Tag: Brooklyn

Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Since becoming a band in 2005, Woods have been a voice of optimism amid weary times. Based in Brooklyn, they have built a national fanbase with consistent sound and ideals all the way through. With their new project, Love is Love,  Jeremy Earl and his bandmates propose that we forget about the negative vibrations for a while… And it works. […]

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Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

Gentleman Brawlers – “Can’t Always” (video premiere)

There are two things we have to come to learn about Brooklyn/Queens collective Gentleman Brawlers. First, frontwoman Becca Fox loves to dance. In the band’s video “My Theory”, which we premiered eleven months ago, we watch her and her friends dancing in a New York City apartment and on the rooftop. Second, this is a band that will not abide […]

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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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SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

This is the time of year when the summer albums starting coming out, offering party anthems for people to waste away the long nights and sweltering heat. But in the case of art-pop quartet SOFTSPOT, their new album belongs more in autumn than in the months of April and May. Akin to Kate Bush’s and The Cure’s early works, Clearing […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – horses, punk rock, tacos, and Sharkmuffin

SXSW 2017 Memories – horses, punk rock, tacos, and Sharkmuffin

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Sharkmuffin. If you don’t know Sharkmuffin, […]

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The Dream Eaters – “Dead On The Inside” (single premiere)

The Dream Eaters – “Dead On The Inside” (single premiere)

Standing stoically in New York Harbor is the iconic Statute of Liberty. For 142 years, it has symbolized the very values expressed in the United States’ Star-Spangled Banner – freedom, opportunity, and courage. New York City itself has become the center of the American Dream, as tens of thousands of people descend upon its five boroughs each year to turn their […]

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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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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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