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New York singer/songwriter Rachel Ana Dobken plays Leftfield on 10.03

Earlier this month, New York singer/songwriter Rachel Ana Dobken released “Ability to Memory” (streaming below), a movingly raw love song. Over elegantly chimerical guitar work that would make Andrés Segovia smile, the Bard College-educated musician tells of a broken romance with a novelist’s eye, subtly revealing the remnants of a once full love. Dobken’s voice is a lover’s, though, and she only mines heartbreak in order to illuminate its ultimately wondrous transience. Rachel Ana Dobken plays 10.03 at Leftfield. – Zach Weg


Lonely Boy, Old Best Friend playing at Cake Shop this Thursday (8.27)

“Mike Comite is your Old Best Friend. He lives in Brooklyn. Come over and he'll cook you a mediocre dinner sometime.” True words from the bandcamp page where the Brooklyn-based one-man band Old Best Friend’s music resides. Having released his first full-length album 'Living Alone' this past June, Old Best Friend seems to still be figuring out his style. His album is a tumultuous mix of loud-ringing punk rock splattered with some more delicate indie-folk. Like an old best friend, the album leaves us wanting one more second and then has us turning it down the next. Old Best Friend will be playing at Cake Shop Thursday, August 27th. Based on the exciting unpredictability of his music, it should be a show you won't want to miss! Listen to one our favorite songs, “The Truth,” from his new album below.


The Roofer's Union to play Knitting Factory on 9.14

There's a certain light-heartedness to the experimental music of Brooklyn based indie-rockers The Roofer's Union whose debut full-length album, 'By Degrees,' was released just last year. On the record, the group blends elements of psych-rock, surf rock, and, occasionally, hip-hop ("Godzilla Does Dallas") into 40 minutes of infectious indie rock that's rife with sparkling synths, bright guitars, and eccentric lyrics. Their willingness to experiment with a variety of genre and instrumental combinations results in a unique sound and a solid debut that really sets them apart. "Man Kills God, Man Creates Dinosaur (streaming below)" is one of the stand-out tracks from the album, complete with catchy vocal and guitar melodies, synth hooks that fit just right, and a beat that'll have you tapping your foot the whole way through. You can catch The Roofer's Union on September 14 when they'll be playing at Knitting Factory. Don't miss out! - Patrick Wolff


Brooklyn rockers share ‘Member’ music video, play several local shows, and perform at The Deli’s CMJ Showcase on 10.15

Back in May, Brooklyn dream rock quartet Whitewash played several shows around the release of its latest album, ‘Shibboleth.’ Now, the NYU-formed band shares the deliriously amusing music video (streaming below) for the song “Member” off the release (their first studio LP). Playing like a buddy stoner comedy, the clip shows group members Evan Glazman and Aram Demirdjian being chased by security guards (played by bandmates Sam Thornton and Jonathan Ben-Menachem) around the city, photo-bombing a tourist’s picture, and then sitting down robot-like to a meal with their pursuers. Whitewash has several shows coming up: tomorrow (8.26) at Silent Barn with What Moon Things, Turnip King, The Due Diligence; Monday 8.31 at Trans Pecos via Summer’s End Fest with Friend Roulette, Altopalo, Human People, Old English System; Saturday 9.5 at Elvis Guesthouse via No Smoking Media with Raccoon Fighter, Shana Falana; and Tuesday 9.15 at Baby’s All Right via Popgun Presents with Diane Coffee and the Lemon Twigs. Whitewash will also play The Deli’s CMJ showcase on Thursday 10.15 at Muchmore’s. – Zach Weg



Garage rock act Plain Dog releases debut EP

The newly formed Brooklyn band, Plain Dog, is getting in touch with garage rock's surf-pop side. They just released their first EP at the beginning of August and opened for the LA garage punk band No Parents this past Friday night at Elvis Guesthouse. The EP (available online and on cassette) opens with the track "Really Wanna Dance" (streaming below),and that seems to be the attitude of the whole album. All five songs are so catchy and upbeat that you'll really wanna dance to Plain Dog, too. - Sam O'Hara




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