A new KC music compilation has been released by Kill Your TV, a new local music and art blog. Features artists including The ACBs, Deco Auto, Molly Picture Club, Dolls on Fire, and Vitae and the Pale Horse. Check it out here!
When you listen to Kntrlr for the first time, you’ll probably already feel like you’re singing along to them. Swirling loops engulf otherwise driving rhythms, and vocals that shoot for the rafters. It’s like the way campfire jams probably sound on Mars. No matter how the textures differ, from the rapid single string interplay of Kush, to the dark textures running around Velveteen, the duo exudes a glossy sun-worshipping sheen that is always a welcome sight now summer is finally upon us.
Join Charles and Michael when they play Gutter tomorrow evening with HHR. – Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets) – Kntrlr submit their music to The Deli for review here.
We caught up with Francisco Fernandez, lead singer of the Ferocious Few, about recent changes to the band, once only two, now really a few. Don’t miss them headline tonight’s show at Amnesia, Loving Cup Presents: The Ferocious Few, The Lawlands, & City Tribe.
Read the Q&A here.
Below watch Fernandez talk about his process in BAMM.tv’s The Neighborhood series.
The Hudson Branch has released a cover of Wilco’s famous track "Sky Blue Sky". The cover is a fresh take of the track adding in elements of soul to the lazy summer track.
The Hudson Branch released their sophomore album, World Kid, this past March.
After performing at Chappo’s LP release show at Dominion in early May, Modern Rivals will be hosting a release party of their own in honor of the "Sea Legs" EP – at Pianos on Saturday June 16th. Modern Rivals are five friends who have been playing music together since middle school. The Brooklyn-based quintet weaves whirling keyboard lines, lush loops, and dreamy guitar tones around balladic vocals and a hard-hitting percussive backdrop. – (as posted in The Deli’s Open Blog – post your band’s entries, videos, and Mp3s here). The Deli’s NYC Open Blog is powered by The Music Building.
In support of DC’s Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie festival, the Black Cat will feature benefit shows on the first Friday of June, July, and August with bands that will be performing at the fest as well. This Friday June 1, check out these acts:
DC’s Surgery Dot Com are self-described pioneers of “experimental dork punk” who’ve got an EP Live Surgery available now that was recorded live at DC9 in February.
RVA’s Kid Is Qual consists of two bassists and a drummer who recently released their gritty rock EP Ladies Choice, and were selected to Alternative Press’s "Top 100 bands you need to know in 2012."
Charlottesville VA’s rockers Corsair (pic above by Brad Day), featuring members from the Black Sabbath tribute band Mass Sabbath, joins the bill as well who will showcase rock anthems featured on their debut S/T LP that came out late April.
And Arlington VA’s alt rock band Koshari will start off the gig with tracks from their extensive discography that’s been growing since 2001, including their latest LP Light in Dark Places.
Black Cat, Friday 6/1 Doors @9 PM $10.
Sleepless Saints makes note of their resemblance to ’60s britpop in much of their press, but after listening through to their debut LP ‘Sleep on It,’ I’m finding a lot more in common with a genre popular in their home state of New Jersey. There was a time in the ’80s when Bruce, Jovi and Southside Johnny rocked the Heartland just as well as that Australian Rick Springfield, and this quartet picks up right where these rockers left off.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. True, there’s a couple throwback rockers here. ‘The Last Time’ for instance, could have poured out of The Peppermint Lounge’s speaker system back in the day. But otherwise, the majority of these mid-temp rockers, like title-track ‘Meditate On It,’ has the driving momentum and sweet harmonies I usually associate with bands like The Heartbreakers and The Attractions. A powerful blend to be sure, and a task these guys are more than up to delivering – Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Philly four-piece The Sea Around Us is somewhat of an enigma when it comes to putting them in a genre. You could say they are reminiscent of the Beach Boys at times (most notably in “Walls”), and at other times, they start to sound Grizzly Bear-esque. Their name comes from a book written in the ‘50s by conservationist Rachel Carson. The band says that “the book includes deeply moving descriptions of astounding natural phenomena expressed in great poetic detail. We intend to live up to Carson’s enlightening ideal by presenting a sonic landscape that is challenging yet accessible. The Sea Around Us are more like their own island where many genres pass by and land on their shores for a bit. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign last week to fund their first full-length album (which you can donate to HERE). They’ll be opening up for Porcelain Raft along with The Homophones tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. You’ll want to get there early for this one. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $12, 21+ – Maura Filoromo