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Dream Pop act Uni Ika Ai releases single 'Make You Better' + announces LP

In recent years dream pop has become a big part of the "NYC sound" - probably only second to garage rock. Although Brooklyn-based quartet Uni Ika Ai, founded by Lucius’ Peter Lalish and Toebow’s Maia Friedman’s, can surely be categorized under the dream pop umbrella, they have the merit to steer clear from the genre's canonized influences (Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star and Broadcast). In “Make You Better,” the band's first single, Friedman’s voice draws an airy, slow melody over a glittering musical background where guitars and keyboards merge into each other, like colors do in paintings by the Impressionists. Baroque and classical elements emerge here and there, and new layers come to the surface or are exhausted as the song progresses. Their debut album, Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind will be released in mid October. Uni Ika Ai will begin a residency at C'Mon Everybody on July 13th.

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Baroque-pop band Thin Lear plays Pianos on 7/9

Even when singing about being “bored to death” or “sick in bed,” Queens-based band, Thin Lear has the ability to sound light and carefree. Even “seven days without sleep” seem like a walk in the park - a testament to endurance, surely a handy quality for any independent musician! In the Thin Lear EP Matt Longo – the man and voice behind the baroque-pop project – creates waves of nostalgia, supported by tastefully restrained melodies and his gentle voice. The record (the project's fourth release since 2011) makes endearing references to New York City and single “Second Nature” (streaming) uses light, yet dynamic instrumentation along with subtle calipso influences.  You can catch him at Pianos tomorrow (July 9th). - Madeleine Grossman

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Embrace Bondage & Discipline at Ortlieb's July 8

Electro-rock outfit Bondage & Discipline meshes a breezy, synth/percussion-compassed sound, with a slightly ominous, heavy undercurrent. The end game is one that utilizes layered, harmony-fueled vocals, with a ceaseless-moving instrumental base, capturing warmth while hinting at impending chills. The group will release its debut LP Love Me Like I’m Dead via a series of smaller song groupings; the first, No One, will be released on July 12. Unifying waves of jangly, fuzzed guitar with a locked-in snap and pop of bass and percussion and semi-spoken Lou Reed-inspired vocals, The Stammer helps fortify this billing at Ortlieb’s, which also features the back alley synth explorations of Blood Sound, who have a new album on the horizon, entitled True Romance Magazine. After releasing their debut EP Vail earlier this spring, the haunting post-punk of Brooklyn trio Decorum rounds out this goth dance party. Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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New Track: "Pick Up America" - My Son Bison

Local experimental-folk five-piece My Son Bison’s new single, “Pick Up America,” teases the sound of their forthcoming debut LP, Two Faces and a Vase. A subtle yet gripping groove is dictated via bass, keys, drums, etc., as the vocals prescribe a pleasant, whimsical melody before the song shifts into a somewhat chaotic, vocally-agitated conclusion. They'll be performing on Tuesday, July 14 at Boot & Saddle with City of the Sun.

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Noise Pop Announces Line Up for 20th Street - 8/20

We´re excited to share the news up the 4th Annual 20th Street Block Party in San Francisco!

Noise Pop is excited to announce the music lineup for the fourth annual 20th Street Block Party taking place Saturday, August 20 from noon to 6:00 p.m.  The event will take place on 20th Street between Harrison and Bryant streets in the Mission district; however, this year the party has expanded to include 19th Street, also between Harrison and Bryant. The free neighborhood celebration of music, food and drink, and art just outside the doors of Noise Pop HQ will bring some of the community’s best sights, sounds and flavors to thousands of guests throughout the afternoon.

For more information on the event, please visit http://www.20thstreetblockparty.com. Event artwork was done by renowned artist Jason Jagel.

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