Sunday, April 20, 2014

Katie Buchanan is a singer/songwriter/guitarist in NYC. On record, the serial DIY producer forms a one-woman band, punctuated by oddly sourced percussion and cutting guitar riffs. She has just released her her new single "Casting Waves" of her forthcoming sophomore EP Go, out August 5th, 2014.

Katie Buchanan adds a cool factor to the singer-songwriter niche, incorporating roots rock and blues elements into her music, not to mention her creative use of every day objects to create her sound. She uses trinkets like paperclips and boxes to create the percussion on her entirely self-produced EP. Katie has performed at notable NYC venues like Rockwood Music Hall, The Theatre at  Madison Square Garden, and more.

Her new single "Casting Waves" is out now available Here


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La La Lush

New York based pop-rockers La La Lush announce the release of their new single “OWL” off their recently released self-titled EP, out now. La La Lush brings an old-school energy to the modern pop music scene. Their sound blends heavy guitar riffs, funk rhythms and raspy female vocals reminiscent of artists like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Kings of Leon. The band is known for their instrumental versatility, high-energy live performances and eclectic sound.   

La La Lush was founded in 2012 by Steve Scarola (Guitar/Keys/Vocals), Leea Borst (Lead Vocals), and Stephen Federowicz (Keys/Guitar/Vocals), who met while attending Fordham University in the Bronx, NY. Shortly after, fellow Fordham musicians, Cashel Barnett (Percussion) and Joe Farrell (Bass Guitar/Harmonica) completed the five-piece lineup. After the release of their first full-length album in 2013, they won Fordham University’s Battle of The Bands. That same year, the band was selected by GEICO to represent the NYC indie scene in “Indie Across America” and sold out the Bowery Ballroom. Their song “Sentinel” was recently featured in a Mike and Ike commercial featuring Nelly.

La La Lush has played numerous NYC venues of note including The Studio at Webster Hall, Gramercy Theatre and The Bitter End. Their self-titled EP is available now. Stay tuned for more from La La Lush!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Karen Bernod

Soul singer Karen Bernod has joined forces with her band, Brooklyn Soul and announces the release of her new single "Brooklyn Potpourri" off her third album #PlantingSeeds due June 20, 2014. Building off her first two albums Life @ 360 Degrees and Some Othaness For U, Bernod takes cues from her role as a background singer for superstars including Chaka Khan, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu and Luther Vandross to deliver yet another soulfully rich collection of songs full of uplifting and enlightening lyrics, allowing full her to "join the pantheon of background singers who rightfully command a solo spotlight" (Billboard).

Bernod has performed at SOB's The Highline Ballroom, Joe's Pub and The Blue Note in NYC as a solo act showcasing her funky, high energy and engaging shows to the masses. Her new single "Brooklyn Potpourri" is out now and available Here.


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Stonefeather

Review: Three musicians, three instruments and one love of music. Sounds pretty much all that you need. And if it's good enough for these three to sit down and play as they are, then it's more than good enough to listen too. So allow me to introduce Stonefeather. I will draw your attention first to their new song "Loveland." From it's introduction audiences could be fooled into thinking that Stonefeather are a short step from a 1950's feel good pop trio. A couple more bars and we hear a true raw Rock/Blues with traits of Hendrix chords and singing. The misdirection of expectation allows the listener to stumble over themselves and fall deeper into the music through their curiosity... And when it comes to the discovery of music, curiosity is forever the greatest ingredient to entice new listeners and hold on to those that already are. It is good to see the ageless three piece approach to music continues in modern days. Stonefeather embrace this approach and flex it to their own dynamic. Be it electrified or even acoustic... Even spoken word which their song "My Love" demonstrates perfectly.



If you're more a fan of listening than you are watching you will find Stonefeather online awaiting your click of the play button, but I will encourage you to take a look at their visual media too. Allow that previously mentioned curiosity to lead you to some of their sweet little extras that are very much worth taking time out for. I'm willing to say that given a little time for your discovery, even with Stonefeathers, these guys can fly high in estimations. Highly Recommended! The track Loveland is available Here.



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Jamez Kirby

Stargazy

NYC based indie alternative rockers Stargazy, formerly known as Fishdoctor, release brand new single "The Fashion."The title track from the band's debut EP, is set to drop early this summer. In their latest effort, Stargazy diverges away from the surfer-rock sonority attributed to Fishdoctor, diving deep into the depths of indie alternative psych-rock.

