Tag: New York City

Half Waif – ‘form/a’

Half Waif – ‘form/a’

It’s been an odd winter in New York, and a perfect time for a new Half Waif release. The weather boomerangs between warm and blizzard, never allowing you more than a week of wearing the same jacket. But it brings you to a middle ground – you find a coat that is warm enough to let you shiver to work but not so heavy that […]

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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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Verona – “Pennylane” (single premiere)

Verona – “Pennylane” (single premiere)

We have all heard the saying that for us to rise we must first fall. For many of us, we have experienced this first hand, reaching rock bottom before finding our feet and rising again. It’s never an easy situation, especially after one has had her heart ripped out of her soul and crushed right in front of her. Heartbreak […]

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Lake Ruth – “The Greenfield Industrialist” (single premiere)

Lake Ruth – “The Greenfield Industrialist” (single premiere)

For months, a super-group collaboration has been receiving a lot of buzz and rightfully so (it involves Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs), but another one deserves to receive the same amount of attention. Formed late in 2015, Lake Ruth comprises of frontwoman and singer Allison Brice (The Eighteenth Day Of May), instrumentalist Hewson Chen (The New Lines), 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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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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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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Kirsten Izer – “Burning Out”

Kirsten Izer – “Burning Out”

Location: New York, New York Members: Kirsten Izer For those who like: Angel Olsen, Waxahatchee, Lady Lamb Our take: We found this track completely by accident. It wasn’t sent to us, but just a random find on SoundCloud. It only took one listen for us to say, “Wow!”. And to think, “Burning Out” is a demo. On this single and […]

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Dicey Hollow – “Silver and Sand”

Dicey Hollow – “Silver and Sand”

Location: New York City Members: Dicey Hollow are Petter Ericson Stakee, front man of Alberta Cross, and his long-time friend, Jamie Biden. For those who like: Alberta Cross, Jason Isbell, Strand of Oaks Our take: “Silver and Sand” sounds like a song that two friends have long wanted to perform for years, and now they finally have the opportunity. Stakee […]

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BAILE – “Down”

BAILE – “Down”

Location: New York City Member: Reed Kackley is BAILE For those who like: Flume, Tycho Our take: “Down” is a breathtaking and hypnotic electronic track with ambient textures. It resonates with the electronic music that is mostly associated with Europe, as BAILE focuses on creating lush and dynamic sounds as oppose to pulsating and polarizing beats. Instead, there is a […]

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MAINLAND – “Outcast”

MAINLAND – “Outcast”

Location: New York, New York Members: MAINLAND are Jordan Topf (lead vocals, guitar), Corey Mullee (guitar), Alex Pitta (bass), and Dylan Longstreet (drums). For those who like: Passion Pit, Breakfast, Cheerleader Our take: It’s summertime and there is no shortage of songs that are competing to be the anthem of June, July, and August. The latest contender is “Outcast” by […]

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Joshua Zeke Thomas ft. Chuck D & Jasiri X – “Blackness”

Joshua Zeke Thomas ft. Chuck D & Jasiri X – “Blackness”

  Not all children with famous mothers and fathers follow in the footsteps of their parents. For Joshua Zeke Thomas, the only thing that he adopted from his father, NBA legend Isiah Thomas, was his nickename – “Zeke”. Whereas his father moved with grace on the hardwood and made people awe at his ability to make shots from any spot […]

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Raccoon Fighter – “15 Minutes”

Raccoon Fighter – “15 Minutes”

  Brooklyn-based, Queens, New York natives Raccoon Fighter are one of those indie-rock bands that sneak up on you. They’re the type of band that may hasn’t had a massive hit yet they have a pretty decent size fan base. A big part of that is their live shows, which are blazing, blasting, energetic spurts of entertainment. And in a […]

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Artiste5 authored by EZTV – Dream Collaborations

Artiste5 authored by EZTV – Dream Collaborations

New York City’s EZTV are preparing for the launch of their debut album, Calling Out. We – specifically me – jumped the gun by reviewing the album last month because I got the memo about the release date being pushed back by a month. But if you’re curious as to what I had to say about the New York City […]

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VÉRITÉ – “Rearrange”

VÉRITÉ – “Rearrange”

  Kelsey Byrne’s story is a familiar one for many musicians around the planet. For years, she toiled in odd jobs, including as a waitress while writing and performing music on the side. Eventually, she decided to just focus all her energies into singing and songwriting. The result is a growing popularity, as the young New York City resident has […]

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Gerard Smith’s folk-rocker, “Odessa”

Gerard Smith’s folk-rocker, “Odessa”

  How does an independent artist create a large following? First, making music that appeals to many is a start. The second way is to blitz social media, following as many people as possible and be gracious about them following back. Third, play in as many venues in one’s hometown, building a groundswell of support at the grassroots level. Such […]

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Lucian X Remmi – “Bobby K”

Lucian X Remmi – “Bobby K”

  We love collaborations, and we often wonder why two individuals just don’t stick together and form a band. Such is the case with the one-off project by Lucian X Remmi, who have released the fantastic “Bobby K”. The song is a buzzing electro-pop song. But unlike many tracks from this genre that tend to focus on relationships, Lucian X […]

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Blonde Maze – “Oceans” EP

Blonde Maze – “Oceans” EP

Blonde Maze, the moniker of New York City musician Amanda Steckler, has tickled our auditory senses for the past few months. We’ve featured her first two singles on a previous Weekend Showcases (April 3 and May 8). However, singles only give you a quick peek inside the artist. It is on albums – whether EPs or LPs – where we […]

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Blonde Maze – “Awake / Asleep”

Blonde Maze – “Awake / Asleep”

  It wasn’t too long ago when we were introduced to Amanda Steckler – a.k.a. Blonde Maze. The New York City resident dazzled us with her gorgeous first single, “Summer Rain”. She follows that up with another soothing, lush, electro-pop song, “Awake / Asleep”, which has hints of Grimes. She also released a couple of weeks ago the fantastic “Ocean […]

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The Bright Smoke – “Terrible Towns” (review + exclusive track-by-track commentary)

The Bright Smoke – “Terrible Towns” (review + exclusive track-by-track commentary)

Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business – everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs. ~~~ David Lynch, renowned filmmaker, director, and television creator. Time is everything. It governs our schedules and the events around […]

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