Author: Nick Lerangis

Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (album review)

“The thing I realized is, I tend to like pretentious stuff. ‘Cause pretentious, that’s a compliment to me. It means ambitious, I like ambitious stuff.” (Ezra Furman interview, The A/V Club) Ezra Furman was worried that calling his new album Transangelic Exodus, would sound pretentious. If you’ve been following his last few records, they’ve been screaming, queer rock n’ roll […]

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John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

John Paul White dazzles at the American Songbook Series (concert review)

“I’m starting to feel super country right now,” he said, drawing out the word super, standing with his guitar in front of a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking 59th street. It was impossible not to look behind him. “And I’ll get more redneck as we go. Ok, let’s get started! Are you into…sadness?” The crowd cheered.   John Paul White and his band, […]

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Timber Timbre – ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’ (album review)

Timber Timbre – ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’ (album review)

Sincerely, Future Pollution by Timber Timbre Last week, Canadian quartet Timber Timbre released their new album, Sincerely, Future Pollution, on City Slang and despite it being an attempt to shed the “gothic folk” label they’ve spent their career earning, it’s a dark, smoldering, andbeautiful album. In an interview with NPR, frontman Taylor Kirk admits that they wanted to make something less […]

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Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

There has been a trend among indie-rockers of using rainbow colors to signal youthful optimism and blissful psychedelic confusion. So maybe to new fans, the cover of Spoon’s new album might look like something synthy, fun, and perky. But the moment you dive into the multi-chrome skull, you realize you’re listening to the kings of lean, sinewy pop-rock. Any of the […]

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Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

Everybody Works by Jay SomMany musicians who self-record achieve a gauzy pastel haze akin to the sounds Melina Duterte, playing as Jay Som, creates in her sunny Oakland studio (which doubles as her sleeping quarters). In another corner of the music world, many aspiring pop craftspeople (the type who unapologetically let ourselves be charmed by Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION or drunkenly vow to […]

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First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

In 2013, Germany’s Milky Chance went from two guys in a bedroom with a laptop and an acoustic guitar to one of Hype Machine’s most blogged acts, in what seemed like weeks. Their folktronica hit, “Stolen Dance“, became a massive hit on Hype Machine and the video for it has amassed over 300 million views on YouTube. High school friends Clemens […]

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Half Waif – ‘form/a’

Half Waif – ‘form/a’

It’s been an odd winter in New York, and a perfect time for a new Half Waif release. The weather boomerangs between warm and blizzard, never allowing you more than a week of wearing the same jacket. But it brings you to a middle ground – you find a coat that is warm enough to let you shiver to work but not so heavy that […]

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Oh Pep!

Oh Pep! – “Stadium Cake”

Oh Pep! It’s a funny, odd, name. It gets a lot of attention of its own. “Oh” for Olivia Hally and “Pep” For Pepita Emmerichs, who hail from Melbourne, Australia. The exclamation point? Just good business sense. But that’s not the reason to get into this band, whose brilliant debut EP, 2015’s Living, stirred our souls. Their new album, Stadium […]

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Half Waif – “Probable Depths”

Half Waif – “Probable Depths”

Great musicians reward you for keeping up with them as they grow from album to album. You get to discover what they discover right as they’ve discovered it. They go on a trip and as soon as they come back they throw open the photo album of everywhere they’ve been. With their unstable, enthralling sophomore album Probable Depths, Half Waif spreads gorgeous, confusing photos […]

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Creature Comfort – “Echoes & Relics”

Creature Comfort – “Echoes & Relics”

Nashville’s Creature Comfort calls themselves “Indie Space Rock.” This very accurately describes their sound (spanky, clean guitars soaked in echo and woozy synths bending in and out of tune with themselves), but it leaves one thing out that I think is a huge reason to give this band your attention: Their songwriting. On their latest EP, Echoes and Relics, out […]

