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Watch Heaven’s Jail Play a Cut Off Their New Record, Produced by Phosphorescent

Heaven’s Jail recorded their new album not in a celestial prison, but in the woods of Connecticut. Then they brought it back to Greenpoint for some mixing and production work by Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent. Tonight at Baby’s All Right, they celebrate the release of Ace Called Zero — their third album with Heart Break Beat Records.
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Watch Animal Years Play ‘Heart on Heart’ in Bushwick Before They Do It Again at SXSW

When Baltimore-bred musician Mike McFadden came to Brooklyn in late 2012, he brought a new album with him. Having recorded virtually all of the music by himself before the move, all he needed was a band to turn it into a touring reality. Through a mutual friend, McFadden partnered with bassist Anthony Saladino and the two formed the nucleus of Animal Years.
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Watch Bear Hands Play One Off Their New Album and Then Tout the Merits of LSD

Bear Hands and their label, Cantora, remain synonymous with a certain time in the Brooklyn indie scene — before MGMT went down the rabbit hole, and when groups emerging from Wesleyan University dominated the scene. Das Racist was still intact, and the world hadn’t yet heard of LE1F.
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Watch The Beets Frontman Juan Wauters Play a New Track in a Van Under the BQE

The Beets are not dead, says frontman Juan Wauters; they’re just focusing on something new. For one thing, Wauters’s solo LP, North American Poetry (N.A.P), came out last week via Greenpoint label Captured Tracks. He wrote and performed all of the songs on the new record, with some minimal vocal and instrumental help from friends.
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Watch The Can’t Tells Rock Out in Their Living Room Before Their Gig at Pianos

The Can’t Tells have seen their slice of Bushwick evolve since moving from Boston six years ago. The trio of Berklee School of Music grads arrived in the city with a couple hundred dollars and a few garbage bags of clothing to their name. Roberta’s had just opened, serving only pizza — no heat in the building.

Each member sought to break into the NYC scene on his own, but fate had different plans. The roommates became bandmates, and last October they released their debut album, No Television, via British label Medical Records. Tonight, The Can’t Tells play Pianos at 10 p.m. Check out our Play Room session of them performing “Nothing Heavy” live in their living room for a taste of tonight’s set.

Watch Sacco Play ‘Carnival Ghost’ and Talk About Their Tour With Cults

John Fredericks and Andy Breihan aren’t anarchists, but that didn’t stop them from naming their band after Sacco & Vanzetti (Fredericks encountered the name while enrolled in an art history course). The friends have known each other since 1990, when they were preschoolers in San Diego. They formed their first band in high school and, more recently, contributed to the band Guards before forming their own band, Sacco, with drummer Chris Trombley. They just completed a fall tour with Brooklyn’s Cults.

We met up with two thirds of Sacco at Breihan’s apartment in the McKibbin lofts in Bushwick. Enjoy the stripped down version of “Carnival Ghost” before Nashville’s Sensibility releases their self-titled debut album March 4.