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Bands on the Rise

Five acts to keep an eye on play New York this week.


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Beach Fossils
Brooklyn Bowl; 5/13 at 6 p.m.; 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-963-3369
Local rock magazine The Deli celebrates its wooden anniversary by culling its 32 fave NYC bands for three days of loudness. The dreamy Beach Fossils and sixties-inspired Midnight Masses play the kickoff day.

Mercury Lounge; 5/13 at 7 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
Matthew Houck’s indie-folk band keeps the glow alive with new LP Here’s to Taking It Easy, the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed Willie Nelson tribute album, To Willie.

Francis and the Lights
Bowery Ballroom; 5/13 at 8 p.m.; 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
Another band of Wesleyan alums (see MGMT, Santigold, Amazing Baby). This one plays invigorating and soulful electro-funk, and opened this spring for Drake on tour.

The Big Sleep
Mercury Lounge; 5/14 at midnight; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
This Brooklyn three-piece plays intense, mostly instrumental music, like something out of a suspenseful crime novel.

Dr. Dog / Deer Tick
Terminal 5; 5/15 at 8 p.m.; 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 2122604700
An Americana lineup with indie-folk opener Deer Tick, led by the gravelly voiced John McCauley, and the headlining Dr. Dog, the harmonizing Philly boys (name-checked by both Lou Reed and Kanye West) whose invigorating live show belies their rootsy music.


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