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NPR's TIny Desk Contest
Inspired by Sobre Sound
As pointed out by Vanyaland, this year’s Tiny Desk Contest featured plethora of Boston / New England bands – here are some of the entries that we particularly liked

CSOIM – Anxiety Bridge
Autistic spectre-inspired piece by Dorchester native / Renaissance man Chris Bynes (Lightning Pill / blank videotapes)


Skyjelly – Move on 45
Brilliantly enjoyable mess / A deft mix of ambient tones, psychedelic whims, and shoegaze melodies (Anthem Review)


Aloud – In Spite of Language
Aloud is an American, Boston-based indie rock band known for its songwriting and vocal prowess as well as using a two lead singer approach. (Wikipedia)


Nemes – Say a Prayer
Nemes (pronounced knee•miss) has made their mark on the Boston and larger New England music scene by playing everywhere from subway stations to highly-revered rock venues. Led by duel-frontmen Dave Anthony and Josh Knowles, the band showcases a true metamorphosis of sound, featuring warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding Vanyaland describes as “fiddle-action glory.” These components are delicately layered across captivating original songs to form what Under the Gun Review calls “some of the most engaging music we’ve heard,” garnering shout-outs from national and international acts such as Alt-J and Nirvana.


Ruby Rose Fox – Jordan River
Ruby Rose Fox is a songwriter and vocal powerhouse, whose genre bending lounge-pop style blends the best of today’s female vocalists with a nostalgic quality that transcends today’s musical landscape.


Grey Season – Rusted Pipe Dreams
Grey Season is a 5 piece folk-rock band based out of Boston, MA. The members met in 2011 and began crafting their music by busking on the streets of Boston and Cambridge, learning how to please and cultivate an audience in the process.

Honeysuckle – Canary
Honeysuckle is an indie folk trio comprised of Holly McGarry, along with Chris “Gooch” Bloniarz and Benjamin Burns (of the band Grey Season). The three have recorded a live album (available on Bandcamp) and perform in the northeast regularly in the Boston area. Their influences include; Gillian Welch, The Milk Carton Kids, Andrew Bird and Wilco.


The Whiskey Barrel Band – Working Man’s Pay
Rock and Roll band based out of Boston MA.


The New Limits – Part of Me
As products of the 90’s ska revival scene, The New Limits gathered in a garage attic in Boston with a clear objective; to play the music they love. They are well versed in the music’s rich history, from the rocksteady of the 60’s, to the 2-tone of the 80’s, and the “third wave” of bands they idolized as teenagers.

SkiM – Winthrop Park
Pasteurized with the goodest of tidings. We like to sing songs and play them for you.


Bonus entry – recorded in Boston
Felisa – Andar Sin Voz

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