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Brother Moses

Brother Moses is an indie rock band who wants to make music that people put on when they’re driving in their cars. At least, that’s what the group’s lead singer and guitarist, James Lockhart, told us before their show at Baby’s All Right last week. After the recent release of their latest EP, Apocalypse Football, and on the brink of the upcoming album to follow, Brother Moses kicked off their series of three east coast shows at the Williamsburg venue.

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Specialists

Specialists brought their unique blend of funk and dance-rock to Brooklyn Made last Friday night, following strong opening performances by Will Leet and Bentley Robles. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Specialists’ sound is their distinct lack of one single lead vocalist. Instead, the group is bolstered by two equally strong singers in co-founders Mikey Rotunno (bass) and Will Harden (guitar), who took turns leading the crowd through their cleverly written songs.

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Karavan Sarai

There are few artists who allow an audience to truly transcend time and space to experience new cultures from the ends of the earth. Experiencing Karavan Sarai is like entering a spiritual expedition by traveling through soundscapes of the Silk Road from Arabia to India and the Balkans to Persia.

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BoomBox

Since its inception almost two decades ago ago, the electronic-rock fusion duo, BoomBox, has blossomed into a mainstay of the jam music scene. With a couple personnel alterations along the way, the most recent iteration of BoomBox consists of lead vocalist/guitarist and founding member, Zion Rock Godchaux, and DJ/Producer, Kinsman MacKay. The two are self-described as “brothers from the same mother.”

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The Floozies

Guitarist Matt and drummer Mark are two funky bros–literally. The Hills hail from Lawrence, Kansas and have been making music together as the electro funk duo, the Floozies, since 2008. From making songs using a loop station and playing in their parents’ basement to going on sold out cross-country tours, playing some of the biggest festivals, and playing their dream venues, the Floozies’ success is evident in their commitment to bringing fresh, groovy vibes to every single show, without a set list. Mix one part funk with another part electronica, then add some jam, jazz, dub, a talk box, and some (epic) lasers, and you get a live music party that you never want to leave.

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Moon Kissed

To call the three shows that Moon Kissed hosted in December at Baby’s All Right a ‘residency’ would be a complete understatement. Over three weeks, Moon Kissed brought their audience into a new world, inspired in part by Dante’s Inferno, with a series of shows that each embodied ‘Heaven,’ ‘Purgatory,’ and ‘Hell,’ each featuring performance art, suggested attire, and live performances that highlighted the theme. 

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BAILEN

On the heels of a fall tour supporting The Lone Bellow, BAILEN played two sold out nights at Union Pool in Williamsburg. The second of the two Wednesday-night December dates, just days before the city emptied for the holidays, was jam-packed with family and friends. The familial essence in the room resembled that of a wedding or bar mitzvah, which is always fitting for a hometown show. 

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia is happiness personified. Spearheaded by South African multi-instrumentalist Jean-Philip Grobler, the project blends pop, disco, and traditional African music into a sweet, bubbly, and irresistibly danceable cocktail. It’s impossible not to feel the groove, a timeless symphony of silky synths, pulsing drums, and saccharine melodies that resonate deep down in your soul.

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Fake Dad

Josh Ford and Andrea de Varona of Fake Dad have been together for five years, making music for four years. Their story began when they were both undergraduates at NYU, and a mutual friend invited Josh to one of Andrea’s parties. Eventually, they moved in together to that same apartment. They had already been making music independently, with Josh focusing on what he describes as ’2010-indie-sadboi music,’ and Andrea making jazz with an R&B influence (Think Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Amy Winehouse). The two found a connection in their mutual love of 70s and 80s rock music.

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Kid Smoko

When Kid Smoko takes the stage, one thing is clear: both the band and its fans are there to have pure, unadulterated fun. On a chilly December night in Bushwick, there was no exception. Clad in leather pants, trench coats, oversized sports jackets, and everything in between, the five-piece LA-based band brought high energy to the Sultan Room from the jump.

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Talib Kweli

Music brings us to our feet literally, figuratively, and spiritually. It inspires us to rise up to our day’s trials and tribulations, and on a larger scale, the world’s challenges. Through an unspoken sonic communion between three distinct musical identities, SunSquabi, rouse us from inactivity and into action when we need the extra push through their signature live electronica sound.

