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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Christopher Taylor, aka SOHN, just released his album Tremors on which he creates skeletal ambient soundscapes that diverge into dark, trippy, soulful submersions.

Christopher Taylor, the musician known as SOHN, has been making a name for himself with productions and remixes for Disclosure, Lana del Rey, BANKS and many others when he released his EP The Wheel. The title track for that EP was included on his well-received new full-length Tremors. London born, SOHN (I think it’s pronounced Sean (like John with an S)) is now based in Vienna but visited New York for two sold out shows, the first of which was at the Bowery Ballroom on a Friday night. The venue was minimally lit by tube lights on the stage, the perfect accompaniment to the dark electronic/dubstep world and atmospheric ‘80s-tinged soundscapes created by SOHN.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Manchester lads The 1975 are huge with the youth and are selling out shows around the States including their night at Terminal 5 in New York.

Manchester lads The 1975, are a youthful and entertaining pop band currently performing sold out shows across the United States on their first tour here. Their music is an energetic blend of rock that is at times atmospheric, at times R&B influenced and has similarities to Arctic Monkeys, Maroon 5 and Fall Out Boy. Catchy hooks helped them top the charts in the UK last September but they haven’t made a huge splash over here outside of a certain demographic… the youth. More specifically, young girls, though it is safe to say it is not as awkward a crowd for a male as a Miley Cyrus show. (I did overhear one girl ask a friend what was I doing wearing earplugs at a concert, I don’t think she knew what they were though from her tone.)


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Scottish trio Chvrches closed out their tour with three explosive sold out nights at Terminal 5.

Chvrches have exploded onto the music scene in the past year on the back of their sole album The Bones of What You Believe, an extraordinarily strong synth pop debut. The Scottish trio, singer/keyboards Lauren Mayberry, guitarist/keyboards Iain Cook and keyboards/vocalist Martin Doherty have taken every moment in the past year to promote the album it seems, climbing into larger venues and playing in front of bigger crowds. They only performed for about an hour at Terminal 5, but it was one incredibly blinding show filled with huge musical moments and some chat. Mayberry wished everyone a “Happy Star Wars day” in honor of May the 4th and the band pointed out someone in the front with a Star Trek shirt. With every song a hit, its hard to choose a standout moment, but the united breathy vocals in “Night Sky” accentuated Mayberry’s voice even more.


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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
As guitarist and singer Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni explained sagely, Tinariwen's music has a global message.

In the midst of an extensive New York winter, Tinariwen stopped through New York to promote their new album Emmaar (“heat of the breeze”). The falling snow isn’t something the Malian band is used to out in the Saharan desert. But unfortunately, their country is in disarray given that attempts to create a separate or autonomous area in Azawad as a home for the Tuareg people have resulted in an extremist Islamic presence escalating conflicts with the Malian government. Tinariwen was thus persuaded to record Emmaar in a different desert, California’s Joshua Tree.


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Monday, Feb 24, 2014
The ability to blend classic influences into new sonic flavors is one of Nelson’s strongest attributes and was evident throughout the night.

Guitarist Lukas Nelson calls his band the Promise of the Real (P.O.T.R.) and the name is fitting because the group is legit. There’s a general tendency to be somewhat skeptical of children of celebrities who choose to follow in their parents footsteps. But Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, is well on his way to carving out his own niche as one of the more gifted rock ‘n’ rollers of his generation.


The band’s first two albums established Lukas as a talented songwriter and the band as a sonic force, combining various classic rock influences with a little bit of cosmic cowboy country twang. Nelson is an ace guitarist and the band is a powerful live act, which is what separates the contenders from the pretenders. Nelson has also been racking up extra credit points by collaborating with various musical elders, such as sitting in with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and company at the Los Angeles Greek Theater on Furthur’s fall 2012 tour. This followed a tour opening for John Fogerty.


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