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FRIDAY JUN 10, 2011
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New York, NY

"...Balún makes dreamy, twinkling electro pop. The classically trained musicians use barely-there guitar motifs, mournful accordion swells, and delicate...

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SUNDAY JUN 26, 2011
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"The past few weeks have heard me relentlessly blasting Big Spider’s Back Memory Man from bedrooms, fire escapes, and cuddle puddles, and our ecosystem is better...

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FRIDAY JUN 17, 2011
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“Guitarist Cliff Usher and keyboardist Lindsay Pitts have embodied the very essence of a beachy, Brazilian bossa-nova and tweaked it with their own eerie,...

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FRIDAY AUG 12, 2011
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Boy Without God is the songwriting project of Boston native Gabriel Birnbaum. His songs have been described as “moody and richly literate” by the Boston Globe,...

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THURSDAY JUL 21, 2011
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Eric Lindley’s small-scale music sounds equally invested in what draws you in and what throws you off. It’s appropriate that he’s recording under the name...

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Since 2005, Dooga has been consistently impressing nightly skeptics and wallflowers with his solid mixing and well thought out song selection. Recently, he has been...

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FRIDAY MAY 13, 2011
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"It’s extremely technical stuff, marvelously fast, and so rhythmically precise that it generates momentum with ease, and many of the songs are notably driving for...

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MONDAY SEP 19, 2011
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New York, NY

New York's hottest afrobeat crew EMEFE was formed in 2009 by drummer Miles Arntzen. The band plays an original mix of afrobeat as created by the late Fela Anikulapo...

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THURSDAY MAY 26, 2011
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Poland

“Polish artist Ela Orleans views the world of song through a cracked lens, recycling vintage-pop samples into haunting sound assemblages…” - Time Out New York

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New York City

“Elizabeth Devlin is a creative young singer from Queens, with a voice at once strong and ethereal. She accompanies herself on Autoharp, which casts her every song...

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THURSDAY AUG 4, 2011
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NYC

NYC/LA-based singer/ songwriter, Elle King has "got an old soul's voice" and a banjo. She hints at remarkable folk and blues influences, but forges a distinct,...

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SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011
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Orlando, Florida

"Emily Reo just sounds good period. No matter what she’s doing, whether its hi-fi or lo-fi or chilled folk wave retro garage diddies. Emily Reo’s music just...

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TUESDAY JUN 28, 2011
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As part of Brooklyn based trio Au Revoir Simone, Erika Spring has been playing joyful keyboard-based electronic pop since 2003. She began playing shows for her solo...

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SUNDAY JUN 5, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

The Fishermen Three play mystical country music and blues of every color. Simon Beins, member of New York City's weird folk trio The WoWz, writes the songs and plays...

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New York, NY

With over 3 decades in the music industry, Greg Garing has inspired two generations of musicians with his unique blend of country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and...

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SATURDAY JUL 16, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

Born in Savannah, GA, Hartwell grew up amidst real estate goons and sharecroppers in neighboring South Carolina. At age 17 he joined the road crew for soul legend...

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FRIDAY JUL 1, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

From Stereogum: "Hospitality are a minimalist Brooklyn indie-pop trio fronted by Kansas City expatriate Amber Papini, who also handles guitar and piano. Her voice is...

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SATURDAY JUN 25, 2011
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Sierra Leone

“There was also an African apparition: Janka Nabay from Sierra Leone, wearing a straw skirt and singing and dancing to recorded tracks of what he said was a...

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SUNDAY JUN 19, 2011
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Sweden

Jose Gonzalez will perform live on the roof prior to the New York premiere of this lovely, lyrical, thoughtful look at the day to day life and creative processes of...

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FRIDAY JUL 29, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY/New Zealand

"Steph Brown is probably better known as the face behind the keyboards for Fredericks Brown, one of New Zealand’s best. Currently based in Brooklyn, Steph has now...

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SATURDAY AUG 20, 2011
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"Y'know how we fret that the music industry is collapsing, the big stars have fallen, so how do we 'make it' in an era of internet noise and blah blah blah? Lady...

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WEDNESDAY JUL 6, 2011
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Les Sans Culottes is the revolutionary French rock n roll band created by Clermont Ferrand in 1998 and featuring Kit Kat Le Noir, Courtney Louvre, Jean L'Effete,...

