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The music of Beach Fossils sounds like a very fragrant flower: irresistibly syrupy sweet and utterly simple and colorful. But actually, beneath the petals and fragrance is a band that strives for complicated texture and melody.

Beach Fossils is a breezy pop band, heavy on the reverb. But Dustin Payseur has a thing with melody, it’s a bond that feels very, very strong. He plays in what Total Slacker’s Tucker Rountree described as “baroque style” melody driven progression, that “implies chordal structure.” So Payseur doesn’t actually play chords, he’s plays around them. And in fact, bassist John Pena is the one playing the song’s melody.

Guitarist Chris Burke used to lend rhythmic, shiny guitar to the mix, but last night was his last with Beach Fossils. He’s left so he can pursue his band, Red Romans.

See Sound of the City for more pics and words on the show at the Mercury Lounge last night.

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I snapped pics and wrote about last night’s Dan Deacon at Red Hook Park show for the Village Voice. Check it outtt.

I wrote about the show and took pics for the Sound of the City music blog at Village Voice. Check it outttt.

Glasslands is always a sweaty mess. Winter, spring, fall, you name it- the two-tiered warehouse across the street from the old Domino Sugar refinery in Williamsburg is on fire all the time. Saturday night was no different.

Read more about Dom, Happy Birthday and a topless lady at Sound of the City.

While Baltimore-based one-man guitar chorus Ecstatic Sunshine never made it to Ridgewood, Queens for Friday’s Silent Barn-hosted benefit for the local DIY broadsheet Showpaper, Dan Friel of experimental Brooklyn act Parts and Labor did….

Read more on Village Voice’s Sound of the City

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