Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mark Burgess (aka ChameleonsVox) To Play ‘What Does Anything Mean? Basically’ and ‘Strange Times’ at Dec. ’14 Shows in Manchester

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

Mark Burgess (aka ChameleonsVox) To Play 'What Does Anything Mean? Basically' and 'Strange Times' at Dec. '14 Shows in Manchester

Late last year, former Chameleons’ bassist/vocalist released a four song EP under the name ChameleonsVox, which was Burgess’ first new material in ten years. In a Facebook post, Burgess said: “The Ep constitutes my first release of fresh material in almost TEN YEARS. I nearly dropped cork leg when that was pointed out to me, because trust me it doesn’t feel that long to me, but then it never does, does it?

The four tracks are ‘Sycophants’ (in the pants) – co-written with my regular guitarist Chris Oliver, ‘Heaven’ and ‘Feel The Need’, engineered and co-produced with a long ...

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Vinyl Rocks

Source: DC Rocks

Calling all vinyl and nostalgic music fans. If you haven’t gotten the chance to see Jeff Krulik’s latest film “Led Zeppelin Played Here,” tomorrow’s event at Artisphere is where you want to be. The  DC Record Fair features music, film, discussions, and loads of vinyl from 11 until 5. The Led Zep movie, screens at 2:30, and will be followed by a talk with both the film maker and Dischord Records’ Ian MacKaye. $5 admission all inclusive. Such a deal.

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RECORD REVIEWS – MAY 2014

Source: DC Rock Live

RODRIGO AMARANTE “CAVALO”

There is something wonderfully old fashioned about this music, even as it bounces around between different styles. There is a latino crooning vibe in some songs, worldly folk in others, and some up tempo songs that either sound like the seventies or modern with a a slight nod to the past. Overall, the vocals stay steady and take control of the pace, while the band creates a dreamy atmosphere that is inviting and leaves me with a relaxed, settled feeling, leaning just enough on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the next musical move. Rodrigo ...

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Album Review: Tigers Jaw – Charmer

Source: Rock On Philly

Tigers Jaw‘s latest effort Charmer, the last featuring all the core members of the Scranton five piece, has some really strong and energetic moments reminiscent of their older albums, but somewhat struggles in its slower, played-out hooks. It is a solid release from one of Philly’s most notable young bands that continues to gain popularity despite the departure of three members, vocalist/guitarist Adam McIlwee, bassist Dennis Mishko, and drummer Pat Brier, after recording Charmer at Studio 4 with Will Yip. Tigers Jaw is now down to vocalist/keyboardist Brianna Collins and vocalist/guitarist Ben Walsh, who will be going on tour this ...

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Gracie, David Poe and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

It’s a retro Key Studio Session this week courtesy of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.  The local group performs jazz and blues standards with nostalgic authenticity, passing off instrumental solos between the brass and string players with Reed’s gently … Continued

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The NSO’s ‘Fantasia,’ a critic’s guilty pleasure

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Putting together a picnic, and sitting on the lawn with friends, sipping warm white wine out of plastic cups, a couple of which inevitably develop hairline cracks from being sat on or squashed in the car on the way over, while a balloon bobs over your picnic basket to make it easier for your other friends to find you in the crowd, until the person behind you protests that the balloon blocks her view and the usher comes over to tell you to get rid of it, and you wish you could let it drift up in the sky, like some of the other freed balloons, rising over the grounds and perhaps signaling to everyone for miles around who might happen to see it that they should come and meet you on your Indian-print bedspread and listen to Tchaikovsky or “Aida” well or badly played, you can hardly tell which thanks to the haze of wine and conversation and the lousy sound system; but you don’t have the nerve to let the balloon go, because it is surely not environmentally friendly to release it upon the world, so you tie it to a garbage can instead, and muse on the wry symbolism of departed celebration, the balloon blithely beckoning people to a pile of trash, as you make your way back to your chicken salad, is a summertime ritual for many people in many cities across America. Guilty? To a degree. Pleasure? Occasionally.

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Beyoncé and Jay Z help redefine ‘guilty pleasure’ in the age of corporate sponsorship

Source: The Washington Post » Music

When it comes to pop music, I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, and neither should you. At least not in the traditional sense.

That’s because guilty pleasures aren’t really about guilt. They’re about fearing the judgment of others — anyone who might frown on your affection for Taylor Swift, James Taylor or Trinidad James.

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Justin Timberlake – My Love (ANDRU Remix)

Source: All Things Go

andru justin timberlake my love remix montreal

Andru digs into the JT vault with his fresh take on “My Love.” The Montreal producer slows down Mr. Timberlake‘s 2006 classic a lot. Like, a lot. The result is a minimalist — no guest verse from T.I. here — exercise in atmospheric electronic music, like being thrown into deep space with nothing but an iPod and headphones. Give it a listen below.

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Varick unveils video for single ‘Boundless’

Source: Deli Magazine NY

With its references to 2001: A Space Odissey‘s monolith, Mulholland Drive’s mysterious key, and Monsters Inc.’s door that opens to a different place (ok, there were a bunch of the last two, but hey…), the video of Brooklyn’s electronic one-man-band Varick for single "Boundless" manages to quote three of the best movies EVER in less than a minute! The song is a very well produced atmospheric electronic track reminiscent of a dronier and more epic version of early múm mixed with Radiohead and electro influences. Varick’s emotional alto ties together a track where disparate layers, consisting in a variety of ...

