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New to the NYC scene: Blair plays CMJ with Beach Fossils

Blair is an interesting singer songwriter that recently moved to Brooklyn from the LA area - although she's originally from the south. Her songs are more than "just" folk songs, there's a dreamy quality to them that recalls the sound of mid 90s female fronted bands like Blake Babies and Belly, but also an often quirky experimental edge (did we ever tell you that we LOVE quirky?) The overall atmosphere of the tunes is rather soft, which suits Blair's warm, expressive voice, but the electronic and percussive arrangements add a playful touch to the tracks that makes them more interesting and enjoyable. This lady is gathering some buzz and this is not the only reason why you should check out her music. She has a bunch of very interesting CMJ shows planned, with Beach Fossils at The Rock Shop on 10.20 and Francis and the Lights at Mercury on 10.22.

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Xylos release new video for their single "Not Enough"

You hear people say that since MTV has become a regular TV channel, music videos aren't that important anymore. We respectfully disagree... if properly done, for music blogs like ours, they are a MUCH better way to present music than streaming mp3s. Check out this one by Xylos for the "Not Enough" - a beautiful pop song that may warm up your day.

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Suckers premiere video on IFC + tour with Yeasayer

We have been covering Suckers since they were a sparkle on their mothers' eyes - they weren't the fastest growing kid, but it was worth waiting for them... here's their first video, premiered on IFC.com!!! The band is currently on a US/Europe tour with Menomena first and Yeasayer after.

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Cuddle Magic Loves You at JB’s Oct. 5

The name Cuddle Magic should already hint to you what you’ll be in for this evening, as their airy tunes will warmly hug you with delicate arms of experimental folk-pop. You can probably guess that it’s a love fest when the Brooklyn/Philly outfit comes together under one roof. The twelve (sometimes plus) musicians (and their three foot plastic penguin buddy) will be starting their Fall Northeast U.S. Tour at JB’s tonight. It must be close quarters on the road, but I have a feeling that these ladies and gents don’t mind. They’ll be opening for Anti- Records’ Lost In The Trees. Below is a video of a stripped-down live performance of “Expectations” from their latest album Pictures on FYO Records - talk about bedroom recordings. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

"Expectations" by Cuddle Magic

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I Love Monsters plays Mercury on 10.09 + Residency at Ace Hotel

It looks like NYC's own I Love Monsters have been around for quite a while - they have a bunch of releases under their belt, and a lot of "proper" videos and music placements for an emerging band. This here is the latest official one for the single "Satellites". The band, whose sounds can be described like a less dark, more "west coast sounding" version of Interpol, will play with Pillow Theory on Saturday 10.09 at The Mercury Lounge. They recently released a new EP, entitled "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" - available for free download at their Myspace page. The band has also landed a November Residency at Ace Hotel - which has recently started hosting indie shows.

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