8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear 

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Twin Sister

MP3: "All Around and Away We Go"

If any of you young bands out there are still debating the merits of giving away your music for free at first, please see Twin Sister. The Brooklyn/Long Island dream-pop quintet are giving away their debut EP, Vampires With Dreaming Kids, on their website, along with basically everything else they've ever recorded, which all told, is somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 songs. And now look at them: The blogs can't stop talking about them, they're currently on a totally legit tour that was booked by a totally legit booking agent, they've got some dates opening up for Xiu Xiu, and they signed a deal with Brooklyn upstart Infinite Best Records, who are releasing their brand new EP, Color Your Life, which people will have to pay for with real money. See how that works? It doesn't hurt that their songs are stylish and refreshing, not to mention subtly hooky and perfect for daydreaming, so you should consider trying that, too.

Favorite NYC Venue:
Silent Barn. It's walking distance from Dev's place, beers are cheap, it's low key, and there are always great small bands playing.

What NYC band would you give up your spot on the list for?
The Kitchen Cabinet.

One thing you'd like to change about being a band in NYC?
Having a car in New York is really hard, so getting your equipment to a venue is really tough.

What's the biggest misconception about being in a band in NYC?
That we like the nightlife.

If you could be an NYC band in any other year in history, which year would you choose?
1960 or 1980. John Cage or Afrika Bambaata.

Favorite song about NYC:
Nas, "NY State of Mind."

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