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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.

 
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While working on new music in the studio, Brooklyn roots rock trio Animal Years have shared a humbly anthemic rendition of “The Wire” (streaming below) by Los Angeles sisters Haim. As in Animal Years’ own songs, frontman Mike McFadden sings with both poise and passion on this guitar-blitzed cover, making it accessible yet formidable. Haim’s original was co-produced by Modern Vampires of the City wizard Ariel Rechtshaid and had electronic touches but Animal Years dust the song up with their own rafter-shaking thrills. Animal Years will play at the David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on August 27th and at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on August 28th. – Zach Weg

July 30, 2015
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NYC rockers Born Cages just premiered a new music video (streaming below) for the single "I Just Want the Truth, Baby," off of their recently released debut album, "I'm Glad I'm Not Me." Shot in slow motion black-and-white, and partially inside of a church's confessional booth,  the video emenates a mysterious and sexy vibe. The song itself is 3-minutes of sex-laden lyrics laid over dark, electro-rock instrumentation and an infectious melody that deviates from the traditional indie-rock formula in just the right places. The trio's anthemic rock songs and unique fusion of electro- and indie-rock elements has garnered them a lot of attention in the last few months. Following the end of their first headlining US tour, Born Cages has signed on as a part of this summer's Vans Warped Tour, but unfortunately it won't be bringing them back to New York. The album is available for purchase or streaming, check out also the videos for the songs "Caiti" and "Don't Look Back."

July 30, 2015
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Montclair, NJ band Stolen Jars, started by duo Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund,  plays an intimate and imaginatively percussive brand of dream folk. They haven't rushed things since the release of their well received self-titled debut album in 2011, releasing few tracks tracks in the following years (including a cover of Beyonce's hit "Love on Top"). However they've been very active live, playing shows all over the East Coast, and opening for the likes of St Lucia and Jessie J, and you've even heard their catchy single, "Driving", in an iPad commercial. This year, Stolen Jars have released three singles off of their upcoming album, "Kept." The eponymous track (streaming below) highlights the band's sweetly melodic vocals, and their peculiar, creative use of drums. The song boasts an energy that's snappy and gentle all at once. After packing Pianos last week, they'll be celebrating the release on August 28th at Arlene's Grocery and touring around the NYC area leading up to the date. The home party will be back at home in Bloomfield, NJ on August 29 at All Sounds. They are also playing Elvis Guesthouse on 08.07Check out also the more recent single 'Bright Red.' - Sam O'Hara

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

July 29, 2015
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Collapsing Scenery's musical comfort zone can be found somewhere between the barriers that separate sound and image. And they've been sharing that creative vision with their home cities of New York and LA through a series of eventful art installations. The faces behind this electronic act and multimedia project are Don De Vore of Sick Feeling and Reggie Debris, and their collaboration has transformed into something more than just music. They debuted the video installation in NYC this past May, in time with the public release of the video (check it out below), and this Friday they'll be taking it to Los Angeles. The music video is just a sample of the aesthetics behind the installation, pairing their raucous electro track "Metaphysical Cops," with dark and ethereal images of nature, kaleidoscopic cityscapes and historic war footage in neon. Expect an artistically experimental night of immersive environments, video projections, and live music at the event this Friday (8pm at the Dilettante), and look out for Collapsing Scenery's full length debut album coming later this year. - Sam O'Hara

July 29, 2015
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If you're looking to spruce up your playlist for the second half of summer that's creeped on us, look no further than the laid-back dream-pop of Like Herding Cats. The Brooklyn-based group began as the solo project of producer and songwriter Dom P., but has since blossomed into a full, four-piece band. Their first, self-titled EP, released back in 2013, contains five songs and runs for just about 17 minutes. Written, recorded, and produced by Dom before the rest of the band was added, the EP floats gently along over warm melodies and expressive lyrics, resulting in a delightfully fresh debut. The group's sound has been compared to the likes of MGMT and Phantogram, and the EP is not without its hints of influence from the likes of 80s masters. Now with a full band in order and a host of attention, Like Herding Cats have begun working on new material and are in the middle of an east coast tour. According to their website, the group is also preparing to work on their first full-length album. In the meantime, you can see them at the Cake Shop on August 5th. - Pat Wolff

July 29, 2015
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Having formed back in 2000, Prewar Yardsale surely earned the title of mainstays of NYC's often overlooked anti-folk movement, and their latest release keeps faith to their aesthetics. Earlier this summer they released the 'Black and Blue' EP (streaming below), a five track sampling of eccentric lo-fi folk songs. The record channels Prewar Yardsale's punk, folk, and psych-rock influences all over the tracks, and has its grungiest peak in the titular opener, "black and blue", and perhaps its folkiest one in "where did you go". Next week (Sunday, August 9th) you can catch them live at Pianos along with fellow grunge alt-rock acts Jackal Onassis, The Dirty Blondes, Baby Acid, and Second Still. - Sam O'Hara

July 28, 2015
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