Hot Club of Cowtown: Wishful Thinking

Hot Club of Cowtown is a band that seems to imagine American pop music as if time was stopped in the mid-1950s. It’s a country band without a shred of modernity or relevance, and it’s exactly this (along with some serious talent) that makes them a refreshing antidote to commercial …

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The Porter Block Block Party!

With a name that sounds like a New Jersey construction company, Porter Block basks in the glory of his hometown at Rockwood Music Hall on Aug. 12. For his upcoming album, Gowanus Yacht Club, Porter assembled an army of local songwriters to help him compile a document of …

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Please, No Dildo Jokes: Steely Dan At The Beacon

Thirty years after the release of their landmark opus, Gaucho, jazz-rock pioneers Steely Dan tour around the nation playing the album in its entirety, along with numerous other classics from their late-’70s period of nigh-insane productivity. Playing three more nights at the Beacon Theatre from Aug. 10 to 12

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Phil Cody @ Rockwood Music Hall

A direct descendent of Buffalo Bill Cody, Los Angeles songwriter Phil Cody follows in the free, rambling spirit of his ancestor. He’s been a self-imposed exile from the music business since the beginning of the decade, but now, he’s working on a new record, restarting his career with a bunch …

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The Lost Fingers: Lost In The ’80s

Only Canada could produce something as insidious as an album of jazz covers of ‘80s songs (in a French accent, no less). Yet The Lost Fingers, a trio of handsome gentlemen with excellent sunglasses, have made this potentially disastrous idea into a relentlessly clever and hilarious album. It’s a subversive …

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Anchor & Braille: Felt / Woodwater

Anchor & Braille is, sadly, not two people with amusing pseudonyms, but, rather, a single songwriter, Stephen Christian. Felt, his first album, has been a work-in-progress for some four years. The resulting music certainly feels epic, with expansive string arrangements and dripping, mumbled lyrics. Lacking the spark or wit …

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Beatallica: Masterful Mystery Tour / Oglio

After becoming famous for their legal troubles, Beatallica have, incredibly, managed to defy the copyright monster and stick around long enough to produce a few officially released albums. Beatallica, arguably the most famous mash-up band ever, furthers their metal dominance with this massively enjoyable sophomore album.

Beatallica is the most …

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Die Volkenvestival!

Like Woody Allen, folk music is seemingly being kept alive on a wholesome diet of bagels, flannel, and the tears of old Jewish women. However, unlike Woody Allen, folk music is only getting better. Look no further for evidence than the Newport Folk Festival on Aug. 1 and 2, a …

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Iron Age: The Sleeping Eye / Tee Pee

The Sleeping Eye is a seriously solid slab of dark, rusty metal. Old-fashioned and basic, Iron Age have delivered the garage-band metal album—lacking in originality or fresh ideas, but with talent and infectious energy in spades. The Sleeping Eye is as refreshing as it is evil.

A big reason for …

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The Most Serene Republic: …And The Ever-Expanding Universe

Toronto septet The Most Serene Republic take their name from European history, and it seems to be the grandiose and mystical romanticism of the middle ages that guides their music as well. Using a staggering variety of instruments, both electronic and acoustic, they’ve created a third album that’s as confusing …

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