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April 2010
The Naked Hearts
"Mass Hysteria
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This is one of those bands that make boys and girls fall in love (with each other and with their music, of course). The Naked Hearts are a not-entirely-bass-less rock duo (live, the bass exists as if by magic even if nobody is playing it, as we have personally witnessed!) which offer some extremely well crafted, melancholic, guitar indie-pop.
Amy Cooper (guitar and vocals) and Noah Wheeler (drums and vocals) are obvious musical soul mates - their voices perfectly complement each other, their songwriting is well integrated, and their performances are flawlessly tight. The simplicity of their guitar pop formula and the clean rock production may be reminiscent of The Strokes, but the main ingredients of their music (songwriting and overall mood in particular) make this debut a completely different beast.
"Mass Hysteria" exists in a musical limbo floating between Belly's hyper-melancholic psych pop ("Way I See You", "Dark Shade"), the more straightforward and up-beat guitar pop of Juliana Hatfield and PJ Harvey circa 1992 ("Boyfriend"), and the obvious Nirvana influences ("Call Me", "Mass Hysteria").
Of course, The Naked Hearts don't have the angst that characterized all grunge bands - but it's their generation that seems to lack that trait. Almost surprisingly, instead, the band uses that genre's musical signature and fills it with some sort of innocence that instills a refreshing quality. Maybe this is the way the unavoidable, almost due by now grunge revival will sneak back to our ears? The record has at least two singles with noteworthy potential: "Like I Do" and "Mass Hysteria" - true pop gems that build up and open up with harmonized choruses exactly the way we like it - this is stuff that could also work on the dance floor. Is there anything better than dancing intensely to an emotional rocking song, after all?





Rachel Sage releases 9th album

Rachel Sage just released her 9th solo album - and from listening to the new songs our impression is that her music is getting better with every release. The new album bears an art-rock sound reminiscent of Kate Bush and Tori Amos, while lyrically the songs reflect Sage’s mature sense of perspective, earned after a decade on the road, living without a true ‘home’. This past year, she made a conscious decision to reestablish her roots, solidify her relationships, and bring balance to her untethered life. The result is ‘Delancey Street’.
Rachel will play several East Coast dates in the next few weeks, an return to NYC for a live appearance at Joe's Pub on May 11.

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Best of NYC #59: Naam - Live at the Knit, May 14

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

The trip-laden tactics and garishly galactic effects dispersed by Brooklyn’s very own psychedelic delight Naam require either a lot of patience or a handful of hallucinogens in order to fully absorb the fertile flow laid down on this group’s self-titled 10-track Tee Pee Records debut. Containing an abundance of blues-soaked swirls of mystical hard rock with its fair share of acid-induced reflective moments strewn in, Naam’s presentation is dipped in distortion and drenched in reverb, blending lengthy tribal doom movements with periods of sedated and meditative drone elements that encompass your entire headspace long after the final note is played. Secure with a sense of spirituality that propels Naam’s rocket ride towards the outer limits, this trio’s righteously sprawling musical projections showcase the lush qualities typical of praise songs from Eastern philosophies with a barrage of sinewy rock darting around the extreme spectrum without landing in one place for too long to create a head-spinning and soul-reaching array of transcendental goodness. - Mike SOS

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Cruel Black Dove's debut video and residency at Fontana's

This is a video intense Monday: Here's Cruel Black Dove's debut one. The electro-goth band is currently playing a residency at Fontana, don't miss their next show on 04.20 with The Danvilles (featuring members of The Bravery).

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LCD Soundsystem's release video preceding new album

We are having trouble understanding the concept behind this video, but we like the song. LCD Soundsystem's new CD "This is Happening" will be released in the US on May 18th.

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