One of the great things about New York City is that there are always incredible show opportunities knocking at your door. With this gig, I get to go to a lot of great shows. But even so, I never got to experience something like the special show that I saw tonight put on by Sofar Sounds. Read the rest of this entry »
The A.V. Club runs a video series called “Undercover”, where they bring bands in to their office and allow them to play a cover. Only, it has to be one of the covers that they have on a list, and once a song is taken, you have to choose from the songs other bands have passed over.
Real Estate recently stopped by and ended up cover The Cranberries “Linger.” It works out very well, sounding like it could have been one of their own songs.
The Tins have released a great new video for Young Blame EP offering “If You Want To Navigate.”
The black and white video was made by Armenian fans of The Tins, who shot a freddie mercury look-a-like who takes his talents into the street along with a white cat. It’s a great watch, and premiered last week on Entertainment Weekly.
Tonight Arcade Fire began their 3-night jaunt at Barclays Center. I got photos and a review of the show coming tomorrow. It was a powerful and memorable performance, as usual.
On The Reflektor tour they have been covering songs of a locally affiliated band at each show. For their first NYC regional cover of the weekend, they did Buster Poindexter’s (The New York Dolls’ David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot.” This came after The Reflektors (big heads) rocked out New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.”
They also worked in a very brief cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” that went right into “Keep The Car Running.” It was all but a tease. Hopefully we get a full LCD Cover later this weekend.
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has announced the quick follow-up to his debut album Lysandre, which came out early last year. The new album is called A New Testament, and that’s it’s album art posted above. It’s out on September 30 via Turnstile Music. John Anderson, Danny Eisenberg, and Darren Weiss, all of whom played with Owens in Girls, have featured contributions on the album.
“Nothing More Than Everything To Me” is the first single to be shared from the record, and it’s a country inspired rock tune with Owens now signature songwriting sound. It’s a lot more upbeat that almost anything heard on Lysandre, which may please some fans.
If you haven’t already, check out the simple but dazzling video for album track “No Werewolf.” It doesn’t seem like much at first, but you won’t be able to look away from the art that Mikhail Sadovnikov has created. The track itself is a sunny instrumental that would be perfect for a long walk on a beach.
Ty Segall’s epic new album Manipulator will drop later this month via Drag City. Last week the legend himself dropped by Conan to play a rocking anthem from the album known as “Feel.” Ty and the band always destroy live, and this performance is no different.
Alvvays’ self-titled debut album has emerged as one of the most pleasant delights of 2014, serving as the soundtrack of my summer as of late. One of the standouts is the charming “Archie, Marry Me”, a song that’s becoming one of my most listened to of the year.
The band have released a simple but enjoyable video for the single that does the job just fine. It was directed by Gavin Keen & Allison Johnston, and can be watched below. Read the rest of this entry »
Foxygen had a wild 2013, one that most people will remember for all the drama that the band endured. Unfortunately all that seemed to overshadow the fact that they released We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, an album that landed on my best albums of 2013 list.
I assumed it would be a while before we heard new music from the guys, but that’s far from the case. They’ve announced that they got a new album on the way, and it’s an epic. It’s called …And Star Power and features 24-tracks, running at a lengthy 82-minutes. Wow. Read the rest of this entry »
Real Estate make the sort of songs that have a timeless feel to it, especially on their wonderful new album Atlas, which has been one of my favorite ones of the year.
“Had To Hear” is one of the best tracks off of Atlas, and it’s music video perfectly captures its mindset. It’s a simple video featuring the band on tour in Mexico City, exploring the city and playing a show. It’s directed by Richard Law, and can be found below. Read the rest of this entry »