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NYC Scene Report – Gingerlys, Blakeley, & more
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This week’s NYC Scene Report features the indie pop rock of Gingerlys, rocker Blakeley sharing her “Caffeine & Nicotine,” pop artist Sheare flipping through his favorite “Magazine,” and the gravelly voiced goodness of folk rock artist Brother Roy.

* Normally we don’t think about turtledoves until the holidays, when we’re forced to hear “The Twelve Days of Christmas” playing at every store in America, and wonder who the heck was in charge of that Amazon wish list. Brooklyn indie pop rock band Gingerlys will have you rocking out to “Turtledoves,” however, as it’s the name of their latest single.

“Turtledoves” is off of the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, due out on CD, vinyl, cassette, and via digital outlets, on November 17th, and it’s fuzzy pop rock goodness that leaves you wanting more.

Give the song a listen, and hear why Gingerlys is a band to keep an ear out for.

* If you like your indie rock with a bit of a retro vibe, and a heaping dose of attitude, you’re going to love NYC-based artist Blakeley. Her latest single, “Caffeine & Nicotine,” is a rockin’ kick in the pants, complete with a guitar solo, and catchy chorus you’ll be singing long after the song ends.

“Caffeine & Nicotine” will be on Blakeley’s upcoming EP, which she plans on releasing before the end of the year. It will reportedly span quite the gamut of topics, ranging from Edward Albee plays, to online dating.

While we wait for that, we’ll be giving “Caffeine & Nicotine” plenty of spins (we’ll also secretly be hoping Blakeley really doesn’t smoke all that much).

* As a writer who used to work for a plethora of print publications, Brooklyn-based pop artist Sheare had me immediately interested in his new single as soon as I learned it was named “Magazine.”

In reality, the song uses the print medium as a metaphor, as “Magazine” is a breezy pop track about a relationship, and the feeling of knowing someone even better than they know themselves. That can be a pretty awesome feeling when it comes from the right emotional place.

“Magazine” is from Sheare’s upcoming EP, Music for Photo Booths, which will be released in early 2018, and you can check out the song right here.

* One listen to NYC folk rock artist Brother Roy’s gravelly voice and it’s clear the man has stories to tell, and listening to those stories is going to be a blast.

After years of touring as a member of bands, Brother Roy moved into a Brooklyn apartment, where his new roommates invited him on a “spiritual exploration trip” to an ashram in India. Two weeks of jamming with his new roommates in a foreign land, and a two month burst of creative energy later, his solo debut, Last Man Standing, was born.

The album is due out November 10th, and our first introduction to it, and the solo work of Brother Roy, is the single “Carolina.” Give it a spin, and hear one of his stories.

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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