BOYTOY: Going (Musically) Postal With

With new albums from Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, Mourn, and The Julie Ruin all having come out in the past year, it’s safe to stay we’ve arrived in yet another golden age of female-led punk bands that pack a punch. Now it seems we can add Brooklyn newcomers BOYTOY to that …

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One Hundred Thousand: Rising Up

The word that comes to mind when listening to Rise, the new EP from North Jersey’s One Hundred Thousand, is “drive.” Every component of the hard rock quartet’s sound, from Rich Matos’ searing vocal parts to drummer Kurt Wubbenhorst’s intricate sense of rhythm, fuels each of their performances …

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Jane Getter Premonition: Premonitions Of Greatness

Imagine if Joni Mitchell fronted a rock band, a progressive rock band that played eight-minute-long jams, equally indebted to the Grateful Dead and Dream Theater. A band that regularly indulged in back-to-back psychedelic guitar solos that stayed fresh throughout. Imagine if this band had credentials out the wazoo with its …

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TesseracT & The Contortionist: Primordial Sounds

TesseracT & The Contortionist, a pair of talented progressive metal bands from the UK and Indiana, respectively, will be playing Irving Plaza on Dec. 7. TesseracT is touring behind Polaris, the band’s third studio album as well as their first with vocalist Dan Tompkins since their debut, …

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Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders: Coming Back This Way

After finishing up an international tour with Florence + The Machine, Australia’s Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders are touring the U.S. in support of their fourth album, Playmates, out now on Fat Possum Records. Lead singles “Her Hands” and “Come On Back This Way” answer the question of what …

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Brian Setzer: Another Year, Another Swingin’ Christmas

The Brian Setzer Orchestra is back again, with the 12th incarnation of their annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” along with their sixth Christmas album, Rockin’ Rudolph, which is out now on Surfdog Records. For the better part of this century, Setzer and his 18-piece orchestra have been touring their snazzy …

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Arlo Guthrie: An “Alice’s Restaurant” Renaissance

It is somehow fitting that, instead of touring for the 50th anniversary of the release of his seminal 18-minute-long folk monologue, “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie is actually touring the 50th anniversary of the event that inspired the tune. Delivering the lyrics with a rambling dialect reminiscent of Bob Dylan, John …

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