Interview with Cody ChesnuTT; Playing The Loft on October 4th

By Al Kaufman When Cody ChesnuTT released The Headphone Masterpiece in 2002, the music world noticed. ChesnuTT was exactly what music should be. His 36-song masterpiece (the title is not an empty boast) easily encompassed R&B and hip-hop with funk, classic rock, gospel, and even a touch of punk. His songs were songs of passion, […]

CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

The Band of Heathens Sunday Morning Record BOH Records By Al Kaufman The name Band of Heathens conjures up images of boys in overalls playing one string basses and banging on wash basins and other assorted metals while downing some blinding moonshine. The actual Band of Heathens have never lived up to their name in […]

Q&A with Alex Levine of The So So Glos; Playing the Earl (TONIGHT) August 20th

By Al Kaufman It doesn’t take a sociology degree to know that Brooklyn has its own attitude. Folks from there are headstrong and arrogant, but also have a strong sense of justice, and an even greater sense of pure enjoyment. The guys who make up The So So Glos have that Brooklyn mentality. Brothers Alex (lead vocals, […]

CD Review: Pop. 1280 — Imps of Perversion; Play 529 September 19th

Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion Sacred Bones Records By Al Kaufman Beware those who listen to Pop. 1280. They make the type of music that makes moms everywhere think their kids are on drugs and sacrificing the neighbor’s cat. The Brooklyn noise-punk band, which derived its name from a Jim Thompson pulp fiction novel, gleefully […]

CD Review: Radiation City- Animals in the Median; Play the Earl 6/6

Radiation City Animals in the Median Tender Loving Empire By Al Kaufman On their sophomore record, Animals in the Median, Radiation City has done the near impossible. They have made electronic music sound warm and soulful. The five-piece (three boys, two girls) indie band out of Portland, Oregon has created an album full of rhythmic […]

CD Review: David Mayfield Parade — Good Man Down; Playing @ Smith’s Olde Bar April 12th

The David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down Beautywood Records By Al Kaufman With crystalline vocals reminiscent of a young James Taylor, it would be easy for David Mayfield to write adult contemporary songs and have middle-aged women swoon over him for the rest of his life, but Mayfield isn’t that type of guy. He spent […]

CD Review: Caveman — Caveman; Playing @ The Drunken Unicorn April 6th

Caveman Caveman Fat Possum By Al Kaufman When the Brooklyn quintet, Caveman, released their debut CD, CoCo Beware, it raised enough of a ruckus in the indie pop world that it was eventually picked up by Fat Possum Records.  For their self-titles sophomore release, but first one with actual label backing, they first escaped to […]

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