Strand Of Oaks/Felice Brothers @ Cannon’s Blackthorn

(Photo by Casey M. Rosen)

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY—On Feb. 7, 2015, Strand Of Oaks, Timothy Showalter’s biography as rock ‘n’ roll band, played to a sold-out audience at Cannon’s Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY. Opening with “Heal,” a mid-tempo Tom Petty-esque rocker about youthful pain, Showalter and co. worked their …

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Anti-Valentines Ball @ Jekyll @ Hyde Times Square

NEW YORK, NY—As far as Goth happenings go, there isn’t any topping the various events hosted by legendary impresario, Fr. Sebastiaan. From Berlin and Amsterdam to Miami, New Orleans and Paris, the notorious fang-maker (he prefers “fangmaster”) puts together the most memorable and entertaining balls and gatherings to be produced …

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Howardian: Land Of The Low Tides

Japanther’s Ian Vanek has recently launched a solo LP under the name Howardian. Land Of The Low Tides is a fitting title for the album that contains a multitude of styles and sounds. Vanek’s versatility is showcased throughout each of the 11 tracks; each piece is noticeably different, yet they …

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6:33: Deadly Sins

“Strange” is usually seen as an insulting word; if you wanted to call someone “strange” without offending them, you’d address them as “eccentric.” This isn’t the case for the French avant-garde artists in 6:33. They happily embrace the weirdness by dubbing their genre “Strange Music” on their Facebook page, and …

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A Swarm Of The Sun: The Rifts

Swedish duo A Swarm Of The Sun have constructed their hauntingly melodic third album, The Rifts. Members Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund have proven themselves capable of creating dark and contrasting tunes that provide a mix of styles. With the use of varying instrumentation and several other artists’ musical …

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Murder By Death: Big Dark Love

Murder By Death have been called many things, including indie, alt-country, and folk, however, the band’s seventh album, Big Dark Love, just proves more and more that this band is unclassifiable. They can easily play with dark cabaret acts, like The Dresden Dolls. They can share the stage with …

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The Battery Electric: The Heart And The Thrill

Hailing from a state that is known for producing musical legends, The Battery Electric, a rock band from Asbury Park, New Jersey, are making their name known. Having already played shows at popular music festivals, such as CMJ and SXSW, their exposure has garnered fans that far surpass the state …

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D’Angelo: Black Messiah

“Dude, don’t go around telling everybody, but that’s where D’Angelo lives…”

The house, set back from a quiet street in a nondescript micro-neighborhood in the newly developed forestland southwest of Richmond, VA, was built in the vaulted exurban style. Not quite a McMansion, but big enough to prevent any comparison …

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The Blank Tapes: Geodesic Dome Piece

California rocker Matt Adams has gone by the name The Blank Tapes for almost 10 years, making music for those smitten with nostalgia and illusion. As a solo act, Adams puts forth all the effort into his music, which means he writes, plays, produces and records everything on his own, …

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Ariel Pink: Pom Pom

Ariel Pink has always been a relatively large cult figure in music, but it seems like his presence—and not necessarily a positive one—has been especially visible as of late. The recent onstage breakdowns, misogynistic online comments, and hints at mental illness have all overshadowed the release of his newest album, …

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