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Funny, Socially Aware, Singalong Tunesmithing from North of the Border at the Mercury Tonight

Source: New York Music Daily

Toronto band the Fast Romantics’ latest album American Love – streaming at Bandcamp – was conceived in the shock and horror after the 2016 Presidential Election. It’s a considerably generous gesture from the powerpopsters’ frontman Matthew Angus, a salute to all good things American rather than the cheap shot he could have taken so easily. The model for the songs is Born to Run-era Springsteen (with plenty of Cheap Trick and ELO thrown in), yet not in a cheesy, imitative way. There’s hope and urgency and a lot of humor, some of it allusive and some of it a ...

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You Bred Raptors? Bring Their Cinematic, Instantly Recognizable, Individualistic Grooves to Drom Tomorrow Night

Source: New York Music Daily

If you pass through the station at Union Square at night, you’ve probably seen one of New York’s most distinctive, high-voltage bands. You Bred Raptors? typically hold fort over the N and R platforms there. Just the sight of Peat Rains, Bryan Wilson and Patrick Bradley wailing on eight-string bass, cello and drums, respectively, is enough to make pretty much anybody stop dead in their tracks. Then there’s the relentless barrage of riffs, and textures, and epic cinematic vistas that transcend any concept of a cello-metal band, let alone what those low-end instruments can typically do. Are these irrepressible ...

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A Rare Brooklyn Show and a New Record From the Great Aimee Mann

Source: New York Music Daily

You know that voice: cool, reserved, minutely nuanced. You know those melancholy major/minor changes and Beatlesque melodies. You know that withering cynicism, that jaundiced eye, those double entendres you wish you’d written. If you don’t, Aimee Mann’s latest album Mental Illness is as good a place to start as any. Not bad for somebody who’s been making music since the 80s.

She doesn’t play Brooklyn a lot – although she did record a live DVD there. A future daily New York music blog owner brought a date to that one, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in the summer of 2004. ...

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Ensemble Mik Nawooj Reinvent Hip-Hop Classics in Harlem

Source: New York Music Daily

“Rolling down the street, smoking indo!” soprano Anne Hepburn Smith sang, belting at gale force for maximum dramatic effect. A sold-out audience of white tourists exploded in laughter.

“Sipping on gin and juice!” Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s two MCs, Sandman and Do D.A.T. responded. There wasn’t a member of the chamber orchestra behind them who could resist a shit-eating grin. It was as if to say, we can’t believe we’re actually playing this song at all, let alone this way…heating up the coldest night of the year, Saturday night at the Apollo, no less.

In their first-ever New York concert, at ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Yes in Rock Hall Class of 2017

Source: The Key (WXPN)

XPN MusicNotes:  Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Yes in Rock Hall Class of 2017

Pearl Jam | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez made it in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, along with Nile Rodgers and Yes.

For Yes, the third time proved to be the charm for the prog-rock pioneers. Drummer Alan White told Billboard.com:

“It’s a great pleasure to be recognized for something you’ve been doing all your life and get recognition in the industry for the amount of work you’ve put in and to have done something that changed the course of ...

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Sam Kogon Releases One of the Year’s Catchiest Purist Psychedelic Pop Records

Source: New York Music Daily

Over the past couple of years, Sam Kogon has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most consistently interesting, original psychedelic pop tunesmiths in New York. After a well-received debut full-length, he’s finally released his second album, Psychic Tears, streaming at Bandcamp. He’s playing the album release show tonight at Baby’s All Right at 10 PM; cover is $10.

Most of these tracks are very short, less than three minutes. The hooks flash by so fast that you barely have time to savor one before Kogon throws another at you: his songs are that catchy. Stylistically, he draws ...

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2016 NYC Halloween events: Village Parade, dog parade, cover band shows, World Inferno Friendship Society & more

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

NYC loves Halloween and there’s no shortage of spooky action this year.

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Ian MacKaye comments on Bad Brains’ Hall of Fame nomination (H.R. too)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

“I don’t know who the nominators are, and frankly don’t care, but the person who put Bad Brains name in the hat is either visionary, or they’re savvy and trying to bring some legitimacy to their brand,” Ian MacKaye says.

