It’s when you hear a band playing a stripped-down set free of any electronic embellishments that you really separate those precious gems from the rest of the pile. NYC-based STRNGRS are a noisy, rambunctious trio with a scrappy and bluesy garage sound, but it is in last year’s CMJ penthouse performance where their soulful center and stellar musicianship really comes out into full bloom. Have a listen to that first, and then check out a few more in their “natural habitat.” They’ve got a bit of old Led Zeppelin going on as well (to my ears anyway – listen to “Outta My Mind”).

They’ve got two EPs out (Five Dynamic New Tunes! and Magic Boy) and will be recording their debut album later this year. Really? They’re that new and already sound this good? Nice. They currently have two New York shows scheduled — Arlene’s Grocery on April 25 and Mercury Lounge on May 31.

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