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Entries in the pixies (3)


New York psychedelic rock - The Barrens for fans of the Flaming Lips and the Pixies

New York city is a hotbed for good rock music these days, and psychedelic/indie rock quartet The Barrens certainly are no exception. The group are no strangers to the festival circuit, having played New York's CMJ festival and Toronto's NXNE event, and they've also received extensive radio play nationwide.

Their debut EP "Worming" was well-received, but it's the new-er released self-titled full length, uniquely available only on vinyl or digital. Don't except a linear journey. Instead, you'll get a very artistic mix of influences ranging from the Pixies, Radiohead, the Flaming Lips, the Breeders, and even Black Sabbath and Kyuss (most noticably in 'Felt'). Vocal duties are exchanged between Colin Fitzgerald and Debbie Chou, and the two definitely achieve a rare chemistry reminiscent of the aforementioned cult heroes the Pixies. Some tracks are dreamy, warm and beautiful, and others are dark, noisy and progressive. Consider the Barrens that rare band with actual sonic range.

Check out their strange music video for album opener "Claw Remains" below.

To preview the rest of "The Barrens", check out the Bandcamp playlist below.


Brooklyn's EndAnd will appeal to fans of Cloud Nothings, A Place to Bury Strangers

If the meteoric rise and online buzz of noisy rock acts like Cloud Nothings and A Place to Bury Strangers, and to a lesser extent rock acts like Band of Skulls are any indication, the 17 year reign of indie pop and "hipster folk" may be showing signs of strain. 2012 has been, surprisingly and all of a sudden, welcoming to a grittier and more honest form of rock not heard since the days of Nirvana, The Melvins and the Pixies.

Championing both aggression and pop sensibility are Brooklyn's fast-rising rock/punk trio EndAnd, whose new release "Adventures of Fi in Space" delivers punishing walls of sound reminiscent of early Helmet and Fugazi. The band's new album is a summation of two EP's showcasing both polished studio and DIY recordings. This respect for the unpolished is another unusual attribute that sets the band apart. A community effort to be sure, Ernest D'Amaso and Willie Chen of Generator Ohm, Dan Kramer of The Stink, and Robert Allan of We Are Augustines are among the many that contributed to the album. 

"Adventures of Fi in Space" can be downloaded for free at EndAnd's Bandcamp.


In Cages - college rock/grunge is back

The days of college rock and grunge seem to be creeping into 2012's growing rock consciousness with indie rockers Cloud Nothings, Band of Skulls and up-and-coming New Jersey quartet In Cages, who are preparing for their debut self-titled EP release. Fans of the White Stripes, Sonic Youth and the Pixies should enjoy the unapologetically vintage 90's rock approach. With both festivals and new music in store for the band in 2012, they seem ready to ride the wave as the public flocks back to rock music in a big way.

Check out "Dirty Water" below.