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Dolly Spartans
"self-titled EP

I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartans; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

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May 26, 2015

The brainchild of Tamara Jafar and Joe Durniak, Cultfever is a catchy NYC electro-rock duo we've been following for some time. They have just released this new single entitled "Youth," and took the opportunity to announce their participation in the Northside Fest with a show at Union Pool on June 11.

May 28, 2015

Boston and its surroundings keep supplying NYC with richly arranged and very competently produced records. Brooklyn based - via Beantown - Craig Martinson plays music that's obviously influenced by The Beatles' psychedelic years, although he's not afraid to occasionally venture off that path with more noisy and experimental tracks like this cover of Beck's Devil's Haircut. We are premiering here third single 'Burning Monk' from sophomore EP ' M​y Love is True.' The song kicks off with a "Let it Be" style piano line, and suddenly breaks into a fully orchestrated chorus, exploding with melancholy, while the lyrics stress the very words giving the EP its title. The other tracks available from streaming confirm Martinson's noteworthy songwriting, filled with strong melodies and imaginative production.

May 28, 2015

A little over a year after releasing his album Road-Dog’s Teeth, New Orleans and Brooklyn based bluesman Johnny Azari returns with the double LP 'God Damn Blues (The Newest Testament).' As heard on the slide guitar-based, dusty single “God Damn Blues” (video streaming below), the Shiraz-born singer/multi-instrumentalist impressively conveys real-life hurt through his devilishly charming voice, effectively creating a portrait of a luckless man just trying to survive. It’s a seemingly classic blues story that Azari tells with obvious charisma and artful songwriting. – Zach Weg

May 28, 2015

One may say that producers are like the chefs of the creative process (the studio being their kitchen), so it’s hard to conceive how a band like NYC’s WIN WIN – comprised of three electronic producers – can actually function without major and recurrent conflicts of ego. The secret is probably – as with most successful musical project involving more than one person – in the trust and bond built during a collaboration that’s now more than a decade long. WIN WIN’s music is as edgy as you would expect, which gives us the opportunity for a very interesting Q&A about gear and the creative process - you can read it in our sister blog about gear and recording Delicious Audio - link below. Check out the band's latest single 'Air" streaming below.


May 28, 2015

With their new single "Calm Punk" (streaming), from upcoming sophomore LP, Brooklyn's Dead Stars convincingly rides the nu-grunge wave that's been sweeping Brooklyn in the past two years. Against what's considered as "booking common sense," the band is going to push the new release through a series of local shows very close to each other (five in ten days!?!). But hey, rock'n'roll hates common sense, so we invite you to support the guys, who have a great live show and shared last year's 4Knots stage with Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco and Speedy Ortiz among others. Find your most convenient date here.

May 27, 2015

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