Come stomp your feet to Gangstagrass this Saturday at Mercury Lounge. This truly unique band utilizes a fine mix of classic bluegrass instrumentals and rowdy rapping to promote a paradigm shift towards miscegenation, the idea being that fans of both genres can party together. Their album, Rappalachia, collaborates with artists from both genres such as T.O.N.E-z, R-Son, Aint No Love and Dead Prez, rapping about the rambler’s life and stompin’ people out. Their fearless lyrics and soulful style are sure to throw down. The “Two Fisted Tales of Twang” show starts at 7:30 and will also feature The Newton Gang, another Brooklyn band brandishing their signature “outlaw country” sound.
Let’s put the Electro Pop renaissance on hold for a bit and shift to a Pop Rock act that has written some timeless songs. Irish 90′s Alt. Rock stars The Cranberries have recently gotten back together and will be kicking off their U.S. tour in New York City tomorrow night at Terminal 5. Judging by their two SOLD OUT shows to open the tour in New York, it seems like at least 6,000 people still care. Despite not securing a ticket of my own, I also still care. Watch my favorite song, “Ode To My Family”, below.
So from melody driven bands carrying the essence of psychedelia and the spirit of California, we will shift gears to bands whose psychedelia is more overt, heavier and darker. The first time I posted about Sleepy Sun, the song was one of their lighter, more acoustic based tunes, that definitely draws from the same vibe as Devendra Banhart’s freak-folk. Unlike Banhart, who primarily stays in that zone, Sleepy Sun leans more on rock, yet it differs from Howlin’ Rain, Blitzen Trapper and The Mother Hips as it’s ties to blues and other roots styles is much less direct. The sound is obscured by more stylistic use of effects and darker tones.
Below is a trailer that shows the band hard at work in a studio in the iconic desert near Joshua Tree. They are gearing up to release their third studio album, Spine Hits, on Tuesday, April 10th. I heard about this first from the nice folks over at Relix. From what we hear in this brief clip, it sounds as if the band is pushing their sound in slightly different direction. It will be really interesting to see if it retains enough of their core, while incorporating enough new ground to be a success.
The band will be touring the country in anticipation and support of the new album. Here are some dates in the Northeast:
It is more along those last two threads that I want to focus on. An entire sub genre has risen fronted by bands like LCD Soundsystem, The Faint, The Bravery and Bloc Party. Disco-Punk or in some cases Electro-Punk has become a major force in the underground music scene that seems to once again be receiving an adrenaline shot to the heart by the yet to break supergroup known as New Build. Boasting members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, this band’s pedigree has them poised to make a big splash with the release of their debut album Yesterday Was Lived And Lost on Tuesday, April 3rd here in the U.S.
They will tour in anticipation of this release through March, but it will be primarily in Europe. For those fortunate enough to live in NYC, they will be making two appearances, back to back at Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th. That is to say fortunate enough to have already purchased tickets, since it’s SOLD OUT! For those of us who can’t be there, listen to their lead single “Do You Not Feel Loved?” below and have a dance party in your bedroom. After all, it is much more introspective than traditional dance music you would listen to out at a club in the city.
Alright guys, one last push before Buy The Sky‘s debut at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. The band is going to come out strong after a two and a half month hiatus, with new keyboard player Luke Palmer. There are rumors of a possible new song being added to the live repertoire, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if that transpires. To amp you up before stepping into the hallowed back room of Mercury Lounge, watch the band perform one more staple from their Arlene’s Grocery show back on 6/15/11. This is the fan favorite “Shoebox”.
Remember to grab your tickets in advance here. You can also check out a few other great cuts from this same show, which we featured over the last weeks. Click here to listen to “Turn Up” and get some additional information about the other two acts on the bill. Click here to listen to “Squilson” and just jam out with the band.
Rubblebucket is bringing their brand of funky, afrobeat inspired indie rock to Bowery Ballroom this Saturday night. Their new album, Omega La La is a decided shift in the band’s sound, from a more purist afrobeat style, to an artsier brand of dance rock that draws from seminal acts like David Bowie and the recent indie mainstay Little Dragon from Sweden. Rubblebucket is supported by two up and coming acts, Superhuman Happiness and Prussia, full event details can be viewed here. If you’re looking to go out dancing on Saturday night, but you don’t want to be at some trendy club in the Meatpacking District, come to see Rubblebucket and I guarantee it will the best $15 you’ve spent in a long time. I would suggest grabbing your tickets in advance here. If you need some more convincing, watch the video for “Silly Fathers” below.