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Creeping Weeds and In Grenada at KFN Nov. 3

Creeping Weeds are an indie rock crew that we like, and we are glad to see that they are really back from their hiatus. They had gained a bunch of local buzz for their LP, We Are All Part of a Dream You’re Having, which tinkled and jangled with the best of them. Their fresh yet nostalgic sound recalls contemporaries like The Unicorns and The Boy Least Likely To as well as predecessors like Built to Spill and Pavement. One would be hard pressed to read a review that didn’t include a Pavement reference, but one may be even more hard pressed to ignore the similarities. They are opening up for In Granada, a young band with a big sound. Singer Jesse Leyh reminds me of The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, but In Grenada are drenched more in reverb and rely on atmosphere and harmonies as they do anything else. This show tonight at KFN seems to be filled with acts that really should, and possibly could get some more national buzz. Make sure to come and support them so they don’t all get super sad and break up. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Adam G.
 
 
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The Morning After Pills blog's CMJ picks: Automelodi, Dream Affair, YOU.

CMJ can be overwhelming, even from just looking at the schedule. Not to mention how disappointed we get when we realize we physically cannot make it to all the shows we want to. This year, The Morning After Pills blog took a bit of an alternative route and sought out unofficial showcases during the week. Isn't it fun discovering great bands that don't even make it on CMJ's radar? How underground of us. From the unofficial bands we saw, we picked three winners, who all happened to play on the same night.



First is Automelodi, Wierd Records' French-Canadian coldwave band. Led by front man Xavier Paradis, the band is one of our favorite current synth bands and amazing to see live. Check out their beautiful self-titled LP and you will hear hints of New Romanticism.

Dream Affair is another great band of a similar caliber. Listening to singer Hayden Payne's voice, it's hard to miss the similarities to post-punk's early favorites like Joy Division. Look out for their 7" to be released late winter/early spring on Five Three Dial Tone Records.

Lastly, we had the pleasure of seeing YOU., a three-piece who plays electronic dance-invoking goodness in an other-worldly fashion. Find their music on Blind Prophet Records - it's unlike anything you've heard before. - Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

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NYC Rappers on the Rise: Nyle and the Naysayers

Nyle made headlines a couple years back when Kanye put his “Let the beat build” video up on his blog. Since then, the kid has been everywhere from the Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest to MTV. His crowd is mostly 20-somethings thanks to his gratuitous nods to NYU (his alma mater), but his talent and energy are undeniable. Old school flavors and an amazing live band quickly morph his shows into sweaty dance pits. Nyle says: “I’m handling rappers like a lifestyles factory. Used to be Screech now I’m feeling like Zachary Banks like Carlton and Ashley’s. Nah, actually I’m Jazzy banging Hillary or Shaggy shagging Daphne. I’m the underdog that finally gets the girl: Cory from boy meets world, or Doug doing Patti. I’m nasty; 5 percenters call me blasphemy. I cause more catastrophe than a natural disaster scene.” - BrokeMC

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Kayo Dot release new EP + tours North East

Avant-and-or-compositional-rock band Kayo Dot is about to embark upon a Northeast U.S. and Canada tour in support of their new EP, "Stained Glass", which is a long, floating, vibraphone-centric distortion cloud representing a Luciferian musical journey across the colorful windows of a cathedral. They are also celebrating the vinyl release of their last album, "Coyote". You'll be able to see them in NYC at Littlefield on 11.14.

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Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo Stripped-down at Triumph Brewing Co. Nov. 3

You may recognize Ron Gallo as the charismatic frontman of soulful roots rockers Toy Soldiers. But he has also recorded a catalogue of solo albums between 2006 and 2009 that show a whole other side of the talented songwriter. When you hear him play a stripped-down, intimate set as part of Triumph Brewing Company’s Live & Local Music Series tonight, you’ll hear his patented Americana folk that you know and love. But you also might here some candid moments thanks to songs such as “C.C. Rag” and “Time Covers House in Vines”. Gallo may be working on rebuilding the lineup for Toy Soldiers again, but you can bet that the determined Temple student will remain a fixture in the local music community. Joining him on the bill will be another young dynamic singer-songwriter in Kevin James Devine. Between his debut album “Through the Fields” and the online mix tape he released in September, he has been able to impress with his honest lyrics and echoes of early Springsteen. Triumph Brewery, 117 Chestnut St., 8pm, Free, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
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