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Blips: Four Under The Radar Bands

In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned beef sandwich at Katz’s, we bring you another round of Blips. Blips highlights some great bands that are largely still in their larvae stage, but will soon morph into beautiful butterflies. In this edition, we have some really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands’ various websites and see what you think of these four under the radar acts…

Ivan & Alyosha

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Sure Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha take their name from two characters in Dostoevsky’s definitive novel Brothers Karamazov, but if you’re expecting a band that plays some form of twee, hyper-literate music that’s full of arcane polysyllabic words – then you’re likely to be a bit disappointed. Simply stated, the band plays a dreamy brand of folk-pop that’s highlighted by their  beautiful, soulful harmonies. Once you dig in a bit deeper, it’s the confessional songwriting of Tim Wilson that truly pulls you in.

Earlier this year Ivan & Alyosha released their sophomore EP Fathers Be Kind, and have garnered a heap of praise from NPR’s  All Songs Considered who recently invited the band to perform a Tiny Desk Concert. The band will be out on the road for the next two months holding down opening slots for Aimee Mann, John Vanderslice and Brandi Carlile.

Recommended If You Like: Blind Pilot, Grand Archives, Fleet Foxes

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