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A Grim Look into the Future from HUMANWINE

Source: New York Music Daily

Boston’s best band, HUMANWINE have been making important, politically insightful, exhilarating Romany-flavored punk rock and noir cabaret for over a decade. They’re the closest thing to the Clash or the Dead Kennedys that we have right now. Those comparisons are especially appropriate considering that HUMANWINE (a cryptic acronym for Humans Underground Making Anagrams Nightly While Imperialistic Not-Mes Enslave) don’t just write songs about doom and despair under an all-seeing Orwellian eye. The band’s core, frontwoman Holly Brewer and guitarist/keyboardist Matthew McNiss envision an alternate future that’s NOT a corporate fascist surveillance state. Since the band came up right after the Bush/Cheney ...

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Rock Hall of Fame ceremony makes entertaining TV

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April, will be shown on HBO in a three-hour version (edited from five) at 8 on Saturday night. This year’s show makes for a far more entertainingly compelling exercise in self-congratulation than usual.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at Union Transfer, The Roots Picnic at Festival Pier, Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy and more

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers will headline Union Transfer tonight. Just last month, the band released its fourth full-length album Rented World with a surprise CD release show at Golden Tea House, followed by an acoustic set in WIlkes-Barre. Their new … Continued

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May Music Discovery: Mo Lowda and the Humble

Source: Rock On Philly

Maybe you saw them performing at a bar in Philadelphia, or maybe you saw them rocking a basement party at Temple. I stumbled across Mo Lowda and the Humble at a Sofar Sounds concert, and I was immediately impressed by their soulful acoustic set. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Jordan Caiola, drummer Shane Woods, and bassist Nate Matulis, and the trio from Temple University is creating some of the funkiest alternative rock music in Philly.

Signed to Temple’s label, Bell Tower Music, Mo Lowda and the Humble released their album Curse the Weather late last year. The album features ...

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Camera Shy and Summertime Existentialism

Source: Philthy Mag

Sometimes the coolest art comes from those who you least expect to explore a particular aesthetic.  I think it’s safe to say that that is the case for Camera Shy.  Camera Shy is Nick Bassett, guitarist for shoegazing Bay Area punks Whirr (in addition to Philthy’s own Nothing) and Lexy Morte, former Whirr vocalist.  While the two are best known for something more on the sonically abrasive, enjoyably sloppy, and morosely heavy side of things, Camera Shy produces nearly-perfect, minimalist, slightly-twee kind of indie pop… kind of like the lightest things you might have heard on 120 Minutes (I realize ...

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Streets of Laredo: A Slightly Different Kind of “Family Band”

Source: Philthy Mag

Streets of Laredo are an indie-folk outfit, yet they rock and rollick just enough to gain the attention of more indie pop audiences than those who reside in dinner theatre venues.  They’ve released two EPs and are currently on tour, with an upcoming stop at Boot & Saddle on June 4th. I could tell you more about them, but I recently got a chance to chat with Streets of Laredo’s Dave Gibson, so I’ll just let him tell you.

Izzy Cihak: I must admit, there’s relatively little information available about the band (even to “critics”).  Is there anything you think ...

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What’s going on Saturday? (Rocketship, WFMU Record Fair, Bushwick Open Studios, APTBS, Blood of Heroes & more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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Rocketship

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Silent Killer, Blood of Heroes, SHVLFCE, Invertia, Katmai at Saint Vitus
This showcase presented by OHM Resistance will feature continuous music from the second doors open until the show ends, and will feature the first-ever live performance from The Blood of Heroes with features Bill Laswell and Dr. Isreal. There’s also industrial black metal group Inverta, drum-n-bass noise from SHVLFCE, and lots more.

Bushwick Open Studios
This weekend is the annual Bushwick Open Studios, which is a great chance to see a ...

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more on this weekend’s OHM Resistance show with Blood of Heroes, Silent Killer & more (stream an exclusive mix)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Klaus Kinski

DOWNLOAD: Ohm Resistance Showcase Promotional Mix (MP3)

blood of heroes

Back in April when I witnessed my heroes Godflesh at Irving Plaza, I ran into my old buddy Kurt Gluck aka Submerged aka the guy who runs OHM Resistance, a label that releases some of the most brilliant, unique, and challenging music in the world. That evening he told me he was throwing an epic OHM Resistance showcase on Saturday May 31, 2014 at St. Vitus in Greenpoint. Being the shit-for-brains procrastinator that I am, I obviously waited until the last minute to tell you about ...

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Linkin Park didn’t narc on Sublime? Marilyn Manson to star in ‘Sons of Anarchy’. +++ other Nus

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Nu Metal?

Eternalism is a philosophy of time arguing that all points of time are real. Adherents to this ideology (i.e. stoners) will tell you 2000 didn’t stop, it’s always 2000 for those living in the present of 2000. It is with an eye on eternalism that we bring you the following collection of stories. You have entered. . .the Nu Twilight Zone.

First up, antichrist superstar Marilyn Manson has been cast on the upcoming season of the FX biker gang drama Sons of Anarchy. His character is named Ron Tully and is a white supremacist ruling ...

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