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When: Mon., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. 2014

New York indie R&B trio Wet have only released a self-titled four-song EP (which came out on Sonic Gold last year) and a track on a Kitty Cash mixtape this summer, but they’re not lying low because they’re modest. It looks like they’re waiting for the right label to come courting (reps from the majors have turned up at their shows), at which point the white-hot underground hype they’ve fomented will bubble over into a well-deserved record deal. Wet’s brand of R&B isn’t lush with sky-high hooks fit for sequined outfits and onstage choreography—front woman Kelly Zutrau admits a love for mid-90s swagger-and-excess R&B, but her band is minimalist and sharp. On the EP, wisps of guitar and stark electronic drums play the backbone to her delicate, soulful vocals, which have a diva’s confidence and range without the polish and gloss—she often sings nearly a cappella without seeming to give it a second thought. Zutrau’s breakup songs are so focused and bare that she sounds like she’s experiencing an emotional revelation in the act of singing them. Wet’s forthcoming full-length—released by a label to be determined—is more eagerly awaited by the day. —Kevin Warwick

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