With three short days until our Boston & Beyond CMJ showcase with Berklee College of Music, we have added a bit of fresh blood to the mix: Brooklyn post-punk/dream-pop trio Toy Cities, who replace Covey on the bill and will perform at 8:45 p.m. at Carroll Place.
The addition of Toy Cities is a natural fit and a true extension of the alt-pop sound of Vanyaland, and if we weren’t able to add the band to our showcase, chances are we would have spent the day before and after our party hunting them down across various New York stages to get our fix. So this all works out rather nicely.
Last year the trio released its debut album Via Death, and you can listen to select tracks from it via their Soundcloud page down below. We also recommend viewing the video for standout track “Nostalgia Kills,” also featured in this post after the rest of the party details.
This year’s showcase goes down Friday, October 16, at Carroll Place in New York City (157 Bleecker St.), and features an eclectic mix of sounds from Berklee students and alumni, from electronic pop (Lili N, mar | co), indie folk (Honeysuckle), and anything that could possibly fall under rock (Eternals, Oh Malô, You Bred Raptors?, Toy Cities). It’s presented by Berklee College of Music, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), the Red Room at Cafe 939, and Vanyaland, with VanyaRadio broadcasting from the event. The 18-plus showcase is free for CMJ badge holders and $10 for the public. Members of the press can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.”