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by Sachyn Mital

10 Jul 2014

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.

by Sachyn Mital

3 Jun 2014

At the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday in May, Woods had their first show in New York in a year ahead of a long string of dates to promote their new album With Light and With Love. Songs from this new album, "a radical departure for the band -- a more refined and pop-oriented record" (nyctaper), made up the bulk of the show though the set included a cover Pink Floyd too. Woods were joined by openers Quilt, whose free spirited sound flowed tranquilly through the crowd in advance of the psychedelic headliners. When I went up to the balcony, I found out Woods' interesting backdrop wasn't a video projection. Two men were messing around with gel and liquid overlays on top of old school screen projectors. The homemade effects fit excellently into the band's organic set, melding experimental sounds with their melodies. As we described it earlier, their new album is "a complicated, rewarding balance between the grip of the past and the possibility of, if not the future, than at least the now." It is a rewarding listen and their show is exciting to see, so check out their tour dates below.

by Sachyn Mital

25 Mar 2014

On a rare trip to the US, Iceland’s Sindri Már Sigfússon, aka Sin Fang, performed a few free shows including ones in Boston and in New York. Below are a few photos and a video clip from the New York, or “The Annie O Music Series presents a special evening with Sin Fang on Tuesday, March 11 from 6-8 PM at Chez Andre at The Standard, East Village”.

by Sachyn Mital

22 Nov 2013

Reuben and the Dark, a Canadian five-piece band led by Reuben Bullock, have played shows at CMJ, SXSW and other important festivals for up-and-coming artists in the past year. The group has yet to release more than one song, you will only find an official release of “Rolling Stone” online and we have it for you to stream below. The band is signed to Arts & Crafts and their debut was produced by Florence + The Machine drummer Chris Hayden and Stephen Kozmeniuk. They sound “darker” than many of their peers in the folk rock scene with their pained bluesy lyrics and four part vocal harmonies (at least from the show I saw). Reuben’s brother plays percussion and joined him at the front of the stage for a song but the band’s short set demonstrated a good bit of potential without them appearing immediately derivative. Check out “Rolling Stone” and some photos from Rockwood Music hall below.

by Sachyn Mital

10 Oct 2013

If you haven’t heard about Grand Theft Auto V yet, its surprising given that the game’s newest iteration has had over $1 billion in sales in just a matter of weeks. For their game, Rockstar Games has gone all out in compiling an in-game soundtrack, releasing three album/compilations from the more than forty-hours of music that can be heard on various game radio stations. Original score and songs were crafted by Tangerine Dream, Flying Lotus, Twin Shadow and many others. And to celebrate the release of the game and the music, Rockstar partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to present the unique ‘Live from Los Santos’ concert, with performances of the game’s score, live with a visual backdrop of scenes from the game, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York. This last minute addition to the New York Film Festival also included an afterparty at (le) Poisson Rouge, featuring DJ sets from Flying Lotus and Giles Peterson but we only have pictures from the church below as well as the game’s trailer and the playlist of songs Flying Lotus selected for his in-game station. You can Browse the three disc’s worth of songs that are on the official soundtrack and purchase the album online now, but if you are patient, Rockstar filmed the concert, so maybe there will be a commercial release of it in the near future.

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