Guardian Alien at Basilica Soundscape 2014

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2014

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Guardian Alien is the project of Brooklyn-based drummer Greg Fox, as well as vocalist Alex Drewchin. Their set at Basilica Soundscape yesterday served as my introduction to their work. All I can say is damn, Fox is one hell of a drummer.

Their songs are of the experimental/avant-garde world, with Drewchin’s vocals and electronic work built around the unstoppable steady force that is Fox behind the kit. Their songs took a while to get going, but once they hit that groove, it was hard not to be taken over by what they were doing.

Fox is so good behind his kit that Basilica brought him back out to play solo from an elevated area above the stage to warm the crowd before Swans took the stage. Now that’s saying something.
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Spoon at Central Park Summerstage (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2014

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Last night Spoon commanded a crowd at Central Park Summerstage for their first offical headlining NYC show while on tour for new album They Want My Soul. Sure they played Governors Ball, and a secret NPR show at Le Poisson Rogue (as well as McKittrick) over the summer, but this was the first headlining show of their own for the general public. They made it count, bringing along a terrific pair of headliners in !!! and Operators.
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Avi Buffalo – Memories Of You

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

Avi Buffalo

Next week (September 9) Avi Buffalo will return with their long-awaited new album At Best Cuckold, which will be released via Sub Pop.

We already heard the fantastic first single “So What”, and they’ve since followed that up with another album track, this time titled “Memories Of You.”

It’s a wondrous trip that dazzles with psychedelic elements, along with frontman Avi Zahner-Isenberg sounding eerily like Elliot Smith. It’s another encouraging sign for the new record.

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J Mascis – Wide Awake (Feat. Cat Power)

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

J Mascis - Tied To A Star

Last week Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis released his new album Tied To A Star via Sub Pop. One of the album highlights is “Wide Awake,” a love-sick duet with Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.

It features a sensitive sounding Mascis who sings over a gently finger picked acoustic guitar. Marshall’s vocals come in and the two delight in an entrancing fashion showing all kinds of emotional vulnerability. I never would have seen this collaboration coming, but I’m very glad that it exists.

Stream “Wide Awake” below.
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SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2014

SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

SBTRKT will return with new album Wonder Where We Land on September 23 via Young Turks.

“New Dorp. New York” is the album’s fantastic first single, and it features vocals from Ezra Koenig, of Vampire Weekend. It’s a tight funky track which uses Ezra’s distinctive vocals to its advantage. It’s a wonderful collaboration that is oddly seductive and a shit ton of fun. I’m loving it.

Stream it below, along with a live version that they performed live at Maida Vale for BBC.
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Joanna Gruesome

Photo by Andrew St. Clair

This Friday night Joanna Gruesome will play the last show of the Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport. The show is free to the public, and features an opening set from Big Ups.

Things kick off at 6pm, so make sure you don’t get there too late after work. We will have coverage of the show coming later the week. Hope to see you there!
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Perfume Genius – Queen

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2014

Perfume Genius - Too Bright

On September 22 Perfume Genius will release his new album Too Bright via Matador Records.

“Queen” is the first song shared from the album and its a heavy listen. It’s a track that hits the senses hard – from the synth-line to the drums – its hard striking song, yet also lush and romantic. There’s also some impressive production which gives it that much more of an edge.

Stream “Queen” below.
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DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2014

DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays call Brisbane home and just recently released a new album called Black Rat via Infectious Music.

Lead single “Less Out Of Sync” calls to mind Death From Above 1979. The duo chug out some killer sludge music that just calls for moshing in a grungy venue. It rides the tension that it builds towards, all leading towards a glorious release that will beg for you to hit the repeat button immediately after.

Stream it below.
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Blonde Redhead – Dripping

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2014

Blonde Redhead - Dripping

On September 2 Blonde Redhead will release their new album Barragán via Kobalt.

The first song to be shared from the album was called “No More Honey.” Since then, they have released a song called “Dripping”, a number that may make you do a double take to make sure that it is indeed a Blonde Redhead song. It features a chill dance groove that is rather pleasant and quite easy on the years. Change isn’t for everyone, but I think it works well for these guys.

Stream “Dripping” below.
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King Tuff – Eyes Of The Muse

By Will Oliver, August 22nd 2014

King Tuff

Kyle Thomas, otherwise known as King Tuff, will release his new album Black Moon Spell on September 23 via Sub Pop.

“Eyes Of The Muse” is the record’s first single, and it hits hard with plenty of classic rock influences at hand. His high-pitched vocals are an interesting combination with the hard slinging guitar riffage, but its a delightful tune, ideal for chill out listening with some nice weather to show.

Stream it below.
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