DIY/Lo-Fi

Take a chill pill with JW Francis on "Everything," plays Berlin 2.20

The lofi indie of JW Francis has a permissive, mellow quality, the type of music you might use as the soundtrack to a Super 8 home movie of you and your friends chilling about Prospect Park on a perfect summer day — and this vibe continues with his infectiously chill latest single “Everything.” Against blue wave chords and psych production stylings, Francis’ vox lazily drifts through the scene, sliding and homespun, espousing both a desire to tell his beloved that “he wants to tell [them] everything,” but also “wants to see what we can figure out on our own.” A short sweet song on discerning life’s enchanting mysteries in time, it’s perfect for fans of artists such as Makeout Videotape or Soko — listen below ahead of his show on Thursday, February 20th at Berlin.

   

Marinara offers saucy rock on "I Feel Like Dog," plays Footlight 2.16

Brooklyn-based indie rock quartet (and presumed tomato-enthusiasts) Marinara provide charismatic lofi indie rock on I Feel Like Dog, a fresh LP evocative of early-2010s college radio rock and their erstwhile 90s slacker compatriots. Tracks like “Desert Schtick” and “Ugly Sleeper” wouldn’t be out of place on a Double Double Whammy compilation, with Nick Cortezi’s plainspoken vocal performance interweaving between warm riffing and a progressive pace. This isn’t to say the entirety of the album is a sunny romp — the band leaves space for downtempo moments of respite on “Marie,” “The Orchid,” and “The Wasp,” the last of which characterized by an unpretentious, six-minute build to one of the record’s best instrumental performances; Cortezi’s season-spanning recollection and quiet vox leads to epic shreds and an energetic percussive breakdown. These various highs and lows help to make I Feel Like Dog the very, very good record that it is — listen to it below ahead of their show at the Footlight on February 16th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

 

   

Oil Bay's "Demo" is rightfully rough, plays C'mon Everybody 4.7

Demo is a cursory, two-track offering by Brooklyn-based five piece Oil Bay, one that despite its short nine-minute run time firmly establishes the band’s ear for enchanting garage and tactile synths. A-Side “STRANGERdemo” builds mystery with its noir-inspired melodies and instrumentation, rife with lurid allusions to late night tales and heavy-compress guitars, opening with equal measures of disorienting keys and screaming strings, this downtempo energy fading with the introduction of “SpacesuitDEMO” and its accompanying breakbeat pace. With no shortage of reverb and a flexibility to incorporate experimental electronic accents into their lofi sound Oil Bay is tailor-made for listeners looking for gritty, noisy Indie rock — listen below, and catch them at C’Mon Everybody on April 7th.

   

DIY/Lo-Fi

Time: 
20:30
Band name: 
The Paris Buns
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
theparisbuns
Venue name: 
The Well
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DIY/Lo-Fi

Time: 
8pm
Band name: 
Mordechai/Aisle Knot
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
facebook.com/mordechai.band/
Venue name: 
Cousin Danny's
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