Category Archives: Cool Band/Song Alert

MP3 Roundup: White Wires, Mutual Benefit, Buffalo Moon, and Eric Copeland

I haven’t been this excited about new music since I’ve been doing this blog.  There’s a lot of heavy hitters putting out amazing albums, a refreshing and diverse change of pace after 2009’s Animal Collective/Grizzly Bear/Dirty Projectors monopoly.  The National, The Hold Steady, Joanna Newsom, Dum Dum Girls, and Broken Social Scene have obviously all […]

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Cool New Festival: Mountain Man Fest

Mountain Man Fest is a brand new DIY festival slated to take place on Saturday, July 24th in upstate New York, right near Skidmore- about a three hour drive from the city.  Some of NYRM’s favorite bands will be on the bill including Islands, Real Estate, Woods, Pill Wonder, Family Portrait, Julian Lynch, Cults, and […]

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Cool New Video: Real Estate's "Suburban Dogs"

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/10073769] In the past year, Real Estate has quietly become one of my favorite bands.  I find myself thinking, “Budweiser, Sprite, do you feel alright?” pretty frequently, and now that the weather is getting warm again, I can’t get enough of their tunes again.  I came across this video via someone’s Twitter feed yesterday, […]

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MP3 Roundup: Future Islands, Hombres Nombres, Girlfriends, Yellow Ostrich, and Weekends

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GhtZt2HYkM&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0] It’s been far too long since I’ve done one of these posts, but I always get really nervous about them and put it off.  I’m afraid that the bands will either be too obvious or be too small and not be good enough, and no one will like the MP3s and everyone will stop […]

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Recommended Monday Show (and Cool New MP3): City Center at Death By Audio

(photo by Amber Fellows) The last time I wrote about City Center was back in September, when I caught them at Cake Shop and thoroughly enjoyed their mix of loops, noise, and pop sensibility.  As I said then, Fred Thomas is an excellent songwriter, and this new track that’s been circulating around the Internet is […]

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SXSW 2010: Top Ten Favorite Performances

There’s so much going on at sxsw that it’s impossible to see even a sliver of what the week has to offer.  That’s why doing a top ten performances of the week list is sort of silly.  On the other hand, I saw some excellent new bands that I’d like to draw a little extra […]

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SXSW 2010 Sampler

In exactly five days, I will be on a plane to Austin, Texas, along with every other schmucky music industry person in the world, along with a whole bunch of not-so-schmucky music fans and musicians.  SXSW is both a blessing and a curse.  On the one hand, it’s my worst nightmare realized.  I hate missing […]

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Cool New Band (and Recommended Thursday Show): Art Sorority for Girls (and Gray Goods at Bruar Falls)

Imagine listening to a ton of late 90s Top 40 rock, I’m talking 3 Doors Down and Barenaked Ladies, but also Bright Eyes and other proto-emo-ites.  Then listen to a whole bunch of Brooklyn lo-fi bands, not to mention actually be in a few.  Combine all of those things and you get Art Sorority for […]

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Recommended Wednesday Show (and Sweet New MP3): Akron/Family, Warpaint, and Please the Trees at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Akron/Family have been hit or miss for the last several years.  When I saw them play at Olde Club in 2006, it was one of the worst shows I’ve ever seen (and the second worst Olde Club show ever, only beaten out by Skeletons and the Girl Faced Boys, who were clearly on some sort […]

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MP3 Roundup: Los Campesinos!, Frog Eyes, Fucked Up, Django Django, and Art Museums

Another MP3 roundup.  Let’s start off with Los Campesinos! and their new album, Romance Is Boring.  I don’t really like saying nice things about this band, because they weren’t too nice to two of my friends at Olde Club, but I do really like pretty much everything they’ve done.  Unique sound + teenage angst = […]

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