Worst Case Ontario – Smallcraft EP

Do you miss rock from the early to mid 90s? If so, New York's own Worst Case Ontario might be your new best friend. It almost makes me want to find an old flannel and some combat boots. Almost. The band's approach is pretty standard - two guitars, bass, drums, vocals - throw 'em in a room together and see what happens. There's plenty of chugging … [Read more...]

Small Black – s/t EP

Small Black are a meek group of Brooklynites who make timid, but remarkably engaging  lover’s rock - usually squelched through a few fuzzy amps. If that sounds like every other act coming out of Brooklyn these days, you’d be right – indebted to Animal Collective, leaning towards Lo-Fi as an aesthetic rather than a curse, and more than okay with … [Read more...]

New album from Fang Island in February

Fang Island describes its sound as "everyone high-fiving everyone." And, the Brooklyn quintet's anthemic and soaring songs make it quite possibly one of few bands befitting such description. Check out MP3s for two new tracks, "Daisy" (MP3 HERE) and "Life Coach" (MP3 HERE). Fang Island began, oddly enough, as an art school project while the band … [Read more...]

Free Mountains MP3

Koen Holtkamp and Bredon Andregg AKA Brooklyn's sonic sculptors, Mountains, recently released the wonderful new LP, Etching. This was the official release of a live recording that was originally sold exclusively as a CDR on their last tour. The band re-sequenced the music to fit more appropriately on the LP format and issued it in a limited run of … [Read more...]

The Wrens @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY 4/10/09

The heart and soul of rock and roll crossed the Brooklyn bridge last night. Before we go any further—I hate hyperbole, and it's unfair to exaggerate in a review designed to give an accurate, as unbiased as possible opinion of a band or a show, so I will tell you there is no hyperbole or exaggeration when I say this—the Wrens are what rock and … [Read more...]

Pure Horsehair on Tour

Pure Horsehair (aka Garrett Devoe and Shahzad Ismaily) is gonna hit the road in April! East Coast tour includes: Apr 14 2009 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light Apr 15 2009 - Richmond, VA @ Triple Apr 16 2009 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Blue Nile Apr 17 2009 - TBA Apr 18 2009 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Apr 20 2009 - Somerville, MA @ PA's … [Read more...]