La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.
Garrett Borns has had a whirlwind couple of months.
Like lightening in a bottle, BØRNS exploded onto the scene last November with the release of his debut EP Candy. The Michigan-bred LA transplant is in a league of his own, bringing a personal blend of sunshine pop to the table, complete with super sweet, feel-good vibes. BØRNS' peppy tracks have won over late-night audiences (you can check out his killer Conan appearance HERE) and celebrities alike (Taylor Swift is a huge fan, #justsayingggg) - so naturally, we HAD to have a chat with the budding star before he invades NYC with MisterWives on March 31st (tickets HERE). Check out what BØRNS had to say about living in a treehouse, his super-secret side project, and California love...
It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.
This headline does not mean to mislead: You’re going to spend more than $20 probably anywhere in New York City this weekend. Fulfilling any hankering for great live music inevitably will involve dinner before the show, drinks during it or munchies afterward. The following list aims to ease the tension between your weekend aspirations and your bank account. Or perhaps give you an excuse to get cheese on your late-night fries. Here are five great shows – this week featuring two pop acts, one Portuguese guitar duo, an indie band from down under and one recently maligned EDM star – all of which cost $20 or less to see.
Ah, BandCamp. Tucked in with a sundry of angsty teen garage bands, amateur DJs, and wannabe rappers is an overlooked treasure trove of hidden musical gems, just waiting to be discovered.
Foxy & The Hares is one of the shiniest gems that we have found to date.
At first glance, their cover art for the demo version of their single, “YEAH!,” caught our eye. We here at Joonbug were absolutely blown away by the sheer amount of talent exuded by these Texas natives. Consisting of peppy frontwoman Katie Wallace, who’s backed by her dear friends Coleby Arnett, Luke Garrigus, and Jaremiah Rivas, Foxy & the Hares will enthrall your senses with their dreamy soundscapes.
Joonbug.com got Leggy this past Sunday night when the Cincinnati “babe-wave” band invaded NYC’s Cake Shop! Playing a mixture of tracks from their current album, “Cavity Castle,” and their upcoming EP (set for release in January), the self-described “nü garage indie punk pop” trio jammed their spunky reverb heavy tunes on the lower east side as a part of their east coast tour. It. Was. AWESOME.
Knife Party has just released their debut album, Abandon Ship, on a select number of digital marketplaces. The Australian duo of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have made a very big name for themselves in electronic/dance music. Their debut EP 100% No Modern Talking, released in December 2011, accumulated over 50,000 downloads in less than 12 hours on its first day of release.
The duo's debut album's release today on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play via Earstorm/Big Beat marks a three-week difference from Abandon Ship's official worldwide release date on November 24th, when it will be made available on the physical marketplace.
The Bad Years' Sami Akbari and Aaron Mort present to the world their pop-meets-rock vibe transcending different eras with soft, somber vocals and an electro-indie touch! Their debut track, "Common Mistake," was released today, and offers a unique sound blended with a catchy melody and enchanting hook.
The Bad Years also booked their first live gig set for Wednesday, November 19th at Fold Silverlake - Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA. You can find more details about the event here.
London based DJ’s Eli & Fur, or Eli Noble and Jennifer Skillman have been building quite a name for themselves. They have been making music together since they were in college, first dabbling in creating melodies and lyrics, then progressing into the DJ scene in 2012. They have recently put out the exciting single, “Seeing Is Believing," their amazing collaboration with Shadow Child.
Their latest track, "Feel The Fire," has a dancey beat, featuring Eli’s pure vocals, with a luxurious and polished vibe. The track has a melodic sound and a hypnotic feeling that is perfect for relaxing or partying—best of both worlds!
These girls create infectious tunes that are taking over European dance floors and London clubs. We hope to hear more of them over here in the states!
Stream the track below and purchase here.
NYC-based and joonbug.com favorites, Andy Suzuki & The Method, will be making their way back to New York City, as they embark on a new tour, opening for seasoned singer/songwriter Marc Broussard this fall. Returning to NYC on October 8th, the band will show off their growth at the Highline Ballroom, with an all-new set, including new songs and most of all, renewed energy.
The trio, who have been busy over the spring and summer months performing alongside the likes of Wakey! Wakey!, and the legendary Ringo Starr, now join Broussard on a month-long leg of Broussard's "Southern Assembly Tour," which began in North Carolina and will close out in Chester, New York on October 10th with Suzuki and co. as supporters. The tour, in support of Broussard's new album, A Life Worth Living, pairs Broussard's classic jams, with a new batch of his southern soul music, and with the addition of Andy Suzuki & The Method, the concert experience overflows with powerful music that has to be experienced to be believed.