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Streets of Laredo release new track, will perform at Baby's All Right on 07.11

Streets of Laredo, a band we've been following since their very beginnings as a trio, rarely disappoint. Originating from New Zealand, the now-Brooklyn based collective has sucessfully created a folk pop sound that's catchy, fun, but never saccharinous.  Their new single "99.9.%," follows suit, but also seems to manifest a desire to move closer towards the pop end of their sound's spectrum. A quicker tempo, Courtney Barnett-esque sing-talking, victorious horns and "Hey-ho!"s from the back-up vocals make for a song that, while definitely not out of line with what Streets of Laredo have done in the past, suggest a push towards a wider audience. This isn't a bad thing by any means, as it's still a solid track and not even necessarily an indication of what the rest of their next LP, due in autumn, will sound like. However, if it says anything, it's that Streets of Laredo might not be playing many more shows at relatively smaller, local venues, so catch them while you can at Baby's All Right on 7/11. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Streets of Laredo share new track "Diamonds" + play Governors Ball on 06.07

Brooklyn's band of folk innovators Streets of Laredo (whose core members are from New Zealand) seems to be growing larger every year - now a septet, they started out as a trio, and it was five of them when we booked them for our 2013 NYC B.E.A.F. They just released this new dreamy (and admittedly not very folky) single entitled "Diamonds," and took the opportunity to announce that they'll be playing Governors' Ball in a few days (Sunday June 7). Knowing how great these guys are live, that's a show you don't want to miss.

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Streets of Laredo unveil video for "Lonsdale Line" + tour the US + play SXSW

Streets of Laredo is the perfect band to get the many NYC country haters reconciled with their American music roots - which is bizarre, considering the band's nucleus hails from New Zealand. Their songs, although within the canons of Americana, feature indie elements and a punkish attitude, and have a stompy quality that ignites an atmosphere of fun in any room - also thanks to a top notch live delivery, which we witnessed in person at last year's Deli B.E.A.F. Fest and more recently at our stellar 3 stage CMJ 2013 show at Rockwood.

The band recently released two new EPs entitled "Vol I" and "Vol II," and just unveiled this stunning video for new single "Lonsdale Line." They will tour the East Coast in March and hit SXSW on their way south.

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Weekly Feature: Streets of Laredo

Kiwi transplants Streets of Laredo was one of the highlight of our B.E.A.F. 2013 Alt Folk Stage in early June - they packed Spike Hill and put up a truly entertaining show. The trio flew back to their home country earlier this year to finalize a full length album we are looking forward to listening to. While waiting, enjoy once again their single from last year 'Girlfriend' (streaming below) and this recent Mike Levine's interview with the band here.

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Alt Rootsy night with Mree, The Stationary Set, Streets of Laredo, Julian Fulton + more

Thursday night at Spike Hill we'll have a really fun AND interesting bill with a lot of talented artists dedicated to bringing roots music in new directions. The very young and talented songwriter Mree - a recent Deli artist of the month - has been gathering a lot of buzz with her ethereal songs and impeccable home made recordings and videos, which got hundreds of thousands of views; don't miss her show at 9pm. As artsy as Mree, but slightly more upbeat and soulful, The Stationary Set have become a mainstay of the Brooklyn scene and will showcase their artsy soul-pop at 10.30. Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel will surely be happy to be sandwiched between these two artists; this band plays rootsy pop with psychedelic tinges - we are very curious to see them live. NZ imports Streets of Laredo (pictured) will keep faith to their mission of charming Newyorkers one by one with their contagious alt country, while Derrick & The Black Sea and Great Elk will open and close the night with their intense songs flirting with Americana and alt rock.

Times, ticket prices and full B.E.A.F. schedule can be found here.

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