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Behaviorist Announces New EP and Mercury Lounge Show

The Brooklyn-based band, Behaviorist, led by frontman Stephen Rhodes Chen, just announced the release of their debut, self-titled EP, self-titled. A close listen to the record reveals Rhodes Chen's social commentary and stream-of-consciousness thoughts on human interaction. The EP waddles between funk, experimental pop, and the highly stylized indie rock of elegant singer/songwriters from the past two decades. For a relatively young band still walking on the high of their sold-out release show at Pianos, this band is showcasing a lot of creative energy and interesting ideas - it's definitely worth a listen.  Behaviorist's first summer show will be at the Mercury Lounge on July 18th.

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Behaviorist crafts lush, orchestral soundscapes, plays Baby's 2.1

Behaviorist is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Stephen Chen, best known for his dynamic saxophone work with Brooklyn chamber pop outfit San Fermin, and as an individual endeavor it carries some of the dramatic, art rock elements of his full band while expanding into more cerebral lyrical territory. Chen states that Behaviorist’s title is derived from “the psychological revolution that imagine[s] living beings as manipulable machines,” informing the songwriting channeled into the project’s four singles as lurid, experimental meditations on facets of the human psyche. “Hard To Please,” Chen’s most recent effort, is perhaps the most lush of these meditations, an at face, explicit presentation of sexual appetites against plucking, echoing guitars and synchronized baritone sax. It’s a track rife with dramatic tension, a consequence of its slow-building, orchestral instrumentation, and promises a climactic live performance when Behaviorist takes Baby’s All Right next month supporting Sean McVerry and Sulene. Until then, you can stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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