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Chicago Music Project

What is not to love about Chicago Music project and cmpTV? They have asked me to share this video with everyone, and I am happy to support this great Chicago-based organization.

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NYC Artists on the rise: Keepaway

There probably isn't a better moniker than Keepaway for this Brooklyn band on the rise - their music bounces with a childish delight, addicting in the way of their namesake game, somehow both sadistic and good-natured. The three-piece uses samples, synth, guitar, driving percussion, and howling harmony to create their tunes. There's plenty of blog buzz for their track "Yellow Wings," a simultaneously dark and infectious rocker garnering a 9/10 by perennial tastemaker Pitchfork. But besides this, they've gotten minimal press; comparisons to Animal Collective and Isaac Brock abound in blogs, but the truth is they stand on their own. They're about to release an EP called Baby Style on Lefse Records, paired with a show celebrating the record at Mercury Lounge May 18th. But sooner than that, they are playing to a sold-out audience at Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Whitest Boy Alive on April 21. I saw the band at Zebulon recently and their live show throttles the viewer in the amount of fun these guys have. To put it simply, they're about to be huge. - Dale W. Eisinger

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Lazer Crystal @ the Hideout

I am really begin to love the “video flyers” for upcoming shows. On April 17th at The Hideout Lazer Crystal (Nicholas Read (electronics & vocals), Josh Johannpeter (percussion), & Mikale De Graff (vocals & electronics)) will celebrate the release for their Thrill Jockey debut, MCMLXXX. Lazer Crystal rests on the darker side of electronic retro-pop. Their sound hints to references of Joy Division or very early Depeche Mode, but with much more advanced electronics and layers of various elements.

The album will be officially released by Thrill Jockey on May 4th, and Lazer Crystal will be heading over seas for the month of May.

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Best of NYC #61: Jacques Detergent, play Deli Fest in May

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list here (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record sotre personnel and DJs). Many of the bands in this list will play The Deli's Best of NYC Fest in Williamsburg in May (6 shows in 3 different venues between the 13 and the 15).

This keyboard happy quartet, does feature the occasional vocal, but what they really excel at is pumping out the keyboard jams a la french disco outfit Monocle. In November 2009 they got together to play their 1st ever show at Ash's Place in November of last year. Turns out Ash was a nice guy who treated them well so Jacques Detergent decided to stick around and play some more shows for brooklyn crowds. They've graced the stage at Death by Audio and have also filled the basement room of Secret Project Robot with their elegant bouncy pop. In the meantime they've been hanging out at the MET checking out the Egyptian art and warming up at their dreidel spinning hands at Chanukah parties throughout the recent holidays. As they keep practicing for their next gig in 2010, they 'll be eating potato chips while watching My Beautiful Laundrette.

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Orbit to Leslie Land at JB’s April 15



Multi-genre bending super freaks Orbit to Leslie have been keeping things spicy since the release of their album The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake. From the salsa beats of “Elephant Fist”, to the drum processions, keyboard overtures and echoed up vocals of “Chocolate Cake” - it’s a manic rush of pure excitement. The band has played a bunch of local shows in support of their debut full length. Da Comrade! continue to impress with the songs from their homage album to their defunct West Philly house/venue, Chernobyl, The War From Your Living Room. And this outing might just mark their first big showing at JB’s. They’ll also be joined by Kite Party who just recently released the EP Wish Mountain on Prairie Queen Records and Brooklyn’s Caves (I think you should make an effort to get there early to see). Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/orbittoleslie - Bill McThrill

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