Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wing Dam

Source: Mobtown Studios

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1 Nothing’s Frozen
2 No Waiting Tables
3 Don’t Call Me

Indie darlings Wing Dam bring dense fuzzy riffs with gorgeous hypnotic harmonized vocals over top of balls-out king-kong drums. You could call Wing Dam a super group of sorts. Abram Sanders has played with Lower Dens & The Snails. Austin Tally has played with Silent Whys and Soft Cat. And the fierce Sara Autrey has recorded with Dan Deacon and Which Magic. It’s in the catchy infectious music they create that will have you singing along before the first chorus like you’ve known the song since childhood. ...

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THE DELI NYC’S TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS OUT!

Source: Deli Magazine NY

On a Friday night of December 2004, at Manhattan venue Sin-e’ in Attorney Street, an emerging NYC band with a home recorded debut album played The Deli‘s launch party. It was a packed crowd and everyone was holding the first issue of The Deli, whose cover these upstarts were gracing. That band was Grizzly Bear. It remains one of the most exciting nights of my life, the night I understood that this magazine had a shot at being here to stay.

Now, this ten-year anniversary issue hopes to be a(nother) celebration of this great scene, in a less cluttered, ...

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5J Barrow wins WNYC’s Battle of the Bands + plays Rockwood on 07.11-12

Source: Deli Magazine NY

We blogged about 5J Barrow (Deli chart ranking here) a few months ago, as they released their debut full-length album, ‘From the Dim, Sweet Light.’ Fronted by Broadway’s Spring Awakening star Eryn Murman, the sextet has just won WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs. Their upbeat, dramatic music mixes folk roots with contemporary influences, and strong, soulful vocals. One particular favorite off the album is “Circus” for its uplifting tone and powerful voices. “Wildwood” features the same effervescent spirit, with a catchy beat. See them live at Rockwood on both 7/11 and 7/12. The first performance will be a special acoustic ...

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Avicii’s beat goes on — and on and on

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Like the demolition of the last Blockbuster video on Earth, it begins with an explosion of ribbons that look like recycled VHS tape and a BOOMPH-BOOMPH-BOOMPH-BOOMPH that will not stop for 120 minutes, because this is dance music designed to monopolize the senses and bully the brain, making it difficult to separate one’s thoughts, which is exactly why thousands have gathered at Jiffy Lube Live on a Sunday night to surrender to Avicii, a 24-year-old from Sweden whose stage name sounds like a luxury timepiece and whose fashion sense rivals a typical college sophomore’s, making him the superstar DJ next door, certainly not that creep-o who made headlines last week after a gig in Boston where 36 kids were whooshed off to the hospital, probably due to dehydration from doing too much Molly, a news story that has imbued tonight’s proceedings with a vague aura of danger, or maybe just a frisson of uncertainty, Altamont meets Abercrombie, but after looking around, the only thing truly amiss is all the empty seats, presumably vacant because parents read about Boston and said “Nuh-uh,” which, on the bright side, means we all have a little more room to dance, room that isn’t completely necessary considering how Avicii’s martial rhythms enlist the arms, the knees, the ankles, but never the hips, inviting fans to skip rope without the rope, and please be careful not to drool while gazing at the massive video screen behind Avicii’s elevated booth where Technicolor animation flashes continuously, big and beautiful and blinding, like God’s screen saver, which implies that God is busy doing other things, or perhaps He has theological beef with Avicii’s version of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” a song that promises “Heaven’s got a plan for you,” a promise that gives the kiddos permission to no longer fear death, inspiring them to double down on their physical abandon, a vibe that holds until 9:41 p.m. when Avicii left-turns into less melodic turf, suggesting that his set has been organized in three parts, like a Greek tragedy or a hockey game, only this is much louder than sudden death, loud enough to make you feel completely alone in the throes of communion (a metaphor for life on the Internet?), and voices keep coming, and voices keep going, and one sings about “Waiting for someone like you” and another asks, “Can you feel my heart’s beating so fast?” and it all sounds like it’s being sung by androgynous elves, or androgynous robots, or elfin robots of no particular gender, and Avicii lip-syncs along, hyping up the crowd with his Spider-Man hands, bobbing to the relentless 4/4 boom-boom, even at 10:14 p.m. when it’s easy to feel defeated by the avalanche of it all, but the senses remain heightened, (you smell Garnier Fructis in the breeze), while the mind begins to drift (you begin cataloguing every brand of shampoo you’ve ever used, when you switched, why), and eventually, friendlier melodies begin snapping together like so many Lego bricks, first during a sparkly Rihanna remix, and especially during Avicii’s even sparklier 2011 hit “Levels,” and just as he starts bringing out his most gorgeous stuff, he grabs the microphone to declare “You were amazing!” and the music stops, but not really, because the beat is still bouncing inside your skull, an aural illusion, a paracusia, a paranormal heartbeat, not unlike the bobbing sensation one feels after swimming in the ocean, a sensation that will end in roughly 24 seconds because — ta-da! — Avicii doesn’t believe in attention spans and has returned for an encore that includes “Wake Me Up,” a radio-hit hybrid of country twang with dance floor va-voom, similar to when the KLF persuaded Tammy Wynette to sing “Justified and Ancient” in 1991, back when Avicii was only 2, before electronic dance music was called “EDM,” before guys like him could become millionaires with budgets for lasers to blast out into the Prince William County airspace and sound systems capable of killing smaller species of birds, but when those woofers finally go mute at 11 p.m., it feels like a gift, and you’re grateful for the quiet, but equally grateful for the noise, grateful to a Swede in a baseball cap who spent exactly two hours doing everything in his power to remind you that you were alive. | chris.richards@washpost.com

