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Bonsai
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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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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.

January 28, 2015
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Gals and lads, here are the results for the last category of our Best of NYC Year End Poll for Emerging Artists: it's ALT FOLK! This is a genre that is rising in NYC, and that is producing some very interesting new bands dedicated to reinventing the American roots music. Kudos to Bonsai, who is also the band that received the highest score overall from our jury, and therefore has earned our NYC Artist of the Month banner.

Total submissions in this category: 26

Jurors: Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Jordannah Elizabeth (The Deli SF), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC)

Artists qualified to the next stage (i.e. the Readers' Poll, starting later this week):

1. Bonsai (8.33 out of 10)


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2. Johnnie Lee Jordan (7.16)


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3. Viktor Longo (7)


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Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

Cave Cricket, Johnny Lewis, Jacknife Sympathy, Jesus On The Mainline, Dallas Heron, Bay Uno, The Slack Tide.

This is it as far os open submission results! As soon as we'll have all the bands uploaded in the system, the Best of 2014 Readers' Poll can begin!

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January 28, 2015
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It's become quite rare to stumble upon the word "demo" these days, since the term was made somewhat obsolete by the rise to relevance of lo-fi (and even "mid-fi") music. However, NYC droney psych rockers Street Smells have a four song demo drenched in fuzz and reverb on their Soundcloud page, and since they recently played Pianos, it's quite safe to assume that they'll be releasing a new record soon. Fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain will rejoice. Check out the demo of 'Rapture Of The Deep' and single 'Jerky Ride' from their 2012 album 'Creamy LP,' both streaming below.

 

January 27, 2015
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Isn't there something beautiful about finding a great song born from a collaboration between two bands that, together, don't even reach the 500 Facebook likes thereshold? Ok, ok, FB likes mean nothing, but still... Check out this minimalistic gem entitled "Locomote" (first track streaming) by atmospheric pop trio Kid in the Attic (pictured) and solo electro tinkerer Genghis Hans, both based in Brooklyn, and let's call it our new little secret. The track is from 2013, but the two groups kept active since then, and they seem to have a busy live schedule. Kid in the Attic, who released a couple of covers in 2014 (of Bjork and Will Stratton songs) will be playing Trans Pecos on February 17, while Genghis Hans, whose latest, 2013 EP 'Reptilian Regions' is a lush example of imaginative electro-pop, will be performing at Rought Trade on 2.13 with American Royalty and Syd Arthu. Check out the title track single below.

January 27, 2015
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