Author: Nick Lerangis

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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Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan is one of those artists who seem to have an endless well of talent. Some people shoot to stardom with a few instant classics and fade fast. Their wells might be rich but are never very deep. Others never stop creating, producing excellent music during both fruitful and sparse times. They might disappear from the spotlight for a time, but when […]

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Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Montclair, NJ’s Pinegrove has been a favorite band of mine since their first release, Mixtape One, in 2010. It was a collection of home recordings that vibrated with crystalline, jangly guitar playing and were backed up by confessional, image-laden songwriting. I couldn’t stop listening. Fast-forward to 2015, and Pinegrove, a Hidden Gem, is not so hidden anymore. Hall has been […]

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