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This week's NYC Scene Report features something "More" from synth pop trio SKYES, indie rockers Stone Cold Fox having Tunnel Vision, fellow indie rockers Hollis Brown performing a "Rain Dance," and hip-hop artist LiKWUiD letting us know "Love Ain't Easy."
* Brooklyn's SKYES have already made quite the name for themselves in the streaming world, with the title track of their upcoming EP, Quarks, having racked up nearly 150,000 listens on Spotify. Up next for the self-described psychedelic indie synth pop trio is the follow up single, "Give Me More."
After hearing "Give Me More," there's a good chance that might be your exact sentiment regarding the band. Lead singer Dallin has great vocal chops, and the song has a very cool gradual build to it.
We'll get even more SKYES when Quarks is released on May 6th. Until then, check out "Give Me More" right here.
* Stone Cold Fox is a four piece band hailing from Brooklyn that mixes genres, and eras, to create a unique brand of indie rock that feels classic, as well as current. That sound will be on full display on the band's upcoming EP, Tunnel Vision, which is due out April 29th.
In a statement, frontman Kevin Olken Henthorn said of the band’s creation process, “(The) tracks started as total rock songs, then turned into chilled electro songs, eventually finding (their) way somewhere comfortably in the middle.”
With Tunnel Vision on the way, and a huge show planned for May 7th at Mercury Lounge, Stone Cold Fox will be providing good times until the morning light all spring. With that in mind, check out their latest single, "Morning Light."
* April showers bring May flowers, and in the case of NYC indie rockers Hollis Brown, their "Rain Dance" will bring about a May residency at the LES bar Berlin.
"Rain Dance" is the latest video from Hollis Brown, and the band described the very international clip in a statement, saying, "'Rain Dance' is about everyone coming together. It's a movement song, so we decided what better way to show that than through the voice of our community. We asked our fans to get involved and gave them each a line and let them express it in their own unique way. What we got was an overwhelming response from people all over the world. We received submissions from the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, France, United Kingdom, Australia, and all across the USA. Music brings us all together, no matter what age, race, religion, occupation, sexual orientation, or personal beliefs, and that's the message we wanted to get across with this song."
In addition to the video for "Rain Dance," the band released an EP titled Cluster Of Pearls for Record Store Day on April 16th, and their residency at Berlin will see them at the LES venue every Wednesday throughout May. Check out "Rain Dance" for a taste of their style.
* Whether you feel love is a battlefield, love stinks, or you just want to know what love is, one thing's for sure, "Love Ain't Easy."
"Love Ain't Easy" is Brooklyn hip-hop artist LiKWUID's latest single, and on it she raps about love passed, love missed, and love sought after. Basically, if you're a human being, you're going to be able to relate to at least part, if not all, of this song.
Also featuring singer Husain Williams, "Love Ain't Easy" was produced by 2 Hungry Bros., and is the third single from LiKWUID's recently released album, Fay Grim (HiPNOTT Records). Click play, and give it a spin.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
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