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PHOTOS: Young Ejecta live at The Main II, SXSW 2015

I saw Young Ejecta first unexpectedly last year opening for Gazelle Twin. Back then, singer Leanne Macomber was accompanied by Joel Ford, who was playing the music, but for SXSW she was traveling light and alone: a smart choice given the special circumstances of the festival. Young Ejecta is doing[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Moon King – Secret Life

Moon King is the duo of Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde (not to be confused with West Coast psych band Moon Duo). That is pretty much all I knew, when I put on their new album Secret Life. The album opener Roswell sets the mood right and hits you hard[…]

First Listen: Arca – Xen

Last year, when FKA twigs broke out of obscurity with her EP1, no publication missed to mention that Kanye West contributor Arca provided and often it was more than just hinted that he was the genius behind twigs’ sound. Now, after twigs has proven that her vision is not dependent[…]

NEW ALBUM: Avid Dancer – 1st Bath

I decided to listen to 1st Bath, the debut album of Avid Dancer, simply because I was intrigued by the band name as well as the album cover. Several beats into the opening track All The Other Girls, I was already hooked and listened through the entire album and then a few more times on repeat. Different[…]

PHOTOS: Satorii live at Pianos

Spring has finally arrived in New York City, hand-in-hand with hundreds of people strolling down the busy streets of the Lower East Side, where doors and floor-to-ceiling-windows are being opened wide to welcome the long awaited warmer season. Everywhere something cool seems to be happening and those who were wandering around wanted to be part of[…]

NEW MUSIC: Olya – Lift Me Up

Here’s a new song titled Lift Me Up by Brooklyn’s OLYA. It starts slow, and I like the hint of menace in the piano line. Then at 1:30 the song changes pace with a fierce beat. OLYA is preparing their debut album, which will be released later this year. Lift Me Up[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare

Electronic music has changed a lot in the last decades and by now is splintered into numerous genres and sub-genres. In The Air Conditioned Nightmare Airick Woodhead, the man behind Doldrums, takes it back to a point before the various dance music styles began their raise to mainstream. In particular[…]

PHOTOS: Be Forest live at Valhalla, SXSW 2015

Be Forest are Costanza Delle Rose (bass, vocals), Erica Terenzi (drums, vocals) and Nicola Lampredi (guitar) a three piece from Pesaro, Italy. Their expansive tour also lead them to this year’s South By South West music festival, where they played several shows. I had the good fortune to catch them at “The International Shoegaze[…]

Song Picks of the Week

It’s because of this song, that I listened to the whole new album and will again, later… Listen to our Song Pick Of Monday Love, Texas by Marriages and tell us what you think: Song Pick of Tuesday: Northern Irish band Girls Names likes long slow building songs, like Zero[…]

PHOTOS: Letters To Nepal live at Arlene’s Grocery

Third time’s the charm, no? Last Saturday, at the Lower East Side’s long standing music venue Arlene’s Grocery, I saw Letters to Nepal for the third time. First time happened more or less accidentally at Spike Hill and then the second time at Bar Matchless  for CMJ 2014 (photos & review).[…]

PHOTOS: The Snaz live at Trophy Bar, SXSW 2015

The Snaz is a young four-piece band from Vermont: They are remarkable, because Dharma, Mavis, Zach and Nina are neither siblings nor carefully selected by some cunning producer. They are just (?) four teenagers who have been working together creatively for about three years and that to great results. Their[…]

NEW ALBUM: Marriages – Salome

When I decided to listen to Salome, Marriages first full length studio album (after the 2012 released EP Kitsune), I just went through the list of titles and picked the one that was at that very moment most appealing to me Love, Texas – just having come back from Austin, TX…[…]

The Wans live at The Studio At Webster Hall

The Wans are a three piece from Nashville, TN and ever since I listened to Never Wins, I was hooked and wanted to hear more! Luckily, there’s plenty of great material, yet listening at home is one thing, and live a whole different story! Browsing (and listening!) to all the bands[…]

FIRST LISTEN: Lower Dens – Escape from Evil

I’ve been following Baltimore band Lower Dens since their 2010 debut Twin-Hand Movement, which was quite a dark and obscure affair. Their third record Escape from Evil has evolved from that place into almost pop territory: many tracks, like lead single To Die in L.A add bright synth lines and[…]