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Brooklyn, NY

In 2008 a humble basement apartment in Brooklyn became the laboratory for the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo, Live Footage. Mike Thies and Topu Lyo first met at...

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SATURDAY AUG 6, 2011
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NYC

The NYC-based collective orchestra, Lullabies for Falling Empire boasts stunning ambient soundscapes, accompanied live by hypnotic film and video work. Combining...

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Brooklyn

North Highlands formed in Brooklyn in the early summer of 2009. The group originally followed the vision of singer and principle songwriter Brenda Malvini. Her shy...

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THURSDAY MAY 19, 2011
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Sweden

Darth Vader vs Sun Ra "Blasting with energy unlike anything since the golden days, they are the perfect representatives for the new generation of jazz musicians:...

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SATURDAY JUN 11, 2011
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"Sam Buck Rosen is a New Yorker who simply makes some awesome music. He’s signed to the Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar imprint called St. Ives, a...

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SATURDAY JUN 4, 2011
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Baltimore, MD

The bulk of the last decade brought Baltimore's hyper-color acts—the dance epics of Dan Deacon and the guitar spirals of Ecstatic Sunshine and Ponytail, or even...

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FRIDAY JUL 22, 2011
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"The sound of Sherlock’s Daughter is a fascinating hybrid of delicate female lead vocals and somewhat unsettling instrumentation, leaning towards the droney and...

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WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 2011
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San Francisco, CA

"With graceful electronic-pop artists like Portishead and Ladytron showing off as influences, Silver Swans produce sounds detailing a perfect fusion of both members....

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FRIDAY JUN 3, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn's Snowmine embraces a sound rich with echo pedals, tribal beats, electro-acoustic soundscapes and classical orchestrations. Inspired by love found and lost,...

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FRIDAY AUG 5, 2011
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Brooklyn via California desert via Shangri-La

“Sondra Sun-Odeon sings as if reading ancient chants straight out of the Cosmonomicon…” -TimeOutNY “Sondra Sun-Odeon’s trembling voice calls to mind Karen...

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FRIDAY AUG 19, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

Sport of Kings call their music 'indie yacht rock', updating the sounds of 70's smooth rock for the modern era. Hailing from Brooklyn NY, but featuring members from...

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WEDNESDAY AUG 10, 2011
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New York Balalaika Duo (Mikhail Smirnov and Lev Zabeginsky) is based in New York City, and is part of the Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian:...

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SATURDAY JUL 23, 2011
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New York, NY

The Billy Nayer Show is a band infused by an entirely unique, internal mythology outside and beyond any trends.

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FRIDAY JUL 15, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

"Brooklyn’s the Hairs remind me of something you’d find on a Blue Tongue cassette in the mid ’90s. Or, to update the reference — Knight School-er Kevin...

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FRIDAY JUN 24, 2011
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New York, Japan

THE SUZAN are a Japanese all-girl band formed by Rie(Key&G), Saori(Vo&G), Nico(Dr) and Ikue(Ba)-self proclaimed "riot-girls". They gathered as a band in 2004 after...

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SATURDAY JUL 30, 2011
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"The band may only consist of two members, but don’t let the name fool you: Tiny Victories packs a big punch. With Cason Kelly manning the drums and Greg Walters...

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FRIDAY MAY 27, 2011
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Brooklyn, NY

Simple, droney guitar chords, bare-bones drums, and alluring siren vocals combine into a power trio called Widowspeak. This new Brooklyn based band sounds like Kim...

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FRIDAY JUL 8, 2011
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Bronx, NY

Wires.Under.Tension is a duo based in The South Bronx. Combining homegrown audio sampling instruments with ferocious beats and adventurous orchestration, WUT's...

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SUNDAY AUG 7, 2011
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Enon, Louisiana

Zachary Cale is a songwriter's songwriter, as prolific as he is original. His voice can be delicate for love or wry for satire. The ability to hear what is in a song...

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SATURDAY JUL 2, 2011
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Zeb Gould, a New York based songwriter and guitarist, was born and bred in the mid-west where he began the guitar at a young age. He has opened for such acts as...

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