Author: Richard Moses

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Northside Festival Day 1 Recap & Review

This past weekend, Brooklyn’s Northside Festival’s music portion was in full swing. From Thursday to Sunday, some of the best acts in music played in various venues throughout Williamsburg and Bushwick.  The festival as a whole is way more than just music, we caught a keynote from Samsung about Virtual Reality, describing their plans to get the technology into the […]

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Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

In 2013, Xenia Rubinos released her fantastic debut record Magic Trix. It was a fun, weird album with music rooted in her Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage. Last Friday, Rubinos released her second album, Black Terry Cat, on ANTI Records, and it is a big shift for the songwriter. Magic Trix was a fun listen, it was chaotic, it was […]

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Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

Five Can’t Miss Shows at Northside 2016

It’s summer and that means it’s prime music festival season. From Bonnaroo to Governors Ball to Firefly, they all seem to blend together. One of the best alternatives out there is the independently run Northside Festival in Brooklyn. It’s a week-long festival, beyond music, featuring content and innovation programming as well. The festival gets its name from where it is held, […]

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Mutual Benefit – “Skip a Sinking Stone”

Mutual Benefit – “Skip a Sinking Stone”

Last week, Brooklyn’s Mutual Benefit released their second LP, Skip A Sinking Stone via Mom+Pop records in the States, Spunk in Australia and New Zealand, and Transgressive Records everywhere else. In 2013, Mutual Benefit’s debut, Love’s Crushing Diamond was one of the most beautiful records of that year. Jordan Lee, the creative force behind Mutual Benefit, is back with what […]

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Lady Lamb

She Shreds 10th Edition Release Party at Market Hotel

Ten issues may not seem like a huge milestone for a magazine, but for one that breaks rules and is single-handedly changing everything a guitar magazine should be, She Shreds is ready to celebrate that milestone. She Shreds is the only print magazine dedicated to female guitarists and bassists and to celebrate their milestone they put together a showcase featuring […]

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Phosphene – “Breaker” EP

Phosphene – “Breaker” EP

Phosphene has been a band we’ve dug since we first heard “Metric” from their self-titled debut two years ago.  Since then, Phosphene has been cooking up something special with their latest EP, Breaker, which is out this Friday, April 29. The California band plays a really great blend of indie rock, post-rock, and shoegaze. Lead singer and guitarist Rachel Frankel’s […]

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Volunteer Dad – “Hotel California Hotel”

Volunteer Dad – “Hotel California Hotel”

When we last covered California’s Volunteer Dad, they had just released the awesome Fake British Accent, a great record full of wit, great guitar licks and surrealist nostalgia. Their second LP, Hotel California Hotel, as you can even tell from its title, is even more of what we loved about their first record. Like Fake British Accent, Hotel California Hotel […]

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Eskimeaux – “Year of the Rabbit”

Eskimeaux – “Year of the Rabbit”

Eskimeaux’s O.K. was one of our favorite records last year. O.K. felt like a warm blanket on a cold day, bringing a warmth and comfort to the listener. Tomorrow, Eskimeaux releases their latest EP, Year of The Rabbit. From the music, to the record’s artwork, it’s just as warm and welcoming as O.K. On Year of The Rabbit, Gabrielle Smith […]

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Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos – “Next Thing”

Next Thing by Frankie Cosmos A little over a week ago, Frankie Cosmos released her second studio album Next Thing on Bayonet records, although calling it a record doesn’t paint the whole picture. Over the last few years, Greta Kline has released over 50 releases on Bandcamp as Frankie Cosmos and Ingrid Superstar, and Next Thing is a full realization […]

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The Joy Formidable – “Hitch”

The Joy Formidable – “Hitch”

Ever since their debut record The Big Roar, Welsh trio The Joy Formidable have worked hard to carve their place in the indie rock world. The trio of lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan, bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas create a sound that is distinctively their own, a mix of a beautiful voice backed by a heavy, melodic roar. […]

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Hotel Lights – “Get Your Hand in My Hand”

Hotel Lights – “Get Your Hand in My Hand”

For over twenty years, Darren Jessee has been a driving force in alternative music, specifically as the drummer for Ben Folds 5. Jessee has also written many songs for Ben Folds 5, including the chorus to “Brick”, and even toured as a drummer for Sharon Van Etten a couple of years ago. This brings us to his Hotel Lights project, […]

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Carter Tanton – “Jettison the Valley”

Carter Tanton – “Jettison the Valley”

On March 4th, Carter Tanton released Jettison the Valley, what he considers his first solo record, despite releasing Freeclouds, in 2011, which he considers a “mixtape”. He also has a long history of recording music, beginning with his band Tulsa, with whom he recorded some great EPs before legal troubles ended the band. Tanton was also a member of Lower […]

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Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Nada Surf – “You Know Who You Are”

Since the release of High/Low twenty years ago, Nada Surf have been releasing consistently great records, and their latest release You Know Who You Are, is another great record in the band’s long catalog. For a long time, the band had a formula to rely on, the combination of singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot defined […]

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Poliça – “United Crushers”

Poliça – “United Crushers”

The third record from Minneapolis-based Poliça, United Crushers is out today. It’s an album that we’ve been anticipating for months, as Poliça’s haunting style is nothing short of captivating, thanks to the remarkable voice of Channy Leaneagh. It’s not surprising then that United Crushers is one heavy, emotional, and personal album. Channy Leaneagh’s use of vocal effects is a hugely […]

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School of Seven Bells – “SVIIB”

School of Seven Bells – “SVIIB”

SVIIB will be the final album from Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells. In 2012, School of Seven Bells recorded some demos for a new record, a time which singer Alejandra Dejeza described as “one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives”. In 2013, guitarist/keyboardist Benjamin Curtis became ill and was diagnosed with lymphoma. The band took a […]

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Sunflower Bean – “Human Ceremony”

Sunflower Bean – “Human Ceremony”

In 2014, Sunflower Bean were dubbed the hardest working band in New York City by OhMyRockness. Two years later, the young trio have released their first full-length LP, Human Ceremony. The band draws from a variety of influences and styles – drummer Jacob Faber and guitarist Nick Kivlen grew up on Long Island and played in classic rock bands that […]

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Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis performs Rabbit Fur Coat in New York City

Jenny Lewis has been one of the best storytellers in music, from her time with Rilo Kiley to her solo career. Her first solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, was an instant classic. It was folky with a soul feeling mostly thanks to the vocal assist from the Watson Twins. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat, and Lewis […]

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Florist – “The Birds Outside Sang”

Florist – “The Birds Outside Sang”

Florist’s Emily Sprague has been writing music for a surprisingly long time for someone so young. Years ago, Sprague played music in upstate New York. In Albany, she met members of The Epoch, a collective of artists including Bellows, eskimeaux, Told Slant, and Small Wonder. After that, she moved to Brooklyn to collaborate with Epoch members. Shortly after the move, Sprague […]

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Martin Courtney – “Many Moons”

Martin Courtney – “Many Moons”

New Jersey’s Real Estate are one of the finest bands out there today. Their laid back vibe and crisp guitar work are staples of the Real Estate sound. It’s no surprise lead singer Martin Courtney’s debut solo record, Many Moons, was one of the most laid back and clean-sounding records of 2015. Courtney is the latest of the Real Estate […]

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Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Daughter – “Not To Disappear”

Over the last few years, Daughter have reached popularity that lead singer Elena Tonra probably never conceived when she started performing as Daughter in 2010. However, her stark, honest music resonated with many music fans around the world. Their 2013 record If You Leave is an amazing record, and one of the best of that year. In 2016, the London-based […]

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