Tag: Brooklyn

Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

Rubblebucket – “If U C My Enemies” EP

In an era where imitation has become the road to success, Rubblebucket have stayed true to their roots in making funkified indie-pop music through unconventional ways. They are part marching band, part pop collective, and part Afro-funk quintet. Through seven outputs (four albums and three EPs), one thing is clear about Rubblebucket’s music – they have an uncompromising purpose to […]

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Fascinations Grand Chorus – “Actor/Actress” EP

Fascinations Grand Chorus – “Actor/Actress” EP

The name Fascinations Grand Chorus evokes the imagine of a large collective of talented artists with a very big sound. Part of this statement is true. The Brooklyn-based group’s music is infectious and summery, recalling the bubble-gum pop of the ’60s. But whereas it took a full band to support the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Shirelles, and Dusty Springfield, […]

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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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Magana – “Golden Tongue” EP

Magana – “Golden Tongue” EP

From behind the camera to composing the score for a short film to starting a musical project in 2012 called OH ODESSA, Jeni Magana is doing it all within Brooklyn’s thriving art community. To achieve what she has requires a tremendous amount of versatility and dexterity, where each of her senses must be finely honed. Textures must flow seamlessly and […]

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The Perennials – “The Perennials”

The Perennials – “The Perennials”

Fate. It’s an odd thing. One doesn’t need to be religious to believe that some events are meant to happen or that every decision or action has a consequence. When now husband-and-wife duo Pete and Amanda Wells descended on the small Italian village of San Lorenzo di Arzine to attend Bible school, they probably didn’t expect to meet their soul […]

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Kiirstin Marilyn – “Please Don’t Kiss Me” (video premiere)

Kiirstin Marilyn – “Please Don’t Kiss Me” (video premiere)

In a world of endlessly meaningless pop ballads, it’s good to know that some musicians are still using their art to convey a message that is about more than the pain of lost love. Not that lost love isn’t worth writing about, but with so many things going on around us that seem…well…wrong, creative protest has to have its place […]

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Belle Mare – “Heaven Forget”

Belle Mare – “Heaven Forget”

One of the most important characteristics any indie band must have is patience, and Belle Mare has it in spades. The project of Brooklyn couple Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone, Belle Mare quietly emerged on the indie music radar in 2013 when they shared their debut EP, The Boat of the Fragile Mind. It was filled with eight, stunning tracks […]

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Moji & The Midnight Sons – “Island” (single premiere)

Moji & The Midnight Sons – “Island” (single premiere)

Music history is littered with unexpected collaborations and bands. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings offer arguably the best example of a group coming together by chance and persistence. U2 formed when Larry Mullen put up a poster asking schoolmates to come out for a band practice. The Police’s formation started with a chance meeting and the good fortune of Gordon […]

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Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Psychic Twin – “Strange Diary”

Like a young child growing up, Erin Fein has nursed and watched her dream-pop project Psychic Twin mature. First conceived in 2010, Fein revealed Psychic Twin to the world in 2013 in a subtle yet explosive way. Her split single debut, featuring “Strangers” and “Dream State”, showcased a woman who deftly bridged reality with the dreamworld, much like what Beach […]

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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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Margaret Glaspy – “Emotions and Math”

Margaret Glaspy – “Emotions and Math”

Life’s choices are usually determined by two things – our feelings and calculating the risks, all of which are surmised in Margaret Glaspy‘s witty and cleverly titled debut full-length Emotions and Math. Although most of the songs on the album focus on well-covered themes of love and relationship. Emotions and Math is not the typical, gushy love record. At the […]

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Steve Gunn – “Eyes On The Lines”

Steve Gunn – “Eyes On The Lines”

By now, you know Steve Gunn‘s story – guitar player turned solo artist, whose 2014 album Way Out Weather was among the most rewarding and outstanding albums of that year. It was an emphatic statement by Gunn, proclaiming to the world that he legitimately belongs alongside the likes of Damien Jurado, Father John Misty, and Jack White as multi-talented artists who […]

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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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Big Thief – “Masterpiece”

Big Thief – “Masterpiece”

During a 2014 episode of Behind the Glass, Adrianne Lenker discussed how invigorated she felt by playing with a full band. Up to that point, the Minneapolis native was strictly a solo singer-songwriter, having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and garnering some buzz for her clever storytelling and classic folk sound, much like Bob Dylan. This moment […]

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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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Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Whether with their past bands or as individual performers, Benjamin Verdoes  (of alt-rock group Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band) and Nathan Quiroga (of the genre-blending, hip-hop collective Buffalo Madonna) have always been artists pushing the proverbial musical envelope while also writing songs that were far from the conventional. So when the two artists decided to join forces as Iska Dhaaf […]

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Gentleman Brawlers, “My Theory” (video premiere)

Gentleman Brawlers, “My Theory” (video premiere)

At what point can one say that a song sounds timeless? And can one say that a song two years old sounds fresh, inventive, and inspiring? Gentleman Brawlers’ single, “My Theory”, is one of those rare songs that feels brand new even though it was first released in 2014. In a time where music is dominated by pop melodies and […]

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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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Beverly – “The Blue Swell”

Beverly – “The Blue Swell”

Everyone has heard the old cliché that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So what’s the cliché with us? The answer is simple – create an album that sounds and feels like the ’80s and early ’90s, sprinkle in some crystalline guitars, and you’ll immediately grab our attention – or at least mine anyway. We’re talking about […]

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Monograms – “Downer” (video premiere)

Monograms – “Downer” (video premiere)

Brooklyn-based indie rock trio Monograms has the sonic solution to cure those pesky negative thoughts that plague us all from time to time. Their newest video, “Downer”, is awash in a neon rainbow palette with the pulsing visual energy of Silversun Pickups’ “Panic Switch”. The music here is reminiscent of early Bloc Party: from the first notes, your pulse quickens. You […]

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