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blip]video2[/blip] New York City’s Cloud Becomes Your Hand is great at making unexpected musical moves. Utilizing the unconventionally rockin’ and experimental sounds of a malletKat and violin in tandem with jumpy, glitchy, bizarre movements, tempos, and tones, their songs feel unique, occupying that under-populated field of avant-rock that a wider audience can actually enjoy listening to. The band stopped by to share some of their musical madness, and to chat about the project’s history.
blip]video2[/blip] You Bred Raptors? have a lot working in their favor to make them stand out from most other bands. What’s so special? This Astoria, Queens trio (check #1: not from Brooklyn) plays instrumental music (check #2), wears an array of bizarre masks when they perform (check #3), and has made a name for themselves by holding down a coveted spot in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York Program (check #4). Oh, and their instrumentation is an 8 string bass, cello, drums, and glockenspiels (checks #5--8). The result of all these unique traits is beautiful, strange, and challenging music that makes people stop, look, and listen long enough to get hooked on their prehistoric pop grooves (oh yeah, and check #9: their name is from Jurassic Park).
blip]video2[/blip] Begun as a collaboration between former Vivian/Dum Dum Girl Frankie Rose and Drew Citron (a former member of Frankie’s band and NYC act Avan Lava), Beverly has taken on new life in the form of a live band (now fronted by Drew, without Frankie) and is quickly amassing fans. Lush pop harmonies and satisfyingly noisy guitars fill the space of their shoegaze pop songs in just the right way.
blip]video2[/blip] Monika Heidemann, formerly of Brooklyn pop band Xylos, has set out on her own with a bass guitar and an array of production instruments to bring her own gorgeously-penned songs to life. With minimal instrumentation, her clear vocals cut through with a certain determination, demonstrating a skillful depth that begs a closer listen.
blip]video2[/blip] The Stargazer Lilies are a shoegaze-inspired band based out of northeastern Pennsylvania. Some may recognize John Cep and Kim Field from their previous NYC-based project, Soundpool, which was known for a dancier sound. They’ve now left that clubby vibe behind in favor of their current more cosmically-derived, minimalistic and primal noisy rock sound, with heavier live drums, incredible walls of guitar textures and riffs, and ethereal vocals.
blip]video2[/blip] There’s a character in the New York music scene who we at BTRtv affectionately refer to as Doctor Schatz. His actual name is Adam, and he’s the force at the center of this whirlwind of a band, Landlady. He also happens to play with a diverse range of other acts -- from Man Man and Zongo Junction to Father Figures and more -- where you might find him wrestling a saxophone, making obscenely interesting electronic sounds, or, in this case, singing and fronting a great indie rock band. In the case of Landlady, the compositions are complex yet catchy, and the lyrics crafted in such a way that they seem to be aiming for hopeful, Flaming Lips-style psychedelic sing-a-longs. There’s an intense brightness emanating from this Adam Schatz character in everything he does, and these songs are a direct expression of that. Don’t be surprised if he (via this project or another one) becomes a household name in music in the coming years.
blip]video2[/blip] Boyfriend is a badass female rapper from New Orleans by way of Nashville. Her rhymes may come off as raunchy at first, but maybe she’s just trying to tell you something you’re not ready to hear. Full of sex-positive anthems and a strong dose of theatrical comedy, her jams are hard and her attitude strong. She stopped by on a recent tour to perform some tunes and talk a bit about how she writes.
blip]video2[/blip] This Portland, Oregon-based group is a bright, spirited collective with 6 or more voices joining in, rallying around the lyrics of bandleader Tim Perry. With a positive vibe and uplifting themes, they operate under the admirable notion of using music to change the world. With their own language and an infectiously positive outlook paired with infectiously catchy songs, Ages And Ages just might have a shot at achieving their goal while creating some brilliant music along the way.
blip]video2[/blip] Teen Girl Scientist Monthly seem to have a permanent wink and smile, from their cheeky nerd-chic band name to their catchy, jangly, sci-fi-tinged pop-punk tunes. They keep the energy up and seem to alway be having fun while making music as satisfying as any favorite 90s alt/punk band and as cool and clever as the latest indie darlings.

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