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This week’s NYC Scene Report features a multi-genre jam from M. Maggie, indie rockers Oso Oso playing some “Reindeer Games,” a freaky, sci-fi inspired clip from art-pop trio Operator Music Band, and psych rock from Oneida.
* Don’t be surprised if M. Maggie’s cool mixture of R&B, trap pop, and hip-hop sounds vaguely familiar. The NYC, by way of New Orleans, artist has been making a name for herself through an array of musical features on TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, and World of Dance, as well as placements on various programs on MTV, and the CW.
Her latest single is “View,” which has a very cool vibe, and is off of her 2017 EP, Lost In Color.
Click play on the video for “View,” and get lost in the music of M. Maggie.
* It may be February, but that won’t stop Long Island indie rockers Oso Oso from engaging in some “Reindeer Games.”
The band recently released a video for “Reindeer Games” in celebration of their 2017 album, The Yunahon Mixtape, being reissued by Triple Crown Records, their new label home.
In a statement, the band discussed their signing, saying, "Can you even believe it? As a fan of music, it's super exciting to be working with a label that not only has a collection of so many releases I love, but is also engaged and working with exciting young bands who are doing it today. As an artist, it's beyond exciting to have this kind of backing to allow you to grow/explore and just reach a new potential in what Oso Oso can create. I'm generally stoked on all ends."
You can catch Oso Oso is on tour with Tiny Moving Parts, and Mom Jeans, through March 4th, and you can see the video for “Reindeer Games” right here.
* If you like your art-pop with a heaping dose of sci-fi, you’re going to love the video for Operator Music Band’s latest single, “Moto Komplete.”
“Moto Komplete” is off of the band’s recently released Coördination EP, and when it comes to the video, which was made by James Siewert, Operator Music Band’s Jared Hiller said in a statement, "What you get is a Lynchian retro sci-fi nightmare carousel turning endlessly upon itself, revealing with clock-like precision the results of a telephone repair exorcism gone awry. It took my breath away when I first saw it in motion. It was shot in my family’s used clothing import/export warehouse, and the whole video was shot on a motorized circular rig that the director built from scratch, where the camera was suspended perpendicular to the ground and shot through a mirror."
Operator Music Band is currently on a tour that lasts through February, and you can see their freaky clip for “Moto Komplete” right here.
* Brooklyn-based psych rock band Oneida have been rocking audiences for nearly two decades, and on March 9th they’ll be adding to their legacy when they release Romance.
Romance will be the first full-length studio album from the band, sans collaborations, since 2012. It comes after an extended period of time which found them experimenting musically, and getting a little introspective, after the 2011 demolition of the Brooklyn building that housed the Ocropolis, which was the band’s home base.
With their home base gone, Oneida decided to spend more time on the stage, and all of those performances led to the creation of Romance.
Check out the album’s lead single, “All In Due Time,” the title of which doubles as a statement for those who’d been waiting for new tunes from Oneida.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.