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Rainsticks' new album 'Elkmont' brings back the pop sound of '60s and '70s

The other day I was listening to Crosby, Stills and Nash, and wondered what they'd sound like if the trio were on the scene today. Lo and behold, today I stumbled upon the indie/psych/pop group Rainsticks on Bandcamp. Fronted by Asher Horton, not only does the band bring back the best of old-school pop, using the same layers of vocal harmonies and basic instruments as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but there's also a hint of psychedelia. This album is one to listen to from front to back, preferably through a stereo, on a Sunday. The music will wash over you like the afternoon sun. -Geena Kloeppel

 

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Jeremy & The Harlequins release new LP + tour with Electric Six

Revival rock'n'roll bands aren't a rarity in NYC (or anywhere else in the US, for that matter), but it ain't easy to find one that's able to reinvent the genre without sounding irredeemably stuck in the past, while also tearing it on stage. Jeremy & The Harlequins pull off both feats with flair, alternating "purer" rocking tracks with others that introduce pop elements and more modern chord progressions, like "Remeber This," the titletrack and opening track of their new album. The band announced a two legged summer/fall tour - with the later dates as a support for Electric Six. You can catch them live at Brooklyn's Littlefield on October 2nd.

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From the Submissions: Funk/R&B band Valipala

Take a little bit of '60s Motown funk, mix that with today’s R&B, add with some jazz overtones, and you have Valipala. Their debut EP Mango City, released last October, is a fun, twisting journey through genres. The opening track “Mongolian Afternoon” (streaming below) showcases the powerful vocals of Lauren Scales; it sounds like the soundtrack to a happy, sunny, summer walk through the city. The band does an excellent job of giving the spotlight to each instrument at one point or another and their cohesion as bandmates is also evident in the EP's fourth track “Century Star.” Scales’ airy yet solid voice carries lightly over the instruments behind her, creating a harmonious blend of synths, drums, brass section, and voice. -Lily Crandall

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XRAY.FM Presents: Heatwave

XRAY.FM is throwing a “mini music fest” this Sunday, August 12th at White Owl Social Club. There will be performances by Natasha Kmeto, Just Pretend, Miss Rayon, and Plastic Cactus. Chanti Darling will also be doing a DJ Set. However, this mini fest isn’t limited to live performances, as there will also be a curated record fair, plenty of food, and even an XRAY pop-up photobooth. Doors open at 2pm, the record fair goes until 8pm, and music goes until 11pm. The festival is 21+, and although entry is free a $5-10 donation at the door is suggested. You can check out the full lineup here.

By Nick Hartman

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Blues Lawyer releases instant classic debut LP 'Guess Work'

Every time I’m convinced there’s no more good punk left, an act like Oakland’s Blues Lawyer pops up to remind me I couldn’t be more wrong. Their debut LP Guess Work is a stunning exercise in brevity, filled with tongue-in-cheek lo-fi tracks that hark right back to the ‘70s. None of the members are interested in attempting to impress you (or waste any of your time) with overwrought guitar solos or steep buildups. They’re only interested in making instant classics, and they do so in two minutes or less. They said it best themselves on the punk puppy love anthem “Waste” (streaming below), where the chorus declares “I don’t want to waste time / I want to waste with you.” Well, we want to waste with you, too. - Lilly Milman 

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