Monthly Archives: May 2017

Q&A with The City and Horses, live at the Gateway on 07.19

Source: Deli Magazine NY

Q&A with The City and Horses, live at the Gateway on 07.19
Main Artist covered in the blog (for charts): 
The City and Horses
Facebook ID: 
thecityandhorses
Genres (for charts): 
Orchestral Pop/Rock
Region (for charts): 
NYC

Brooklyn indie-pop band The City and Horses makes music that’s both sensitive and urgent. Their records sound like a proverbial melting pot of influences, ranging from ’60s Britpop and disco to contemporary alt-rock. On "Shades," the opening track from their newest album, Ruins, verses comprised of ethereal, swelling synthesizers seamlessly merge into romping, major-key disco-esque choruses. On "Drag" (streaming below) the influence of Modest Mouse and Silver Jews can be heard in the song’s ...

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Potent, Evocative New Vocal Jazz: Helen Sung with Words Last Night at the Jazz Standard

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, Helen Sung with Words last night at the Jazz Standard was a chance to hear both multi-reedman John Ellis and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen blaze together in front of a tight latin-flavored rhythm section, a treat not to be missed. On the other, it was an opportunity to witness the most cutting edge of vocal jazz, a tantalizingly eclectic, often harrowingly relevant work in progress bookended by a couple of real burners.

Singers Christie Dashiell, Carolyn Leonhart and Vuyo Sotashe took turns and often harmonized Sung’s settings of poems by Dana Gioia, whose recorded words wafted through the ...

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Listen Luna cover a Fleetwood Mac deep cut, see them at Union Transfer

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Listen Luna cover a Fleetwood Mac deep cut, see them at Union Transfer

Luna | photo by Luz Gallardo | courtesy of the artist

When a band goes dormant for 13 years, it’s not uncommon for an eventual return to involve a recreation of their sound. Luna, the NYC-based guitar crew, took a bit of a different approach to their comeback — they’re recreating the sound of other acts. In the fall, Luna will release an LP of covers entitled A Sentimental Education, along with a six-song EP of original instrumentals called A Place Of Greater Safety. Both are due out on September 22 via Double Feature.

Debuted Wednesday was the first of ...

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Meltasia fest 2017 lineup: Roky Erickson, Raekwon, Mungo Jerry, Randee of the Redwoods & more

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The Meltasia Festival returns to the Catskills for more rock n’ roll n’ camping mayhem on September 8-10, this year at Blackthorne Resort…

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Rock out with Levee Drivers and their cat in the new “There You Go” vid, see them headline JB’s on Friday

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Rock out with Levee Drivers and their cat in the new “There You Go” vid, see them headline JB’s on Friday

Levee Drivers | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Local howlers Levee Drivers have shared a new Bob Sweeney-directed video for their one of their older tracks “There You Go.” The band recently recorded their first full length album down in Water Valley, Mississippi, but currently have a GoFundMe page to help assemble the final costs it’ll take to master and release it. The collection also benefits the Moyer Foundation, which aims to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.

The visual accompaniment blinks with retro film filters, just as the song ...

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Vita and the Woolf unleash their latest single, “Super Ranger”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Vita and the Woolf unleash their latest single, “Super Ranger”

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Joe Del Tufo | moonloopphoto.com

Just as Jennifer Prague’s soaring vocals often explode, it’s easy to picture Vita and the Woolf blowing up once their debut LP hits shelves June 16. If the first few singles, like “Feline” and “Sun Drop,” were any indication, Tunnels is sure to take off in few weeks. But, for those in need of a little more convincing, you get one more single to build the hype. This one is called “Super Ranger.”

Prague’s range takes the lead from the get-go, but once the chorus swoops in, a fun ...

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King Britt brings on summer with new music, reissues and gigs

King Britt brings on summer with new music, reissues and gigs

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly party rocker and futuristic soundscaper King Britt threw down a remarkable DJ set at Spruce Street Harbor Park on Friday night, kicking off what is set to be a strong series of local artists playing free gigs on the waterfront. It also kicked off what’s shaping up to be a productive summer season for King.

On June 16th, he releases AFTER…, the latest from his exploratory project Fhloston Paradigm. In the past, it’s traveled the haunting and spacious paths of electronic minimalism, creating alluring sci-fi tapestries along with vocalist Pia Ercole. For the new record, King and Ercole bring on a stellar team of other Philadelphia-rooted voices and production collaborators, including Ryat, Tim Motzer, Jacqueline Constance, Kate Faust and Moor Mother. The prelude to the set, “…MATH,” is streaming right now on Bandcamp; stream it and check out the track list below, and grab a pre-order of the record here.

