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Parrot Dream and Beach Moon, Peach Moon play the Silent Barn on 8.03

Some artists are able to create music that provides the perfect accompaniment to life as we imagine it in our most hopeful moments - which in turns actually helps us live a better existence. NYC bands Beach Moon, Peach Moon and Parrot Dream (pictured) play elegant dream pop that's just as good of a companion on the commute to work as it is during a night spent alone with our thoughts. Beach Moon, Peach Moon’s lo-fi shoegaze is filled with warm, melancholic guitars and softly lush, self-reflective vocals, and often juxtaposes melancholic instrumentation to optimistic lyrics, like in opening track 'Philosophy at 23/at 24' (streaming). Slightly more upbeat, the dream pop of Parrot Dream is centered around Christina Appel's vocals and her lyrics, which heavily rely on metaphors to construct poignant and distinct imagery. Both bands will be playing at the Silent Barn on August 3rd. - John Honan

   

Folk songwriter Alana Amram plays Union Pool on August 4th

Alana Amram's songs could belong to a different era. Wielding a vocal authority that feels very Patti Smith, Amram deftly crafts narrative lyrics that paint images ranging from pastoral to wild - but always a far cry from the brick and bustle of Brooklyn where the songwriter currently resides. The sound is Americana by way of late 60's psych-tinged folk, and is ever-present on her spellbinding 2014 release Spring River. Catch her at Union Pool on August 4th or headlining at the Cake Shop with Ian O'neill of Deertick, Reservations, and Heaven's Jail on August 31st, and be sure to listen to the track below. - Olivia Sisinni

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best rootsy songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

   

Aüva release debut video for 'Better', to play O'Brien's on 8/13

Bummed that summer is slowly dwindling down before our eyes?  Join the club. Luckily there's bands like Boston's own Aüva, whose dreamy surf-pop sound reminds us that we still can make the most of August. Their latest video for "Better," the bands first ever video, positions the band's two vocalists, tongue-in-cheek, as a pair of exes. The male vocalist is despondent, smashing bottles and wallowing in self-pity. The female one on the other hand has moved on, and started anew with another male suitor. It's a funny, cute take on that whole "Mr. Brightside" catergory of songs, and it reflects the lightness of the track's nature well — which jams by the way. Aüva are releasing a new LP in a few days, and you can check them out live when they play O"Brien's on 8/13.

We discovered Aüva through our submissions page. If your a band that's looking to get checked out, you can send us some tunes here. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber 

   

Lady James Monroe brings psych-lounge-soul to Pianos on 08.18

Those who like to listen to music for "mind-traveling" purposes (a lot cheaper than real vacations!) should check out this new mysterious psychedelic NYC band called Lady James Monroe - they'll be playing their third show ever at Pianos on August 18th. The band is the project of a dude called Doug Moss, but none of the images on their online profiles feature band members. Their music (although a little shy in the production department) sounds intriguing indeed: vintage sounding lounge-soul floating in a psych-pop sea, with vocals full of character - can't go wrong with that! Give this song below, entitled 'Body Control,' a few minutes, it gets better and better...

   

NYC dream-wavers Prom release debut LP at Baby's All Right on 08.23

Comprised of Ella Zoller, Gabriel Stanley and producer Champagne Dave, Prom is a Brooklyn based band that's been active since 2012 and call their music "Dreamwave" - just like the famous massage chair! Admittedly, the trio is not entirely foreign to that concept, since it can be said that their slow, uber-melodic male-female vocal lines feel like a massage for the soul - and considering their number of plays, it seems to rub many people... the right way! The band released a debut EP about one year ago entitled 'Keeping Company,' featuring their popular single 'Flickers.' Since then the've been focusing on recording new material and playing live. After a very busy July, when they opened for for High Waisted and Carah Faye (of Shiny Toy Guns), they will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a live show at at Baby's All Right on August 23rd. Check out their brand new single 'Let it Out,' streaming below.