Anya Wassenberg

You know how your parents tell you to get a real job – meaning, something like a doctor or a lawyer and not as a musician or artist? Lily Lambert forestalled all parental criticism by going for both. After successfully obtaining that law degree, the Irish-Welsh singer/songwriter headed for New York City to pursue her […]

  Anya Wassenberg

“It’s my fifth studio album and I’m pretty excited about that,” says Karl Wolf of his new release, Stereotype. “This album is a little different.” “This album goes in a different direction – let me show the world what I have inside of me. I want even the haters to hear this album,” he says. […]

Straight up blues with an electronic chaser – that’s the winning combination of Tomás Doncker with his Tomás Doncker Band in Moanin’ at Midnight – The Howlin’ Wolf Project (independent – July 8, 2014). Tomás is the head of True Groove Records and a veteran of New York City’s music scene since the early 1980’s, […]

  Anya Wassenberg

My people are coming for what’s ours Going all out ‘cause it’s now or never, ‘breakin’ the chain, we gon’ sever… In the world of North American pop music, ‘being political’ is seen as a choice – something of a fashion statement at times. But depending on where you live, just talking about everyday realities […]

  Anya Wassenberg

Sometimes everything just comes together at the right time, as it seems to be unfolding with Scottish punk duo Hello Creepy Spider (Matt Johnston, Stef Watt), whose album I Don’t Wanna Die In A Fire was just released May 12. With the frenetic energy of early punk releases, the duo takes their inspiration from bands […]

  Vincent Perretti

It’s been three years since we heard from Jenn Wasner & Andy Stack. 2011’s Civilian wasn’t necessarily a major commercial but it found success after The Walking Dead featured its titular track. However, in those three years, those two found something special in their sessions together leading up to Shriek and oh how grateful we should be. The project […]

  Anya Wassenberg

It’s hard not to slip a bad pun or two into a piece about Kelis‘ new release Food (out on British indie label Ninja Tune – April 22, 2014). The track list, after all, does include titles like Breakfast, Hooch, Cobbler, Friday Fish Fry, Biscuits n’ Gravy and Jerk Ribs. I’ve always thought food and […]

  Vincent Perretti

Artists have a tendency to show their roots whether it’s the music that inspired their current love for music or the nations that raised them. The Band Called FUSE hails from a multitude of locations bringing diversity to the crafting table when writing starts. Sometimes the results could be a lackluster cluster of noise due to the […]

  Vincent Perretti

Annie Clark is not your normal artist. Every album has worked itself into this great little niche she’s been carving out where the music is challenging yet invasive. Debuting withMarry Me back in 2007, her sophomore album Actor (2009) was an incredible feat of balance between melodic pop and dangerous lyrics. I mean, with a track called “Laughing With […]

MaicaMia’s second album, des era (released on January 28) was recorded in the group’s native Montreal and at their own studio last year.  The group’s core consists of Maica Armata (guitar and vocals) and Jonny Paradise (drums and sampler) and they’ve recently added bassist Mauro Pezzente to flesh out their sound, along with a few […]

  Anya Wassenberg

Vancouver native and lead guitarist of Marianas Trench, Matt Webb just released his latest solo EP Right Direction on February 4 (Get it on iTunes) and he’ll be on the road in his first solo headlining tour through March 2014 (dates listed below). He’s a multiple award winner with Marianas Trench (JUNO for Group of the Year, […]

  Anya Wassenberg

Available at iTunes and on the music player on his website. In the dead of winter, I can’t help but react favourably to a dose of anything tropical; a hypnotic bass line and a Red Stripe can go a long way towards lightening the winter gloom. Boston-based Mighty Mystic is a fixture on the U.S. East Coast […]

  Anya Wassenberg

I found an invitation to check out Adreena’s new indie direction in music in my email a few weeks ago. By the time I’d gotten around to checking it out, I found not only a recent indie LP release – Naked – but also a series of RnB classic covers she’s been releasing separately over […]

