1,2,3: Big Weather

When discussing what it is that inspires an album, most expect to hear of topics such as hardship, relationships, experiences, emotions and other big concepts. Weather isn’t typically something that people would guess would lead to a great rock album. It is surprising just how much 1,2,3 have let extreme …

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Mimicking Birds: Eons

Mimicking Birds are a band that will immediately sit well with the indie crowd, especially those familiar and well-founded in the Modest Mouse fandom. Their latest work of art, Eons, is a semi-psychedelic head-trip of an indie rock album that will please both the senses and soothe the insatiable …

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Magicicada: Wrack With Ruin

As with any sort of noise project, trying to define Magicicada and explain what’s going on in Wrack With Ruin is quite difficult. At times the album is glitchy, at others it’s melodic, and at others it’s just plain confusing. There are harrowing vocal samples and sounds that couldn’t possibly …

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New God: Firework

Crafting together a follow-up to their debut full-length, Motorcar, the Baltimore, Maryland-based group New God introduce a blissful sophomore effort entitled Firework. Finding their inspiration while harmonizing ideas with one another at an abandoned racquetball court, brothers Kenny and Curt Tompkins immediately welded together their innovative psychedelic pop …

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Banner Pilot: Souvenir

Formed in Minnesota in 2005, Banner Pilot came together out of the ashes of an array of disbanded musical projects, most notably Rivethead, which founding members guitarist/vocalist Nick Johnson and bassist Nate Gangelhoff were previously a part of. Their latest release, Souvenir, marks the band’s fourth album, and third …

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Setting Sun: Be Here When You Get There

Currently based in Brooklyn, Setting Sun have released five albums since their formation in 2001. They are fronted by Gary Levitt, who also produces the indie rock band’s music. Their debut, 2002’s Holed Up, set the group’s mellow style, and started an excessive tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. …

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Black Label Society @ Best Buy Theater

MANHATTAN, NY—Zakk Wylde was 19 years old when he joined Ozzy Osbourne’s band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly 20 years. Wylde then formed Pride & Glory in the early 1990s, playing a mixture of bluesy Southern rock with heavy metal; the band recorded one …

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Rodney Crowell @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Rodney Crowell was born in 1950 in Crosby, Texas, to a poor but musical family. One grandfather was a church choir leader, the other was a bluegrass banjo player, one grandmother played guitar and his father sang semi-professionally. At age 11, Rodney starting playing drums in his father’s hillbilly …

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Colin Blunstone/Edward Rogers @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—The Los Angeles-based Edward Rogers is an Emmy Award-winning composer for television shows including Warehouse 13. The New York-based Edward Rogers, however, is a British-born singer-songwriter with a low-key history in the local music scene. The latter Rogers moved to New York City when he was 12 years …

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Off! @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Dimitri Coats, vocalist/guitarist of Burning Brides, was producing an album for the reunited Circle Jerks in 2009, but the album fell apart. Coats and the Circle Jerks’ lead singer, Keith Morris, had written a few songs together, and so they formed a new band with bassist Steven Shane McDonald …

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