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XPN MusicNotes: Check out the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017

Source: The Key (WXPN)

XPN MusicNotes:  Check out the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2017

Pearl Jam | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Let the debate ensue! The nominations for next year’s class of induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. No surprise for some….questionable for others? You decide.

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 inductees include:


* Pearl Jam
* Yes
* Tupac Shakur
* Depeche Mode
* ELO
* Jane’s Addiction
* Janet Jackson
* Joan Baez
* Journey
* The Cars
* The Zombies
* Chaka Khan
* Bad Brains
* Chic
* J. Geiles Band
* Joe Tex
...

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The Attacca Quartet Make a Strong Segue with Visionary Art-Rocker Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Radio City

Source: New York Music Daily

No less august a figure than ELO’s Jeff Lynne had asked the Attacca Quartet to open his sold-out weekend stand at Radio City this past weekend. The string quartet responded with an ecstatic, robust performance that, while tantalizingly brief, threatened to upstage the headliners. It was as much a testament to the group’s ability to connect with an audience most likely unfamiliar with their repertoire as it was Lynne’s confidence in his thirteen-piece band’s ability to pull off a similarly electric set of ambitious, iconic chamber pop and art-rock hits.

The foursome – violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist ...

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The Anniversary’s Josh Berwanger Exorcises Some More Demons

Source: New York Music Daily

Josh Berwanger of the Anniversary writes catchy powerpop songs like it was the late 70s and his life – as well as the deed to his UK castle, his addiction to rare bordeaux, and his ex-wives’ alimony – depended on it. If this was 1979, he would rule the airwaves. That’s a compliment, not a dis. In 2016 terms, that means that every powerpop blog will go crazy over Berwanger‘s forthcoming album Exorcism Rock, he and the band will make a modest killing on the road, and it’ll get plenty of college radio airplay. An album like this ...

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This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” in the UK, Jerry Garcia releases line of neck ties

Source: The Key (WXPN)

This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” in the UK, Jerry Garcia releases line of neck ties

1951 – On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.

1959 – Joan Baez makes her first recording. It is a duet with Bob Gibson recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival.

1964 – The Beatles appear live on the ABC Television program Lucky Stars (Summer Spin) performing “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Long Tall ...

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Balkan Psychedelic Band Choban Elektrik Sets Park Slope on Fire: Bed-Stuy is Next

Source: New York Music Daily

 

More about that killer original Balkan music twinbill at Friends & Lovers in Bed-Stuy on June 15 at 8 PM, with psychedelic Balkan organ band Choban Elektrik and the elaborate, artful, mighty Serbian-style Raya Brass Band. It’s not clear who’s playing first, but it doesn’t really matter: both put on a wild live show.

Choban Elektrik were part of another ferocious doublebill at the end of April at Barbes, opening for rembetiko metal band Greek Judas. The quartet – Jordan Shapiro on organ, Jesse Kotansky on violin, Dave Johnson on bass and Phil Kester on drums – opened ...

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This Day in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Darkness on the Edge of Town, Thin Lizzy releases Live and Dangerous

Source: The Key (WXPN)

This Day in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Darkness on the Edge of Town, Thin Lizzy releases Live and Dangerous

1953 – Elvis Presley leaves IC Humes High School in Memphis, TN.

1958 – Barry Sadler joins the U.S. Air Force (he’s later a Green Beret in the U.S. Army).

1962 – Owen Gray’s “Twist Baby” becomes the first single released on UK-based Island Records. The label is eventually home to Free, Traffic, Jethro Tull, Bob Marley, and U2.

1964 – The Rolling Stones play their first U.S. concert at the Manning Bowl, a high school in Lynn, Massachusetts. They also make their American TV debut on the Les Crane Show on WABC-TV in New York City.

1964 – Production begins on ...

