Author: Richard Moses

Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

The New York-based duo of guitarist/vocalist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, Diet Cig, have garnered a reputation for incredibly fun shows, full of raw rock music and an always welcoming, positive environment.  Their debut LP, Swear I’m Good At This, bundles all of that energy into twelve, rapid-fire tracks that clock in at just under a half hour. It’s […]

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Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Hearing Julia Holter’s music in a live setting is a transcendent experience. Her current band which features violist/vocalist Dina Maccabee, stand-up bassist Devin Hoff, and drummer/vocalist Corey Fogel put on some of the most ethereal shows. This creates the perfect debut record for Domino Record Company’s new Documents series, Julia Holter’s live in-studio record In the Same Room. Documents is […]

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Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

Hurray For the Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ (album review)

With her sixth record as Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra drew inspiration from her past to write The Navigator. In her youth, Segarra was very much a navigator, having left the Bronx in her teens and traveled on box cars across the country. On The Navigator, Segarra tells the story of Navita, a character very much based […]

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Ela Minus – “Adapt.”

Ela Minus – “Adapt.”

“Bright Music for Dark Times”. That’s what Gabriela Jimeno has written on her gear when she performs as Ela Minus. In times like these, it’s tough to understand what is happening in the world. Music has always been therapeutic, healing, and guiding. Ela Minus’ music indeed brings brightness into these tumultuous times. This month, she released her third EP, Adapt. […]

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Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Strand of Oaks – “Hard Love”

Timothy Showalter’s days of flying under the radar as one of the best songwriters in the world may be over with the release of Strand of Oaks’ latest record, Hard Love. The songwriter, currently out of Philadelphia but originally from Goshen, Indiana, has released some truly fantastic records, including 2015’s Heal. Always relatable and a true open book either in […]

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Hand Habits by Chantal Anderson

Hand Habits – “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”

Anyone who as heard music created by Meg Duffy can agree that her talent is undeniable. Whether it’s playing guitar for Kevin Morby and supplying this amazing backbone to his music, or her own project, Hand Habits, her music is impressive. Her debut LP as Hand Habits, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void) is a testament to her skills, both […]

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Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”

Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”

We need bands like Priests more than ever right now. It is the perfect time for some angry, politically charged punk rock, and Priests just released their first proper LP, Nothing Feels Natural. The Washington, D.C.-based four-piece released an EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, in 2014, so we’ve also been anticipating this record for a while. That […]

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Julie Byrne

Julie Byrne “Not Even Happiness” Release Show (show review)

On Friday, Julie Byrne released Not Even Happiness, her stunning second LP. That same evening, Byrne performed a record release show in the show space at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade record store. It was an evening fit for the release of what will likely be remembered as one of the year’s most beautiful records. From the dark lighting to the wonderful […]

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Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness - Press Photo, Credit to Jonathan Bouknight

Julie Byrne – “Not Even Happiness”

New York’s Julie Byrne creates some of the most spellbinding folk music today. Her 2014 debut, Rooms With Walls and Windows, captured our attention with its stunning simplicity. Byrne now has followed that record with the enchanting Not Even Happiness, which builds on the beauty of her debut but offers a more expansive approach. The result is what we anticipate to […]

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Jim James at the Fillmore Philadelphia (gig review)

Jim James at the Fillmore Philadelphia (gig review)

Jim James may be the greatest frontman in rock music right now. No matter what he is involved with, he always creates a top-notch live performance, whether it’s the folky Appalachian Voices or a three-hour long, Red Rocks epic with My Morning Jacket. He is currently touring in support of his second solo record, Eternally Even, and we decided to […]

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Slothrust – “Everyone Else”

Slothrust – “Everyone Else”

Since their first record, Slothrust had our attention. Their blend of genres, influenced by bands like Weezer and Nirvana as well as their studies as blues and jazz students, create a unique package tied together by Leah Wellbaum’s voice.  On October 28th, Slothrust released their third record, Everyone Else on Dangerbird Records. Everyone Else builds on those first two albums […]

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Weyes Blood – “Front Row Seat to Earth”

Weyes Blood – “Front Row Seat to Earth”

Front Row Seat To Earth by Weyes BloodNatalie Mering has truly created some breathtaking, haunting, and at times eerie music and soundscapes under her moniker Weyes Blood. Her 2014 record The Innocents was nothing short of a stunner. Her third album, Front Row Seat to Earth, further sees Mering expand her horizons while retaining the beauty and majesty of her […]

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Ultimate Painting – “Dusk”

Ultimate Painting – “Dusk”

Ultimate Painting have been releasing consistently great music since their debut self-titled LP in 2014. On Friday, their third LP, Dusk, will be released on Trouble in Mind Records. The duo got together and recorded their first LP without any intention of making Ultimate Painting a long-term thing. However, anyone who listened to Ultimate Painting or Green Lanes immediately heard […]

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P.S. Eliot

The New Alternative Music Festival

Every music festival these days is full of overwhelming corporate sponsorship. From the overbearing billboard displaying some awful mass market beer to catching Coldplay in the Nabisco tent, it’s hard to take anything important that these people say seriously. When someone gets on stage at Bonnaroo and rants about politics or social issues, it’s a bit hypocritical to say the least. […]

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Angel Olsen – “My Woman”

Ever since she released her debut LP, Half Way Home, in 2012, Angel Olsen has been considered one of the more unique singer-songwriters out there. Her distinctive voice and wide range of influences resulted in something truly different. She’s also gained a reputation for high quality. Her 2014 record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is arguably one of that […]

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Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Jocelyn Mackenzie – “Unlovely EP”

Pearl and The Beard were one of Brooklyn’s finest bands when they split up last year. The trio created truly special music. Though the split was sad, it excited fans at what might be next for the former members. Jocelyn Mackenzie’s powerful voice was a huge part of the equation, and she just released her first solo EP, Unlovely. Mackenzie’s […]

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Field Mouse – “Episodic”

Field Mouse – “Episodic”

This past Friday, Philadelphia and Brooklyn based Field Mouse released their third full-length record, Episodic on Topshelf Records. Their sound is a dynamic mix of different genres, from dream pop to punk rock. It’s easy to compare Episodic to albums from bands like Hop Along or All Dogs, but Field Mouse have crafted a sound that is definitively their own. […]

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Snail Mail – “Habit”

Snail Mail – “Habit”

Habit, the debut EP from Baltimore’s Snail Mail, is a perfect, late-summer record. Lindsey Jordan, who is 17-years-old, wrote Habit in her suburban Maryland bedroom between shows and school. She teamed up with her friend and drummer Shawn Durham and bassist Ryan Viera to record the six-track EP in DC this past spring. The result is six really amazing indie-pop […]

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Told Slant – “Going By”

Told Slant – “Going By”

In New York, there is a collective of artists making some of the most interesting, creative, emotional, and unique music out there. The Epoch consists of bands like eskimeaux, Small Wonder, Bellows, Florist, and Told Slant. Despite sharing members across projects, each band in the collective creates a distinctive sound, from Sharpless’ huge electronic loudness to the intimate recordings of […]

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Helado Negro

Other Music Forever

It’s rarely fun to say goodbye, especially to one of the most beloved New York City record stores. Other Music was a treasure, a beautiful place of music discovery and truly an influential place in the New York music scene. Last week was the final week of operations for the legendary store, and this past Tuesday was a farewell party […]

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