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Crystal Stilts

Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts were chief among of a new wave of lo-fi rockers that broke out of the borough in 2008 to wide notice and gigs all over the world. Combining the dour, sunglassed detachment of The Velvet Underground with the playfully energetic jangle of early 80s New Zealand indie-pop, the Stilts have remained single-minded aesthetes in an eclectic post-Internet underground. 2011 was maybe the band’s best year, and saw the release of both their acclaimed second LP, In Love With Oblivion, on Slumberland Records, and the warm, gorgeous Radiant Door EP for Sacred Bones. They know what they like, and they continue to play it well.