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Soul

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Jill Peacock
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/jillpeacockmusic/
Venue name: 
Mercury Lounge
   

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.

   

Indie Rock

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Gorgeous
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/thisbandisgorgeous
Venue name: 
The Sultan Room
   

Personal Trainer's toes the line on debut "Backyard"

New York and Philly-based indie trio Personal Trainer modulate between energies hushed and explosive on debut single “Backyard,” a standout first release that demonstrates the group’s aptitude for powerfully anthemic songwriting. This is in large part due to the immense restraint that separates the track’s verses from its immediately sing-alongable chorus; underpinning lead vocalist Melina Harris’ initially quiet performance are the soft palpitations of a muted percussive backbone and feedback-adjacent guitar arpeggios, both of which come to the precipice of burning it all down before artfully scaling back. Personal Trainer’s balancing act eventually leads to a rip-roaring, instantly memorable vamp (“Well I’m making the rules as I go”), accentuated by harmonies and scorching garage rock riffs, delivering a satisfying, triumphant listen. No NYC gigs on the horizon (though they are playing in New Haven on May 26th), so stream the track below in the meantime. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

PREMIERE: June Pageant's dreamy debut "Wundergurl" is anything but sleepy

A healthy dose of synth and dream pop inform “Wundergurl,” the debut single by Jersey City indie trio June Pageant, a fitting introduction to their relaxed, lounge-friendly bops. Written by members Lauren Rosato and Oscar Suh-Rodriguez (the latter formerly of no-holds barred punk project NoPop), the track quickly hits its stride, transitioning from sparse keys and percussion to a brighter, fuller sound as bright, overdriven guitar riffing emerges in the tracks second-half. This instrumental interplay between colder and warmer elements underlines Rosato’s vocal calming vocal performance, which serves as the track’s centerpiece and keeps things delightfully cool, but never sleepy. Recommended for fans of RHYE and Parcels, we’re excited to hear what else June Pageant has to offer in the (hopefully) near future — until them, stream out premiere of “Wundergurl” below.