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Concetta Abbate Records a Lush, Glimmering Album of Chamber Rock Nocturnes at Spectrum

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, the cred you used to get for being in the crowd at a live album recording has lost a little lustre over the years. After all, these days, if you’re up to the job, you can make your own live album most any night and put it up at youtube or archive.org. Still, it was awfully cool to be at Spectrum Saturday night, where elegant violinist/guitarist Concetta Abbate recorded a live album with a string quartet. The experience wasn’t as intense as being at Arlene’s the night that Mary Lee’s Corvette recorded their Blood on the Tracks album ...

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO add second Radio City Music Hall show

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Jeff Lynne’s ELO has added a second night at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, happening September 18. Tickets for both the 9/16 and 9/18 Radio City shows are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/1) at 10 AM…

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Glastonbury announces 2016 lineup

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Beck, New Order, Disclosure, Earth Wind & Fire, ZZ Top, The Last Shadow Puppets, Skepta, The 1975, Grimes, Sigur Ros and many more.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO playing Radio City Music Hall in September

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Jeff Lynne’s ELO are indeed doing something in NYC, but it is not as soon as some predicted. Following a string of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the band will head east to play Radio City Music Hall on September 16

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO doing something in NYC before tour?

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Jeff Lynne’s ELO stopped in NYC in November for an intimate show at Irving Plaza which sold out very fast and was very in demand. I’m not sure exactly what is going on now, but a new offical website located at jefflynneselo

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Fever the Ghost Bring Their Droll Blend of Glam, Psychedelia and Art-Rock to Bushwick

Source: New York Music Daily

The title of Fever the Ghost’s new album Zirconium Meconium – streaming at Bandcamp – basically means “fake shit.” Is that because their style springboards off a sparkly psychedelic sound that crystallized about a half-century ago? Whatever the case, the quality of the music is no joke, even if the album is full of them. Fever the Ghost have a gig tonight, November 7 at around 9 at Alphaville,140 Wilson Ave (Stuydam/Willoughby) in Bushwick, cover TBA, guessing around $10. Take the M to Central Ave.

Bobby Victor’s ornate, baroque-tnged piano kicks off the instrumental overture Metempsychosis, which segues ...

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Joanne Weaver’s Noir Electro Glistens and Gleams From an Icy Distance

Source: New York Music Daily

Going out in costume this Halloween? Nobody really wants to be the Boston Bomber, or a Republican operative, or a laughingstock, but we can all dress up at the expense of Dzhokhar Tsareyev, or Hillary, or Trump, right?

Speaking of dressing up, the blip on the radar that was Lana Del Rey seems to have jumpstarted a cottage industry of would-be femme fatales who think that a slinky black dress, fire-engine-red lipstick and a smoky come-on of a voice somehow equates to noir. Among the genuinely noir artists here in New York – Karla Rose & the Thorns ripping it ...

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Joanne Weaver’s Noir Electro Glistens and Gleams From an Icy Distance

Source: New York Music Daily

Going out in costume this Halloween? Nobody really wants to be the Boston Bomber, or a Republican operative, or a laughingstock, but we can all dress up at the expense of Dzhokhar Tsareyev, or Hillary, or Trump, right?

Speaking of dressing up, the blip on the radar that was Lana Del Rey seems to have jumpstarted a cottage industry of would-be femme fatales who think that a slinky black dress, fire-engine-red lipstick and a smoky come-on of a voice somehow equates to noir. Among the genuinely noir artists here in New York – Karla Rose & the Thorns ripping it ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Stephen Colbert jam with Pearl Jam, Listen to Jeff Lynne’s new ELO song, & Ben Folds hits #1 on classical charts

Source: The Key (WXPN)

headlineplanet.comA strange juxtaposition on late night TV last night as a buttoned-up & suited Stephen Colbert rocked-out with Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam on the Late Show. Watch them sing “Rockin’ in the Free World” & more. Ben Folds has … Continued

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Download “Stare” by Soweto singer and songwriter ELO

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Elo | Photo via http://www.okayafrica.com/news/elo-soweto-songstress-introducing/The folks over at OkayAfrica recently introduced us to a new singer and songwriter from Soweto named ELO. The South African musician’s forthcoming Elogram EP was produced by Tshepang Ramoba of BLK JKS, an acclaimed rock band from Johannesburg. Inspired … Continued

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