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Fort Reno’s Back Thanks to Flack

Source: DC Rocks

Mark Noone Protesting Last Week @ Fort Reno

Hey,  DC Rockers- the tide has turned. Fort Reno is on again and ready to rock thanks in large part to collective outrage. Once the word was out that the concert series was cancelled for the summer, the word became pressure… and suddenly there was a productive meeting today between event organizer, Amanda MacKaye and the Park Service after all. You can read all about what happened here.

The first concert will kick off on July 7, and performances will continue throughout the month on Mondays and Thursdays. Bring the blankets, ...

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Rock On Philly- Season 1: Episode 4

Source: Rock On Philly

Air Date: Saturday- June 28, 2014 at Midnight

Channels: WMCN- Comcast: 794 HD, and 21 (or 19) SD | Verizon Fios: 519 HD, 19 SD | Directv: 44 HD | Dish: 8165 HD, 44 SD

Description: ROPTV host Jennifer Logue interviews singer/songwriter Victoria Watts and Philly- based band, A Victim of Good Times. Music video picks of the week include: The Wayside Shakeup- Optimistic, Erin Barra- Good Man, and XELLE- Party Girl.

Sponsor: Uber Philly– Receive a complimentary ride up to $20 for first time users with the Promo Code: Rock On Philly


Segment 1- Interview ...

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Toy Soldiers entering “deep, dark hibernation” following upcoming Union Transfer show

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Philly Americana rock crew Toy Soldiers announced today that they are entering a period of “deep, dark hibernation” following their upcoming Union Transfer show with Cheers Elephant on July 18th. From the band’s blog post announcing the news: After 7 … Continued

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Community’s Sixth Season is Happening!

Source: Ryme et Reason

According to Vulture, Community has been resurrected from near death by Yahoo! It’ll have 13 episodes and will most likely be the final season. It has been much loved by critics but not so much Continue reading

Rat Fist (No Age + Pissed Jeans mems) played their first-ever shows, released debut 7", shared new track (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Rat Fist at Cake Shop – 6/29/14 (via @argablarg)
Rat Fist

Rat Fist, the new ’80s hardcore-inspired band of No Age guitarist Randy Randall and Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness, just wrapped up a their first-ever live shows over the weekend which included two in NYC: Death by Audio on Saturday (6/28) and Cake Shop on Sunday (6/29). Though it’s just the two of them on record, live they’re a four piece with two of their friends. Did you catch either show? What did you think?

