Brooklyn-based roots musician Anthony D’Amato and his band recently performed an acoustic set at the Rubin Museum to celebrate the release of his latest EP, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a set of seven original and cover songs (proceeds from sales will support the International Rescue Committee). It was inspired, of course, by the current President.
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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.
In the lead up to this year’s Pickathon, we’ve been sharing an exclusive series of videos from last year’s fest. One of the best things about Pickathon is its musical variety with indie rock nestling right up against Americana, hip-hop, and soul. It’s a potent mixture and the common denominator is that all of the acts are really good. Up today, we have a live performance from rock ‘n’ roller JD McPherson and band that’ll get you up off your seat and dancing around the cubicle. McPherson remains dedicated to the early rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly of the 1950s, updating and enlivening the music for a whole new generation.
PopMatters is partnering with Pickathon, an independent Oregon music festival that features a stellar line-up of indie rock, hip-hop, soul, country and Americana. We are going to be bringing you an exciting series of exclusive videos over the coming months leading up to the festival dates, August 5th through the 7th.
Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell got together with some friends to make a record that drew upon all her varied musical influences. Ozell recently performed the first single “Git Gone” from that record, Take It With Me, on New York City’s “Good Day” show ahead of the album’s U.S. release on April 1st. We’ve shared the video plus a few tracks from the album below. If you enjoy “Americana with soul”, you’ll probably enjoy the rollicking song and perhaps her whole record too. The album features her own material as well as covers of classic tunes (from the likes of Hank Williams and Ray Charles) that Ozell selected across its eleven tracks. While in town, Ozell treated a small crowd at Rockwood Music Hall to many of those songs a few days before her television appearance, and we have some pics from that to share too. She will be starting a string of shows in California through the end of the month so check her out in her home state if you can. You won’t be disappointed.