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Whether she’s singing in Spanish or English, Xenia Rubinos makes a joyful pop racket. Schoolyard chants or sing-song ballads, rendered with a delicately stripped down instrumental palette.
The So So Glos
Bay Ridge bred, entrenched in the community (members currently live and work at Shea Stadium), and never afraid to critique the borough’s scene—or celebrate its successes—The So So Glos have long encapsulated what it means to be a Brooklyn Band. It’s just now they’re being embraced by the rest of the world (an appearance on Letterman, anyone?), thanks to the strength of Blowout, their most triumphant, caffeinated album yet.
As a multi-instrumentalist hired hand, Ahmed Gallab played for bands like Of Montreal, Caribou, and Yeasayer. His own music, released by DFA Records, evokes his Sudanese heritage with pleasing, experimental Afro-funk pop.
Smart, punked-up hip-hop from Harlem-based (mostly underage) spitfires, Ratking exists in a post-Odd Future world, ready to be wooed, won over, and kicked around a little by youth. Not dumbed down by it.