Michael Cullen True Believer v 2.0 4PAN1T

Australian singer Michael Cullen released his new album True Believer just this October.

Back in the 80s Cullen played in a number of post punk bands in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s including No Man’s Land, The Hardheads and Watershed.

He plays old semi-acoustic guitars and makes his music with tape machines, tube microphones and other analogue equipment. Which makes sense when you listen to the retro sounds that he shared with the world on the new record. He knows a thing or two about songcraft.

Below, get a taste of the record with album track “Nothing Special,” a song which finds Cullen hit his stride with a song packed with classic grooves and melodies that find a way to get stuck in your head. 
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Manilow – Missing

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014 Listen Rock Stream

Manilow press

Back in October, London post-punkers Manilow released their new EP Cease and Desist. The three-piece aim to channel the classic London punk sound seen in so many greats before them, but in a refreshing manner.

But there’s more to them than just that. Live, they’ve garnered comparisons to bands such as Wire, Sonic Youth, Bauhaus and Television.

Take the EP’s fierce track “Missing” which chugs along with some tight riffs and vocals that sound readymade for some dingy British pubs.

It can be found below.

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Aubergine Machine – Sundown

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2014 Dance Electronic Listen Stream

Sundown Single Cover

Aubergine Machine come from Florida and bring that hot summer sensation to their new single “Sundown,” their third of the year. It has a brash poppy nature to it, almost reminiscent to the poppier electronic moments from Sleigh Bells.

They set out to create an electornic sound that feels “warm and breezy,” one that “captured the feel” of Southern Florida. I think they definitely captured that. Too bad they released it during the winter, but there’s always the summer of 2015..

Stream “Sundown” below.

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Interview: Julian Casablancas

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2014 — with 1 comment Interview


(photo taken at Governors Ball 2014)

Julian Casablancas is a man that needs no introduction. When he’s not fronting a little rock band known as The Strokes, he’s singing along with Daft Punk or doing his own solo work with his new band The Voidz.

He’s currently on tour with The Voidz in support of their debut album Tyranny. They’re dropping back into New York City tomorrow night for a homecoming show at The Hammerstein along with Shabazz Palaces and Blood Orange. (Tickets are on sale here)

I had the honor and privilege of chatting with Julian over the phone last Friday night, right before he performed with The Voidz in Toronto. We spoke about the new project, life on the road, what success means to him at this point in his career, as well as the goal of his label Cult Records.

Find our conversation posted below.

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Next Monday night English three-piece The Wytches will play Mercury Lounge, a quick return trip after blazing through sets at CMJ this year in support of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader. The show will also feature support from LORDO and local favorites, The Teen Age.

Tickets for the show are still on sale, but I got a pair of tickets to give away to one of you. To enter, simply leave a comment below. I’ll pick a winner and notify them as soon as possible.

Please note: This is an early show. Doors are 6:30

Good luck!
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All photos by Andrew St. Clair

On Sunday, November 2, Deerhoof were the surprise headliners at Death By Audio, the Brooklyn venue that is closing up shop this Saturday night.

The show was one of four in New York that week for the experimental rock group, who recently released their rock solid new album La Isla Bonita.

Andrew St. Clair was at the show, and captured the evening in photos. Find his shots posted below, which also include opening acts Father Murphy, Dan Firel, and Palberta.

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All photos by Dana Pacifico

On Saturday November 1 L.A. three-piece The Glitch Mob returned to New York City for the first time since Governors Ball to play at The Hammerstein Ballroom. The stop was a continuation of the tour for their new album Love Death Immortality, which was released earlier in the year.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was at the show and captured the performance in a wonderful set of photos. Find them posted below.

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After catching the first night of Wilco’s sold out 3-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, I was fortunate to attend the third night thanks to a bit of good luck and kindness from our very own Dana Pacifico.

The show continued the celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of America’s finest, and the setlist was much more favorable than the first night (in my opinion). It’s amazing that Wilco played 90 songs throughout all three nights, doing no repeats, making each show truly special and unique for all those lucky enough to be in attendance.

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All photos by Jayson Yee

Last Monday night Montreal’s Stars stopped by for an intimate showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of their newly released album No One Is Lost. This show was their second in New York in the last few month, with the band playing in Central Park in October for the first ever Modern Sky Festival.

Jayson Yee was at their show in Brooklyn last week, and got some shots of the action. Catch a photo gallery of the performance posted below.

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