Bands to Watch from New York City
New York City has been such a vibrant home to new bands and styles for so long, it sometimes seems that music is the city's chief export. Here's a sampling of the current crop:
The three longtime friends who make up Little Daylight are working on their debut LP for Capitol Records, due to be released in 2014, after building a names for themselves with remixes for acts including Passion Pit and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Making music that's simultaneously electronic and organic, they just put out an EP called Tunnel Vision.
The two principal members of Brooklyn's Parquet Courts, Austin Brown and Andrew Savage, met in Savage's record-listening club at a Texas college. Their songs, calculatedly scuzzy and full of memorable lyrics, might be considered the ideal rock-critic music. The band put out their first release, American Specialties, on cassette, and their 2012 album Light Up Gold was reissued on CD earlier this year.
The debut album from Beast Patrol, Fierce and Grateful, combines a kind of new wave detachment with rock & roll volume and energy. The band played Lollapalooza this summer and "now have to play every festival everywhere, forever," as they joked on their website.
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the two frontwomen of the indie pop band Lucius, don't harmonize – they sing in unison. They can be so hard to tell apart, even they have difficulty sometimes. After releasing an EP last year, their debut album, Wildewoman, is due in October.
High energy and classic punk melodicism mark the music of the So So Glos, a group led by two brothers (and their half-brother) from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Their second album, the aptly titled Blowout, came out on Shea Stadium Records earlier this year.
Previously known as Dive, the Brooklyn band DIIV began as the one-man recording project of Zachary Cole Smith. His live band includes drummer Colby Hewitt, formerly of Smith Westerns. "Everybody in the band is a water sign," Smith has said of the group's name.
The art-pop duo known as Glass Ghost have been credited with an "irresistible, disjointed mix of pop hooks and Beefheartian abandon" (Village Voice). Their second album is due out soon on the Western Vinyl label.
Maine native Aly Spaltro, who answers to the stage name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, recently moved to Brooklyn after being named Folk Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. Her music, with its indie sensibility and fully arranged instrumentation, is not what you'd call traditional folk, but her vintage aura does suggest a young woman out of time.