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On Sunday afternoon, we stopped by Brooklyn Bowl for the “after-party” for the Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint fundraiser. There were two bands on the bill, the headliner was The Postelles (who I respect but don’t enjoy) and the opener was Xylos. Two Brooklyn-based bands, and we just so happened to arrive shortly before Xylos took the stage. I was unaware of the band, and I assumed they had been around for years. Not true, as their debut LP is set to be released this summer, but they showcased some rather mature skills on the stage. The debut album was reportedly produced by Britt Myers, the man behind the boards for Yeasayer and Chairlift (which should give you a sense of their sound). They did release an EP in 2008, though, which you can stream by clicking here. My evaluation: there’s a bit of 1990s grrrl rock (Liz Phair, Tanya Donnelly) mixed with Canadian indie-pop (New Pornographers, Stars, Broken Social Scene) in their sound. Xylos has a few dates booked for this summer, and I recommend giving them a chance. Their music isn’t yet something that will produce shockwaves through your iPod, but give them time and patience. Check out this acoustic performance they did a few months ago, for MTV:

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