City of the Sun

City of the Sun

credit: Toby Tenenbaum

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New York’s genre-bending trio City of the Sun have been breaking instrumental-rock norms since their inception in 2011. A powerhouse group in the post-rock sphere, the band’s sound has an array of influences including indie rock, American folk, flamenco, and blues; it’s been called worldly, cinematic, a mix between Rodrigo y Gabriela and Explosions in the Sky.

COS have toured with Peter Bjorn & John, G. Love, STS9, and Thievery Corporation; were featured emerging artists at Billboard’s Hot 100, Firefly, Bottle Rock Napa, and Panorama music festivals; and scored “The C Word” documentary soundtrack (directed by Meghan O’Hara and narrated by Morgan Freeman).

After completing two European tours including major sold-out shows in Athens, Greece, the band released UNTITLED EP. Lead track “Perfect Instance” has gained 15 million Spotify streams to date, contributing to over 60 million plays on the platform overall.

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Genre: Rock
Subgenre: Instrumental
From: Brooklyn, NY