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The Lemon Twigs unveil video for "These Words" + tour with Sunflower Bean

This Long Island teen brother duo is set for an exciting year, having recently signed with legendary British label 4AD. First single—“These Words” b/w “As Long As We're Together”—is not merely post-modern mischief. It’s full of seventies cliché, the kind which elegizes funky guitars, prog synths, smooth choruses, and metallic band logos (e.g. Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden). In this case, a hypervigilant sensitivity to the past doesn’t detract, but feels freshly imbued with the spirit of youth. Check out the brand new video for the single, streaming below, and don't miss their upcoming show with Sunflower Bean at Music Hall of W'Burg on October 7 (part of a three week east coast tour). - Brian Chidester





Noname

Noname (aka Fatimah Warner) has appeared on several tracks for Chance the Rapper and other over the last year, but earlier this month she finally struck out on her own. Her debut mixtape, Telefone, is a throwback to early '90's hip hop with tones of Digable Planets and Lauryn Hill.





New Track: "Closer" (Feat. Daru Jones) - Modern Inventors

Modern Inventors has released a new track, called “Closer”. Enlisting the percussive services of Jack White’s Daru Jones, the song takes drums-meets-keys-and-bass groove, and spins it out in a free-floating psych manner. As the hypnotically smooth vocals coast on a pillow, a lingering exterior buzz hangs in the periphery. This electro-soul/R&B offers a loose, gripping, exploratory side that you’ll want to ride for a while.





The Mystery Lights bring their vintage psych-blues to Baby's All Right on 8.17

After moving to New York City from a small town in California, The Mystery Lights solidified their lineup and won over Brooklyn crowds with their vibrant and rough garage-psych. The band was the first to put out a release on Daptone’s rock imprint Wick Records back in June with their self-titled debut. The quintet’s vintage sound is deeply rooted in the spirited nature of garage and punk, while also bringing '60s blues rock to the table. Album opener “Follow Me Home” features fuzzy, hypnotic guitars and rumbling drums with lively fuzz-soaked rock and roll vocals that often employ a yelping delivery. “The energetic track “Too Many Girls” (streaming) evokes the early soul and funk records with a smoother delivery,  call and response vocals, and winding guitars. The Mystery Lights will be playing Baby's All Right on August 17th! - John Honan





NYC surf-pop band YJY is "Through Being Hip"

"Through Being Hip," the latest single to drop from fuzzy surf-pop band YJY, is an upbeat anthem set against the millenial malaise. The song explores the murky territory of navigating trends while still trying to figure out a person's own individuality--a crossroads many twenty-somethings face. The ironic lyrics are supported by catchy instrumentals with surf rock drumbeats, that have the potential to become our next earworm. Look out for a full album dropping soon, but in the meantime, check out the latest single below. - Olivia Sisinni

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