CMJ FOTOS: Kid Karate, Prides, Orbits, The History of Apple Pie, Islands

It can be easy to become lost in the wave of CMJ Music Marathon concerts that filled venues across New York City from October 15-19, challenging both audiences and performers alike to the ultimate endurance test. It is titled Marathon, after all. But more often than not, becoming “lost” is only part of the experience […]

FOTOS: Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, LVL UP

On a rainy and unseasonably warm night in New York, Shea Stadium hosted the Exploding In Sound-heavy Frankie Cosmos, Palehound, Kal Marks, and LVL UP. As the crowd filtered in, Frankie Cosmos set the vibe for the evening. Greta Klein’s smooth voice and quirky lyrics drew in the crowd–some singing along, some dancing with a […]

FOTOS: Boytoy, Rathborne and Roman

After an overcast day over Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a crowd gathers at the Knitting Factory on July 13. First on stage is ROMAN, armed only with a laptop connected to a pedal board, an electric guitar and his voice. As his intricately layered beats are cued perfectly by a tap on a pedal, the humble crowd […]

FOTOS: Turnip King, Grand Resort, Sun Club, The Doozies and Girl Toy

On Friday, April 26 at Brooklyn, New York’s Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, the crowd’s electric energy through the night gave way to mosh pits. As Girl Toy, Washington D.C.’s The Doozies, Annapolis’ Sun Club, Brooklyn’s Grand Resort and Turnip King graced the stage, roaring sets ranging anywhere from garage punk to summery fuzz-pop to lo-fi […]

FOTOS: Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood

On Friday, April 12 in a small venue on Varet Street in Brooklyn, New York, better known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, Exploding in Sound hosted a showcase of loud and thumping sets from Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood. Past a think cloud of cigarette smoke and incense came The Hot Flood, […]

Spitzer Space Telescope Plays One-Off Show in NYC

When Chicago-based musician Spitzer Space Telescope is not fiercely strumming his guitar and belting shanties out his lungs, he’s an enormously devoted painter who is preparing for upcoming graduate school to continue his studies in the fine arts. So New York City was lucky Sunday night when the troubadour played a one-off show at Manhattan’s Living Room […]

TBJ’s One-Year Geburtstag in Brooklyn, New York

We did enough promotion for our one-year anniversary that we don’t have to talk about it any more now, but we would like to thank all of the bands (Cymbals Eat Guitars, Grooms, Pretty & Nice, Maquina Supervium) and DJ Kevin Fowler, say that Shea Stadium is the shit and that they’re great to work […]

Photos: Pretty & Nice at Mercury Lounge in NYC

Back in November when Boston’s Pretty & Nice played Le Loft in Brooklyn for their EP release show, some fine photos surfaced on QRO Magazine, featuring P&N and Grooms, who also played at the show. Well, P&N came back to New York last weekend to play a concert at Mercury Lounge and QRO was there […]

New Sounds from New York: A.K.

On Tuesday, December 11, four bands played a tightly packed show at the Legion bar in Brooklyn. Presented by The Louisiana Purchasing Company, the show was the first in a while for Brooklyn’s own Alexandra Kalinowski, known to her friends and fans simply as “A.K.”  A.K. is semi-new to the Brooklyn scene, although she’s been playing […]

Ben Gibbard Plays New Record and Old Songs on his Solo Tour

Everyone has their soundtrack to their middle school, high school, and college years: songs that connect memories with feelings, making you recall specific moments of your past that you were sure you had forgotten. On and off throughout those years, Ben Gibbard‘s youthful voice used to blast through my car stereo’s speakers, helping me figure […]