Builder of the House

Today we have a special treat from Portand, Maine indie-folk group Builder Of The House. It’s the project of Robert Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen, who recently released their new EP Hourglass, their first release on Louisville record label, sonaBlast! Records.

Builder of the House have a brand new music video for “A Plot In Falmouth,” and they have given us the honor of premiering it to the world. It’s a smokey and mysterious track and its video features an all too perfect short film, that gets tied into footage of the band playing along. The video was directed by Derek R. Brigham, Rob Cimitile, and Will Porensky.

Find the video below, and head to iTunes to pick up a copy of their Hourglass EP.

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In mid-March British rockers Palma Violets made their return to New York to play some songs from their new album Danger In The Club. I caught their rowdy sold out performance at Baby’s All Right on March 18, a show that literally saw parts of the soundproofing on the ceiling fall on top of the crowd.

Before the show, I met up with Palma Violets bassist and singer Chilli Jesson, along with the bands merch guy and unofficial 5th member, Harry Violent (he introduces the band before every show), backstage to talk about their new album, their return to America, and expectations from their fans and themselves.

Last week Danger In The Club was released via Rough Trade Records, and the band is back in New York for a performance at Bowery Ballroom tonight (tickets available here) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night (tickets here).

Find our entire conversation prior to the Baby’s show posted below:


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On Thursday night New York duo Tanlines played a sold out Bowery Ballroom, their second New York show in two days (they played Rough Trade NYC the night before). The shows came one week ahead of the release of their brand new album Highlights (out via True Panther Sounds), their first new album in three years. The show featured a great opening set from the one-man show Mas Ysa who had a firm hold over those early enough to catch him.

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Last night Kaiser Chiefs returned to New York to play a packed Irving Plaza as a part of the final leg of their U.S. tour for 2014’s Education Education Education & War. I last caught them last summer at the Firefly Music Festival, along with an intimate performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg early last year. Both shows were fun energetic showings that left me craving the next performance, and last night the boys from Leeds delivered in every way imaginable.

The crowd was surprisingly filled with fans of all ages, with many of the British transplants finding their way into the building. There aren’t many fanbases quite as devoted as English fans are, and this played perfectly true last night, right from the start of the show opening performance of “The Angry Mob.” Kaiser Chiefs know a thing or two about song selection and giving their fans what they want. They took the best cuts from Education Education Education & War (“Ruffians on Parade,” Misery Company,” “Coming Home,”) and fit them snugly aside the crowd-busting best of cuts from throughout their career.
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Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Gov Ball After Dark

Believe it or not, Governors Ball is right around the corner, less than a month away. Along with the festival comes a great series of more intimate afterpartys at venues across the city. Irving Plaza are hosting a bunch of great “After Dark” shows which include Benjamin Booker (Thu, 6/4), Atmosphere (Fri, 6/5), and Chronixx & the Zinfence Redemption (Sat, 6/6).

We got a pair of tickets to give out to all three of the shows. To enter to win a pair of tickets,
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Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt will be playing alongside Courtney Barnett next week for three sold out shows at Bowery Ballroom, along with a show of their own at Rough Trade. The shows are in support of their new album Time To Go Home, which is out now via Hardly Art.

The group recently released their music video for album track “Joke,” using footage they took of themselves out on the road for their recent spring tour across the country. Shake weights are involved. It’s great.

Catch the video posted below, along with the rest of their U.S. tour dates.

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Oscar - Beautiful Words EP

With every move and release British wonder Oscar Scheller continues to find new ways to leave me impressed. So naturally, I’m very excited that he’s announced that his debut EP Beautiful Words, will be released on June 23 via Wichita Recordings.

I fully expected him to return with songs more in the pop-rock vein of the wonderful “Daffodil Days,” (which appears on the EP as well) but he surprised me with the new direction he’s laid out with “Beautiful Words.” His warm vocals rise above the lush synths and electronic beats, creating a different avenue for him to win us over. There’s underlying elements of hip-hop in there as well, showcasing his electric and varied taste.

As the opening track of the EP, it sets the tone and paves the way for the other rich wonders that Scheller has set for us not only on this release, but in the future.

Stream “Beautiful Words” below.

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