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NYC's best kept secret: Naked Hearts CD release at Mercury, May 1st

Naked Hearts are one of the best kept indie rock secrets of the NYC scene. We accidentally caught this duo at CMJ 2008 while they were playing a day show at Cake Shop upstairs and after witnessing their tightly performed, memorable tunes we felt obliged to blog about them. As it often happens in the rock'n'roll world, things haven't exactly been moving at the speed of light for Naked Hearts since then, but it looks like they are now ready to conquer this city. Considering their obvious talent, their quality songwriting (think about a more melancholic version of The Strokes or a less dreamy version of Belly), their extremely tight live show and strong stage presence (as we witnessed when they played our Deli party last month), and their undeniably good looks, we don't see how fans won't start piling up in the near future. Their CD release party will be at Mercury Lounge on May 1st - buy the tickets now! And check out these two songs (or download them here and here).


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DIY BUSHWICK FEST: Participating Venues Part 2

NORTHEAST KINGDOM- 18 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn



The Northeast Kingdom Den, tucked beneath the Northeast Kingdom restaurant, is like falling down a rabbit’s hole to your favorite uncle's den circa 1960. Lounge next to the faux stove, order a can of beer and turkey jerky, and take in great local music. The intimacy between band and audience delivers a rare thrill. Featured bands: Jason Trachtenburg (solo, in the picture) 



PARTY EXPO
- 929 Broadway, Brooklyn


[the crowd and the band at at a Party Expo event]

A new DIY space in Brooklyn brought to you by the people of SuperChief, the Glass Door and Article. They have killer shows, parties, video/photo shoots and more, and Wu-Tang filmed their latest music video there.

Featured bands: Shai Hulud (in the video)



DON PEDRO - 90 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn


[Halloween party at Don Pedro]

A grimy dive that makes for the perfect environment for seeing a rock band. The booze is cheap and there’s pool downstairs. There’s also delicious Spanish food to be had for lunch or dinner. Featured bands: Binary Marketing Show (in the picture)

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Kayo Dot release full length + record new EP - Live at Union Pool 04.11

Post rockers of the world should rejoice, as NYC's own Kayo Dot not only is about to release a new album entitled Coyote on April 20th, but has already entered the studio to begin recording a new EP, entitled Stained Glass... So the future has reserved a lot of post-rockness for your ears! The EP will consist of one, long composition of the same title, featuring the same lineup employed in recording the full length plus vibraphonist Russell Greenberg (Hi-Red Center, Yarn/Wire, Hunter/Gatherer). The band also plans on integrating "found" ambient sounds in this composition. The Stained Glass EP will be released by Hydra Head later in 2010. The Coyote release party will be at Union Pool on April 11. Stream the mp3 of "Whisper Ineffable" here or download it here.

 

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DIY BUSHWICK FEST: Participating venues - Part 1

he 2010 DIY Bushwick Music Festival (March 24-27), brought to you by the Deli, Bushwick Music Studios and Arts in Bushwick, kicks off tomorrow night! It will feature some of the neighborhood’s best bands, DJs, and artists, and will take place in nine of the area’s best DIY spaces. In addition to Bushwick Music Studios, the venues include Brooklyn Fire Proof, House of Yes, Northeast Kingdom, Party Expo, Don Pedro, Eastern District, Goodbye Blue Monday, The Opera House Lofts, and Castle Braid. Below is a quick rundown of each space, and some of the featured bands playing at each. You can see the full schedule and a map here: http://www.diybushwick.com/index.html

Bushwick Music Studios - 55 Waterbury St., Brooklyn


[Renmimbi at Bushwick Music Studio]

Bushwick Music Studios is one of the neighborhood’s most active DIY spaces, boasting some of the best local bands and performers and featuring top-notch sound. The space has the atmosphere of a fun loft party, the equipment of a professional venue, and can be credited with truly helping to foster the music community in the vibrant East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. Run by Tito Fleetwood Ladd, BMS is also a resource for independent engineers looking for a large tracking space, or for those in need of a rehearsal and performance space. It also serves as a lighting, sound and video sales and rental facility. Check the BMS Facebook page for upcoming shows after the DIY fest—there’s always something mind-blowing going on.

Featured bands: Shinobi Ninja (in the picture), Eskalators, GunFight!, Anton Glamb, The Twees, Memberz Only

Brooklyn Fire Proof - 119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn



Tucked away in a dim-lit alleyway, Brooklyn Fire Proof East offers a cozy nest of exposed brick and character. From morning to night there is an atmosphere of creativity and flow from the surrounding artist community. There is a café which offers an extensive menu of delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as coffee and loose teas. At night there is a menu of small dinner plates and cheeses. Seasonal cocktails, specialty bottled beers, as well as draft beers and a unique list of liquors are offered. Nightly events such as Bingo and Animal Parties get the night started and our special guest DJ's keep the party going all night.

Featured bands: Aviation Orange (in the picture), Bern and the Brights, Datura, Lowry, Low Water, Otis Grove (MA)

House of Yes - 342 Maujer St., Brooklyn

House of Yes is hidden on the desolate end of Maujer Street near Morgan Avenue. Since opening in 2009, it has hosted everything from theatrical circus productions and performance-infused dance parties to dinner theatres and music showcases. The House of Yes is also home to Make Fun fabric studio and costume shop (makefunstudio.com) as well as Skybox Aerial Space (www.theskybox.org) where you can learn trapeze, silks, poll dancing and other impressive circus arts..

Featured bands: Not Blood, Paint; Tayisha Busay (in the picture); Consider the Source; David E. Beats


(image by leoxby.com)
 

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Reckless Sons, The Auctioneers, Wyldelife live at The Studio, 03.25

After jet setting in and out of New York for writing and recording sessions, Reckless Sons have re-surfaced on the live scene with new material and a replenished swagger. Branded by Matt Butler’s distinctively gritty vocals and incandescent lyrics, that are complemented by unhinged guitars and a stomping rhythm section, Reckless Sons will rile up The Studio at Webster Hall on March 25, with their unbridled energy, rebellious attitude, rousing stage presence, and some surprises. These New York rockers have teamed up with fellow scenesters, The Auctioneers, Wyldelife, The Shooting Gallery, and Flight from LA for a highly anticipated show. Presented by renowned menswear designer, John Varvatos, who recently dressed Reckless Sons for a full-page ad in SPIN Magazine, this “NYC Line-Up" is guaranteed to be one of the better looking and better sounding events happening around town. The show is 19+, and doors open at 6:30 P.M. www.recklesssons.com -Meijin Bruttomesso

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