New York’s hot, sticky summer is here and with it some fresh new tunes. Below are a few of our picks from local music makers we’re listening to this season.
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Catchy, clap-y soul-pop trio MisterWives released their EP Reflections this winter to hype from many a media outlet, and have followed up with performances around the country. They released the EP Reflections Remixes on June 17th, including one from prolific producer Milkman. They’ll be joining Bleachers (of Jack Antonoff fame) on tour this summer with a full-length album to follow this fall.
Americana songwriter and fixture in New York’s folk scene, Peter Arvo has made the rounds in the city’s renowned Gaslight Café, the Jalopy Theatre, and Pianos as well as having run his own Sugar Mountain Showcase in the East Village. He’ll be releasing his first album on July 15th, produced by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oats, the Indigo Girls). It’s “as if Johnny Cash had hips,” he says of the sound. It moves.
Hand Job Academy
Brooklyn’s trio of lady rappers, Ash Wednesday, Clara Bizna$$ and Uncle Meg, a.k.a. Hand Job Academy, are back in full force after their East Coast tour with an album due out August 26th. The trio that brought you your favorite period anthem, “Shark Week,” promise more hip-hop hilarity and bubblegum (dirty bubblegum) vids. Speaking of which, check out the Kickstarter for their forthcoming “Lena Dunham” video.
JD Samson, of course, is one third of the dearly departed dance-punk outfit Le Tigre and electro-pop group JD Samson & MEN. She continues her reign as a DJ, touring the world and throwing her famed video/dance PAT parties right here in NYC. Samson released a dance-y new tune, “Everyone,” in early June and will be releasing various remixes throughout the summer.
Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science (yes, MOMS for short) will continue releasing their orchestral space pop gold, with new material due out in September and throughout the fall and shows in New York lined up for July and August. The Princeton grads’ music has popped up on numerous Best Of lists, their 2011 debut album Dog Year ultimately landing them on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Their parody of Bon Iver covering Bon Jovi, “Bon Joviver,” is also not to be missed (even by Bon Iver’s account).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 3, 2014