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That’s Right! – “Legs” EP

That’s Right! – “Legs” EP

For four nice-looking boys from New York City, That’s Right! gets pretty freaky on their debut studio EP, Legs. They are a psych-rock band after all. I wasn’t expecting so much sonic wildness from their picture and from meeting them in person, but that’s the beauty of music. If you want to soak your EP in fuzz, it doesn’t matter […]

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Chris Bathgate – “Old Factory” EP

Chris Bathgate – “Old Factory” EP

A while ago a musician I love, Molly Sullivan, went on tour with a musician I hadn’t heard before, Chris Bathgate. I clicked through to Chris’s website and found his album Salt Year, a collection of gorgeously gloomy music, shambling and delicious. It has a kinship to the music of Justin Vernon’s various projects from Chris’s neighbor state, Wisconsin. Something […]

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Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

Shearwater – “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

I discovered Shearwater in 2008, when I asked my good friend Ryan (now lead singer of Seattle’s Sister Girlfriend) to send me some new cool music. He sent me Shearwater’s 2006 album, Palo Santo (Expanded Edition), and warned, in the way that cooler friends often do, that I probably wouldn’t like his voice and that his songwriting would be a little […]

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Meet Bulletproof Stockings — Feminist, Chasidic, Rock & Roll

Meet Bulletproof Stockings — Feminist, Chasidic, Rock & Roll

Brooklyn, NY’s Bulletproof Stockings are an all-woman rock band who churns out complex piano-rock in the vein of Fiona Apple’s later work. They’ve got a few sure-bet rock band bona fides: A former member of a hard-touring alternative rock outfit (Dalia Shusterman, who spent years touring with psych-rockers Hopewell), a charismatic, forceful rookie lead singer who discovered songwriting after escaping a failed relationship (Perl Wolfe, […]

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Q&A with Del Water Gap: Where to Find the Best Steak & Eggs in America

Q&A with Del Water Gap: Where to Find the Best Steak & Eggs in America

Del Water Gap is an alt-folk band based in Brooklyn, NY, formed during Hurricane Sandy by S. Holden Jaffe (lead vocals, guitars, harmonica), Charles Schlinkert (drums, percussion), and William Evans (bass, piano, background vocals). They have a brand new A/B single of two tunes recorded at the unmarked Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, “Cut the Rope/Lamplight.” These songs mark […]

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From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

From Any Distance, Small Feet Sounds Beautiful in Their Debut

Stockholm, Sweden’s Small Feet has begun their career with From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean (Barsuk), the latest in a canon of albums recorded by solitary, elusive men in bedrooms, cabins, or other intimate spaces. It’s the delicious, engrossing “cabin myth” of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago and Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s indie-folk-hero Tim Showalter recording the first Strand of Oaks album in […]

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Hidden Gem – Frog

Hidden Gem – Frog

Dan Bateman, lead singer and guitarist of Frog, writes that their new album, Kind of Blah, is “an attempt to engage modern musical ideas from a 1950s style of arrangement, and a was a complete failure in that respect but a success in most others.” The album drops May 25th on London indie label Audio Antihero. Frog cites many 1950’s and […]

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Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Hidden Gem — Laney Jones

Last weekend, I was fortunate to catch a few songs from this week’s Hidden Gem at Pianos on the Lower East Side. I had just finished up a set with my band. I had to run and play two songs with a Sam Cooke impersonator in a downtown variety show, so I had to run pretty quickly. But I left with […]

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Toro Y Moi – “What For?”

Toro Y Moi – “What For?”

Many people will remark that this Toro Y Moi album is different than the rest. They’re right, to a certain degree. The traditional “rock-band” instrumentation, noodly electric guitar, and the mostly sample-less musical landscape might surprise you, but upon further listening, you’ll discover that What For? is chock-full of the ingredients that make a Toro Y Moi record, just like you thought […]

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Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Call me if you can, tell me I’m the operator Lit flares in my hands and I’m set to explode I’m a minefield you marvel at, but don’t get too close Thus begins Half Waif‘s most recent album, 2014’s Kotekan. The lines have proven to be prophetic, as over the eight months since its release, Half Waif has begun to collect […]

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