The 5 piece band brought a slightly unfamiliar sound to NYC with their in your face, Rockabilly vibe at Mercury Lounge last night. The bearded group of men, originally from Oregon, and currently traveling the country in their vegetable oil fueld van, charmed the intimate crowd (donned with plaid shirts and many unshaven faces) with their seductive country, rock and roll tunes.
Recently released, Wild Pack, is filled with an array of instruments making up a variety of genres like rock, country, blues, and jazz, all in which make for a great and vibrant live show. Packed with harmonicas, acoustic and electric guitars, pianos and even a pedal steel guitar, Quiet Life brought the Americana hard in a catchy and romantic fashion.
New York City-based trio, Andy Suzuki & The Method, had their homecoming this past Saturday night (October 5th), at NYC’s Mercury Lounge. The return marked the home stretch of the band's East Coast and Canadian tour, which has been hugely successful. Opened by indie ensemble, Miko and the Musket, Suzuki and co. took the stage for the packed house full of friends, fans, and family. There is a certain, “it,” factor that is necessary to thrive in the music business, and Andy Suzuki & The Method certainly have it. Andy, the leader of the band, who dressed in a tank top, skinny jeans, and a fedora, oozed the rock-star confidence of a lead singer whose band is well on their way to stardom. Playing cuts off of their new album, Born out of Mischief, Suzuki and co. displayed their talents to the diverse crowd, that saw people in young adulthood, all the way to senior citizenship, all equally engrossed in the stunning music, and powerful voice of Suzuki. The trio’s set lasted nearly an hour, and left concert-goers wanting more. And with a band this good, they will undoubtedly have the opportunity in the near future.
Everyone loves a good record to dance to, but what about those moments when life slows down? Well, Andy Suzuki & The Method have provided the soundtrack for those very moments, with their latest album Born out of Mischief. Currently touring the East Coast and Canada in support of the album, the New York City based group will have their homecoming on Saturday, October 5th at Mercury Lounge. Having supported the likes of Amanda Palmer, Delta Rae, and Eric Hutchinson, Suzuki and co. are quickly establishing themselves as the next big thing in acoustic pop music. From beautiful strings, to Suzuki’s flawless voice, the group captures your ears, heart, and soul with their music. This is undoubtedly a group to look out for, and you don’t want to miss the chance to hear them live before they blow. Watch the new video for their single “Keep Me Running” below, and stream the full album here. Tickets are $10.
Coming all the way from the UK, musical comedy act The Midnight Beast made their first international debut during New York City’s very own CMJ Music Marathon. The trio kicked off their series of NYC shows at Studio at Webster Hall on Friday, Oct.19th.
If you don’t know who The Midnight Beast are, read our interview with them here or just know that they’ve been selling out 2,000 capacity venues for awhile in the UK. Needless to say, The Studio’s 200 capacity basement-like atmosphere was humbling for the band.
Artistic expression manifests in myriad forms. Music, in particular, is an amorphous beast at best—ranging from shuddering dub-step bass drops, to stripped-down acoustic folk numbers—variety is inherently enmeshed within the medium. With a surplus of musical diversity comes an equally ravenous following of enthusiasts. While some may confine themselves to one genre, there are the pioneers out there—those who thrive in the poly-rhythmic chaos of aural variety.
For those desirous of venues with a multiplicity of musical options, look no further: here are 5 spots that range the spectrum—providing the panacean sounds of your choice!
Feeling musically starved? Need a concert fix? We've got you covered. Here are some incredible shows coming up in the next few weeks.
(p.s. If you got Kraftwerk Tickets, you suck.) (p.p.s. If there are any shows/artists you want us to add, comment below!)
Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education/Crinkles (Glasslands)
The name Grimes is a secret. She simply won't say. And although work ethic comes from a background in ballet, with obvious familiarity to spandex and that powers of femininity that be, sex appeal won't be hiking this one to the top; it's an aspect of the art she thinks too dark. She's described as anything from the Montreal artist he post-Internet scene, to the methodically slow-burned indie "it" girl who's become “the marriage between the voice of a human and the heartbeat of a machine” ( Magazine). Grimes is Claire . And yes, a Canadian pop-singer with twinkly-light and layered vocals; with moody, chaotic, if misunderstood lyrics, and a level free time one can only imagine as , as she's cranked out four consecutive albums (- ) since 2010. Two of such, Primes and (2010), were -dispensed gratis efforts, though regarded highly, while she churned out singles on side A of in May 2011, along side hip hop experimentalist , the latter).
'Tis the season for family, reflection, and hours of stressful shopping. Of course, if you're in New York City and need an escape from the glowing wreaths and alluring holiday sales on every corner, there's no shortage of great concerts this December. Whether you want to see the best in indie, pop, or even want to test your own skills on the mic, here are some of your best musical options for escaping the frigid air.
From one of electronic music's biggest acts to a two-night affair with one of the most enduring outfits in alternative rock, there's no shortage of live entertainment to be found throughout October. Here are some marquee names and rising superstars that will be hitting the Big Apple's best venues in the coming months:
10/4 through 10/9 - Deadmau5 @ Roseland Ballroom
Love deadmau5? Well, here's your chance to see him six times in a row! The world-renowned electronic artist will make history when he brings his Meowsington Hax experience to Roseland Ballroom for nearly a full week. Named after his cat Professor Meowingtons, the Meowsington Hax show is a combination of arresting visual production and deadmau5's signature blend of original music and remixed classics. Judging by this clip from Lollapolooza, NYC fans are in for one heck of a sense-jarring treat. Though six consecutive nights of those flashy lights can't be good for your eyes...
It’s the Mercury Lounge, May 25 2011. Approximately 11PM EST. You’re standing at the front of the stage. Shocked and overwhelmed by the performance Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour just bust out with. Thinking your musical experience for the night must have peaked. There is no way anyone can match the magic that just happened.
Suddenly, a shimmering vision graces the stage and you realize how wrong you could be. Shirtless, glittery, lithe limbed and curly locked. Why, it must be Ezra Huleatt of the BLACK TAXI quartet gearing up to rock your socks off, and inflict upon you a serious case of glitter envy.