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Post-rockers Gates to play Knitting Factory 6/17

A gate occupies a liminal space, it's the difference between here and there, and crossing it (or jumping over it) signifies a kind of transcendence and a breaking with whatever it was on the opposite side of the fence. It makes sense then that this NJ, New Brunswick-based band would adopt the name Gates. With soaring vocals, and precise technical playing that never gets too in the way of itself, the band specializes in shimmery post-rock with a transcendental flair. Their latest LP, Parallel Lives, features 11 tracks of spacey goodness to sink your teeth into, but if you want to check out the live experience, you can catch Gates at the Knitting Factory 6/17, alongside Vasudeva and Head North.- Olivia Sisinni

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Is this "Post-Emo"? NJ's Gates is a band on the rise

Speaking of New Jersey (see post below this one), Gates from New Brunswick play a genre that we would more easily associate with the Garden State, with its frequent emo references and "alt" sounding distorted guitars. But, by introducing textural post rock and ambient elements, the band forged a sound so intense and sophisticated that the resulting songs come across as sincere and heart-felt, which is what most emo fails to achieve. The quartet isn't new to the scene, but last year's release "Bloom and Breathe" (their third since 2011) has raised their profile quite a bit, opening the doors to a tour opening for The Dear Hunter. Check out their single "Not My Blood," streaming below.

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