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There’s a stubborn pall that blankets Atlantic City. Once a hotbed of Mobster decadence during Prohibition (hi, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire!), the New Jersey gambling town puttered out into a miasma of bedbugs and barflies during the ’60s. It’s never quite shaken that reputation of being Vegas’ developmentally disabled cousin, no matter how many entrepreneurs have descended upon its carcass. Read More
So it's probably okay to admit that the first thing to draw me to the music of Danielle Ate the Sandwich was the word sandwich, right? I mean, the truth is the truth, but I will follow up that revelation by telling you that singer/songwriter Danielle Anderson is a wholesome and tasty treat. (UGHHHHHH. I know.) Anderson gained popularity, and was able to really spread the buzz about her folky tunes by making a series of cute and funny YouTube videos. I highly suggest that you spend a good chunk of this rainy day (it's pissing frogs in NYC) watching them for some soothing yuckles. Read More
Gregory and the Hawk, nom de plume of Meredith Godreau, will be releasing her new album, Leche, this coming Tuesday on FatCat, and we just got her new video! The NY-based multi-talented musician shows off her lyrical sensitivity and D.I.Y. skills with this homemade video of her song, "For the Best". It's absolutely beautiful, and had me checking out Gregory and the Hawk for future show dates immediately. Her previous albums, In Your Dreams and Moenie and Kitchi, are also ear-candy gems. Read More
Mexican Summer is turning out to be the record label to watch of 2010. Though some of their CMJ showcase choices this year seemed a little, ahem, questionable, it's hard to argue with the people who brought you Best Coast's Crazy for You. If there's any justice in the world, San Francisco group Tamaryn ought to become the next M.S. breakout act (except I'm pretty sure they're not going to be so into Twitter). The band is officially composed of lead singer Tamaryn and multi-instrumentalist Rex John Shelverton, but for their shows they enlisted a little help from a drummer and a bassist. Read More
Funnyman Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt just released a great clip of him doing "LaLaLa Freestyle," and MIA is in it! It's a simple video of them hanging out on a stoop, but his rhymes are real, and MIA makes for some great company. You can download his newest mix tape "These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Sill Cold As Hell So Shut The Fuck Up Vol. 1" for free on his website, and he also has an album slated for release next year on Chocolate Industries, so keep yer eyes peeled! Photo source: www.urb. Read More
I have to admit, way back in 2008 when I had my first dose of Crystal Castle's against my will at a dimly lit local watering hole I was more than a little skeptical. Abundant dance beats, standard new wave synths, androgynous haircuts, and generous amounts of distorted femme roaring all played their appropriate roles. All these things are of course mandatory ingredients to an ever so hip soundtrack to looking for romance in all the wrong places. I thought to myself, now here is a band that is not going to outlast the keg at which my beer is being tapped from. Read More
The last time Corin Tucker belted it out on a NYC stage was in August of 2006 when Sleater-Kinney played their final show here. Last night she rolled in, with babies and a new band in tow, and bitch slapped a crowd of adoring fans with her hair flips, just like the good 'ol days. Opening for the Corin Tucker band was Hungry Ghost, Portland's version of a party-rock band. Tucker's drummer, Sara Lund, moonlights as the drummer for Hungry Ghost as well, so by the time the final act rolled around, she was good and warmed up. Read More
Fans and music addicts be warned, the New York and Boston-based club/thrash/pop band, Hooray for Earth, have a residency in New York City's legendary Pianos every Wednesday throughout November! saw them at CMJ and wrote them up as, "Hooray For Earth framed themselves as proper players, stewing electronics, nimble but unpretentious guitars, a sense of progressive psychedelics and percussive progressions. Read More
Tonight is the night you must take your booty shorts out of hiding, slap those puppies on and shake your fun buns till the break of dawn. New Orleans style sissy bounce queen Big Freedia will be performing at South Paw tonight for a fantastic  Friday fun time(Phew! Say that six times fast!) that is sure to go down in BUST party history. DJ Rusty Lazer, Dominique Young Unique and Javelin will also be performing for your listening and move busting pleasure. Don't get left in the dust. Read More
Every year when the temperature starts to decrease I find myself fumbling through albums that beckon story telling, invite group vocals and paint dream like images of autumn breezes flowing through my moth eaten flannel. Now I do recognize that many people do this all year round, but there is something so pleasing about seasonal record listening. Nothing says fall like the crunching of leaves and twigs beneath feet that are frolicking to a shoe gaze, experimental, Americana soaked record. Shadow Shadow Shades's debut record is all this and more. Read More