Rock

Jet Rewind – “Someone Else”

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2017

Jet Rewind are a group hailing from Stockholm, who aren’t quite re-creating the rock genre by any means. But they capture a lot about what has worked in the genre across many different eras and combines them to create something equally effective in their song “Someone Else.”

Naturally you can find some comparison to The Strokes on the too cool laid back rock that is awfully reminiscent of The Strokes. But the vocal work has a European charm to it that separates it and allows the song to find a life of its own. It’s easy going nature is refreshing, it doesn’t try to overstuff the track with too much, but allows it to unfold naturally and becomes something much greater for it.

The track was released earlier this year via Admirable Traits Records and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for its follow-up. For now, enjoy the stream of “Someone Else” below.
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[new]: Sam Seeger – “It’s Alright”

By Will Oliver, September 2nd 2016

Sam Seeger

Sam Seeger has returned once again with “It’s Alright,” the latest vicious ripper of a track from Rockland County’s finest.

It’s one of Seeger’s more experimental jams to date, with some futuristic synth and electronic sounds making their way with his already signature riffs, and some chilled out 90s-minded vocals on top of it all. It’s another winner, and it has us wondering when he’s going to drop a full album of material soon.

Not only did Sam play everything on “It’s Alright” (guitar, drums, bass, drum machine, and synth) but he also recorded, mixed, and mastered it on his own. Well now I feel even more lazy about what I did today.

You can stream the track below, but if you like what you hear, head over to the track’s bandcamp page to purchase it for $1.
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[new]: Sam Seeger – “What’s Happening”

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2016

Sam Seeger - What's Happening

Fellow Rockland County resident Sam Seeger has returned and blessed us with another great new song titled “What’s Happening” that is too good to ignore.

The track runs by briskly at two-minutes in length, delivering classic rock vibes and vicious guitar riffs that are complimented with the work of New Myths‘ Rosie Slater behind the drum kit. The chilled out, almost stoned vocals work well alongside the guitar solos that are just waiting to break free.

You can buy “What’s Happening” for just $1 over at Sam’s bandcamp right now, and get a taste via the stream directly below.
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Writer – “Neighborly”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2016

Writer

Brooklyn’s very own Writer is comprised of brothers James and Andy Ralph. They’re currently gearing up the release of their sophomore album Principle Web on April 8th via Small Plates Records.

For this record the brotherly duo is expanded to a trio with the help of multi-instrumentalist Joshua Greco. This creates results such as the rich single “Neighborly” a gloriously fuzzy rocker taken from the album. It captures that garage-rock feel of 90s acts such as Dinosaur Jr. while also looking ahead towards the future.

Find a stream of “Neighborly” below, and pre-order the album on black or white vinyl here. They’ll also stop in to NYC for a performance at Berlin on Saturday, April 9. Grab tickets for the performance right here.
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[new]: Seratones – “Sun”

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2016

Seratones

Louisiana soul-rockers Seratones will release their anticipated debut album Get Gone on May 6th via Fat Possum Records. Today they’ve shared the energetic and sun-soaked new single,”Sun.”

Imagine Alabama Shakes pissed off and playing the diviest bar imaginable. There’s an unshakable urgency to the main guitar riff of “Sun” that hits hard as all hell and doesn’t look back for even a second. Those who claim that rock and roll are dead clearly just need to look a little bit harder.

Stream “Sun” below and check up Seratones upcoming tour dates, which include supporting dates for The Dandy Warhols in New York later this month.
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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean rang in the new year playing a show with DIIV, no surprise, as the young New York trio are about as hardworking as they come.

Their work ethic has made the release of their debut album Human Ceremony next month (via Fat Possum) one of the most exciting prospects of this new year. We already got a taste last year through first single “Wall Watcher”, and today brings the follow-up single “Easier Said.”

This may be Sunflower Bean’s most grown up trek yet, channeling a California summer-sound that captures the likes of groups like Haim and dare I say, Fleetwood Mac. It’s a lush wonder, indebted to the past, but also looks forward with a sense of hopefulness. They show a calm-sense of restraint and maturity that their more urgent psych-rock dives don’t quite have. It’s great.

Stream “Easier Said” below and find their upcoming tour dates posted below it.
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Plum – “Light Years, Dark Years”

By Will Oliver, November 28th 2015

Plum

It  doesn’t take long for Denver-based trio Plum to win you over with their stormer of a single “Light Years, Dark Years.”

The single instantly transports you to a simpler time where psych-led garage rock was all it took to get the people going. There’s a bit of the bite from the early days of The Black Keys, a dirty but assured rocker that hit all the right notes.

The single is the self-titled effort from their debut EP, Light Years, Dark Years. Based on the single alone, Plum are a exciting rock group to keep an eye on. The fact that they’ve already opened up for the likes of Charles Bradley, Win Butler and The Districts says it all. Their a group on the rise, one that you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the immediate future.

Stream “Light Years, Dark Years” below.
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Sunflower

They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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[new]: Foals – “What Went Down”

By Will Oliver, June 16th 2015 — with 1 comment

Foals

The always reliable British rockers Foals are back, and sounding as strong as ever. They’ll release their new album What Went Down on August 28 via Warner Bros Records.

Today they premiered the first single, and title track, “What Went Down” which was released as a brand new music video. It’s very Foals in spirit, harnessing that primal energy that seems to come so naturally for them. Once it starts it never lets up, and it explodes into something that I can only imagine being an absolute monster in the live setting. Welcome back Foals.

Getting to hear a new song just makes me crave the next New York Foals show, which hopefully will be coming soon enough.

Check out the official music video for “What Went Down” below. It was directed by Niall O’Brien.
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Death Cab for Cutie – “Little Wanderer”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie have shared quite a bit of their new album Kintsugi, whose March 31 (via Atlantic Records) release date is just around the corner. The trio have already shared three tracks from the album (“Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”). These also happened to be the first three songs on the record. They’ve kept the timeline going with the 4th track of the album being released, “Little Wanderer.”

While mostly pleasant, it’s somewhat of a come down from the previous songs, making it my least favorite of the songs released far. Maybe it will work better with the rest of the album as context. We’ll see.

Stream “Little Wanderer” below.
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