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My Pet Dragon (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
My Pet Dragon’s Facebook page uses “Bedroom Stadium Rock” as a descriptor, which is pretty spot on. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Todd Michaelsen’s songs are incredibly well crafted, rich and huge sounding, which makes it surprising to discover that My Pet Dragon is only a duo, with Michaelsen joined by singer/dancer/keyboardist Reena Shah (and programmed loops for live shows). My Pet Dragon’s bright, catchy sound is driven by the ear-hooking melodies and impressive, dynamic guitar work, but the sonic layering between the grooves is equally compelling. The duo’s latest release, Mountains and Cities, has earned My Pet Dragon positive press and also spawned the song “Moonshine,” which is featured in a national ad campaign for Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. A new album, We Are the Spirits, is expected sometime before the end of the year.
YDIIYD: U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse. (MB)