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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Pros & iCons performing some “Magic,” the “Dreams” of Cassandra Kubinski, Gon wanting to see you “Alive,” and the first new music from Longwave in ten years.
* NYC-based alt-pop band Pros & iCons will be wrapping up their first co-headlining tour with a hometown show on October 28th at Gold Sounds in Brooklyn. The show will mark the first time the band will be performing their upcoming single, “Sword & Stone,” for an NY audience.
While “Sword & Stone” won’t be released until this Friday, October 25th, you can whet your appetite for it by checking out “Magic,” which was released earlier this year. The band explained the inspiration for “Magic,” saying, “Much of what we do is inspired by ‘80s music, so we wanted to capture the pop side of that iConic era in ‘Magic.’ Though we couldn’t forget to tip our hats to the ‘90s. We are ‘90s kids at heart.”
This isn’t a trick, but it is some alt-pop “Magic.”
* Last month NYC-based singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski teamed up with Tony Daniels to release a co-written and co-produced EP titled Dreams, and now the title track has an incredibly creative video done by Daniels himself.
Created by hand, shot, and edited by Daniels, the clip features time lapse chalk drawing and animation that perfectly matches the feel of the song.
Speaking of the EP that bears the song’s name, Kubinski said, in a statement, “Each track expresses love for life, fun, family, and the simplicity of looking to the future and chasing dreams,” adding, “The acoustic basis of the project tinged with whimsical musical elements like kazoo, toy piano, and mandolin gives the whole EP this easy breezy feel that we hope will become the soundtrack for people when they want to simply feel good, lighter, and happier, just because.”
Check out “Dreams,” and dream a little with Cassandra Kubinski.
* Rarely do you hear a voice that’s so stunning it immediately grabs your attention. It’s even rarer that there’s a video that matches such a voice, but this is the case with the latest from Gon.
The NYC, by way of Tel Aviv, singer-songwriter with an operatic background will be releasing his debut album, Diagonal Fields, this Friday, and the song “Alive,” and accompanying music video, are truly something special.
Click play, and be prepared to be blown away.
* A decade is an eternity in band years, but that’s how long NYC indie rockers Longwave were on hiatus before coming back together to write and record their fifth album, If We Ever Live Forever, due out this Friday via Bodan Kuma Recordings.
Judging by the title track, there are zero signs of rust, as the band sounds just as good as ever. They’re also ready for the road, as they have a tour of the Northeast that kicks off in early November, including a hometown date at Webster Hall on November 15th.
Check out “If We Ever Live Forever,” and catch this wave.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.