Band Profile: De///LION

New York based grunge band De///LION has a pretty interesting back-story. While it’s pretty common to see rock bands sprout up in major American cities like New York or Chicago, they don’t often come from Tel Aviv. The Israeli quartet moved to New York after being singed by WLM records, a subsidiary of Universal in order to tour the U.S. with more ease. Upon listening to single “Trash, Birds? Rats. Idea!,” it’s easy to see what...

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Read, Watch and Listen: AMBASSADORS – Brooklyn Indie Rock

Ambassadors, an indie rock band from Brooklyn, opened for Lights at the TLA on 10/21. These guys should have been the headliners, in my opinion. Nothing against Lights (except for the fact that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures during her set) but Ambassadors are an extremely talented group of musicians who deserve to be recognized. Keep an eye on these guys, as I expect big things from them – hopefully including a full-length...

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Album Review: Radio for the Daydreamers – ‘Mother Superior and Her Fields of Migraines’

Radio for the Daydreamers’ new album Mother Superior and Her Fields of Migraines isn’t a work that everyone will appreciate. It’s dense instrumentation and distinct experimental flourishes aren’t totally accessible; however, what this album lacks in immediacy, it more than makes up for in intensity and creativity. The music is meant to be pored over by an open-minded listener. Upon several listens, Mother Superior unveils itself to be...

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Album Review: Mary & the Giant – ‘We Tend to Grow Older’

“Molasses”, the opening track from Mary & The Giants latest LP, opens with a droning organ. While this may sound somewhat dismal, the music very quickly breaks into a jaunty gallop, including percussive acoustic guitar strums and a sprightly string arrangement. The song is enticing, and draws the listener in with unique percussion and front man Zac Fiddles velvety vocals. “Perception is so relative it makes my stomach turn,”...

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Album Review: Ron Flemming – ‘Underneath it All”

“Miss You,” the opening track from Ron Flemming’s latest album Underneath it All, sets it’s listener up from the start for an enjoyable experience. The song is light and breezy, featuring male and female voices that compliment each other well and a structure similar to Jack Johnson’s “Do You Remember.” It’s music for lovers; “Every time we are alone / it always goes to fast,” the couple sings with an equal mix of sorrow and...

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Album Review: Tommy Larkin – ‘Truth in Anger’

Tommy Larkin is a unique musician. His songs capture his uniqueness, drawing his time spent in the military, and the kind of mental and emotional anguish that comes from experiencing war first hand. Although these qualities add an interesting layer a trivia to Larkin’s latest release, Truth in Anger, they do not totally define him; Tommy Larkin is not solely a political songwriter. One of Larkin’s strengths as a songwriter is his...

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