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by Maria Schurr

5 Aug 2015


Secret Crush don’t write love songs, they write songs about deception. New single “KGB” is an excellent case in point, presenting itself in the same way as the cyanide-laced Pepsi referenced in the song’s lyrics. It’s a hooky little number with a cache of sweet melodies belying the acidic treachery relayed in the song’s lyrics. The video takes the conceit a step further, with the four-piece recruiting some go-go dancers cum femme fatales for a fatal performance. Secret Crush vocalist and guitarist Greg Timmes, who shares both duties with co-frontman Matt Billington, has said of the self-directed video, “I wanted to make a video that had some twists and turns that would keep the viewer guessing,” while adding, “It’s not the video for ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears but “KGB” is as fun to watch as it was to make.” Secret Crush consists of players from a number of Brooklyn bands (bassist Nick Rogers formerly fronted the undersung Hippy; Billington and drummer Jacob Cavell both served in synth-pop outfit Grand Resort; Lydia Gammill of Total Slacker adds some Nancy Sinatra-esque vocals to the song) and likewise the video features cameos from a few of the finest up and coming artists in the borough, namely The Yin Yangs and Bodega Bay (additionally, Nikki Belfiglio, of the latter, edited “KGB”, which was shot by photographer Jamie Langley). The video for “KGB” may be low-budget, but the visuals and the song’s tunefulness are a welcome diversion, no matter the budget.

by Adrien Begrand

5 Aug 2015


On the heels of her 2014 debut album Diamond Street, New York singer-songwriter Sara Rachele is releasing a special seven-inch single release, a cover of Paul Anka’s 1958 song “Crazy Love”. The Atlanta expat turns the tables on Anka’s original, delivering a steamy, confrontational performance atop production by Kris Sampson that pays homage to Phil Spector.

by Adrien Begrand

4 Aug 2015


In addition to being one of the coolest writers around, an expert in everything from jazz, to death metal, to Ween, Hank Shteamer is the drummer and vocalist for Brooklyn band STATS. As it so happens, the band is as eclectic as Shteamer’s musical taste, a wildly creative mishmash of Melvins-derived sludge and Beefheart-esque experimentation. Massively heavy but showing a progressive nimbleness that you don’t exactly hear in sludge/noise-oriented bands, the band’s debut album makes for an absurdly delightful listening experience.

by Adrien Begrand

4 Aug 2015


With a sound that is reminiscent of both Alex Chilton and the cheekier side of UK powerpop, Rhode Island artist Andy Lampert is not lacking in wry humor. First, he named his 15-song debut album 10 Songs of Pain (does it have five happy songs?), and even better, he comes up with a dandy of a chorusing his track “Even I Can Dream”, singing measuredly, “I am trying not to lose my friggin’ mind.” It’s a wonderful expression of modern despair that we all can relate to.

by Adrien Begrand

4 Aug 2015


Starting out plaintive and gradually becoming something a lot more ominous, like a storm rolling in on a sweltering day, “Room For One” encapsulates what Brooklyn group Bodies Be Rivers do so well on their self-titled debut EP, which comes out today. Accompanying it is a beautifully sparse, minimal video for the track, which you can watch below.

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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