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Event: Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger plays R2R Festival

Last night, Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, experimental folk band formed by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, played at River To River Festival’s South Street Seaport stage. The group, who previously released an acoustic album, adapted their songs into full-band form for the show, evoking spirits of 60’s psychedelic folk rock with Lennon’s long, soaring guitar solos and Kemp Muhl’s soft, haunting harmonies.

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New Artist: Love Bullet

“Never Mind The Bullets: Brooklyn’s Unknown Rock-stars”
By Ky DiGregorio

It’s half past 7:00pm and Brooklyn glam punk band Love Bullet is lounging around my apartment following their mid-day show on Governors Island. We left the festival, Punk Island, at the same time, but somehow the band showed up at my place two hours after I did. Call it a testament to what Love Bullet is all about: winging it. At all costs.

“We’re not a punk band,” says the group’s lead guitarist, and the rest of the guys agree. “Cause we’re not all ‘politics this, politics that, fuck the world!’,” he explains.
Styles, lead singer of Love Bullet, chimes in next. “And we’re not a rock n’ roll band… We’d like to be, but that would mean having our shit together!”

I’d almost expect them to say “we don’t put labels on our music”, but that’s a little too 80’s new wave, and none of these guys have Duran Duran haircuts. No, Love Bullet is just infected with a highly contagious case of Ramones Syndrome – a lot of fist fighting, boredom, and glue sniffing to fuel their “no labels” policy.
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Album: “David Comes To Life” – Fucked Up

David Comes To Life – Fucked Up
By Lewis McKinney

On their third outing, Fucked Up transcend their hardcore roots and craft a four-part punk rock opera that just might be this generation’s Zen Arcade. Continue reading

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?