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.
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.
Tongues in Trees is a collaboration between vocalist Samita Sinha, guitarist Grey Mcmurray, and drummer Sunny Jain (of Red Baraat). The trio have been playing in and around New York City for a couple of years now but they only released their debut album Parallel last week. The album is described as “dream pop meets Sufi trance [and] is a testament to the chemistry and eclectic sound of this band of three, magnetic forces in parallel, at times attracting and at times repelling, but always in line with one another” (via their bio). And the trio’s otherworldly music does possess a certain magnetism. Parallel‘s lyrical nuances have the flow of a poem which begs re-reading. Stream the album below and catch Tongues in Trees at one of two Parallel release shows this week:
Stepping aside from his tour obligations for a day, Ringo Starr dropped by the Strand Book Store in New York City on October 26th to discuss his new book Photograph with his friend Steven Van Zandt. Technically the book was released a year or more back but that was a limited edition run from Genesis Publications. Last month saw the release of Photograph in an open edition (a more interactive ebook version has been available for some time too) for regular folks to purchase. About 200 regular folks purchased a copy to see Starr in the rare book room on a Monday afternoon.