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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
The teenagers of the Strypes ended their current tour run in spectacular fashion in New York.

Four teenage lads who hail from Ireland, Ross Farrelly (vocals), Josh McClorey (guitar), Peter O’Hanlon (bass) and drummer Evan Walsh make up the Strypes, a straight up rock and roll band influenced by ‘60s and ‘70s acts. Their current US tour with Brooklyn’s the Skins recently wrapped up at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg where the crowd went a little bonkers, turning half of the dance floor into a churning mosh pit. The young band put out their first album Snapshot last year and have a new EP out this year, but they didn’t just fill their show with only their songs. Throughout, but primarily at the finale, the Strypes’ included covers of acts that influenced them, from Vince Taylor to Howlin’ Wolf. The two most fun covers at the end included some audience participation though. The Ramones’ “Rockaway Beach” and the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” became sing-alongs and the latter saw the Skins return to the stage to close out the night and the tour with their friends.


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Eighteen new songs with notes (and a quiz) to extend the summer vibe.

Here’s another collection of music culled from recent releases to help keep the summer vibe going. Check out new songs from indie veterans Spoon, Interpol, the New Pornographers and the Shins along with new bands such as Jungle and the Orwells. Vacationer, Parquet Courts and Ex Hex bring the party atmosphere while Christopher Owens, Stand of Oaks and Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) craft a mellow musical vein.


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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
Perhaps a tad too overcomplicated given the demographic it's striving for, this still satisfies as a slightly less than b-picture level actioner.

There was a time, not so long ago, when Pierce Brosnan was an international superstar. Riding high on his preordained crowning as the James Bond (replacing Roger Moore several years after first being offered—and denied—the gig) and living with a string of successful 007 efforts, it looked as if the years of laboring in relative obscurity (outside the Remington Steele TV show, which got him the license to kill consideration in the first place) had finally paid off.


Then, four films in, Brosnan was out, Daniel Craig was hired, and suddenly, Bond was bigger than ever. Indeed, it must smart for the 60-something to see Skyfall become a billion dollar baby, complete with critical acclaim and creative Oscars.


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The latest track from Lili Haydn, the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin", is the tantalizing opener to her latest studio record, Lililand.

George Clinton (of the Parliament Funkadelic fame) once called violinist and songwriter Lili Haydn “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”, a compliment that’s as accurate as it is superlative. Hadyn’s skill with the bow and strings can be seen all throughout her latest outing, Lililand, which comprises 12 tracks that highlight her top-notch violin playing, honest lyricism, and musical creativity. (There’s a particularly brooding cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Kashmir”, which takes to the violin quite well). Below you can stream “Elephant Trapeze”, Lililand‘s opening number.


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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills.

Mendelsohn: The one thing I liked about working from the Great List before the Counterbalance revamp was the weekly marching order. Didn’t matter what it was, whether or not we liked it, we were going to listen to it and have a little back-and-forth. Sometimes it was a drag. But mostly, the Great List offered up some interesting listening material. Looking down the list, it was pretty easy to tell who was going to stand behind specific albums. We are nothing if not predictable. But every now and then we would get to an album and more than anything I just wanted to know what you had to say about it.


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