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Pains of Being Pure at Heart release video + play Sirens Fest

The Pains have been very productive as of late - didn't they release a new video like a month ago? Anyway, this one comes with some fresh news: the band will be making their next live NYC appearance at the 10th Annual Siren Festival in Coney Island precisely on the hottest day of the year (which always conicides with the Siren Fest, did you notice?). They'll be sharing the stage with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Matt & Kim and recent tour buddies, Surfer Blood. Immediately after their performance the Pains travel to the UK and Europe to complete a mini tour.


NYC artists on the rise: Oh You Devil at Rooftop Films on 06.18

Oh You Devil is Yuri Velez (drums/vocals), Marc Berger (guitar), Ari Brand (keyboard), and Reinhardt Schuhmann (bass). A relatively new band, the group seems poised for a bright future. After just a few short months of gigging, they've already gained a reputation for their live shows and have played to packed crowds at Pianos, Bar Matchless, Fontanas, and Sycamore. Reminiscent of Radiohead and Blonde Redhead, their music is expansive, moody, and deeply expressive. Rich, textured harmonies and gripping arrangements fused with lead singer Velez's emotive vocals create a truly mesmerizing sound. Check out a recording of Receive Me with guest vocalist Leah Hayes from Scary Mansion/La Laque on their Myspace page. They are playing a Rooftop Films show on Friday, June 18th on the roof of New Design High School (350 Grand Street @ Essex). - Danielle Kourtesis


New Video by The Pierces

We just received this message from The Pierces: "The new tv show "Pretty Little Liars" is using The Pierces song, "Secret" as their theme song, so Allie and I made a video for it! We directed it ourselves and it turned out purty good for a last minute, shoestring budget kinda thing. Also, we just finished a new record and signed a record deal with Polydor Records in London! So hopefully our next video will be a big budget extravaganza, directed by Michael Bay with airplanes and desert scenes and explosions and shit...but until then...we leave you with this..."


Dinowalrus and Telenovelas play Cameo on June 20

It's always a cause for celebration when two bands noted for their creativity and energy grace the stage on the same night. Such is the case this Sunday when Brooklyn's own Dinowalrus and the young upstarts Telenovelas (their guitar in the picture) appear at Cameo Gallery ( 93 N6th Street between Berry and Wythe, in the back of the Lovin’ Cup Cafe). Word has it that Dinowalrus will be doing an extra special show as long-time multiple instrumentalist Kyle departs afterwards to pursue other musical projects. The Dino's wish him well, however, as they continue on with a series of east coast shows. Telenovelas, meanwhile, have been making a name for themselves after playing a number of shows over the last few months. With a sound that combines psychedelia, jangly pop and fuzzed out noisy reverberated chaos, their appeal is obvious. In addition to this show at Cameo, Telenovelas will be also appearing the following night at Bruar Falls ( 245 Grand Street between Driggs Av and Roebling St , Williamsburg , Brooklyn ) with not one, but two Beach Fossils side projects -Red Romans and Heavenly Beat. Two great opportunities to catch this band and see what all the buzz is about. - Dave Cromwell


Weekly Feature #207a: Darwin Deez, live at Santos, June 22

“It’s interesting – being a new artist is a blessing, because you have the element of surprise,” says Darwin Deez (née Smith), the lanky, mustachioed guitarist in Brooklyn’s Creaky Boards. “No one’s expecting anything, so you just get to make your statement. People get it or they don’t. The next statement that you make has to be well received by the people who liked your first statement as well as other people, because you never get anywhere if you just make one statement to one group of people.”
Fresh off a whirlwind United Kingdom tour curated by NME, Deez appears to already be plagued with thoughts of a follow-up to his debut self-titled solo album. London-based indie label Lucky Number just released his record this past spring, and it’s already getting rave reviews across the pond. - Read Nancy Chow's feature on Darwin Deez here.


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