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Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has released the tracklist and a new single from her upcoming album Strangers, set to be released in May. This will be Nadler's seventh full-length album and a follow-up to her 2014 project July. "Janie in Love" is dark, dream-pop number that, like Nadler, blurs the lines between indie-rock and ambient pop music. A self-aware Nadler reminds us of the way love tends to embody a natural disaster: "You...
At their album release show at Silent Barn in early February Pop. 1280 is wearing one neglige and three Hawaiian shirts. Chris Bug, the band’s lead singer, is tall and lithe, cut from the same cloth as Bowie’s Thin White Duke. Pop. 1280’s music isn’t built for dancing. Live, it’s meant to overwhelm, to sway, to envelop. Silent Barn, a small DIY space in Bushwick, suddenly feels larger than life. Considering the venue's use...
It's John Carpenter Week here in Brooklyn! Given the usual content of the genre-film icon's work, that might suggest an alarming scenario—our borough beset by homicidal maniacs, roving dystopian street thugs, ghost pirates, or maybe just infiltrated by sinister Yuppies who are secretly subliminal alien jerk monsters. But no. (Except maybe that thing about the Yuppies, that actually sounds about right.) Instead, we get the more benign offering of a month-long BAM retrospective of the...
Need To Know is a  series spotlighting Brooklyn-based record labels. Today we meet Mexican Summer. When Mexican Summer records first started, it's founders modestly expected it to be a boutique imprint specializing in small-batch, hand-numbered records. Easy, right? Then they started releasing singles by the likes of soon-to-be-greats Kurt Vile and Best Coast, and the rest is indie rock history. Mexican Summer now dominates a field crowded with wannabe tastemakers, releasing consistently great and consistently...

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