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Needle Points Record Release Show at JB's Sept. 18

Celebrating the release of their latest effort, Feel Young (which officially comes out September 23), at Johnny Brenda's tonight, Needle Points fuses modern grit with nostalgic production, which was helmed this time around by Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog). Reminiscent of a drive down some forgotten, dusty road and suddenly discovering something new and rejuvenated in rock 'n' roll, the group has a sound that you'll gladly want to crank up while rolling the windows down. Step back in time this evening, where you'll also be joined by LA's Mystic Braves and The Dream Ride. Needle Points is heading out in October/November for a nearly month-long tour with mewithoutYou, Into It. Over It., and Yoni Wolf, so make sure to cop an album when the traveling circus rolls into your town and support the band's imprint NeedLove Records. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Keith Kelley

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Pop & Obachan release two videos/singles from upcoming album 'Misc. Excellence'

What we want to see in an emerging band (and rarey notice) is constant improvement. And if somebody thinks constant improvement shouldn't be something that hard to achieve (don't we all constantly improve, after alll, at least for a while, if we keep at it?) well, that somebody is dead wrong. Yes, because making music (and art in general) means embracing a lifestyle of up and downs that often leaves the artist devoid of inspiration and creative energy: this happens because these days the products of creativity are nearly impossible to sell, and that's utterly depressing. Therefore to keep improving, as an artist, you've gotta be strong inside, have a separate job, keep a your art, believe in the dream when all evedence seems to point to doubt. 
That's why Pop & Obachan deserve huge praise: after releasing a great EP in 2015 (which was named NYC record of the month by this very blog), they recently dropped two beautifl new singles accompanied by self produced videos (we are streaming 'I Bet High" below, you can check out 'Bad Way' here) that show further progress, without losing any of their charmingly fresh and honest pop sound, which draws influence from Fleetwood Mac, Broadcast, Harry Nilsson and Camera Obscura. On October 7 they'll release their debut album Misc. Excellence, and celebrate at Our Wicked Lady with a live show on October 13. If you dig this song, go out to support them - that's what keeps the creative vibe going!

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Peals unveils video for "Become Younger" + plays The Compound tonight (09.16)

Ww just stumbled upon this very pretty video (directed by Miranda Javid) by the Baltimore based duo, Peals, comprised by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Post Typography/Double Dagger). "Become Younger" is the first single from the new album "Honey," the bands' sophomore album dropping today. The band will celebrate with a release party at the Compound, do not miss!

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Uni Ika Ai unveils video for 'Soft in Ice'

We called Brooklyn's Uni Ika Ai (pronounced: oo-knee ee-kuh eye) "dream pop' in July, but their new single 'Soft in Ice,' whose video we are streaming below, paints a more complex picture, one of a band not afraid to experiment with not so popular BPMs (the plodding "mid tempo") and harmonic content (dissonance, noise, and an initial melody that's not exactly a ray of sunshine), but still able to resolve these dark tensions through a chorus that delivers a big "prog-chestral" melodic opening, leading to a dissonant distorted sax solo that David Bowie would have loved to hear. The black and white (but mostly black) visuals beautifully underline the existential content of the lyrics. This would definitely be a candidate to be our video of the month if we only had such a thing!

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Psych Rock band we dig: BIRDS - live at Union Pool on 10.09

With a name bound to trigger confusion (not only with a similarly named bands from the '60s... check out this Spotify profile!), Brooklyn's Birds channel a sound more than slightly influenced by the imaginative '90s psych rock of The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, bands that for truly incomprehensible reasons have been left behind in the recent '90s rock revival (for the unaware, at the time The Flaming Lips were a different band than they are now). The crooked distorted sliding guitars and bizarre vocal melodies of tracks like Fade (streaming) or Behind You immediately brought smiles to our faces, sending us on a mental journey back to our vynil filled early twenties. If it's true that all new music is a re-elaboration of music of the past (and true it is) Birds can enjoy the advantage of a sound influenced by great records not many other current emerging bands seem fond of. And that's one reason why we are so excited about them. Check them out live at Union Pool on October 9th.

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