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LC Fest 2nd night with Brian Bonz, Matt Jones and Third Wheel Barrel

Matt Jones, Brian Bonz (pictured) and The Third Wheel Band are performing on the second night of Brooklyn's 4th Annual LC Fest, along with 10 other independent NYC artists. The festival, organized by independent music community Local Correspondents at Bar4 in Park Slope, runs through Sunday, July 11. Jones's guitar-driven Americana can be heard on his first independent release, Butter and Rum, as well as a new EP, to be released later this year, and indie darling Bonz is currently working on a follow-up to his debut album of ambient, intelligent pop, From Sumi To Japan. The Third Wheel Band, a relative newcomer to the scene, is already making a name for themselves with their infectious brand of old-time, foot-stompin' country swing. Performances begin at 8 p.m. For the complete schedule of all five nights (from July 7th to the 11th), go here . For 42 free MP3s from festivals artists, split into four volumes for easy downloading, see here.


Ola Podrida Tour Dates + Remix


Ola Podrida (above) kick off their tour tonight at the Mohawk in the company of Bosque Brown + Dana Falconberry. Above is a celebratory remix of the Podrida track "Monday Morning" courtesy of Spencer Stephenson (of Sleep Whale). Below are tour dates. All around is a general sense of well-being. And rain.


7/8 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
7/9 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
7/10 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
7/11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room
7/12 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
7/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
7/14 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
7/16 – New Haven, CT @ The Space
7/17 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
7/18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
7/20 – Athens, GA @ The Cine
7/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
7/22 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree

7/24 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s 



NYC Artists on the rise: The Grates play Mercury on 07.09

Australia's The Grates (who have been living in NYC for a while now) are only a three-person team, but the amount of spunk and spark in their upbeat indie-pop makes them sound like they've got a full party in tow. Singer Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson and drummer Alana Skyring play tunes that are infused with scatterbrained quirks and infectious melodies, resulting in what one might consider music that's pure erratic bubblegum goodness. The band's most recent album, 2008's Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, is bursting with these tasty treats, such as the sing-a-long, clap-worthy "Burn Bridges" and the synthy anthem "Aw Yeah." Watch for Hodgson, as she's known to leap off stages and playfully dance her way into crowds, her microphone cord bouncing around not too far behind. Her confidence as an entertainer and her "anything goes" attitude call to mind captivating frontwomen Karen O and '90s Gwen Stefani. The Grates take over Mercury Lounge on Friday July 9th. - Michelle Gelsani


You Are Not Alone

On September 14th Anti Records will released the collaborative project between Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples. The thirteen track project was produced by Tweedy and really crafted with care and love. He also wrote several of these tracks which are all filled this powerful form of nostalgic soul music.

On July 20th the first single from the album, “You Are Not Alone” will be released on itunes, but you can stream that track over at Pitchfork right now.


Best of NYC #22: The Vandelles, live at Secret Project Robot on 07.08

The Vandelles are rock n’roll noir at its finest. Their songs are the perfect soundtrack to rain-slicked city streets at night, and the lust, betrayal and violence that filters through them. The band thrives on layers of fuzz and a wall of reverb-laden guitar noise, and they also harbor a penchant for 60s garage pop melody and surf rock riffs. Those expecting the Vandelles to sound like their Brooklyn contemporaries Vivian Girls or Crystal Stilts would be wrong—they channel a dirtier, scuzzier aesthetic more on par with the Cramps, Suicide, X, or even Link Wray. On the new release, Del Black Aloha, songs like “Lovely Weather” and “Dash N’ Dive” find the band’s ragged riffs, crooned vocals and crushing, dread-inducing pedal manipulations forming a perfectly sinister sound that both terrifies and transfixes the listener. Definitely not recommended for those who suffer from anxiety, late-night panic attacks, or criminal thoughts. - Bill Dvorak


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