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PJ LaMariana

PJ LaMariana

PJ LaMariana is a seasoned New York City based guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter who stretches the boundaries of multiple musical genres including jam, folk, R&B, indie-groove and more. Growing up in an environment where he was constantly influenced by live music, he redefines what it means to be an experimental artist through his intense energy on stage and musical range.

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lespecial

lespecial provides that in the form of heavy, hard-hitting licks that draw influence from metal and punk rock music. The group has risen to prevalence within the jam scene in large part due to their willingness to offer up mosh-worthy songs that still leave room for free-flowing improvisation.

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SunSquabi

Music brings us to our feet literally, figuratively, and spiritually. It inspires us to rise up to our day’s trials and tribulations, and on a larger scale, the world’s challenges. Through an unspoken sonic communion between three distinct musical identities, SunSquabi, rouse us from inactivity and into action when we need the extra push through their signature live electronica sound.

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Thievery Corporation

You know your friend who’s well-travelled, chic, intelligent, tasteful–basically just hip as fuck? Thievery Corporation is the musical equivalent of that friend. Complete with their signature set-up (an elevated DJ booth perched behind a leather couch) the group took the stage in front of a seated crowd who didn’t stay seated for very long

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TEKE::TEKE

Listening to TEKE::TEKE’s music is like taking a euphoric, exhilarating, and spontaneous sound journey. From pure psych rock to whimsical flutes to head bobbing percussion and jammy brass, their set will make you understand that old cliché, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”

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The Backfires

The Backfires’ sound has noticeable traces of their roots in the London alternative scene. Everyone in the audience felt those early-aughts British rock vibes, regardless of knowing the band’s beginnings.

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Leven Kali

Blame it on the full moon that illuminated the Brooklyn streets that evening–the energy was elevated from the very beginning. As fans continued to pour in, Kali led the crowd in a soulful catharsis on songs.

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Say She She

This is the (super adorable) story of how three Brooklyn musicians came together to create their band, Say She She. The female-led, seven-piece group describes their genre as “discodelic,” where the singers’ vocals bleed together like watercolors painted on funky, soulful tracks. 

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Trentemøller

Anders Trentemøller spent September and early October touring North America, before ending with two back-to-back shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. He’s been touring for 15 years but recently challenged himself by releasing his longest album yet, Memoria, and taking it on the road.

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Neil Frances

Late in September–on one of those totally perfect post-summer/pre-fall nights–Neil Frances gave a colorful, groovy show to a full crowd of happy fans on the Elsewhere rooftop.

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Samuel Limata

A self-described huge Kid Cudi fan, Sam defines his music as genre-fluid, with a mix of indie rock, soul, hip-hop and a little taste of R&B. You may recognize Sam from his feature on Kota the friend’s single, “MEMO,” released earlier this year. Born and raised in Queens, you can feel the New York influence on his sound.

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The Desk Jockeys

The band members hail from Atlanta, Tuscaloosa, Boston, Connecticut and Kentucky, but they all met when they were students at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After playing house parties and bars, they gathered a sizable local following and gained a reputation for not only the funky and danceable sound, but also the fun energy they brought to each show.

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Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook has a unique ability to connect with an American audience, despite growing up across the pond in Kent, England. His latest tour, opening for 23 of Tessa Violet’s North American shows, had Will playing at some of the most notable venues across the states

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Cherin

Cherin just began releasing music last year, and are already ones to watch in New York City’s indie scene. They have already built a fan base strong enough to have an incredible crowd at the Chelsea Music Hall show we attended over the summer. Check out their new single, “The Subway,” releasing October 28th!

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Saleka

Saleka Shyamalan is no stranger to performing. Growing up playing classic piano, she spent her childhood performing in recitals, with her piano teacher and an orchestra at Philly’s renowned Kimmel Hall by the age of 10. It was around the same time that Saleka went to her first concert, a Beyoncé show, which was a birthday gift from her parents.

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Charlotte Rose Benjamin

Charlotte Rose Benjamin’s show at the Sultan Room came at this special moment between the spring release of her debut album, Dreamtina, and the band’s upcoming cross-country tour with Langhorne Slim.

