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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a great new pop song from Stef Lang, something “cool” from rockers Mainland, a happy tune from The Classic Kids, and a new EP from hip-hop veterans RME.
* I've featured pop singer-songwriter Stef Lang here quite a bit, and there are some very good reasons why. Her live shows are always fun times, where she has no problem both connecting with, and playing with, the audience, and her releases are always top notch. Her latest, ARROWS Part 1, was one of my favorite pop EPs of 2015, and she just released a new single from it, titled "Burn It To The Ground."
Although it is pretty cold outside, the song isn't advice on how to keep warm. The video, however, is pretty damned hot, as Lang, and director Giovanni Martins, created a simple, yet really dope, clip. Click play, and check it out.
* Up next is the latest from NYC rockers Mainland, who have an anthem for anyone who has someone in their life, or, more precisely, fresh out of their life, they’d like to let know they're cooler than.
The song, titled “Not As Cool As Me,” is off of Mainland’s Outcast EP, which was released last month. “Not As Cool As Me” is reminiscent of the 90s pop-rock scene, when songs had a healthy dose of fun in them, and you'd find yourself singing the chorus after just one listen.
With that in mind, if you see me out in public someplace, and hear me singing about how you're not as cool as I am, it's really nothing against you, the song is just THAT damned catchy. Check it out.
* Have you ever felt so good you just wanted to dance in the street? That's the theme of Brooklyn pop rockers The Classic Kids' video for their latest single, "Just Begun."
A happy, positive, tune, "Just Begun" is off of The Classic Kids' recently released EP, Forever Strong, and the video features column favorite Afika NX dancing through the streets of Philadelphia, rocking out to an old school Walkman. Speaking as someone who used to rock out to his own Walkman on a regular basis, the scene where Afika NX has to change the batteries cracked me up.
This is feel good music of the highest order, and the video is the perfect accompaniment. Click play, and I guarantee whatever is troubling you will disappear from your life... at least for three and a half minutes.
* If you check out any of the other weekly features on this site (and why wouldn't you? Adam’s World is awesome!), you already know Brooklyn hip-hop group RME have made their triumphant return with their new single "Kick The Rhyme."
"Kick The Rhyme" is off of RME's new EP, titled Roll Models, and in true NYC Scene Report form, I have the full EP for you below! So if you like great lyricism, dope beats, and have around ten minutes to spare, click play, and enjoy.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.