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by Sarah Zupko

15 May 2017


Los Angeles’ Tenelle mixes reggae, soul, and tropical sounds in her upbeat, sunny music and her latest video “Set Me Free” proves what an alluring sound that is. Setting the video in the warm beach climes of Hawaii, Tenelle’s song lures one to want to play and love, not toil and work. It marks the promise of the coming summer and better days to come, plus it’s a wonderful love song. “The song tells a story about a girl in love for the first time and the reality of being locked by the love she is ‘...wishing on every star’ to be hers,” Tenelle says.

by Sarah Zupko

15 May 2017


Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Indie folk poppers Magic Giant have been active on the festival scene and have toured with Beats Antique and the Revivalists, and now they are set to release their infectious debut album, In the Wind, this Friday, May 19th. The band blends folk and pop in equal doses, creating killer harmonies, intriguing instrumental accompaniment, literally using any instrument they happen to find, including drums, banjo, trumpet, saxophone, harmonica, synthesizers, electric bass, cello, viola, violin, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, and more. Their sound is huge and features melodies that soar to majestic heights, and the way the album was created has a lot to do with that.

by Jedd Beaudoin

15 May 2017


Swedish trio Ball releases its debut album Friday, May 19 via the Horny imprint and we have a premiere of the entire record for you now. Having issued the acclaimed 7” Fyre in 2015, Ball quickly focused its energies on writing one of the dirtiest, nastiest efforts to climb from the rock’s scuz coated underbelly. Early metal and psychedelic sounds from the 1970s are tightly woven into the throbbing nucleotides of Ball’s DNA, but the mysterious trio dives deeper into the darkness, exploring the lure of the occult, the hallucinatory properties of high volumes and, per the outfit’s moniker, hedonistic sexuality. 

by Sachyn Mital

12 May 2017


Photo credits: Shervin Lainez

Megan Talay is a regular in the New York music scene, playing in the Guns N’ Roses cover band Guns N’ Hoses, sitting in as a session musician and fronting her own band. In 2015, Talay released her first EP, Piece by Piece, a rootsy rock set of five tracks. In June, she’s set to release her follow-up, Talay with five new tracks. But this time the young singer-songwriter has leaned hard on a pop-rock sound.

by Sachyn Mital

11 May 2017


Goldfrapp‘s newest album Silver Eye finds the duo once again delivering “strong melodic hooks”. On tour in support of the album, Goldfrapp hit up New York City for a couple of shows, namely two nights at Brooklyn’s newest venue, Brooklyn Steel.

While I had hoped to hear some of Goldfrapp’s more folksy material (i.e. Seventh Tree), the band leaned heavily on the most danceable of their material for their set. That wasn’t an issue though given the high caliber of their extensive catalog. They opened with the spacey classic “Utopia” and “Lovely Head” from Felt Mountain before jumping vigorously into “Anymore” off Silver Eye. From then on (till the encore) it was an onslaught of wonky dance beats and mind-scrambling melodies. Highlights included “Systemagic”, “Become the One” and “Ooh La La” during the encore. Enjoy a few photos from the first Brooklyn Steel show and some video from the second night are below.

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