  Vincent Perretti

“enjoy” That’s what Donald Glover tweeted when his newest release because the internet leaked last night. There’s been a whole lot of hullabaloo circling around the rapper or the comedian or even maybe the actor depending on how you look at him over the summer and into the fall. He left his show Community, made a film called Clapping for […]

  Vincent Perretti

Hungry artists are fan’s best friends. El-P & Killer Mike may not be household names but they make waves with every release. El’sCancer 4 Cure was a great effort from the alt hip hop artist where as Killer Mike’s last album, R.A.P. Music, was out shined only by Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Mike and El-P met during R.A.P. Music’s production and […]

  Vincent Perretti

“Holy shit.” That’s what came out of my mouth when I got through this album for the first time. I simply muttered that under my breath, took my headphones off, and went to the fridge where I just stood for a good minute lost in all the labels looking back at me. I’m not saying […]

DVA marks the sophomore release for the classically trained electronic singer/songwriter Emika. I went to the DVA listening party at The Standard Hotel’s breathtaking skyline bar Le Bain in New York where Emika performed in DJ mode. When I arrived the atmosphere was casual, the music was at a volume that made for good conversation. […]

  Kelly Bedard

NYC troubadour Natalie Gelman’s new EP dropped last week, forcing me to take an honestly dedicated look at the tracks that have been non-commitally blending in with the rest of my iTunes since I was first asked to review the singer/songwriter months ago. It’s not that I was entirely procrastinating- I’ve sat down more than […]

  Joe Modzelewski

A solo project by ex-P.S Eliot member Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee has released her second album, Cerulean Salt on Don Giovanni Records.  Her first release American Weekend received high critical acclaim in 2012 and she’s already back with another album, but this time sounding just a little more polished and confident. Cerulean Salt is a perfect album […]

  Mike Strizic

CD Release at Gallery 345, April 17 Resplendent in a purple pixie gown, Shannon Graham stands out from her band. They are clad in the trademark black suits of the gigging musician, all in varying stages of disarray. We are gathered in Gallery 345 to celebrate the launch of Graham’s new album. My first impression […]

  Joe Modzelewski

Love him or hate him, Odd Future (you know, that group of young Los Angeles natives who took over the Internet at one point and made headlines due to their aggressive and quite absurd music/brand)’s Tyler, The Creator- the sort of face of the group- is out with his latest solo release, Wolf. Tyler is […]

  Joe Modzelewski

I have a strange relationship with music. I am not exactly sure if ‘strange’ is even the right word. ‘Peculiar’ may be more appropriate.  Anyways, I find that I can only listen to certain artists during certain times of the year. I could never listen to, say, fuzzy, sun-soaked artists like Harlem or Craft Spells […]

  Mike Strizic

David Jacobson plays simple acoustic guitar lines like a man capable of more than a little Frivolous Complexity, who has nevertheless learned the value of restraint.  ‘Please Tell Me’, the opening track of his scintillating debut Come Around Again, lilts into being with a simple strum that shimmers with grace-notes and sophisticated ornamentation before resolving into […]

I was walking through the grocery store the first time I heard “Ghost Years” by the minimal-electro-glam-darkwave group WAZU. I melted when the guitars came in. They shimmer on both sides of the stereo image. As I walked down the grocery aisle I felt I was being carried by these massive metal structures. It felt […]

  Vincent Perretti

I, personally, listen to a lot of drone music. I can read to it, write to it, think and work without hesitation or accidentally saying or typing the last lyric I heard. It’s a niche market, I know but it’s a beautiful and wondrous place to explore. And just like there’s sub-genres of mainstream music, […]

  Vincent Perretti

Okay, right off the bat, let’s get this clear – this isn’t Kanye West’s new album. Compilation album that he’s the Exec. Producer on for the G.O.O.D label- that’s what this is. Whew, thank you & spread that knowledge please. Now, throughout the summer, Yeezy and his crew have been releasing some solid music. Between […]