After becoming heavily influenced by Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” DJ and multi-instrumentalist Kamtin Mohager launched the post-funk electronic-dance project the Chain Gang of 1974 about a decade ago, earning comparisons to Daft Punk, New Order and Passion Pit with the release of Wayward Fire (stream it below) in 2011—“A bright, hook-laden, bouncy affair that takes your face and rubs it in its subwoofer big beats,” according to PopMatters—and Daydream Forever (stream it below), which per AllMusic has “even more attention to hooks and beefed-up production that thickens the pop sheen with a heavy electronic backbone,” in 2014. With new music on the horizon, the Chain Gang of 1974 (above, performing “Sleepwalking”) play Rough Trade NYC on Friday night. Bel Heir, a Philly trio, open the show.
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Brian Fennell (vocals and guitar), Branden Cate (keys and vocals) and Rhett Stonelake (drums and vocals)—have been making harmonious, melodic rock as Barcelona for nearly a decade. Their debut full-length, Absolutes, was released in 2007 and rereleased two years later. Per Absolute Punk, “Absolutes is a stunning movement of intelligent, atmospheric, and hey!, catchy pop music.” Their follow-up, Not Quite Yours (stream it below), out in 2012, involved more of the Seattle trio’s soulful, sultry rock. But Barcelona (above, performing “Fall in Love” for Audiotree Live) have moved in a different direction with the R&B-inflected Melodrama, three EPs released earlier this year “that explore the landscape of learning to love and be loved.” See them play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. Arrive early to catch the Philly trio Bel Heir.