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Gang Open for The B-52’s at Electric Factory Oct. 1

Whoops…we’ve been so busy getting ready for a fun-filled October that we almost forgot that the fun can start for you tonight at the Electric Factory. The thrift store fashionistas Gang will be living out a dream this evening when they open for one of their music idols The B-52’s. Congrats y’all! Let us know what happens in “The Love Shack”. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8pm, $39.50, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 
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Deli CD of the Month: MIniature Tiger - "Fortress"

Like the scattered locations of its members, Miniature Tigers draws influences from all over the map, but if their sound does have one consistency, it’s singer/composer Charlie Brand’s infatuation with the sixties. These retro sensibilities and bright melodies are filtered through a modern approach to arranging that reminiscent of New York heavyweights Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear. "Fortress", produced mostly by Morning Bender’s Chris Chu, is a charming collection of pop numbers that musically treads the same whimsical pathways as their previous recordings. The band haven’t lost their ear for melody, though lyrically ‘Fortress’ throws in the occasion shade of black. Opening with a trilogy of sorts, ‘Mansion of Misery’, ‘Rock & Roll Mountain’ and ‘Dark Tower’ all use secured buildings and cordoned off dwellings as metaphors for Charlie’s own feelings of loneliness back west. Elsewhere on the record, garage rock numbers like ‘Japanese Woman’ keep things sounding fresh, while ‘Gold Skull’ is a complete departure from the band’s recognised style, leaning towards a more synthetic production courtesy of electronic group Neon Indian. - See them live at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 10.19 - Dean Van Nguyen

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Weekly Feature #220a: The Hundred in the Hands

NYC electro-dance and pop duo (and dating couple?) The Hundred in the Hands, “came together” on the road, “playing one another tracks in a van,” that ranged from disco, to French house to post punk music gods like New Order and The Cure. Call it Kerouacian inspiration because upon returning home they wrote the upbeat, guitar-screeching “Dressed in Dresden.” These two will be making their self-titled LP debut today (!) with dance heavy tracks that offer energy and clap happy, basement-feel sounds. Starting off with the slower-building “Young Aren’t Young,” and progressing into the catchy “Pigeons,” it’s clear that THITH are doing that DIY thing and doing it well. They are also good at making tracks that really make you just wanna dance. - Read Vann Alex's interview about their recording experience on Delicious Audio.

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Video: Icy Demons "Who There / Spywatchers"

Middle Mind Project have released a video for the Icy Demons track "Who There / Spywatchers".

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NYC Artists on the rise: Quiet Lights, live at Bowery Electric, 10.03

When we were young, some of us now thirty somethings fell in love with a record label called 4AD (pre Pixies-Throwing Muses period) and with the intriguing and liquid sounds of some of its dark, dreamy, suspenseful and at times even mystic records. Bands like Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Cranes and This Mortal Coil were in different but parallel ways incredibly original innovators, and extremely influential in the UK scene that was about to produce the shoegazer movement. Brand new NYC based project Quiet Lights seems to be inspired by the subtler, more atmospheric sounds this scene produced in the mid 80s: liquid guitar drones and tribal drums create an ever changing sonic carpet on which dreamy female melodies float with hypnotizing effect. All the dreamers out there should check this band out at Bowery Electric on 10.03 (it's free if you RSVP here).


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