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By way of introduction, we here at Playtonic Dialogues have tried to connect our readers to great music, produced both by friends and kindred spirits of the blog. It’s our hope that, knowing you, knowing us, you’ll trust our opinion and perhaps find your favorite new band. I mean, read a couple paragraphs, click on a couple links: what do you have to lose?  (more…)

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In these dark, winter months one often calls up, for relief, thoughts of summer. A long walk through frozen streets is usually made bearable if it is but a temporary measure before bike rides and beaches. Escapism? Sure. But, how else can you cope with the bleak reality of frozen toes in December?

One way is to introduce Warm Weather by means of headphones rather than wishful thinking. (more…)

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Hey Playtonics,

In the interest of journalistic integrity, writer’s often present a disclaimer if and when they write about friends and family. There is a presumption that acknowledging ones affiliations is both necessary and informative for the reader. So, to appease convention, I admit, I know these guys. Not only did I have the good fortune of attending college with them but I also may have belonged to me a rap group that opened for Time Travelers back, back, back in the day (*cough* check out http://www.myspace.com/soposound to learn more *cough*) .

However, to reduce my interest in covering Time Travelers to shady favoritism is a huge mistake. This abundantly talented quartet is finely tuning their sound through almost nightly concerts and tireless practice. As a result, there is a stark difference between the music I heard from Time Travelers’ back in 2009 and that of their recent EP, Bed of Roses (check it out at their Facebook page). Pop sensibility and gorgeous harmonies drive this EP and signal a step in the right direction for this young group. Perhaps when you listen you’ll be reminded of melodic classic rockers like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or contemporary indie-folk bands such as Fleet Foxes and Local Natives. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if you are at a loss for comparison. There is something both recognizable and novel about their sound.   (more…)

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Hey Playtonics,

I’d like to introduce you all to a group that soon will need no introduction: Phantogram. I came across Phantogram when I was choosing shows to review for February. Scrolling though the acts at the Bowery Presents’ venues, I saw they are playing at the Mercury Lounge this Friday and I seized the opportunity to see this emerging buzz-band live. According to many music blogs and websites, Phantogram is on the precipice of greatness and their showcase at CMJ in the fall helped make their case.  (more…)

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