Yes, it’s true: on August 17, 2011 the Heineken billboard on Lafayette and Great Jones Streets in New York became occasionally perfect. Don’t believe us? Check this video out.
New York’s The Phenomenal Handclap Band have put their exceptional 2009 debut album in the hands of some of today’s finest remixers to see what they’d come up with. The result is a Remixes LP, which will be out on November 16 through Friendly Fire Recordings.
I love the glitchy electro-pop of Saratoga band Phantogram, whose album Eyelid Movies is out now on Ghostly. Josh Carter, one half of the duo, says: ‘Daydreams, the spots you see moving around when your eyes are closed tight, and the shapes you see in the world, those are the kinds of things we want […]
Releasing the single and video for their track ‘Math‘, New York’s Demander have impressed with their unique infusion of punk, metal and rock. It clearly worked on clothing brand, Levi’s: they recently picked the new album as the soundtrack to their latest European ad campaign.
On September 2, New York duo Cocorosie will kick of their first North American tour in over two years. Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady will be joined by bassist Josh Werner and beatboxer Spleen on fourteen shows, playing a mix of old and new material from their forthcoming album, slated for a 2010 release. We […]
We asked Ham and Pete, from New York band The Walkmen, to give us the rundown on the music that is inspiring them right now and they started off with a track from that elder statesmen of indie folk, Bonnie Prince Billy, Goin’ to Acapulco: ‘He did a remarkable job of putting a unique spin […]
Gogol Bordello’s frontman, Eugene Hutz, was born in Kiev to a Romany family which fled their home following the Chernobyl disaster when he was a teenager. He spent years travelling through Eastern European refugee camps before arriving in Vermont, in the north-east American region of New England, as a political refugee. He eventually established himself in New York as a musician and artist, and became the resident DJ at the Bulgarian Bar, Mehanata, which, thanks to Eugene’s ‘kidnapping’ of touring Romany and Gypsy bands and artists to perform there after their official seated concert hall shows, helped turn it into the ‘CBGBs of Gypsy Punk. Gogol Bordello formed after its original members met at a Russian wedding in Vermont, and soon snow-balled into a fully-fledged immigrant orchestra. Debut shows at famous New York venues, including the Mercury Lounge and the Bowery Ballroom, saw them banned for performances that were ‘too over the top’.
The Naked Hearts formed in New York City in January, 2008. Their distinct poppy sound combines the grungy, stripped down style of early 90s bands such as The Breeders and The Lemonheads with the structured elegance of a Blonde Redhead or Autolux. Songwriters Amy Cooper and Noah Wheeler first met in New York while both […]
I love the blissed-out electro funk of New York band Ratatat. They’ve been kicking around for some years now, and toured with the likes of Mogwai and Daft Punk, but only now are getting attention on the UK festival scene. Why they took so long over here, it’s hard to say. The music is perfect […]
Part time poet, part time musician, Stewart Lupton fronts surly New York rockers The Child Ballads. Their latest release, the Cheekbone Hollows EP, is a mesmerising, at times powerful trip through Lupton’s lyrical wanderings, backed by some great songwriting. There are moments in the music reminiscent of the intensity of Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York […]
New York vintage rockers Young Lords release their debut full-length album, Rodeo Songs [title track below], on October 7th. Since forming two years ago, the band has toured with The Fratellis, The Willowz, and VietNam, as well as landing in John Varvatos’ Converse ad campaigns and in iTunes ads — as those dancing silhouettes (no […]
We asked New York-based duo, Kurt Feldman and Christoph Hocheim, who collectively make up the stunningly originally and creative glitchy pop group The Depreciation Guild (who play the Mercury Lounge next Thursday night), to tell us about eight songs that’s been spinning on their iPods lately.
The glut of pretentious art rock bands in New York has been getting me down and making me hate going to shows. That is, until I got to catch Extra Life a couple weeks ago. These guys obviously listen to everything Tzadik puts out, but as challenging and off-kilter as their angular squall can get, […]
We launch our new newsletter, My Secret Playlist next Tuesday — with Moby’s selections — and as a teaser for it, we asked Brooklyn power pop group Hello Tokyo to tell us about eight of their favourite songs right now.