Lili Roquelin & Bruce Sudano At The Bitter End

I wrote about Lili Roquelin before and am happy to have been able to keep in touch with her and follow her career as she is a very talented singer/song-writer. She reached out to me to help promote a huge show for her on May 2nd here in New York City. Lili is the opening…

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…

Brian Suarez On Allies For Everyone

For a guy who doesn’t like to throw parties, Brian Suarez, musical mastermind behind Allies for Everyone, certainly gets invited to a lot. In addition to his work on TV music production, Suarez performs as a DJ at an average of 2-3 parties and gigs per month upon invitation. “I think my favorite part is just playing…

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…

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…

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…

Afropunk: Through the Ears of a Musician

By Robert Sanders III With another summer winding down, the time has come to start penciling in a last hurrah here, a last hurrah there (…a last hurrah everywhere), but the hurrah to end all hurrahs took place this past weekend in Brooklyn. What started out as a group of black people getting together to share…

Kershaw’s Medicine Needs No Sugar

Until last Wednesday, I had never seen a performer “take a hit” of an inhaler on stage. I guess there is a first time for everything, because west coast singer/songwriter, Lily Kershaw, did exactly that at her Wednesday night performance at Rockwood Music Hall. In New York for her NYC debut, Kershaw woke up earlier…

Mighty Mystic Keeps Reggae Alive

Jamaican born, Mystic, and his group of fellow musicians, The Strings of Thunder Band, may have released their most recent single, “Concrete World,” a few months ago, but with scorching heat like this year’s, the band’s rock and reggae mashup couldn’t be more perfect for the summer season. With influences like Bob Marley as well…