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    Indie Darlings Fanfarlo End Tour in NYC

    The temperature hovered below freezing on Friday night in New York City, but inside Webster Hall, the assembled crowd of bundled-up fans and the layered, autumnal melodies of folk sextet Fanfarlo conspired to keep things downright cozy. The evening capped off a six-week tour for the indie darlings, who released their debut full-length, Reservoir, in late September and have gained a steady following Stateside in the intervening months. David Bowie has praised the band's "delicious melancholia" and Grey's Anatomy featured their song "Ghosts." Synthesizing the multi-instrumentalism and quirky musicality of Arcade Fire and the Balkan-tinged sonic doodlings of Beirut and Devotchka, the British band has successfully co-opted a very specific-- and up to now, distinctly North American – corner of the indie rock scene.

  • The Virgins

    It's nightfall and one of New York City's newest buzz bands is not, as you might imagine, pre-partying at a Lower East Side dive. Instead, the Virgins sit around a table at the only restaurant near their rehearsal space they aren't sick of -- a T.G.I. Friday's close to Penn Station. The scene inside the deep-fryer-friendly chain -- lots of bloated tourists, a few unshaven drunks -- is a far cry from the quartet's celeb-studded gigs, where Chloë Sevigny and "it" model Agyness Deyn have been spotted shaking their skinny asses. Together for barely a year, the Virgins have had the kind of out-of-the-ether rise that causes bloggers to gush and their peers to curse. Raised in New York, 25-year-old singer Donald Cumming left home at 15, dropped out of high school, and then stumbled into acting and modeling.

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