Adult Jazz

At first glance you may not see a connection between experimental rockers Adult Jazz and experimental hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces but you then realize that both of them are stretching the boundaries of their respected genres. So it makes sense in a way that they are working together, at least in the form of a remix.

Shabazz Palaces recently took Adult Jazz’s “Springful” and gave it a smokey late night feel, turning it inside out while also somehow letting its core stay intact.

Check out the remix below, via The Fader.

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You may know Zoë Kravitz as the daughter of Lenny Kravitz. Or as an actress whose most recently stared in films such as Divergent and X-Men:First Class. But she also makes music, in a band called Lolawolf. The group also features Jimmy Giannopoulos and James Levy from the band Reputante.

The group recently released their debut album Calm Down via Innit Recordings featured songs of late night passions that are shared through electronic music along with some unusual r&b influences. It takes the electronic/r&b hybrid that is starting to become the norm, and spins it on its head, creating something rather new and refreshing.

The album was premiered over at The Fader, and is available to stream in its entirety below.

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The Do

The Franco-Finish duo known as The Dø are gearing up the release of their new album Shake Shook Shaken on January 26, 2015, via their own label Siamese Squids.

They’ve recently released a colorful music video for album single “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy.” It’s a shimmering feel-good slice of synth-pop with big vocals from singer Olivia Merilahti. The track’s video was directed by Noel Paul and sees the duo hanging out near an airstrip with some big planes.

Check it out below.

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On October 16 British duo Royal Blood played The Marlin Room at Webster Hall along with Kan Wakan. It took me until the end of the show to realize it, but it was a special show simply for the reason that Royal Blood are already too big to play small places like that. As UK fans have been aware of for some time, these guys are destined for much bigger things.

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A few weeks ago The Orwells played their biggest show in New York City to date, a headlining gaunt at Irving Plaza. It was a great bill, rounded out by Skaters, as well as relatively newcomers The Johnnys.

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The Johnnys were up first. They’re a fairly new 4-piece out of New York who warmed up the very young crowd that filled in early for the show. There set breezed on by, but showed promise for sure. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from these guys very soon.


It seems like Skaters have been touring non-stop all year, already playing New York at Bowery Ballroom in February, and Governors Ball in June. This time around Kirk Schoenherr has replaced Myles Matheny in the live lineup, and the band had a few new songs to share. Otherwise, they delighted with the best cuts from their debut album Manhattan, which has been one of the more delightful rock offerings of the year.

Until this show, I somehow had never seen The Orwells live (but we’ve covered them on here, Daniel Topete shot them last year at Shea Stadium). It was long overdue, but worth the wait. The show was a part of the final leg of their tour for Disgraceland, which is one of the better rock albums 2014 has seen.

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Live, the group chug along with a youthful intensity, led by frontman Mario Cuomo. The band’s young spirit is seen through their dirty garage-rock licks which can go from chugging riffs to an almost blues-like saunters. Cuomo doesn’t hold back his goofy side on stage, when he’s not climbing speakers or going into the crowd. These guys are young, and do show their age at times, but do more than enough to put their talent on display, proving that the future of rock and roll is that much brighter with bands like The Orwells coming around.

Find photos of The Orwells, Skaters, and The Johnnys posted below.
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Ryn Weaver


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All photos by Dana Pacifico

Two weeks ago Ryn Weaver and Lia Mice played Baby’s All Right in what was a equally important show for the pair of ladies. Ryn Weaver, who blew up online over the summer, was making her NYC live debut, while Lia Mice was celebrating the release of her brand new album, I Love You.
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Who better to close out a festival than Gregg Gillis’ Girl Talk? The DJ/mashup artist knows how to create a live party atmosphere that can get the crowd going. He was the man booked to close out the first ever Escape Music Festival, and it was a grand old time.

The only other time I caught Girl Talk live was when he came to play at Binghamton University while I was a student there (it’s also the only show I’ve ever crowd-surfed at – yikes).

Thanks to the helpful guys over at The Most Definitely, I was able to get on stage with the man himself for a few songs, getting a whole new behind the scenes look at how Gillis operates. It was interesting to see how he blends the songs together, and to see how it all looks from his point of view.

It was an appropriate send off to the weekend of music at the Governors Beach Club and the Escape Music Festival.

Find a gallery of photos from Girl Talk posted below.

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Mayer Hawthorne delighted the crowd at the Escape Music Festival a few weekends ago with a fun late night set. Hawthorne, who released his latest album Where Does This Door Go last year, warmed us up from the damp weather that the night brought with a bright vibrant set that included a fun cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

It was my first time catching Hawthorne live, and I hope to catch a full club show from him sometime soon.

Find some photos from the performance posted below.

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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

With Death By Audio set to close its doors next month, every remaining show becomes that much more special. When you get a double bill that includes the Nashville, Tennessee tag-team of Jeff The Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, you know that they’re going to bring the party. Two Sundays ago the duo brought the fun to Death By Audio for a crazy show that was the first of a two night run in New York (coverage coming on night 2 soon as well).

Andrew St. Clair was there to capture all of the action for us in photos. Find his photo gallery posted below, which includes shots of openers Scully and Punani Huntah in addition to JTB + DP.

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