1. …MATH 04:32
2. …LIFE feat PIA ERCOLE
3. …THE STORM feat RYAT
4. …GLOW feat JACQUELINE CONSTANCE
5. …THE FACT feat TIM MOTZER
6. …ALL feat MOOR MOTHER
7. …ALL’S SAID AND DONE feat PETRA & STEPHANIE YU
8. …THE HEARTBREAK feat NOSAJTHING & KATE FAUST
9. …TOUCH feat ALEXA BARCHINI
10. …HOURS feat PUERTO RICAN SPACE PROGRAM

King also has a new reissue in his catalog — a special double vinyl 180gm re-release gatefold of his acclaimed 2004 project, King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan. The story behind this is pretty cool — King discovered a record by the New Orleans painter, poet and street evangelist who in 1969 recorded fourteen gospel songs comprised of only her voice, her footstomps and a tambourine. King released his own adapted version of the album in 2004, setting Sister Gertrude’s recordings to beats and electronic backings he crafted. For the reissue, out via Ace Hotel and Vinyl Me Please, King’s re-working will be paired up with Sister Gertrude’s original. It can be ordered here; a track is streaming below, via Ropeadope.

Lastly: gigs. The release party for the Fhloston Paradigm record happens Tuesday, July 25th at Johnny Brenda’s, and the lineup is stacked — King will be joined by Ryat, Pia Ercole, Moor Mother, Jacqueline Constance, Tim Motzer, and Alexa Barchini, effectively recreating a lot of the album’s nuance in real time. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

There was also talk in the wake of King’s Spruce Street Harbor Park DJ set that he’d be back in the summer, to DJ at the Delaware Waterfront’s RiverRink for a rollerskating party on August 20th. And let me tell you, I am SO. THERE. It’s not officially announced yet, but details on the RiverRink’s activities can be found here.

Blue Note Jazz Festival: 2017 lineup & tickets

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

NYC’s annual Blue Note Jazz Festival runs June 1 – 30 at various venues around the city (including many at the Blue Note itself). This year’s lineup includes Pat Metheny, Dr. John, The Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jacob Collier, Hiromi, Eddie Palmieri, Cassandra Wilson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, McCoy Tyner, Incognito, Jean-Luc Ponty, Henry Butler, Terence Blanchard, The Hot Sardines, Dayme Arocena and more.

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Chris Stapleton postponing shows for next 3 weeks

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Chris Stapleton is postponing his concerts for the next three weeks.

The Grammy-winning country singer didn’t say why he was cancelling shows, but posted on his website Wednesday that “the next three weeks of ‘The All-American Road Show’ have been postponed.”

The statement said Stapleton apologizes…

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Dive Bar Wisdom with A Place to Bury Strangers

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

For this edition of ‘Dive Bar Wisdom‘ we caught up with A Place to Bury Strangers while they were out on the road, to talk about future plans, post Death By Audio life, and some of their favorite places in NYC

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C’mon Everybody hosts first annual M.I.N.I Festival 6/24

Source: Deli Magazine NY

C'mon Everybody hosts first annual M.I.N.I Festival 6/24
Main Artist covered in the blog (for charts): 
Cosmonaut Radio
Facebook ID: 
CosmonautRadio
Genres (for charts): 
Funk
Region (for charts): 
NYC

Local funk-rock band Cosmonaut Radio along with the up and coming Clinton Hill venue, C’mon Everybody, has organized the first annual M.I.N.I (Music in Nine Installments) Festival, set for 6/24. The festival will feature a diverse lineup of nine New-York based indie artists including the hip-hop band Track Seven Band and the acid punk artist The U.S. Americans. The festival is intended to become a yearly appointment with local emerging artists – and, as ...

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The Fall prep 32nd LP, announce first U.S. show in over 10 years

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

A bit of unfortunate timing for the iconic Manchester band — the album includes a song called “Victoria Train Station Massacre,” which has unintended connotations with last week’s Manchester Arena suicide bomber tragedy.

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Adult Swim reveal 2017 single series lineup

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Including Sleep, Pallbearer, Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Brian Eno, Migos, Julian Casablancas, and more.

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