NPRs Second Stage
NPR logoHailing from Brooklyn, NY The XYZ Affair makes epic power pop with theatrical vocals and instrumentation. Its a sunny sound with rich, four-part harmonies and driving guitars. Their latest album, A Few More Published Studies is a consistently upbeat, multi-layered and melodic collection of progressive power pop.
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The Daily Texan
The Daily Texan
There are untold multitudes of next-big-thing bands in Brooklyn, but The XYZ Affair actually deserve the title. We learned about their Weezer-meets-Arcade Fire indie pop via blog posts and their music video starring old-school Nickelodeon stars like Pete and Pete.
CMJ Staff Blog
Cmj logoWhile their arena-ready power pop is often a bit much for the smaller venues around NYC that The XYZ Affair usually play, Bowery Ballroom at least approaches the sort of open space (were talking ceilings over ten feet) that their sound demands.
With their second appearance their excitement was obvious, and felt by everyone in the room. Lead singer Alex impressed the crowd not only with his impressive vocals and guitar playing, but by showing off some sick dance moves This show definitely solidified my notion that hes bound to become known as the Justin Timberlake of indie rock, as if there was any doubt.
New York Times
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The indie-rock show of the week features. . . Brooklyns XYZ Affair, which finds a middle ground between the Beach Boys and Queen.
The New Yorker
New Yorker logoThe XYZ Affair, the local little power-pop band that could, has got a boost lately from a cheeky video of its song All My Friends that has proven popular on the Internet.
L mag logoAn unsigned band from here in Brooklyn, the XYZ Affair does quirk-pop incredibly well.
flavorpill logoWhile tonights audience probably wont feature the stellar 90s-flashback cameos of the XYZ Affairs vid for All My Friends (yes, that is Double Dares Marc Summers), theres more than enough talent onstage to satiate. The Brooklynites have been steadily, if quietly, gathering acclaim, and its not for nothing. Their self-released debut, A Few More Published Studies, is rousing, literate indie rock, custom-made for swaying and singing along.
All Music Blog
all music logoOn their self-released debut album A Few More Published Studies, their sound nods to Big Stars classic power-pop, but on the rowdy-yet-vulnerable All My Friends, the band sounds uncannily like a more falsetto-happy version of Pinkerton-era Weezer if Rivers Cuomo threw out his charts and graphs of the perfect pop song, that is.
Childhood memories, soaring choruses, and slime it doesnt get much better.
SPIN DOT COM
spin logoIts the disjointed decadence of Modest Mouse and a sound that soars like the Killers, supplemented by a Decemberists-like literacy
The quartet shines through catchy, grand anthems like Academics and The Professional, while honing commanding tracks such as Smile and Ideals. Their catalog radiates with charm, candor, and creativity
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
logoThese four Bushwick kids arent out to cause trouble with front man Alex Feder� pitch-perfect whoa-oh-ohs or his fellow musicians scrubbed-clean pop. These boys just want to have fun.
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