Stargazy was formed in 2011 and is composed of six friends: Michael Romano (lead vox.guitar), Jared Lindbloom (keys/snyth), Michael Panico (guitar/synth), Alex Shifrin (bass), Rocco Romanelli (aux percussion), and Brian Garbedian (drums). Over the past year and a half, the band has taken on a new form and streamlined their writing style and lyrical voice, while channeling it into their latest effort - a sound they have grown confident evolving into. Drawing inspiration from diaspora of musical influence ranging from such acts as Radiohead, Sunny Day Real Estate and Dredg, Stargazy has married musical styles to create a sound that is uniquely their own. During live shows, Stargazy performs eccentric and energetic sets, engaging audiences at notable NYC venues like Glasslands Gallery and Webster Hall. The Fashion is available Here.



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The Midnight Moan

The Midnight Moan releases new single "Just Yet" off their upcoming album Comes In Phases. Their gritty garage-rock sound is influenced by icons like Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and The Velvet Underground. Comes in Phases is the first release from The Midnight Moan and was produced by industry heavyweight, Eddy Offord, who's best known for his work with YES and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The five-piece band focuses on bringing back the crude old-school rock and roll of the 60's and 70's, but with a modern twist. APB (vocalist/guitarist/songwriter) spent the early 200's writing about nightlife and restaurants in NYC, while making music on the side. After a night in New Orleans, APB ended up on a few stages and decided to pursue making music full time. Back in NYC, he was joined by long time-pals Joe Sweeney (bass) and Brian Baker (Guitar.Back vocals), along with Steve Cuiffo (guitar), Ricky Gordon (Drums). The Midnight Moan's latest collaboration fuses distinctive styles ranging from electric  rock, county, blues to garage rock and more.


The Midnight Moan has performed at many well-known  NYC venues such as: Union Pool, Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric and more. The tight-knit group continues to rock the stages with music that straddles the lines of classic and modern rock with addition of genuine lyrics about love and loss. The Midnight Moan's latest track "Just Yet" is available Here.


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Bridge City Hustle

From the heart of Brooklyn comes modern funk/soul/rock band Bridge City Hustle with their new single "Too Good For Me" from their debut self-titled EP. Comprised of four talented and innovative musicians, songwriters, and producers, BCH is keeping funk alive with this groovy new single that attracts fans of Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and Anthony Hamilton alike.

A follow up to their first single "I Wanna Love Ya", "Too Good For Me" features Brooklyn native Johnny Burgos on vocals and percussion, Pete O'Neil on bass, Dave Zerio on keys and drums, and Dan Cherouny on saxophone. In his signature smooth tenor vocals, Burgos croons about a dysfunctional relationship. He sings, "You're just too good for me, I don't deserve you. You were so good to me, and all I did was hurt you." The lyrics are wrapped up in a smooth and low key guitar riff and accented by Cherouny's powerful saxophone solo. The track has been a favorite at live shows and has been featured on NPR's WNYC Soundcheck radio show.


Bridge City Hustle formed in the fall of 2012 and has steadily built strong following in New York City playing venues such Rockwood and the Knitting Factory. All four members tout impressive resumes as producers and musicians. Brooklyn bred lead singer, Johnny Burgos is a multifaceted producer, engineer, and songwriter, and has co-produced beats for hip-hop luminaries, such as Mobb Deep and M.O.P. Bassist Pete O'Neil developed his distinctive fretless bass tone studying under bass legends Victor Wooten and Chuck Rainey. Pete has shared the stage with artists, such as Jams brown and The Allman Brothers Band and has appeared on Mike Huckabee's Morning Show. Dave Zerio is the drummer/keyboardist musical virtuoso who is equal parts Steve Gadd, John Bonham, and Clyde Stubblefield. Dave studied music and audio engineering at The Hatford Conservatory and The New England Institute of Art. Dan Cherouny is an emerging force in the world of electronic music and is equally skilled as a soloist on alto saxophone. Dan studied saxophone under Gary Thomas and also works as an engineer and producer at NYC's Flux Studios.

The band recorded their self-produced debut EP at Flux Studios in NYC's East Village with engineer Daniel Sanint. BCH is currently headlining shows across NYC and planning an east coast tour in support of their newly released debut EP, available now on iTunes.


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