- pitchblak brass band
- you see us
- menahan street band
- aaron nevezie
- danger mouse
- the black keys
- brooklyn bowl
- le poisson rouge
- chanell crichlow
- alison shearer
- bryan walters
- brian lotze
- t.j. robinson
- alaina alster
- max sholl
- ben brody
- christ johnson
- ashley baier
Review:: You See Us | PitchBlak Brass Band
For Those Who Like: Menahan Street Band, N.A.S.A., N*E*R*D (if you were ever in marching band)
HOLY SHIT. This band kicks so much ass. If you have ears and like ANY type of music you need to listen to the PitchBlak Brass band. With ten members, all with varying musical backgrounds from going to highly respected music schools, to playing Carnegie Hall these kids know what’s up. This Brooklyn band may appear to be just a brass band by looking at them, but then you turn on their first full length entitled “You See Us” and not only do you see them, but their sound seeps into your soul.
Interview With: The Lawsuits
First off, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!
My name is Brian Dale Allen Strouse. I sing, play guitar & piano, and I am the chief songwriter for The Lawsuits.
You recently released your newest album, Cool Cool Cool. How have the fans reactions been so far?
The reaction has been good. We felt strongly about this album prior to it’s release, and we see this album as being the best thing that we’ve produced thus far. We intend on continuing to push the album with the hope that we can reach more people - There are quite a few individuals that haven’t heard the album that might just like it. It’s a matter of figuring out how to get it into their speakers.
In a recent interview, you guys have said that you will no longer stick to being only one kind of band that can only make one type of music. That’s something very admirable considering most people feel like they need to stick to certain standards. What made you come to this conclusion in really staying true to who you are?
Even in the most alternative circles you’ll find conformity. There’s always a blueprint to how you should think, or dress, or sound, or behave - I’ve tried to eliminate this from my life, and I believe the band embodies that, to some degree.
Review: This Is Home | Charlie Siren
For those who like: A Day to Remember, Bomb the Music Industry!, The Early November
Charlie Siren is a five-piece pop punk band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and sound like they fit right into the Warped Tour scene. And it turns out they should because they were selected as winners from a Battle of the Bands competition to play the well attended festival. This Is Home is the second full length from the band that was out this past October and has many pleasantries in the mix.
If you are someone who is always in a rush or does not like to take their time with things this band is for you. Not to say that the band is that way, but they play very FAST.
Review:: Moving Past | The Fold
The reason that I’m nearly two months late with this review is because I’ve just now finally finished listening to the record.
On Moving Past, the Chicago four-piece returns from a four-year drought with an album packed with emotion and positivity.
If opener “Different Kind of Disease” is any indicator as to the status of the band, then it’s safe to say the group knows what they’re doing. As the longest song on the album, the group mixes heavy drums, subtle piano, soaring guitars, and an infectious chorus into one, kicking the album off with a reassurance that The Fold are in a good place.
Review:: What We Signed Up For | July
Pop-punk is a tricky genre. For a sound that is so crucially simple, the potential for a generic outcome is always there. Though, there are the times where sticking to the basics produces the best results. On What We Signed Up For, the group does just that – keeping it simple to yield a strong finished product.
Interview With:: Nick Santino
We recently interview Nick Santino of Nick Santino & The Northern Wind. Nick is currently on a co-headlining tour with This Century. Check out our interview below!
Photo by: Sarah Hoffman
Most people would be familiar with you as the frontman of A Rocket To The Moon. What has been the biggest difference between playing in a band and doing more of a solo project as you are now?
It’s a little more honest. I can be myself. I don’t care about being this front man rockstar type that a lot of guys in bands want so badly. I just like being me and playing songs about my life.
Review:: Something About Knowing:: Maria Taylor
Maria Taylor is no rookie to the music game.
For more than ten years, she has been making her name throughout concert halls and records stores alike, as both a solo artist and a member of the duo Azure Ray, as well as being featured alongside Bright Eyes, Moby, and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, to name a few.
With her latest solo album, Something About Knowing, Taylor’s music carries plenty with it - an upbeat, yet dramatic feeling of calm hopefulness and eased tension, supported greatly by the evident transition Taylor has recently made into motherhood (heard clearly on the album’s title track).
Review:: Sound/No Sound | The Company We Keep
Now, The Company We Keep, which features the multi-talented Brian Southall, one of the components of that masterpiece, has emerged with a full-length debut album, Sound / No Sound – a powerful collection of electronic pop/rock from a collaborative supergroup effort.
While the lyrics and melodies were written by Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre, the vocal execution by Haden Brightwell does them a great justice. (sidenote: a recent update from the band states that on their upcoming tour, while Brightwell is unavailable, ex-BNO keyboardist and vocalist Kara Dupuy will be filling in, touring with Southall for the first time since the band’s split).
Review:: Rocket & The Ghost EP | Rocket & The Ghost
For those who like: Cayucas, phosphorescent, Islands, Perfume Genius
Listening to the self-titled EP from Rocket & the Ghost was a breath of fresh air. Something about this time of year makes the heart and mind want to listen to music that reflects the season and this EP does just that. It takes raw and melancholic elements of the Fall, while mixing in warm memories of the summer into a jangly groove induced record that makes you want to run and sing with the band, to just walk and give time to your thoughts.
Rocket & the Ghost recorded their five song EP live to tape at Excello Studios in Brooklyn working under the producer and creative director of Antfood, Wilson Brown. You can appreciate the sound and live feel that the record gives off. Something about the keyboard in this band really brings the sound together and molds it into a great creation that people want to hear. Especially in the track, “Howling” it begins a little slower than the previous songs, comparable to a gray day, then the falsetto vocals come in to reveal the lyrics “hide your own heart carefully” which make you analyze the song a little deeper. The vibe puts off a sad but hopeful tune with the ending words “keep on keeping on, keep on rolling on” which is simple but wise advice to give. However, the thing that truly gives it that extra kick is the keys.
Review:: Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die | Panic! At The Disco
With the band’s fourth full length, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, another album means another transformation. Opening with the heartbeat of the album’s second single “This Is Gospel (which also features a brilliantly shot music video),” Urie delivers a sort of mantra for the album as well as the band’s attitude as a whole – “The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds / but they haven’t seen the best of us yet.” Because as the band continues to release new albums, Urie continues to show us what he’s made of.
Review:: Norah June | Davy & Amelia
For those who like: Los Campesinos, San Cisco, Tilly & the Wall, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Something that can be said about this duo, Davy & Amelia is that they sure do love each other. The two are newlyweds with love in their hearts and passion in their songs, which is reflected in their four song EP titled Norah June after their new baby. The EP is a journey and a love story that when you press play you are along for the ride. You can feel their story progress from “The Summer” that changed their life to “Norah June” the song named after their daughter. The banjo strums seep through the songs and give a heartwarming feel to the mix. Listening to the lyrics, it is safe to assume that the album is autobiographical, and about their expedition of falling in love with one another.