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Pop and Obachan
"Dream Soup

Dreaming has always been a prerogative of the young. But seeing the raising wave of dreamy NYC based bands, we start to wonder if dreaming becomes a necessity for those who choose to settle in that post-industrial wasteland that is "non affluent Brooklyn." Or maybe it's the other way around: would anobody who doesn't have a dream to nurture settle in a place like Bushwick? Whichever the answer, that gray urban ugliness is producing many colorful psychedelic flowers. One of them is Pop and Obachan, a duo that, in just over a year of existence, released two EPs that show a radical metamorphoses - one that veers towards dreaminess. Their debut EP 'Unfurl' was a modest, sparse and sleepy alt folk record featuring just voice, ukelele and acoustic guitar. Its melodies and chord progressions owe a lot to the roots of American music. But this year's 'Dream Soup' sees the band entirely transformed - and for the better. An enriched instrumentation - now featuring also drum machine, keyboards and electric guitar - supports, through inventive arrangements, some truly imaginative and personal dream-pop songwriting. The highlights are opener 'Holly' and 'Dry Land,' with their impressionistic sound, beautifully whimsical melodies, and perfectly balanced production. If this is what "non affluent Brooklyn" can do to a band in one year, there's definitely nothing wrong with it, no matter how expensive the rent is.

The 60's

Band of Gypsys

Bob Dylan

Bruce Haack

The Fugs

The Godz

Holy Modal Rounders

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Afrika Bambaataa
Arto Lindsay
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
The Fleshtones
Grandmaster Melle Mel
John Zorn
Laurie Anderson
Public Enemy
Run D.M.C.
Sonic Youth
They Might Be Giants
The 90's
A Tribe Called Quest
Cat Power

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soul Coughing
Yo La Tengo
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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As heard in "The Mountainside" (streaming below) or "When You Were Born" from his 2013 release 'The Lonesome World Beyond the Trees,' upstate New York-bred musician Elijah Wolf makes impressively sophisticated folk. Like Fleet Foxes, the early-twenties singer/songwriter tells relatable stories of longing that are delightfully accentuated by sweeping strings and thumping percussion. According to his Facebook timeline, the New York City-based Wolf is currently working on new music. In the meantime, he performs at The Mercury Lounge on 9.25. - Zach Weg 

September 02, 2015

The past is hard yet holy on Brooklyn folk quintet Wilder Maker's April-released EP, 'Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, Volume II.' Comprised of such guitar-ached tracks as "Relief" and "Liliana" (streaming below), the second part of a trilogy is a tome on the lovelorn moments that have us looking back in smile-faced melancholy. Like the great poet C.K. Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Repair, the album illuminates the profound in the mundane, imbuing seemingly senseless pain with a certain sacredness. Wilder Maker is set to release 'Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, Volume III' on 9.25. In the meantime, the band plays at The Bowery Electric on Thursday, 9.3. – Zach Weg


September 02, 2015

"Tantalized" (streaming below) is the first single off the debut EP from Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo FEVER HIGH. Replete with perky synths, neon melodies, bright and catchy vocals, and a bevy of "oh-oo-ohs" and "doo-doo-doos," the song is an infectious electro-pop tune that would fit right in at an '80s dance party. The duo consists of singers and instrumentalists Anna Nordeen and Reni Lane, and the EP was recorded and produced by Adam Schlesinger (the bassist for popular NY acts Fountains of Wayne and Ivy). Although the group has no scheduled shows, the EP is currently in the works. - Patrick Wolff

September 01, 2015

Brooklyn-via-Mexico-City singer/songwriter Deby Medrez Pier depicts the final beauty of transience in her painterly songs. On the ukulele-cradled "The Last Time" (streaming below), for example, the musician conjures a sweetly fleeting seaside romance with a Hemingway-esque elegance while she conveys perhaps ephemeral personal frustration on the guitar-fuzzed "July." Beyond its sheer prettiness, most striking about Pier's music is its ageless nature; these deeply felt, sparsely-constructed tracks may sound like they came from early twentieth-century Paris but they're just as vital in twenty-first-century New York. Deby Medrez Pier plays tonight at The Mercury Lounge. - Zach Weg 

September 01, 2015

Opening with an eerie rendition of Peggy Lee's classic hit "Fever" before exploding with a gut-wrenching scream and three minutes of visceral rock-and-roll, the self-titled first track (streaming below) on "Cream of Heaven," the latest EP from Brooklyn's The VeeVees, is a charismatic throwback to the in-your-face attitude that rock was built on. The group puts out a vibrant and dynamic energy that will have you banging your head along with the overdriven guitars and driving drums. Lead singer Sophia Urista's voice is raw and powerful, bringing an element of punk to the rock-and-roll instrumentals, and commanding the attention of listeners. The EP, released back in June, starts off strong and is unrelenting over the course of its four songs, clocking in at a fast-paced fifteen minutes. The group recently performed at Irving Plaza and you can catch them next on September 28th at Knitting Factory. - Patrick Wolff

September 01, 2015

Earlier this month, New York-based singer/songwriter Lucia Roberts released her latest album, ‘I’m Just Dreaming.’ Featuring such guitar-shadowed tracks as “So Kiss Me” and “Thorns And Roses” (streaming below), the release unveils not only the musician’s celestial voice but also a kind of “night-folk” full of mythic imagery and forlorn feeling that is akin to John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. There is, in fact, something novelistic about these songs but Roberts’ voice is so ravishing that one could just listen to them and nestle into their quiet beauty. Lucia Roberts plays at The Living Room on Wednesday (9.2). – Zach Weg

August 31, 2015

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