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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! Stereogum.com 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
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