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The first time I heard Veronica Torres I thought she sings like there's an emergency. It wasn't until later, on my third or so listen through Pill's debut album Convenience that I realized--there is. If you're paying attention to the state of things in American culture right now, emergency--or crisis--is an apt descriptor. From the ascendance of a bigoted xenophobe as a viable political candidate, the struggle for women's access to birth control and...
Despite the Internet and all that, record labels are still important -- more so than they probably get credit for -- functioning as a much stickier glue between music and an audience than music and an audience left to wade through blogs, Soundcloud streams and YouTube clips. In simplest terms, a well-curated label is the straightest pathway to you and your new favorite band. Here are eight on the Brooklyn home front whose knack for...

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