Dye it Blonde – Smith Westerns
By Adam Murray
2010 has come and gone, and there are a whole slew of new albums on the horizon of 2011. So I wanted to cut my teeth on an album from a band that I have become quite fond of, Smith Westerns. Continue reading
Brooklyn native dance punk group Sleigh Bells are set to play two New York City venues with CSS this May. Sleigh Bells’ debut album, Treats, dropped in May 2010 and received critical acclaim due to its genre-bending musical styles. Singer Alexis Krauss recorded the song “Meds and Feds” with hip-hop singer M.I.A. for her album Maya just before the recording of Treats.
Songs to check out: “Rill Rill“, “Infinity Guitars“, ”Treats“, “Kids“
Sleigh Bells / CSS
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Indio, California’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival has released its official line-up for 2011, the festival’s twelfth year in operation. The three day event, held between April 15th and 17th, will feature performances by Kanye West, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Death From Above 1979, Mumford & Sons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and NYC natives The Strokes and Sleigh Bells.
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Legendary NYC punk band, New York Dolls, are scheduled to play Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom in mid March. The group, which reformed in 2004 after a late 70′s break-up, features two founding members, vocalist David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. New York Dolls are currently working on their fourth full length studio album, Dancing Backwards In High Heels, a follow-up to 2009′s Cause I Sez So.
Songs to check out: “Personality Crisis“, “Looking For A Kiss“, “Subway Train“
New York Dolls
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California rapper Murs, of hip-hop groups Living Legends and Felt, is set to play Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg this March. Murs has been featured on numerous records, EPs, and singles over the years, including studio albums, collaborations, and splits. The rapper’s last solo album, Murs For President, was released in 2008, and his last record with Felt (comprised of Murs and Slug of Atmosphere), Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, was released in 2009.
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Christopher Mansfield, also known as acoustic indie-rock act Fences, is set to play New York City’s Mercury Lounge in mid February. Produced by Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, Fences’ 10 track self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and has since received generally positive feedback. Fences is currently on tour supporting alternative rock band Against Me!.
Songs to check out: “Girls With Accents“, “The Same Tattoos“, “My Girl The Horse“
The Mercury Lounge
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Brooklyn-based folk group, The Spring Standards, are something born of nostalgia and New York City work ethic. Melodicas, 70′s folk harmonies, and an unexpected love for hip-hop, along with some great tracks on their most recent release, Would Things Be Different, are just a few things that make the trio interesting. While en route to a show, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Heather Robb chatted with us about the challenges of being a New York City band, her dream tour line-ups, and of course, what every folk artist talks about, Kanye West. Continue reading
Texas-based instrumental post-rock band, Explosions In The Sky, are set to headline Radio City Music Hall in early April. The group’s fifth and most recent full length studio album, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone, was released in February 2007, though the group has been featured on soundtracks and compilations since. Explosions In The Sky are set to be releasing a currently untitled sixth studio album in 2011.
Songs to check out: “Your Hand In Mine“, “Welcome, Ghosts“, “The Only Moment We Were Alone“.
Explosions In The Sky
Radio City Music Hall
Grammy-nominated Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp are set to headline Manhattan’s Webster Hall in late March. The group most recent release, an instrumental album entitled Senior, dropped in September 2010, following their third studio album, 2009′s Junior. Two films, “Royksopp’s Adventures In Barbieland” and “Etter Opporet”, directed by Andreas Nillson and That Go respectively, were released in 2010 to promote Senior.
Songs to check out: “What Else Is There?“, “Happy Up Here“, “The Drug“
On January 5th, Lady Gaga joined NYC jazz musician Brian Newman onstage at The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room in Midtown Manhattan. Newman plays weekly Wednesday night sets at the Oak Room between 9 and 11pm, but this time accompanied for a short time by native New Yorker, pop sensation Lady Gaga. The singer was present in the audience with friends, but took the stage towards 11pm to belt out some old classics. Along with Newman and his band, Lady Gaga performed Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky” and George Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” while acting on her signature performance styles and banter. The crowd consisted of regular Plaza Hotel goers, not her fanbase, but as soon as Lady Gaga took the stage, all cameras and camera phones were out.
While Lady Gaga does not pop up every week at the Oak Room, we highly suggest supporting Brian Newman and checking out his local sets.
Photo courtesy of our lovely friend Maya, who was also present.