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LIVE REVIEW: Parlour Tricks @ Mercury Lounge

Lily Claire, frontwoman and primary songwriter for the New York-based Parlour Tricks, gets wild-eyed when she performs. Standing squarely in the middle of the stage at the Mercury Lounge last Saturday, wearing a white tunic with a black collar (her backup singers wore matching outfits, but with the colors reversed), Claire gripped the microphone and gave the audience this [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:35-04:00December 26th, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews, Show Reviews|

TRACK PREMIERE: Del Sur “In My Room”

Del Sur--a beach pop band from decidedly un-beachy Philadelphia--specializes in whimsy done mellow. The group is both youthful and young: young because their debut EP H.A.G.S. comes out at the end of January 2015, and youthful because of their penchant for simple melodies that repeat each other and multiply, like a round, over a bongo drum [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:38-04:00December 5th, 2014|EXCLUSIVE, Premieres, Recent|

INTERVIEW: Lily & Madeleine

  Over the course of the past two years, Lily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz, teenage sisters from Indianapolis, have had a performance go viral on Reddit, written their first original songs, gotten signed to Asthmatic Kitty, released two full-length albums and an EP, and played several tours. The duo's most recent album, the spooky and elegant Fumes, starts with the [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:48-04:00November 6th, 2014|EXCLUSIVE, Interviews, Recent|

INTERVIEW: Buke and Gase

When Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez met in 2000, Sanchez had already been building instruments for years. For him, constructing the instrument came part and parcel with creating sound. When he speaks about creating his gase--a guitar-bass hybrid, and the namesake of one-half the duo Buke and Gase--there's no sense of novelty to his tone; [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:48-04:00November 3rd, 2014|EXCLUSIVE, FEATURES, Interviews|

PLAYLIST: A Spooky Scary Halloween Playlist

So you're throwing your annual Halloween party but you shot your wad on all the holiday classics ( the Monster Mash, the Time Warp, the Purple People Eater, etc, etc) on last year's mix. So you're going as Will Smith circa "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and you're looking for something seasonal to blast from the boom box slung over your shoulder. So you're [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:49-04:00October 31st, 2014|LISTEN UP!, Mixes, Recent, Uncategorized|

ALBUM REVIEW: Foxygen “…And Star Power”

When I was in college, I spent a lot of time dating musicians, which meant I spent a lot of time sitting in on band practice. By "dating," I guess I mean puttering around somebody's basement, falling asleep on an old, bottomed-out couch, my French homework in my lap. Or being invited over to "hang out," which [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:51-04:00October 21st, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Imelda May @ Irving Plaza

Imelda May radiates light when she’s on stage--and not just because of her bright red lipstick. The Irish rockabilly singer brought an ebullient grace to her set last Monday at Irving Plaza, beginning with the immaculate-as-always platinum blonde quiff set on top of her dark ponytail, and ending with the nuggets of adorable stage banter [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:55-04:00October 8th, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

TRACK REVIEW: DMA’s “So We Know”

  When  DMA's signed to Australian indie  label I OH YOU this February, the Newtown trio was so freshly minted that they hadn't even played a show yet. That isn't to say they were totally green--all three members (Tommy O', Matt Mason, and Johnny Took) had gigged extensively with previous bands--and under their new moniker, DMA's nonchalantly released [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:58-04:00September 23rd, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle “Single Mothers”

The delightfully bespectacled Justin Townes Earle dependably releases a record every year or so, and has done so since 2007. He can be counted on for more than just punctuality, too. Not one of Earle's records is a dud: at worst, he's palatable and bland, and at his best, he expertly shines a light into fresh quadrants of the well-traversed territory of outlaw Americana. [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:13:59-04:00September 10th, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: ODESZA “In Return”

Since its inception in late 2012, the Seattle-based electronic duo ODESZA (Harrison Mills/Catacomb Kid and Clayton Knight/BeachesBeaches) has been both prolific and consistent. In particular, the pair made an unlikely fan out of this usually-EDM-ambivalent listener last November with the soulful and sparkly NO.SLEEP Mix.01, which oozed with personality and R&B inflected melodies. In the two years they've been together, Mills [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:14:00-04:00September 9th, 2014|MUSING, Recent, Reviews|

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