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Magic City Hippies

Music brings us to our feet literally, figuratively, and spiritually. It inspires us to rise up to our day’s trials and tribulations, and on a larger scale, the world’s challenges. Through an unspoken sonic communion between three distinct musical identities, SunSquabi, rouse us from inactivity and into action when we need the extra push through their signature live electronica sound.

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Anees

Music wasn’t always the plan for Anees. The 30 year old initially went to law school, but he pivoted and started making music three years ago. Since then, he has dropped multiple hit singles and gained several million followers on social media, and he’s just getting started.

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Cobra Man

Cobra Man’s vibrant power disco style has built them a cult-like following around the country. Anywhere they go, the seven-piece band led by Andy Harry and Sarah Rayne can find a wild group of fans and put on an electric show. We were fortunate enough to catch up with them before their show at Bowery Ballroom to hear more about rock n’ roll, disco, skating videos, and everything in between.

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Juice

Juice’s music cannot be put into a box. The six-piece ensemble from Boston College may only have one studio album, but they have explored a variety of genres including rock, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. We caught them rocking out at Webster Hall in August.

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Rozzi

After being discovered at 19, Rozzi has been featured on countless tours, released multiple full length albums, and has even made music for Me Time. She caught up with us in August just before going on stage at Elsewhere last summer.

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KAYE

Becoming a rock musician was far from Charlene Kaye’s mind during her childhood, given her conservative, christian upbringing. However, after attending several shows, she realized that making music was the path for her. We were incredibly fortunate to sit down with her prior to her release party for Neon God, an EP that has been over a decade in the making.

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Seeing Double

Rock can still go viral, and Seeing Double is proof of that. They gained a lot of attention in college, posting snippets of their 70s style alt rock from the bathroom of their dorm. We sat down with them to hear more about their experience thus far and plans for the future.

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Tanners

Multi-hyphenate extraordinaire Tanners is the hottie at the bejeweled gates of the Tannerverse, and she’s welcoming everyone in with open arms. The NYC-based popstar, songwriter, producer, and audio engineer grew up around music, taking voice lessons and playing in bands, but didn’t start to record music of her own until her junior year at New York University.

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Tilden

Close your eyes. It’s peak pandemic, and you just got your first stimulus check. Maybe you pay your rent, maybe you put the money in savings, or maybe you even ball out and spend it on a few minutes worth of serotonin in the form of material goods. For NYC rock band Tilden, the only plausible use of their Covid money was to record their debut singles. Priorities! 

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Razor Braids

It’s hard to describe Razor Braids’ music. They certainly provide a punk energy, but with the emotions of indie and folk rock. Since they began releasing music in 2020, they’ve gained serious traction with their unique style and energy. We had a blast chatting with them before their awe-inspiring set at Elsewhere.

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Michael Incognito

Have you ever been at a show and thought, “ I could really go for a cannoli right now?” We know the answer is probably no, but after you experience a post-gig cannoli at a Michael Incognito concert, you’ll never want to be at a show without the Italian delicacy. We’re not joking, you can find the New Jersey singer-songwriter’s mother at the merch booth after his set, slinging cannoli like you’re on the streets of Sicily.

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King Hannah

In 2017, Hannah Merrick and Craig Whittle were waiters in Liverpool. Five years of collaboration later, the duo have released multiple projects and built a serious fanbase in the alternative space. We were lucky to chat with them before their show at Baby’s All Right in July, where they performed their debut album for an American audience for the very first time.

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Kota the Friend

Kota the Friend is one of the most respected artists in the independent hip-hop scene. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he has been releasing music since 2016, and he has grown a massive fan base via his personal lyrics and self-produced beats. We caught up with Kota before his Flight Night show at Sony Hall in July.

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Garth.

Garth.

Garth. initially gained notoriety with his debut album Human Nature in 2017, followed by a national tour. Five years later, his energy and unique blend of pop, surf rock and funk continues to pack out iconic NYC venues. We sat down with Garth. prior to his show at Rockwood Music Hall this past summer to learn more about his journey.

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TOLEDO

Since dropping their debut EP in 2010, TOLEDO, has quickly gained notoriety with the emotion and good vibes of their projects that keeps us wanting more. Back in June, we sat down with the Bushwick-based rock duo before they hit the stage at Brooklyn Made to hear more about their extensive musical journey.

