Sam Levin has released his first album at the young age of 15 years old. In a time where so many young artists that make it big in music are doing pale imitations of pop stars like Justin Bieber, it’s refreshing to see a young artist come up who grew up listening to artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stone and Joni Mitchell.
His debut album is entitled Frame Of Mind and as described by Levin, is an album “about the last year and a half of my life.” At such a young age you’d wonder what he’d have to say, but based on one listen to single “Hide and Seek,” any doubts you had a quickly erased. Read the rest of this entry »
Audio Jane is a indie rock group from Hartford, Conneticut led by the vocals of singer Sarah Pech. The group released their new album Naive earlier in the month, packed with songs that should make fans of the 90s smile with glee.
Take for example the album’s lead single “High On You.” There’s a feeling of loss and nostalgia surrounding it, all while packing a nice light garage rock sound that is familiar but still ever so welcome.
Maryamais an artist who grew up in Iran, studying guitar with Iranian rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh.
She’s now a resident on Los Angeles, and has since encorporated sounds of jazz, soul, and world music to her rock roots. She’s recently released her new single “Where The Mermaids Are,” a lush song with an dreamy ambiance to it, a song that is accurately self-described as “weightless” and as if you are “floating in a sea of serenity.”
Yoke Lore, is the Brooklyn-based project of Adrian Galvin, previously of groups like Walk The Moon and Yellerkin. He’s preparing to release his sophomore EP Goodpain on June 16, and is going to be playing a few shows in New York City in support of The Overcoats (Rough Trade NYC on 4/20, Mercury Lounge on 4/21), and Shura (Bowery Ballroom on 4/25). Read the rest of this entry »
With the opening of the highly anticipated new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel, the venue has locked in an impressive lineup of shows that have put them on the map in a big way. One of the first batch of shows for the venue – which holds about 1,800 people – features three sold out performances from The Decemberists, as a part of their “The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök” tour, which included Julien Baker as the opening act. We were in attendance for night two of the run on April 18. Read the rest of this entry »
On an absolutely gorgeous Easter Sunday night, California’s own Chaz Bundick and The Mattson 2 rolled through New York City for a sold out show at the one and only Bowery Ballroom. The band is touring in support of their absolutely stellar new collaborative album, Star Stuff which came out in late March via Company Records. Along for the ride and kicking things off for the night was fellow Company Records label mate and fellow Californian, Madeline Kenney.
I don’t know how I made it all the way to 2017 without ever seeing Sondre Lerche perform live. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as I’ve always tried to find a way to see him perform, but it just never quite worked out. Well that finally changed this Saturday, April 15, when Sondre Lerche brought his tour to New York, where the Norwegian singer now resides (in Brooklyn to be exact).
The show came in support of his new album Pleasure, which he released earlier in March via PLZ. In fact, the show (and US portion of the tour) almost didn’t happen after Sondre’s keyboardist and bassist were denied entry to the country due to visa issues (this will sadly be a trend over the next four years). But Lerche’s drummer David Heilman quickly found two great musicians in Jordan Brooks and Alan Markley to fill in for them with only a few days notice. It was only the third show for this version of the band, but if Lerche hadn’t told us, you wouldn’t had been any the wiser. Read the rest of this entry »
Chances are you’ll best recognize Tom McClung as bassist of the now defunct British band Wu Lyf. Since their unceremonious split, all of its members have moved onto new musical endeavors, with McClung now making music by himself under the moniker Francis Lung.
Over the year’s he’s released two EPs, Vol I (Faeher’s Son) and Vol II (Mother’s Son), (both of which you can stream on his bandcamp page) and slowly but surely has built up a solid reputation as an artist on his own. Read the rest of this entry »
Vancouver indie rock outfit Said The Whale invaded Mercury Lounge on March 12 in support of their fifth full-length album, As Long as Your Eyes Are Wide (released via Hidden Pony Records). The group stated at the start of the show that since they were putting out a new record, they were going to play pretty much everything on it. “That’s what you do when you tour a record,” Ben Worcester said.
With a set list that eclipsed 17 songs, they did just that. But at the pace the group was rolling through the songs, there was a bit of a punk feel to the show, which Tyler Bancroft couldn’t help but note the comparison. There was nothing punk about the music, though. The songs off the new album have an indie pop shimmer, and there was a palpable energy in the crowd when they went through all the tracks. A fervent group of fans showed up in the middle of the week for the late show, and their songs had everyone in the crowd dancing. Read the rest of this entry »