Lucky 7: In Defense of Metal

The intention of this article is to serve as an Op Ed to Ethan Fixell’s article on MTV’s Guy Code. Just kidding. I’m looking to shred this misogynistic, piece of shit, piece of “writing” like John Petrucci shreds a the end of To Live Forever live. I don’t know what’s been in the water lately, but…

Sol Cat: Worth the Wait

CMJ is in October, I’m aware. I’m also writing this little collection of music reviews and interviews all by my lonesome, so here’s a chat I had with an amazing band from Tennessee outside the doors of Sullivan Hall. In October. Totally overwhelmed when their publicist reached out to me, I listened to about 20…

Faulkner Off To A Rocky Start

Before heading out on my holiday vacation last month, I was invited to The Mercury Lounge to feast my ears upon the music of Venice, California-based band, Faulkner. While I was initially intrigued by front man, Lucas Asher’s, eye-catching black wings and what promised to be a legitimate stage show, I unfortunately found myself rather disappointed a…

Rachel Lynn Sings

She also talks to NY Social Status about what it’s like going from writing to recording. Consensus is, it’s crazy. Baltimore native, Rachel Lynn, has been classically trained, relocated to New York to spend all her pennies on music and has been writing up a storm since the release of her first EP, a self-titled,…

Lucky 7

Here’s the Lucky 7 for 12/20/13-12/22/13 1) The Night Out: Had enough of Mariah Carey’s Christmas tunes? Kick it with old school Mariah, along with Sugar Ray, Will Smith, boys bands and angsty chick rockers at The Bellhouse’s “Party Like It’s 1999” dance party. A staple in the Bellhouse seasonal repertoire, this edition is commemorating the…

Track By Track: The Griswolds

The Griswolds are here just in time for the holidays! But instead of pulling Christmas trees from a frozen ground with their bare hands, this Australian five piece is bringing their eclectic sound to Brooklyn Bowl.  Let’s go track by track, shall we? The album’s opener and title track is “Heart of a Lion”.  In…

The LoveHowl Strikes…Again?

Remember that one band I wrote about last year? The one with the one song and the talent and the “24 reasons” to show some love (and howl..)? Yeah, they’re releasing their first EP, and it’s so awesome that one release party wasn’t enough. So Sunday night at Piano’s in the Lower East Side, The…

TRANQUIL WATER NY, INC. AND LOCAL TALENT CONNECT PRESENT IV: THE ARTIST

Branding and production agency, Tranquil Water NY, Inc. (TWNY) in association with global arts network, Local Talent Connect (LTC) is pleased to announce IV: the Artist, a merging of two great events: the celebration of TWNY’s 4th anniversary (originally slated for Dec 1st) and  Local Talent Connect’s “A Red Carpet Christmas” (a holiday event by the platform that aims to…

Kosha Dillz Debuts Album At Webster

Sometimes I meet awesome artists at CMJ. Sometimes I meet rappers who are having an album release party two weeks later with a guest appearance by Matisyahu. Cue Kosha Dillz. I ran into Kosha Dillz, whose name I’d never even heard before, at a CMJ show at The Delancey. He gave me his new CD and invited…

Wreaking HAVOK at B.B. King’s

As many of you may not know, this writer is a metalhead at heart. Born and raised in the southland, I was bred by rock, and music with that base will always be my first love. Eccentric and slightly off-key as I am, it should be no surprise that from southern rock I drifted seamlessly…

So Once Again I Swim in REVERIE

What would happen if Good Old War, Oasis, and Billy Joel had a threesome? Well, you’d probably end up with Reverie.  But seriously, you know the guy at the party trying to pick up chicks by playing Wonderwall? Well, I guarantee Reverie would be a better wingman. Hailing from England, this indie-folk band is a…

Forget CMJ, Here’s Sunny Gang

Marshal, drummer for Newark, New Jersey based band, Sunny Gang, broke his nose jumping around in their guitarist’s basement the night before a festival audition. They were not practicing. He was not drunk. This is a member of Sunny Gang off-stage in everyday life. So imagine what this band brings to its audience, all hyped up…

2013 Rock the Bells Hip-Hop Festival

In 2004, Guerilla Union, now one of Americas leading urban lifestyle brands created Rock the Bells, a Southern California based hip-hop festival. The first festival included performances by DJ Abel, Redman and the Wu-Tang Clan and was an immense hit, leading it to branch out from its SoCal roots to other cities around the country…