Tag: New York City

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Delve into Algiers’ fiery ‘The Underside of Power’ (album review)

Two years ago, Algiers announced themselves to the world with their raw but fiery debut album. Algiers introduced us to the intercontinental band’s kaleidoscopic sound that was unlike anything released that year or even in this decade. Elements of gospel, soul, post-punk, New Wave, blues, and indie rock were masterfully blended into a maelstrom of combustible sonic energy. Algiers’ brilliance […]

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Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings – ‘Sweet Thursday’ (EP review)

As time passes, Quinn Devlin is finding more ways to welcome us to his inner world. This time he’s opened his doors to optimism and four new tunes that will make you want to walk out in the sunset and dance. In a perfect marriage between Bad Company and Van Morrison, Quinn Devlin & the Bridge Street Kings‘ new EP, Sweet […]

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Thoughtdream – “Colette” (single premiere)

Thoughtdream – “Colette” (single premiere)

Chemistry. It’s more than just a science, especially when discussing the indescribable bond between two people. It often happens suddenly when two strangers meet, as a connection joins them quickly like a strike of lightning. Such encounters require a great deal of good fortune and luck, but when they occur something brilliant blossoms. For Jesse Flamand and Jeremy Rompala, their […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Hideout

SXSW 2017 Memories – Hideout

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 Hideout. Hideout is the project led […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Active Bird Community

SXSW 2017 Memories – Active Bird Community

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 Active Bird Community. The New York […]

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Loosie – “Today” (single premiere)

Loosie – “Today” (single premiere)

A year ago we shared a debut album from a most unusual music collective: The NYChillharmonic. This 22-piece group was our introduction to its composer and principal vocalist, Sara McDonald. Now we are honored to share the first single from her latest project, the dynamic, Brooklyn-based “fever dream pop” quintet, Loosie. Most people expect indie bedroom dream pop to consist of lo-fi instrumentation awash in heavy reverb. […]

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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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