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This week’s NYC scene report features some experimental pop from Bottler, the return of indie rock vets Rainer Maria, blistering punk rock from Jukebox Romantics, and an indie rock trip to “Nevada” with Hypoluxo.
* Brooklyn-based experimental pop duo Bottler – which consists of Pat Butler and Phil Shore – will be releasing an album titled Keeper of the Bottles later this year, and in anticipation of this they’ve created a great video for their latest single, “Weekend.”
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Bottler, and my attempts to find out their backstory, or really anything about them, have been fruitless. That said, the modern indie pop meets Depeche Mode sound of “Weekend” has me wanting to know more, so the investigation will continue!
* With 20+ years together (off and on), Rainer Maria are veterans of the indie rock world, and ever since they relocated to Brooklyn, NYC has been happy to have them as part of the city’s scene.
Fans of indie rock outfit will be stoked to hear the band is not only back in action, they have a brand new, self-titled, album due out on August 18th, and a North American tour planned for this fall.
To get a taste of what they’ve been working on, check out “Lower Worlds,” which is the first single off of Rainer Maria’s upcoming album, and rock out with these indie vets.
* If you like your punk rock to be of the blistering variety – and who the heck doesn’t? – you’re gonna love Jukebox Romantics. Their latest single, “Breaking Rad,” is a frantically paced song that will get you so hyped you may end up throwing your chair out the window (Note: I, nor Jukebox Romantics, can be held responsible if you commit such an act, but, personally, I’ll give you a “rock on!” while being really glad I don’t live in that now extra-ventilated room).
The band hails from just outside of the city, and will be hitting listeners will a brand new release this fall via Paper + Plastick Records.
Currently on tour through August, give Jukebox Romantics’ “Breaking Rad” a listen right here.
* Thinking about taking a trip to Las Vegas? NYC-based indie rockers Hypoluxo may make you reconsider those vacation plans, as their latest single, titled “Nevada,” features the lyric, “Nothing’s crazy about Nevada.”
Whether or not you agree with that sentiment, on the song, Hypoluxo sounds like they could desperately use a GPS, as they sing, “It was a long way / What can I say? / Cuz you took us to the wrong place / You don’t know what to do / You lost the map tying your shoe / And it’s a problem.”
“Nevada” is off of Hypoluxo’s Taste Buds EP, which is due out August 4th, and you can listen to the song right here.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.