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Monthly Archives: May 2011
The world of music and poetry has lost another brilliant artist. Gil Scott-Heron passed away yesterday, May 27th, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. A major poetic force, known for his political and radical writings, especially his legendary spoken word piece ‘The Revolution Will Not be Televised’. Heron was also a musician, thought of as the staple of funk and soul music through the 70s, and his work would become one of the major influences in the creation of the rap genre. Always controversial and out spoken, he was a man truly committed to his beliefs and the idea of standing up for what you believe in. His latest album, I’m New Here, showed that his musical prowess was incredible and constantly changing with the times. He will be truly missed and has inspired and influence not only myself but countless others.
– Adam Murray
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
By Meghan Blalock
With the release of Born This Way, Lady Gaga may not officially mark the end of the era of Britney/Ke$ha Pop – lyrical content be damned, sweaty hipsters love a good dance beat! – but she does signify the beginning of Future Pop, an intelligent and eclectic mix of sounds that draws from the greats of the past. Gaga re-energizes pop with art, taking inspiration from her past to create her future: Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Whitney Houston are the most notable influences on the record. A song by song review, below. Continue reading
Goblin – Tyler, the Creator
By Adam Murray
Unless you live in a parallel dimension and listen to only country music, you have most likely heard of the rap group Odd Future, 0r known to many as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), a group of rappers who are thankfully deconstructing their entire genre and building it back up. Continue reading
Seattle based rock band Fences played an in-store set today the Lower East Side’s MOSCOT Vintage Eyewear. Check out photos below and keep tabs on MOSCOT’s monthly in-store saturday sessions here.
Alex Zhang Hungtai, also known as Dirty Beaches, is set to play NYC’s Mercury Lounge this week for an early show with Windowspeak. Dirty Beaches has garnered acclaim from Pitchfork, among others, for a sound that can be loosely described as nostalgic lo-fi garage-pop doo-wop, or maybe even minimalist rockabilly, on the debut LP, Badlands.
Dirty Beaches w/ Windowspeak
The Mercury Lounge
New York City native rock band The Dirty Pearls are set to headline Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom this June, supported by a handful of related acts. The Pearls are known for their high-energy rock-n-roll-centric live shows and have recently toured with fellow NYC band Semi Precious Weapons. According to fans and the band’s Facebook, The Dirty Pearls are the “Supergroup Of The East Village”. Check it out!
The Dirty Pearls
w/ Starkiller, Panzie, Sweat Fix, Matt White
Canadian indie rockers Hey Rosetta! are set to play Manhattan’s Mercury Lounge this month. The group released their second full-length album, Seeds, this past February, and have since performed at SXSW and toured with City and Colour. Hey Rosetta!’s “Bandages” has been featured on Friday Night Lights and “Yer Spring” has been called one of the best songs of 2011 so far by Paste.
Hey Rosetta!, Diamond Doves
The Mercury Lounge
Seattle-based indie rock band Fences will be doing in-store sessions and the Lower East Side’s MOSCOT Vintage Eyewear this Saturday, May 14th. Fences’ self-titled debut album, released in 2010, has been well received among critics and music fans alike, leading to features in SPIN magazine’s year end album list and a spot on tour with Against Me!. Fences will also be playing The Mercury Lounge this Friday with David Vandervelde.
MOSCOT (118 Orchard Street)
Attendees get 20% off MOSCOT brand eyewear with proof of this show flyer: http://twitpic.com/4syp9j