Latest release: “The Triborough Odyssey” (Triple Crown, out Oct. 26)
Who: Brooklyn native Brian Bonz began recording songs on his older brother’s gear while he was still in high school. Just a few years later, he was releasing his debut album, “From Sumi to Japan,” backed by his oddly named band, the Dot Hongs. Now he’s back with a follow-up, minus the Dot Hongs but with the welcome addition of producer John McEntire (Tortoise, Broken Social Scene).
What they’re saying: “The best of Brooklyn's experimental rock scene.” – KEXP
What we’re saying: Bonz’s offbeat songs are rooted in catchy, accessible indie pop, but they morph and mutate in ways that would startle even fellow Brooklynites TV on the Radio. “Men, Voice, War” sounds like Minus the Bear covering My Morning Jacket, whiplashing falsetto vocals and a bluesy stomp into a jazzy prog-rock bridge; “The Honey Bee” pollinates its surging power-pop riffage with strings, horns and a swooning, soul-kissed chorus. Yeah, this kid is good—and there’s no reason to think he won’t keep getting better. – Andy Hermann
Official website: http://brianbonzblog.com/
Listen: “Brian Bonz - The Honey Bee”