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Sidney Bird

Sidney Bird brings southern pop style, but with New York energy. She’s stopping at Chelsea Music Hall on November 5th. We caught up with Bird before she hit the stage at the Turk’s Inn and learned more about her journey through the industry.

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Quarters of Change

We caught alt rockers, Quarters of Change, at the Bowery Ballroom this past July. Since forming in 2017, the four-piece group has released several projects, made a song for the Netflix documentary, Race: Bubba Wallace, and become one of the most recognizable bands in the NYC rock scene.

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Open Mike Eagle

You can’t put Open Mike Eagle in a box. From his eclectic musical catalog, to his time on TV, to the several podcasts he hosts, Mike has experienced it all over his 15 year career. We caught up with him on Elsewhere’s roof to hear more about all of his endeavors.

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Wilderado

We chatted with Wilderado, one of the most exciting groups in alternative rock space, at Brooklyn Made this past summer. The Tulsa, Oklahoma trio has been together since 2016 and began getting serious attention for their self-titled debut album.

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Chloe Flower

Chloe Flower is one of the most well respected pianists in music today. Bursting on the scene in 2011, the LA native has since worked with some of the biggest producers in the world and even performed at the VMAs with Cardi B. We sat down with Chloe to hear more about her career prior to her phenomenal performance at Lincoln Center’s iconic Hearst Plaza.

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Fabio Luigi

Since he was young, Fabio Luigi has been cultivating his love for music, dance, and energy. The Brazilian DJ has been slowly building his fanbase, and these days you can catch him playing a wild party in a different country almost every weekend. We caught his electric set at Planet Pride in June.

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Oscar Louis

Oscar Louis’ music represents a beautiful intersection of the eclectic tastes he developed throughout his early life. This includes everything from legends like the Beatles to modern hip-hop stars like Kid Cudi. His unique style has built him a serious following, and we chatted with him back in June to learn more about his rise in the industry.

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Abby Jeanne

Abby Jeanne is one of the most adored rockers in New York’s indie scene with her killer voice and incredible vibes. We were lucky to sit down with Abby just before her show at Our Wicked Lady this past summer to hear more about her amazing journey.

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Boyish

Back in 2016, Boyish was formed by two Berklee college of music students for an audition tape. Fast forward six years, and the duo has dropped two full length albums, received national media attention, and amassed millions of online streams. We were lucky to chat with them prior to their show on Elsewhere’s beautiful rooftop this past June.

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Josh Fudge

Back in June, we caught up with one of the most exciting young artists in the indie pop scene, Josh Fudge. At just 19 years old, the Oklahoma City native has already made waves in the industry and dropped his second studio album, Technicolor, earlier this year.

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Wet

Wet has been a beloved member of the NYC indie pop scene since their formation in 2012. Since then, they have dropped three studio albums and reached the Billboard charts on multiple occasions. We caught their hypnotic set at Webster Hall back in June.

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The Knee-Hi’s

It’s The Knee-Hi’s circus, and we’re all just along for the ride. The fringe-clad, self-proclaimed “troupe of wide-eyed rats” from Chicago incinerated Bushwick’s psychedelic secret garden venue, Rubulad, in an unforgettable set.

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City of the Sun

City of the Sun is one of the most eclectic musical groups in all of New York City. Incorporating elements of post-rock, jazz, and indie rock. The cinematic nature of their work makes their live shows a surreal experience, and we caught up with them during their three-week stint at the Sultan Room this past May.

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Kitchen Dwellers

Montana-based bluegrass-meets-psychedelia-meets-folk band, Kitchen Dwellers, is cookin’ up something good. The group describes their music as “galaxy grass,” which doesn’t tell you that much, but the vast ambiguity of the term might be as fitting as it gets–it’s hard to put a solid classification on their sound.

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The Shivas

Over a whopping 15 years and six albums together, The Shivas have developed a personal and artistic bond. They’ve released six albums together and kept up a rigorous tour schedule that brought them around the world. We chatted with The Shivas before they hit the stage at Mercury Lounge to hear more about their illustrious career.

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