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Brooklyn Experimental Electronic: The Mast

Combining a rumbling, metallic percussive undercurrent with passionate vocals and mysterious lyrics, Brooklyn electronic duo The Mast's lastest release "Nuclear Dragon" is both hypnotic and inviting. In this track - available as a free download on their bandcamp - their exotic psychedelic journey weaves through a land of turtle bays, grazing elephants and dragons, where dreams made of bronze and stone are frozen under the sun (but still alive within). Propulsive tribal patterns are woven within dramatic vocal placement that rise in cascading swells as this story unfolds. The Mast will be appearing at Glasslands on January 29. - Dave Cromwell

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NYC Progressive Indie Rock: No Shoes

New York needs a band like this. While Chicago has its share of insane math musician geniuses on Thrill Jockey, NY isn't known for this kind of showmanship. With No Shoes, you get all this along with a determined interest in such topics as Werewolves and honeycombs. The quartet can play their asses off, while making sure you're having filthy fun at the same time. Check out their half of a split EP made with Basal Gang. on their Bandcamp. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

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Brooklyn Electro-Pop: Empress Of

Brooklyn’s Lorely Rodriguez (a.k.a. Empress Of) describes her augustan moniker as “a project of sight and sound,” which, last year took the form of 13 one-minute bursts of exhilarating pop uploaded to her YouTube account. Dubbed “colorminutes,” these arresting nuggets of colour-filled background music set the stage for Empress Of’s first single, “Don’t Tell Me,” an aching electro ballad that recently played on The Fader’s “Yours Truly” online TV show. Think Portishead meets Sinead O’Connor at her most breathless and you’ll get the idea. - Brian Chidester

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Brooklyn Band on the Rise: Happy Lives

Oh the power and glory of over-driven drums. There's really nothing quite like it when you're looking for that crunch to get you out of bed. For Happy Lives, the band seems to broadcast an especially large sound using the barest of materials. From thrown-together harmonies that somehow reach their mark, to sideways guitar shredding, funky drum machines and yes.. destructively large drum samples, this is a band goes as far as they can towards a messy good time, before falling back into the catchiest groove you can imagine in tracks like 'Brutus' and my fave 'Slacks and Slippers' from their self-titled EP. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) 

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Brooklyn Experimental Garage: Young Boys

The debut single "Love Hits" by Brooklyn's Young Boys begins with a bass line that finds the centerpoint between The Sisters of Mercy's "Lucretia, My Reflection" and "A Forest" by The Cure. A wall of guitar fuzz is then introduced in tandem with vocals that additionally evoke Andrew Eldrich's peak era Sisters recordings. Unique keyboard elements emerge, pulling the track up from its 90's era beginnings to more current sonics. So much so that the central instrumental keyboard segment creates the sensation of some future alien landscape. It's a beautifully executed transition that culminates in otherworldly textures reminiscent of the work of David Bowie's more experimental pop tracks. - Dave Cromwell

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