A Skylit Drive: Rise Ascension

California rock band A Skylit Drive have recently released their latest album, Rise: Ascension. The group previously released four successful records and decided to make the fifth entirely acoustic. Rise: Ascension contains the same songs from their last release, Rise, dropping their post-hardcore sound. While their more extreme …

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Howardian: Land Of The Low Tides

Ian Vanek has dedicated much of his creative efforts into being one half of Japanther over the years. The duo, which also features Matt Reilly, have been together since 2001 when they met at art school, and they’ve released many creatively committed endeavors. Typically, a musical move of independence often …

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While Heaven Wept: Suspended At Aphelion

Originated in Virginia, While Heaven Wept have presented themselves as a talented doom, progressive, and symphonic metal band. With seven main members, the musicians have provided a powerful blend of metal on their most recent album, Suspended At Aphelion. Guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist Tom Phillips is the last original …

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Wasted Wine: Wasted Wine Vs. The Hypnosis Center

At first listen it’s tempting to categorize Wasted Wine along with all other baroque pop bands. They’ve got the harrowing accordion, booming minimal waltz percussion, and a dominant Balkan-inspired string section. They’ve got lead vocals that range in style, from a Tom Waits bark to a Honus Honus croon to …

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Boris Carloff: Morphosis

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Black Star Riders: The Killer Instinct

Black Star Riders formed in 2012 with Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, and Jimmy DeGrasso, ex-drummer for Alice Cooper. Their most recent member, Robbie Crane, is the ex-bassist of Ratt. Each member has had countless years of performing and together they have created the ultimate rock …

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Mae @ Highline Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—In 2001 in Norfolk, Virginia, vocalist/guitarist Dave Elkins (born Dave Gimenez) and drummer Jacob Marshall began what would become the indie emo band Mae by writing their first song, “Embers And Envelopes,” in Marshall’s living room. The band’s name is an acronym for “Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience,” a course Marshall …

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Gogol Bordello @ Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—Upon graduating from high school in the Ukraine in the late 1980s, Yevheniy Aleksandrovich Nikolayev-Simonov became active in Kiev’s burgeoning perestroika rock scene and started his musical career with the band Uksusnik (Vinegar Dispenser). The 1986 nuclear plant meltdown in Chernobyl changed the course of his life, however. His …

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Billy Talent: Hits

Billy Talent have been a band for a little over 20 years now, however, the first 10 years were under a different name. Pezz, as they were originally known, were a punk outfit playing small shows around Toronto and Mississauga, Canada. After legal issues in 1999, they changed their name …

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Sugar Candy Mountain: Mystic Hits

Sugar Candy Mountain’s new album, Mystic Hits, wants to give you a lesson on the last 40 years of American rock music; it’s just not the history that you expected. Instead, Sugar Candy Mountain describes an alternate sonic universe in which The Beatles are still playing in the ’80s, …

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