Mixtape #3


Happy Monday! Allow us to help you start your week with our Mixtape #3, featuring tracks from all our Best Song nominees in the Newbie Awards, plus tracks from last week’s live review of Saskatchewan and Vensaire at Glasslands in Brooklyn, and Katrina’s favorite track from The Babies’ new album, which she reviewed. Bonus track:

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Interview – Sóley Stefansdottir


Picture a place with beautiful and haunting landscapes, marvelous mountains and foaming seas. It’s full of artists who all make music that reflects the natural beauty, expressed in honest and creative ways. Every song has an interesting story that it tells, and it all comes alive in beautiful and haunting ways, and makes you feel

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Here we have the next installment of our weekly mixtape, with hits from artists we’ve covered and other fresh tracks from this past week.  We covered great shows like Rubblebucket and The Helio Sequence, reviewed the new Crystal Castles album, interviewed Brooklyn band on the rise Los Encantados, profiled Singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas for our

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Taking in The Helio Sequence at Bowery Ballroom


Seeing The Helio Sequence live is a cathartic experience. Since they’re touring in support of what may be their most introspective and meditative album yet, Negotiations, this makes complete sense. Guitarist/vocalist Brandon Summers and Drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Weikel come off as mellow, understated folk who have a keen sense for spacious, atmospheric compositions, and who are

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Fort Lean – Change Your Name EP


Since the first time I caught jangly surf-rock band Fort Lean live, about two years ago when I didn’t know anything about them up to now, they’ve really started to emerge as one of those aspiring bands in Brooklyn. Not only have they been more talked about, musically they’ve begun carving a more meaningful niche

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CMJ 2012 Day 4: Dent May and Turbo Fruits


Friday night was the Panache Showcase at Public Assembly, with their fun and eccentric roster of bands ranging from Dent May to Violent Bullshit. I ended up only seeing enough of the latter to see front man Jayson Green getting in a heckling war with a dudebro. After realizing the futility of what was becoming

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