Last night at an undisclosed address in Logan Square, NYC’s T-Rextasy played a quick nine song set opening for Blacker Face. They played their latest single “Girl, Friend,” for which you can see the video here. They also threw in a quick cover of the Britney Spears song “Toxic” in the middle of “Yellow Jacket Boy.” Continue reading T-Rextasy at Flood House 8/2/18
I’ve really enjoyed the evolution of music videos since the downfall of the original TRL. From the extravagance of big-budget Hype Williams and Dave Meyers videos to the DIY clips with badly synced sound, music videos have long been a part of the album cycle for bands. They’re also sometimes a good way to treat the fans with a quick one-off or cover track. 90 … Continue reading More Giraffes-Basement (Live)
I caught Zigtebra at a show at Empty Bottle a couple years ago and really enjoyed the marriage of sound and visuals. This year they’re gonna try to release a new video every month, beginning with “Spectre” a couple days ago. I believe the video was shot while the duo was out in LA, but I could be wrong. It’s a well done clip, with … Continue reading Zigtebra-Spectre (Video)
Willis Earl Beal has the most mesmerizing voice in music today, and no one else comes close. Not since Julee Cruise‘s spooky/sexy vocals were heard on Twin Peaks has a sound so instantly caught my attention and held it. He puts that power to great use on his newest LP, the just-self-released Experiments In Time that came out last week. With sparse accompaniment Beal creates a whole world, layering his voice on top of itself and keeping a quiet rumble of synths beneath to fill in the outer reaches of the soundscape.
If you’re familiar with Beal’s work, imagine the vibe of “Wavering Lines” slowly caressing your ears for 12 tracks, and you’d have a pretty good idea of what Experiments In Time has in store for you. It can be dark at times, swimming through the primal recesses of Beal’s mind. But, like the man himself, it is never without hope, looking toward a brighter future.
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Back in 2011 Wolfgang Jay released their debut album and I was immediately taken by it. The songs were dark and brooding, but also easy to dance to. They celebrate the new wave along with early post-punk and classic rock. On paper it might not seem like it would work, but the talented musicians that make up the group seem to be capable of pretty … Continue reading Wolfgang Jay-Broken To Fit