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Stream Lolawolf’s Debut Album: ‘Calm Down’

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

Lolawolf

You may know Zoƫ 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 Orwells at Irving Plaza (October 15, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014

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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.

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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.

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Mayer Hawthorne at Escape Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 28th 2014

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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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Jane’s Addiction at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

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After catching sets from Surfer Blood and Devo, it was time for the main attraction of the 3rd Annual CBGB Music Festival at Times Square, which was nonother than Jane’s Addiction.

Frontman Perry Farrell wasted no time getting well acquainted with the crowd, starting the set by entering the photo pit/VIP area to sing opening track “Up the Beach” directly to fans. He was a lively and entertaining frontman, stealing the spotlight often by diving into the crowd, going for an epic crowdsurf or two, or throwing himself around stage when he so desired. It was a nice contrast to the other 3/4 of the band, the calm cool of Dave Navarro who played with a lit cigarette hanging from his mouth, or the reserved but solid rhythem section of drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney.

I never expected I’d be able to catch Jane’s Addiction live, so getting to see them play was a pleasant bonus that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Here’s some photos of their performance, posted below.
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Devo at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

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It’s not every day you get to see a band of Devo’s status play. Especially not for free in Times Square But that’s exactly what happened a few weekends ago at the CBGB Music Festival, which hosted its 3rd year in the center of Times Square, allowing for a unique viewing experience, to say the least.

The group were fired up and showcased more energy than most of the younger bands that you see around the scene these days. They stuck to their hits (“Girl U Want,” “Whip It,” + “Uncontrollable Urge”) as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

For a free show, the frontline of the crowd featured all dedicated Devo fans, with the red hats and all, singing along to every song with a joyful passion that was infectious. It’s no surprise, Devo are legends of their time, and are still keeping the spirit very much alive today.

Find a giant photo set of photos from their set posted below.
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Surfer Blood at CBGB Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014 — with 1 comment

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A few weekends ago the CBGB Music Festival went down in Times Square, offering a free days worth of music from all kinds of great rock and roll bands. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it down in time for We Are Scientists (still kicking myself for missing them), but I did catch Surfer Blood.

Surfer Blood released their latest album Pythons last year, and played tracks such as “Demon Dance” and “Say Yes To Me” as well as older favorites like “Take It Easy” and Catholic Pagans.” Frontman John Paul Pitts had fun with the set, running into the photo pit, going under the stage (all white singing) and then entering the crowd to hang with the audience (which I believe included old band member Marcos Marchesani).

It’s always good to see these guys live, reminding me of the first time I saw them, in the early months of 2010. They’ve come quite a long way since then.

Find some more shots of their performance at the CBGB Festival posted below.
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Cosby – Heartracer

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

Cosby

Crosby is the synthpop duo out of Richmond, Virgina comprised of brothers Chris and Chip Cosby. It was just last year that they released their debut album In Flight.

They quickly returned with a follow-up single titled “Heartracer” that is an epic ode to 80s snyth-pop that calls to mind acts like Passion Pit and The Killers. Cosby aim big and they hit the mark in all the right ways.

Enjoy “Heartracer” below.
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