The Thing in the Spring Is Still the Thing For Spring

Festival season is already underway, and with it means painful choices. Those choices aren’t limited to which artists to see, however. They also include how much money to spend, and unfortunately, that can end up being a fair amount. Between unforgiving schedules and high price points, attendees who simply want to see some good music […]

Talking Need to Feed with Roz and the Rice Cakes

Roz and the Rice Cakes may not yet be famous worldwide, but in the hearts of those that have gotten to know their music—particularly via one of their engaging, high energy live gigs—they hold a very special place. In fact it was the band’s super loyal fan base that foot the bill for the production […]

Marissa Nadler’s July

Read reviews of Marissa Nadler‘s past releases on the Internet and find the often-used adjective “haunting.” “Her vocals are haunting,” people write. I thought about this point while listening to her new record July (Scared Bones/Bella Union) in full for the first time, pondering how the adjective would take its form. [youtube http://youtu.be/oujt6RBhmog] In July, Nadler recalls […]

A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

FOTOS: Indian Rebound, Vundabar, Phone Home, Joes

The balcony is vacant, the door tightly shut to stave off winter’s air. On this particular night, Shea Stadium looks like just another nondescript building in the row of warehouses in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, but inside, a respectable audience huddles together, rocking to the music as 2013 comes to a close. Appropriately, Joes, brainchild of Harvard student Jason Hellerstein […]

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 […]

The Music Tapes’ Traveling Imaginary, In Real Life

The Traveling Imaginary came to New York City for a few nights in September and for a few hours the third story of a chapel became a gateway to another world. A place somewhere in the imagination of Julian Koster and The Music Tapes crew, outside of space and reality, where time stood still. A […]

Bent Shapes and the Art of Feeling Weird

Bent Shapes has strong connections to the band’s hometown of Boston and the music community there. Listening to the record almost drops you right into the streets, brick buildings everywhere and rats scurrying around corners. They’re the kids that worked behind the counter of the local thrift store, hocking treasures and oddities from lost decades. […]

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 […]