talent (inherited by his fathers) to create very interesting and evocative vocal lines without really relying on any discernible melody. Listen to their single "Just Like Me" (streaming below) if you won't believe us. Check out The Fluids tonight at Pianos for the last night of their Wednesday residency. We dig.

January 28, 2015
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With their unapologetic punk/garage rock that reinvents those genres in ways that are compositionally more mature (and satisfying), Brooklyn quartet Honduras has been a band on the rise in 2014, a year during which they released two EPs: the more produced and somewhat atmospheric "Morality Cuts" in February, and the tenser "Break," out in November. They are now unveiling a new video for one of their more Ramonesque tunes, "Mistake" (streaming), which is the third and closing track of their latest EP. If you are a fan of the sound of the 70's, don't miss their upcoming show at Bowery Electric on January 29.

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