The only music the band had released ahead of those shows was the song ...

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Out in the Streets Fest back at Onderdonk House in July with A Place to Bury Strangers, Hunters & more (initial lineup)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

OITS

The Out in the Streets Festival is back for a second year, happening again at Ridgewood’s Vander-Ende Onderdonk House on July 26 & 27. Bands this year include A Place to Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, Ski Lodge, Honduras, Weyes Blood and more. In addition to the music, there will be art, food vendors and a giant slip-n-slide. Two-day passes are currently on early bird discount. All announced 2014 performers are listed below….

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New Video from The Spix – “The Hipsters Came”

Source: Deli Magazine NY

South Side Brooklyn The Spix have license to feel chagrined by the explosion of hipsterdom and their once peaceful home of Williamsburg becoming the de facto capital of the world. MCs Zeps and Eternal Suarez bring their discontent to the face with the new track and video, “THC” [The Hipsters Came] that let’s says "addresses" the changes in their neighborhood. Their old school style flows over the beats like traffic over the Billyburg bridge. It’s one of those slow summer jams for hot days and cold drinks and offers a fresh perspective about the ever changing landscape of NYC and ...

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Toy Soldiers announce “deep, dark hibernation,” playing final hometown show at Union Transfer

Source: The Swollen Fox

Toy Soldiers RIP by Cailtin McCann

Credit: Caitlin McCann

Sad news from one of our favorite local bands, Toy Soldiers. The rock ‘n’ roll quintet will go into a “deep, dark hibernation” after what is now a farewell hometown show at Union Transfer on July 18. The band is calling it quits after two full-length albums, most recently 2013′s The Maybe Boys. In a message posted to their website, Toy Soldiers revealed the news and detailed the various side projects its members will pursue.

Frontman Ron Gallo released his debut solo album, RONNY, last week and will continue “full-speed ahead alongside some familiar ...

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FaltyDL released "Some Jazz Shit," premiered a video on PornHub, expanded tour (updated dates & streams)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Into The Wild

NYC DJ FaltyDL has a new album, titled In The Wild, coming out August 12. FaltyDL had already sort-of premiered a song from the album on a subway, and released the full version soon after. Now he’s shared a second track, “Some Jazz Shit,” which you can stream below. He’s also scheduled some shows, including a NYC date happening at Verboten on July 12 with Alix Perez, Starkey, Star Eyes, and Doctor Jeep. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

In addition to the new song, FaltyDL is following in ...

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Leapling Transcends Pop With Simplicity + plays Glasslands on 07.01

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Praise be to the band who avoids the genericism that inherently exists in so much pop music today.  In the name of all things catchy, Leapling are proving to be true masters of the hook.  “Here comes the summer/Waiting for you/Whether you want it baby/There’s nothing you can do,” the lyrics which open up their most recent release from January of last year feels like a declaration of sorts; indeed, whether we want it or not summer is upon us, just as Leapling will be.  Their infectiously catchy melodies are surrounded by shimmering guitar licks and incredibly groovy yet relaxing ...

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Vancouver band The Shilohs released new album and video, touring with The Fresh & Onlys (dates, streams)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Shilohs

Vancouver band The Shilohs make classic guitar pop. Beatlesque is an overused term but there are some clear nods to John, Paul and, especially, George on their new self-titled album which came out last month via Light Organ. While influences may be on their sleeves, The Shilohs are good songwriters with excellent taste. If you have any affinity for this kind of stuff, The Shilohs do it well. You can stream the whole album in this post, and we’re also premiering the video for opening track “Student of Nature” which you can watch below.

The Shilohs have ...

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Stage tested, listener approved: The Roots brought a not-so-common breakfast jam to NYC Kelloggs event last week

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Philly heroes The Roots had some fun with guests of a Kellogg’s event in NYC last Wednesday, according to this report from Brooklyn Vegan. The band, whose talents now include skillful mastery of spoon-and-bowl-playing, promoted the breakfast company with some … Continued

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