Clocking in right around the 20 minute mark, Tender Age's only fault is that it doesn't go on forever. Just in time for summer weather and pool hangs, all of the teasers and hype surrounding the Joy Of Painting's latest effort have paid off. If you start streaming now and buy yourself a copy of Tender Age on Tuesday, you'll know enough of the lyrics to sing along at the band's in-store performance at Grimey's on June 8th. –Brianne Turner
Brothers, Giovan and Mario Polanco, have been making music together for over a decade. Their latest project, Moons of Mars, is pop at it’s best, mixing cleverly crafted hooks with intelligent electronic production. “I Want You Here” is an emotionally-driven mid-tempo tune sprinkled with indie pop touches and an R&B-style melodic groove. It’s got the charm of the bedroom, but the impact of the studio. A full length is expected later this year. Catch them live at Hotel Cafe this Friday, May 17. - Jacqueline Caruso
You should know by now that we have a soft spot for Ditmas Park based roots pop band Lucius. We've been waiting for their debut full length for way too long, so we see the release of this new single "Until We Get There' as an encouraging sign. The band has actually announced that the album will be released this fall, after a late spring US tour.
San Francisco based alt indie rock band, The Orange Peels are playing two shows on Saturday night at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco, CA. The band's late show (10 pm) is SOLD OUT, but never fear, you can catch them playing an early set at 7 pm. This bands laid back and well composed stye of rock is appealing and a joy to listen to. Do your best to catch this great Bay Area band!
Below is a sun-kissed bedroom cover by Joe Kusy of The Troggs' classic hit song "With a Girl Like You," which is available to be downloaded for free below. It's here just in time for all those spring/summer romances popping up. You can catch Kusy performing with his band, Far-Out Fangtooth, on Friday, June 7 at Kung Fu Necktie when they open for A Place To Bury Strangers.
Tonight is the first half of a big two-night run for Kung Fu Necktie with Nashville rising stars JEFF the Brotherhood and Brooklyn noise rockers Hunters. Representing Philly this evening will be New Wave post-punks The Bad Doctors. The trio has certainly been impressing audiences in our local basement/DIY scene, and with the release of their two-song 7” towards the end of last year, we are all looking forward to the band dropping something more substantial hopefully in the near future. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Alexis V.
Every once in a while a band comes along and carries so much positive energy that you don’t know whether to smile, dance or yell out their signature catch phrase, “Yeah Bud!”. The Quick & Easy Boys are one of Portland’s funkiest and fun rock band and they will be hosting a CD release party for their third album, Make it Easy, at the Wonder Ballroom on May 17th. The album features their signature psychedelic, bluesy guitar riffs that the familiar fans want to hear. The solid, surfy grooves on the bass and thundering drum beats are just as prevalent and will rock the stage on Friday. In the sea of indie-rock known as Portland, the Quick & Easy Boys have managed to stay away and stand in front with their classic rock influences that they have made available to the modern music world. There’s nothing but raw talent and incredible rockitude that fits any type of fixin you decide to partake in. - Colin Hudson
NYC based shoegaze/psych radio show Dream Wave Radio (hosted by Steven Newcastle) and The Deli are sponsoring Brooklyn based international music collective The Process Records’ seasonal showcase, at Cameo Gallery tonight (May 16th). The bands on the bill are Weird Owl (pictured), Baltimore's Romantic States, and recent Deli band of the Month Throw Vision. These three extraordinarily hard working bands' laid back experimental and psych vibes will make for a strong and musically impactful show. Check out a very recent track by Weird Owl, streaming below.
Charlotte Cornfield’s songs are going to pair well with this road trip season. Her lyrics are imaginative and vivid, and these tunes seem to create their own music video in your head when you listen, perfect for day dreaming on a long car ride. Some of her more Americana tracks are reminiscent of classic folk songwriters, like Dylan and Young. Her most recent album “Two Horses” has a balance of pensive folk ballads, and a few up-tempo folk-rock tracks. Being a gifted lyricist and a unique and memorable vocalist, are the two keys to success as a folk songwriter, and Charlotte definitely has both qualities. - Paul Jordan Talbot