Indie Rock

Explore the Tortured Aftermath of Cemetery Flowers at Second Empire Oct. 11

One enters and explores the tortured aftermath when listening to Cemetery Flowers. Tonight, they’ll be placed at DIY space Second Empire. Pushing through hostile, chaotic surroundings and welding steely cold, persistent grooves with the lingering outcry of vocals, Cemetery Flowers rolls through what at first glance appears to be empty terrain, drawing others out of their personal sanctuaries, marching them forward, before streamlining the disorder into union. The blistering bombardment of Machine Gun and the desolate, tormenting rushing of post-punk known as Humanshapes round out a trio of locals supplemented by the immediate onslaught of Greensboro’s Holder’s Scar and the synth-guided space-punk of Nashville’s Essential Tremors. Second Empire, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $7, All Ages - Michael Colavita

   

Post drone rockers 75 Dollar Bill play Troost 10/23

We are not even sure where to start with a band like 75 Dollar Bill, but after a series of jaw drops, we're comfortable settling on "brilliant." The NY-based duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen produce gorgeous, winding instrumentals that are not only melodically lush, but rhythmicaly intricate and driving. Lead by a quarter-tone guitar, the band's music draws from a distinctive North African influence, but their sound is as expansive as it is downright nuts. Stacking layers and layers of instrumentation as diverse as viola drones and bari sax licks, 75 Dollar Bill lands firmly in devilishly intriguing territory. Do yourself a favor and stream them below, or better yet, catch them live at Troost 10/23.-Olivia Sisinni

   

Desilu Creates Cosmic Punk Vibrations on Claw

 Self-described as ‘Ewoks operating the Death Star after a long night of Ewok partying’, Desilu, is an enticing blend of sonic reverb and angst-fueled garage rock that coalesces into a cosmic punk opera. Desilu’s recently released 4th album, Claws, springs from the eternal well of Austin influenced psychedelia but succeeds in cross-pollinating punk influences like the Black Lips, Jay Reatard, and Wavves into the genome as well. Jangled keys, winding guitars, and chanted vocals feels like a train on the verge of derailing at any moment, but this quintet of Austin  vagabonds keep the momentum moving forward. Recent additions of keyboardist, Chris Horne, and guitarist, Joe Pechacek, may be the extra layers needed to complete this unique but pleasantly entrancing avant-garde outfit.

-Lee Ackerley 

   

Kellen of Troy's latest single + music video for "So You Found Yourself A Rockstar"

Nashville has a new indie-pop tune on its hands. But not just any indie-pop tune. Kellen of Troy's latest single, So You Found Yourself A Rockstar, speaks out for men who find themselves in a tough spot when their girlfriends turn out to be materialistic, money-grubbing women who leave them for men with a cooler, higher "status" — rockstars! Notwithstanding the heart breaking topic, Kellen Wenrich's nonchalant vocals express a calm acceptance, and his lively music video does too. Throughout the entire video, the camera pans around the room, introducing new people as they play instruments, chat about, and have a grand ol' time. Meanwhile, Kellen spontaneously appears in and out of each corner singing his tune. Everyone gets it: some people only care about one thing, so why not just let it go and party? Check out the video for "So You Found Yourself A Rockstar" down below. - Ashley Muniz

   

Buzz Alert! Adiós Ghost plays Pianos residency on October 12,19 and 26

Pianos is one of the few NYC venues left that still dares to host emerging artist residencies (they actually do that in two rooms). We always pay attention to these bands, because the fact they were invited means they have a good live show and an expanding fan base, which are important factors for any band. Adiós Ghost is an adventurous Brooklyn band that plays an intricate brand of avant-pop that will excite the aural canals of those of you into Yeasayer and Animal Collective. Their recent EP 'Endless Return' is their first release since 2014, and it's a very interesting record. Employing electric and electronic instruments, and also saxophones at times, the band's arrangements shine for their transparent quality, and very processed references to African melodies and rhythms. Each song seems to be built on musical blocks that support and complement each other, resulting in airy and flickery compositions. Check out opening single 'Tension' below and don't miss one of their upcoming Pianos shows on October 12,19 and 26.