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The Village Voice, infamously known for orchestrating a music festival for New Yorkers each year, is delivering once again. On Saturday, July 14th, 4Knots Music Festival kicks off for a second year at South Street Seaport piers 16 and 17.
Open to all ages, and occurring in rain or shine, 4Knots welcomes both renowned acts as well as emerging talent. Some alternative bands set to perform include The Drums, Archers of Loaf, and Bleached. For a full list of bands, check out the festival’s website.
Jacob Jeffries has been described as “the best kept secret in south Florida,” but with the amount of media craze this singer-songwriter has been receiving, he may just be a secret no more.
The Fort Lauderdale, FL native has been at this since he was 10, but only really assembled a band in 2006, titled – you guessed it – The Jacob Jeffries Band. Armed with piano-driven, pop heavy hits, Jacob Jeffries is a dream for the radio. Who doesn’t love when an artist can stay true to who they are while still delivering great, fresh new music?
Renee Yohe (known for her role with nationally recognized non-profit 'To Write Love on Her Arms') brought her musical endeavor BEARCAT to Webster Hall studio on Friday, May 25 and led the audience through an adventure of solid pop driven tracks (all from her upcoming BEARCAT EP) flawlessly.The Florida native has been getting a slew of positive press lately and for good reason: Renee can put on a show. Vocals on point, audience engaged; everything an artist can only hope to have when they're just starting out. Opening with her anthem for independence, "I Am Me," Renee had the crowd pumped until the very end with hopeful semi-ballad "The Nothing." It should be noted here that Renee is also one of the few acts who sound just as amazing - if not better - live. That's a pretty big opinion of someone who's just starting out. The show was brought to an end with a cover of Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood," easily one of the best covers done by an artist - the fiery redhead cranked out this tune better than Gorillaz themselves. If it weren't for a word count, this review could really had just said "every new artist needs to do whatever it is BEARCAT is doing." Fans agreed, although a bit less elegantly. At one point during the set, a man turned to his friend and exclaimed, "I feel like I just died and went to musical heaven. Who is she?" That articulate man was in the minority, however. When concertgoers first checked in, they were asked which band they were there to see. It was no surprise that BEARCAT had actually won the tally by far. And it's not far fetched to say she's going to keep winning. Some photos from the show: Photos courtesy of John Sanvidge
If you haven’t heard of The Company We Keep yet, you will soon. Just the line up of this band, to begin with, is great: a mash up of scene-friendly bands Motion City Soundtrack, Misery Signals and Receiving End of Sirens? Yes, please!
The band is also taking part in Drexel University’s “Making Moves” project, which is a series of 7” single releases by other bands like A Great Big Pile of Leaves,Goldrush, Brick + Mortar, and Skies Revolt. All the bands were curated by Motion City Soundtrack, who are also helping distribute the music via their new record label, The Boombox Generation. Members of Motion City also helped produce all of the artists’ recordings.
This album has been a long time coming. Leading Republic of Wolves for the past couple of years, Gregg DellaRocca still managed, somehow, to record his full length debut album Tall Tales Vol. 1, under the moniker American Gospel. Sure it took more than three years, but now it's ours, a musical text out in the wild.
American Gospel seems like a pretty ambitious names, I mean, it's the genre of music that influenced so much, from blues to jazz and everything in between. It's also a uniquely American sound, both insular in its beginnings and far reaching in its progeny. Of course, DellaRocca's album doesn't have much to do with gospel music, unless you grew up on early to mid 2000's indie rock and take that as gospel.
“I worship you” were the first words Never Shout Never frontman (and main brain behind the NSN project) Christofer Drew said to the sea of screaming adolescent girls that sold out Gramercy Theatre on Friday, May 11. It would have seemed that Chris was just reading the minds of girls assumingly crying in the front row, equipped with posters and all. At one point during the show a bra was thrown on stage – an act which seemed to bore frontman Drew as he attempted to make a joke that someone threw ear warmers at him.
When first hearing Never Shout Never’s infectious pop-rock tunes, it would come to no surprise that any concert goer of theirs should expect a certain tween demographic. That being said, if there was ever a time for 20-somethings to feel like they need to be auditioning for a Wonder Years reunion, it would have been attending this show.
Dean and Ravo have spent the last few years perfecting their craft. What is their craft, you might ask? Well, pop music, I guess. Blending just about every major pop movement of the past couple years, the two vocalists have created an album that really is a trip, a trip through the good and bad of modern pop history. From the sweet acoustic crooning of Bruno Mars, to the downtempo hip hop beats and fuzzy synths that permeate today's 'rap pop,' the duo manages to touch on everything. This makes the album interesting in and of itself, more as a love child born from the last five years of popular music than an original treatise, but hey, there ain't nothing wrong with that.
For those of you still recovering from this year's Coachella, we only have one thing to say: there's no rest for the weary! That's right, Bamboozle 2012 is happening May 18-20 in the great state of New Jersey! Time to give the east coasters out there a chance to live out their festival dreams.
This year, the lineup for Bamboozle is packed with some of the biggest names in rock and EDM. Acts include Skrillex, Mac Miller, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Bon Jovi, Brand New and more. Here's the full schedule.
May is looking to be a great month for concerts, made all the better by the one-two punch of Feist and Florence + The Machine at Radio City Music Hall. These two distinctive vocalists are playing respective shows, the first week of May. Catch Feist on May 5th and Florence on May 8th. Get your tickets soon, as these two ladies are sure to perform to sold-out crowds!
Feist, formerly of seminal indie band Broken Social Scene, has been making solo albums for a few years now, layering her sweet, subtle vocals upon a bed of folk and indie pop. Best known for songs like "1234" and "My Moon My Man," Feist has begun enjoying crossover success as more and more people begin to realize what talent she possesses.