Category Archives: Cool Band/Song Alert

Recommended Friday Show (and Good New Album): The Soft Pack at Cake Shop

There are an unbelievable amount of shows going on tomorrow night.  From Neon Indian, Beach Fossils, and Adventure at Market Hotel to Those Darlins and the So So Glos at Bowery Ballroom and a whole mess more.  It’s a good thing there’s a lot of options, too, because otherwise this Soft Pack show at Cake […]

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MP3 Roundup: Let's Wrestle, Laura Veirs, Shark?, and Yeasayer

The song that I REALLY want to post in this mp3 roundup is the first track off of Titus Andronicus’ upcoming record, “A More Perfect Union.”  A friend just sent it to me and it’s absolutely, full body shivers, wonderfully good.  Especially if you grew up in New Jersey.  However, I’m not going to post […]

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Recommended Thursday Show (plus two great new MP3s): Free Energy and pow wow! at Pianos

This is how I imagine the conversation that started Free Energy went:  “Dude.”  “Dude.”  “Let’s start a band.”  “Dude, awesome idea.”  “Let’s just play the happiest music possible.”  “Dude.  Definitely.”  “Party on, dude.”  Okay, so nobody actually says dude that much, but these five bros from Philly really do play some of the happiest, uplifting […]

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Recommended Saturday Show (and sweet new MP3s): Beach Fossils, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Cloud Nothings, and Nude Beach at Monster Island Basement

(Photo of Cloud Nothings by Leia Jospe for Brooklyn Vegan) I know I recommended a Beach Fossils show yesterday, as well.  They’re good, but it’s who’s playing with them tonight that’s exciting.  Alex Bleeker is Real Estate’s bass player, and his own project sounds like some lost late-6os acid-blues-rock record.  Definitely cool stuff.  Nude Beach […]

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MP3 Roundup: Air Waves, Oberhofer, Roommates, and tonstartssbandht

Happy 2010!  I’m so excited for this brand new year behind us.  We can put the Anco/GBear/DProjectors love triangle behind us and move on to new things.  I meant to post yesterday, to ring in the first business day of the New Year, but I was too busy seeing Julian Lynch at Bruar Falls (pictures […]

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Cool Newish Song: "You Don't Like Rock and Roll" by Hunx and His Punx

It’s nearly Christmas and it’s snowing like cats and dogs outside.  That means you probably don’t feel like goin’ to a show.  The fact that it’s the end of December also means there’s not too many good shows to go to, either.  I should probably post some sort of winter-themed song, but instead I’m going […]

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Recommended Wednesday Show (Plus Cool New Band Alert): Gray Goods and Darlings at Cake Shop

You heard it here first.  Gray Goods are sweet.  I know almost nothing about this band (their myspace page only has 3,000 hits), but I know that I like them.  They only have three songs on their myspace.  On first listen, they’re pretty sloppy.  All over the place with out of tune singing and well-worn […]

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Recommended Tuesday Show (and Sweet MP3): Darlings, Equestrian, and Video Daughters at Glasslands

Tomorrow you could definitely go see Final Fantasy and The Mountain Goats, but I would probably wait until Wednesday and see them at The Bell House.  Why not check out this smaller show at Glasslands instead?  I’m only familiar with Darlings, whose album will probably be on my “best of” list this year for its […]

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Cool New Videographer: Ray Concepcion

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FZN3ngRinU&hl=en_US&fs=1&] I’ve never written about something non-musical like this before, but I think it’s warranted.  In the past few months you may have noticed a now-familiar figure wielding a camera at what seems like every show you go to.  It’s Ray Concepcion, and he makes amazing live music videos.  His muted colors and fuzzy focus […]

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Hot New Song/Band: "When I'm With You" by Best Coast

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4vXTGPpKzo&color1=0x384e60&color2=0x2f4354&hl=en&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] I know this was on Pitchfork today so it isn’t much of a “find” per se, and I blogged about a track by Best Coast a few months ago after hearing it on Gorilla vs. Bear.  When I heard “Sun Was High (So Was I),” I thought it was a one-time deal, but after […]

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