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Dolly Spartan
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartan; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

 
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In the best punk tradition, with their upcoming EP "Another Bad Year" (scheduled for a May 12 release) Brooklyn noise makers Vomitface show us that they are not quite ready to look at the bright side of things just yet. Preview single "Never Make It" (whose title, together with the EP's one, brings a much needed ray of... dispair to our oh so accomplished lives - thanks guys!), adds to their grungy noise rock sound an industrial-funk component, reminiscent of Gang of Four or even a version of Primus without Les Claypool (if that's even conceivable). The semi-dissonant chorus straightens things up rythmically, only to reaffirm, once and for all, the band's not so optimistic tendencies: "I guess I will never get it, never make it / I could try to suck it up and smile and fake it / what I need is just a shallow hole to crawl in." All the kids who were subject to overly positive parenting may find here some help in letting out their repressed negativity, through the cathartic power of rock'n'roll.

Vomitface will tour the west coast in April and return to Brooklyn on May 7th at Shea Stadium.

April 20, 2015
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Radiator King is the stage name of Brooklyn based singer songwriter Adam Silvestri, who released this past February his sophomore album "Document Untold," a collection of songs whose intent is to re-tell history from the perspective of those who normally aren't asked tell history: the people at the bottom of the social ladder. This is a worthy effort in a period where raising income inequality seems to condemn the poor to permanent irrelevance and powerlessness. Several visual, literary, folk and rock artists have done this in the past, and while the Brooklyn musical output has been largely apolitical in the last few decades, comments like this one by NRA' CEO Wayne LaPierre make us believe that maybe times are mature for a renewed focus on the weak and tragically under-represented layers of our society.

April 20, 2015
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Tonight at 10PM, Hypnocraft’s The Hum, an ongoing (and free) residency featuring collaborations between NYC  musicians from desperate genres, will once again take over Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint. The artists bring to bear an expansive repertoire to their respective sets, which shimmer with that always exciting energy of that “new band smell.” I was lucky enough to catch the residency’s first iteration, which closed with a powerful duet between Shilpa Ray and Deva Mahal of Skylines, and this Monday’s offerings are no less impressive. The bill includes Teeny Liberson (TEEN)Zoe Brecher (Brainfreeze)Jen Goma (People Get Ready)Sarah Pedinotti (Lip Talk, streaming), Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket)Kaila MalladyJordyn Blakely (Invisible Familiars)Alyse Lamb (Eula) and Alex Nelson (Oracle Room, also streaming). - Emilio Herce - In the picture,  an image from last' week's show by David Andrako. 

April 20, 2015
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Drawing from influences as diverse (but intimately connected) as Throbbing Gristle, Butthole Surfers and early Ween, PC Worship is a musical entity that despises - rather than simply defying - categorizing. They are so hostile to crystallized descriptions that they brand themselves as 'a band, solo project & collective of musicians [...] aesthetically uncommitted and exploratory." And even though almost every band on the planet has delusions about being that free, PC Worship actually kind of pulls it off (although they are clearly committed to noise and dissonance - and to being unpredictable). You can see them live at Baby's All Right on May 28. What to expect then? We are not sure about the number of musicians on stage, but music-wise: anything weird, although - luckily - not lacking some structure.

April 17, 2015
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While we were checking out the listings at Rough Trade (see previous post) we stumbled upon Brooklyn's revival pop trio Las Rosas. Their song will cast the listener to a vintage musical world where the cheeky melodies of the British pop bands of the '60s (think Kinks) meet with the "beachy" psychedelic pop that invaded the west coast of the US during that same decade. The nasal lead vocals have a cool tone that works perfectly in the mix, and is balanced by well crafted falsetto harmonies. The band released a five song EP entitled "Flower in the Sun" in the spring of 2014, and then a two song single the following November including Ms. America (streaming below). You can catch them at Rough Trade on 04.23 opening for once NYC (and now Nashville) based Clear Plastic Masks.

April 17, 2015
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If - right now - you feel the need to be charmed, just click on the play button of the song streaming below and let things happen. You will hear the never endingly titled song "Peggy Asked A Question & The Answer Is 'Yes' & 'Let's Keep Dancing." Relegated for some reason at the bottom of the tracklist, this is one of our favorite songs from Brooklyn pastoral-dream-pop collective Field Guides' debut album, released this past November, and entitled "Boo Forever." We highlighted the band in this blog for the first time a few months ago and it looks like things are moving in the right direction for them, since they've been booked to play the (rather large) Rough Trade stage on May 1st, opening for NYC indie staples Miracle of Modern Science and Emanuel & the Fear. If you live in South Brooklyn, you can catch them at The Rock Shop on April 23.

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