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This week's NYC Scene Report features the jazzy vibe of brother-sister duo Lawrence, something very cool from the aptly named R&B/Pop/Hip-hop hybrid Cool Company, a dose of “Medicine” from rockers Pill, and some pure rock awesomeness from Victory Dance.
* If you're in need of a laid back, vibey addition to your day, you're definitely going to want to check out Lawrence's new single, "Misty Morning."
A beautifully chill dose of soulful jazz, "Misty Morning" is off of the NYC sibling duo’s debut album, Breakfast, which was released in March. The twosome’s sound belies the duo's young ages – Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are just 22, and 19, respectively – as despite their youth, they are veterans when it comes to performing.
Clyde is the youngest person to be admitted to the Songwriters' Guild of America (age 6) for his film composition on Miss Congeniality (2000), and Gracie has performed on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, as well as in film and TV.
Speaking of performances, Lawrence will be spending the entirety of July on tour. Before you catch them live, you can grab a taste of Breakfast right here, with "Misty Morning."
* Keeping things cool, up next is Brooklyn-based duo Cool Company, whose latest single, "Howling," is a smooth mixture of R&B, pop, and hip-hop.
"Howling" is off of Cool Company's 2015 EP, Summer Daze, and the duo recently released a fantastic video for the song.
I have to admit, I'm a little late to the party when it comes to Cool Company, as they've been around for a few years. Formed in 2012, the twosome of vocalist Yannick Hughes (aka Cool Yan) and producer Matt Fishman (aka Fat Matt) first met in their high school choir days back in '06. With "Howling" it's clear they've graduated to even more impressive musical ventures.
Cool Company are currently working on a full length album they hope to release later this year. While we wait for that effort, let's howl along to “Howling.”
* If the pill Mike Posner took in Ibiza had been Brooklyn indie rock outfit Pill, there's a good chance his face would have been rocked off by its effects.
Pill will be releasing their debut LP, Convenience, on August 19th via Mexican Summer, and judging by the first single, the raucous "Medicine," it should be a heck of an album.
"Medicine" is a 90s alt-rock inspired tune with a sax thrown in, making the sound radically unique. As the song meanders its way into pure musical chaos, a chaos that I could totally imagine loving in a sweaty downtown venue, you realize you don't need a spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down, you just need to embrace this medicine in large doses.
Be a Pill popper, and down some of their "Medicine."
* When I first heard Victory Dance back in March I was immediately floored by how amazing they sound. They're pure, unadulterated, kick ass, rock n roll.
The band just released a video for their single, "Memphis," which is off of their debut EP, The Spectrum, and the song will have you rockin out in your char, and possibly overturning your chair in a fit of Victory Dance fueled enthusiasm.
Hey, there's no sign in your office that says you aren't allowed to rock out. There may be after your chair tossing incident, but click play on "Memphis," enjoy the pure rock awesomeness, and be a trendsetter at work!
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.