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Album: “Go Tell Fire To The Mountain” – WU LYF

Go Tell Fire To The Mountain – WU LYF
By Lewis McKinney

Raucous, calm, paradoxical. Three words chosen to describe Mancunian Sextet WU LYF’s (World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation) debut album, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain. With a name as cryptic as theirs, one would expect some form of “gutter punk hysteria”, but instead you’re treated to lush and haunting soundscapes  coupled with the howl of gravelly throated singer Ellery Roberts. Continue reading

7 Reasons To Go To Magic Monday

Back in October, we published an article about a then young Lower East Side weekday phenomenon known as Magic Monday. The Monday night festivities, held at St Jerome’s on Rivington, and brought to life by an exciting group of people, from bar regulars to DJs to singers and dancers, have grown from intimate to out of control in a very short amount of time. After spending about nine more months frequenting Magic Mondays, I’ve realized that there’s much, much more to talk about. So here it is, 7 Reasons To Go To Magic Monday, an article where I will name-drop my best friends and brag about my favorite local dive bar.
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Album: “Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing” – The Wonder Years

Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing – The Wonder Years
By Lewis McKinney

Pop Punk Heroes The Wonder Years follow-up their much lauded debut, The Upsides, with the verbose and soon to be classic, Suburbia I’ve Given You My All and Now I’m  Nothing. A 40 minute concept album detailing a year of ascent and plateaus, the band shines in their mastery of every-man anthems and three minute story telling epics. Continue reading

Album: “What Did You Expect From The Vaccines” – The Vaccines

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines – The Vaccines
By Lewis McKinney

The Strokes meet Dick Dale in a half hour burst of guitar pop perfect for the summer months. Passionate and energetic, The Vaccines knock their debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, out of the park and into the stars. Songs like “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra), If You Wanna and Norgaard”  are perfect for bonfire boomboxes and road trip adventures. Not without its flaws, though, the album misses its highest marks with some of the slower songs, specifically “Blow It Up” and “All In White.” On the album closer, “Family Friend”, lead singer Justin Young croons “You wanna get young but you’re just getting older/You had a fun summer but it’s already colder“, an almost curt acknowledgement that, yes, the record is over and soon it’s place in your record rotation “but it’s cool.” A fabulous introduction that transcends their indie-rock titling and just may catapult them to the forefront of their current musical breterhern. What else would you expect from a band called The Vaccines? A bore?

Album: “Codes And Keys” – Death Cab For Cutie

Codes And Keys – Death Cab For Cutie
By Adam Murray

Well…hmmm. We’re all allowed one, right? I just finished listening to the latest album, Codes And Keys, from Zooey Deschanel’s husband and his friends, also known as Death Cab For Cutie, and it has, unfortunately, fallen short of what we were all hoping for. Continue reading

Album: “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga

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

Album: “Goblin” – Tyler, the Creator

– 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

Review: The Strokes

The Strokes

Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
April 1, 2011

Forget all that you’ve read. Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, and Fabrizio Moretti are boxing in the title fight of a lifetime. Weighing in at (most likely) a collective 800 pounds of unwashed hair, Fender equipment, and general insanity, The Strokes tore Madison Square Garden down to the ground and built it up again. Like a bruised fighter who gets battered for a few bloody rounds only to rise up and win with an impassioned blow, New York’s garage rock kings just sent a massive “Fuck You” to every spiritless critic who has scorned them since their return to the spotlight. The Strokes belong to New York City and we belong to them, with all of our night owls, bar rats, starving artists, and party girls. They make their music for us. The same blood runs through our veins. With that, tonight was as much of a “Thank You” as it was a “Fuck You”. Oh, and Elvis Costello was there, too. Continue reading

New Artist: Former Belle

Former Belle is a new breed of folky love, or maybe even a dying breed of something old and wise that was shoved out of the way for indie rock. The Philadelphia-based four-piece, which features upright bass, violin, glockenspiel, and other toys that add to Former Belle’s multi-instrumentation, are one of those new artists that make you say “They sound like (blank) but better”. For me, Former Belle sounds better than Bright Eyes, but maybe it’s just because frontman Bruno Catrambone is charming on stage and off, not crying into his microphone. With Former Belle as our “New Artist Of The Month” (are we cool enough to be doing that sort of thing?), Bruno sat down with me to shed some light on what he’s really all about: home recordings, couch surfing, James Taylor, and watching King Of Queens. Continue reading

Album: “Angles” – The Strokes

– The Strokes
By Ky DiGregorio

What do fine wine, the iPad 2, sushi, and the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho all have in common? They’re all just like the new Strokes’ album, Angles, obviously. Like a good red wine and Steve Jobs’ newest toy, some bands get better with age and technical sophistication, but some bands are better in raw form (like sushi) and left alone (like how Psycho should have been). The Strokes are all ends of the spectrum, in some twisted way. The guys have grown up over the past five years, during a hiatus following their third record, First Impressions of Earth, and they seem to be more Married With Children than 24-Hour Party People nowadays. Did it ruin their “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” reputation and carefree songwriting, though? Some might argue so, but that’s quite shallow. Angles is exactly what it should be: A follow-up as good as Is This It. Continue reading