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Just after the first of the year has proven to be a choice time for live music in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  It seems there is a  can’t miss show nearly every night, and say what you want – you won’t change my mind – NYC’s music scene is, without a doubt, the cream.  Here’s a few Brooklyn based bands on the rise, or rising …


Cool Serbia

Formed in Austin the winter of 2010, Cool Serbia recently relocated to Brooklyn with their gloomy yet peppy shoegaze sound (feels something like a sock hop in an abandon warehouse).  Their first EP out this year, see them at Shea Stadium February 2nd with Punks on Mars and Dinowalrus.


Originally Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith’s side-project, dreamy surf pop-rock band, DIIV, started out in 2011 as a band called Dive, playing shows at local DIY venues around Brooklyn.  Since, they’ve undergone a name change, released an album on Captured Tracks and toured with Japandroids and now The Vaccines.  It’s hard for a week to go by and not hear that they are playing or DJing some show in Brooklyn.  Nation: you can see them this year at Coachella.


A collaboration from New Yorkers Mikey Jones  (Adam FranklinThe Big Sleep, Snowden), Matt Sumrow (Ambulance LTD, The Comas, Dean and Britta, ) and Ryan Lee Dunlap (Fan-Tan), Heaven is a New York new wave/psychedelic scene supergroup.  After touring with Swervedriver last year, a SXSW Showcase and holding a month residency at Pianos NYC in last November, they are releasing their first full-length on hot indie label Goodnight Records  in April.  You see them with The Wedding Present at Bowery Ballroom February 9th. Here’s a track off their split 7″ with Swervedriver:


The punchy Brooklyn noise rockers, who toured last year with A Place to Bury Strangers, are currently reording a full-length with ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha producing. Catch their Valentines Day show at Studio @ Webster Hall or see them in Austin for SXSW.


The creation of former Here We Go Magic keyboardist, Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson, TEEN released their full-length last fall and have been playing regularly, and with acts like HospitalityAriel Pink, Santigold, Frankie Rose and Dean Wareheim.  They’re touring with another local band, Memory Tapes, this February.

Also check out Brooklyn bands: Computer Magic, DucktailsEl SportivoEx CopsGrand Resort, The Immaculates, See Through, The Yellow Dogs , Xray Eyeballs  …
And some DIY Brooklyn Venues are: 285 KentBig Snow Buffalo LodgeDeath By AudioThe HiveThe LABSecret Project RobotThe Silent Barn


SO Note: Have more bands or venues needing mention? Comment below, or tweet to @Serial_Optimist.

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