Tag: Brooklyn

The National's new album, Sleep Well Beast, comes out Sept. 8.

First Impressions: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (album review)

The National are arguably one of the best studio bands making music these days. The Brooklyn-based indie band with a global appeal have been crafting their non-traditional rock sound for nearly 20 years, delivering genre-defining albums like Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010). Now with their seventh studio LP, Sleep Well Beast, we examine where this “thinking person’s rock” band stands. Does this album […]

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LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

Sometimes with an album review it’s difficult to properly convey the range of emotions that are expressed throughout a record. Not so with the newest, post-breakup album by seminal New York band LCD Soundsystem. Six years ago the band disappeared, and with that their sonically danceable music seemed to belong to the history books. They have since reunited for their […]

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PEP – “Run” (single premiere)

PEP – “Run” (single premiere)

The sitcoms of the ’70s and ’80s had great theme songs. Some of them are even considered among the best songs in television history. Who can forget the jingles to Different Strokes, Facts of Life, Perfect Strangers, and Love Boat? Then there are the classics like Family Ties, Silver Spoons, and la crème de la crème, Cheers. Right from the opening notes, you knew […]

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Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Big Thief – ‘Capacity’ (album review)

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Thief released their first LP, Masterpiece, an album which solidified the Brooklyn-based quartet as one of the best new bands. Almost immediately after Masterpiece appeared on countless year-end lists, Big Thief announced their second record, Capacity. It seemed a fairly short amount of time between records, as many people, including myself, were still immensely enjoying their […]

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Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (album review)

One of the great success stories of the past decade is Cigarettes After Sex, which started off as a dorm-room project of Greg Gonzalez. Without any support from a label, Gonzalez and his band’s success grew through the internet, as their hazy, immersive cinematic-pop was endlessly played on YouTube, SoundCloud, and every streaming service imaginable. What’s even more impressive is […]

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Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings – “Three Star Cellophane Cocaine Brain” (single premiere)

We’re going to make a bold prediction right now: Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings will grace the Quad Stage at Newport Folk Festival within five years (and probably less). This collective from New York City is that good. They first caught our attention last October with “Deep In Your Heart,” a classic soul/folk-rock song that echoes Van Morrison back in the […]

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Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

Shea Stadium Benefit Show (Photo Essay)

For the past eight years, Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium has been a home away from home for many. Shea is a welcoming space with wonderful people and, always, incredible music. From its long stairway to the show space to the swordfish on the wall to the string light sculpture hanging above the stage, Shea had a unique charm. Sadly, after […]

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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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