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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

Even if rock 'n' roll's been declared dead for the millionth time since the new millennium, psych-trio Sunflower Bean don't pay it any mind. After a year that saw them - with just three singles under their belt - sell out several NYC venues and get the cover of The Deli's fall issue, the band is finally about to release their debut EP entitled "Show Me Your Seven Secrets," which features the three aforementioned singles and four more tracks, including "Rock & Roll Heathen," streaming below. Celebrations are scheduled for tomorrow night (10.31) at Baby's All Right.

January 30, 2015

Listening to Brooklyn band The Highway is a little like getting a 60's music treatment involving heavy doses of both vintage psychedelia and acid folk, fortunately without those genres' annoying prolonged and self indulgent spaced-out jams. Their van also emanates similar vibes - and probably fumes (see picture). Their debut LP "Forest People" could have possibly left a young Caleb Followill feeling a little jealous, while their new album "Enter to the Exit," due in April, is perfectly in line with their mission to carve out a niche for their sound, and bring a tripped out vibe to the DIY Brooklyn scene. Check out the preview single "All You Do," streaming below. The band was probably the last one ever to play a residency at now defunct Brooklyn venue, Spike Hill. - Robert Frezza

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January 30, 2015

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

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

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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