Electro sensations, What Model Citizens, have just premiered the new single, “Felony Heights,” via The Vinyl District earlier this week. The brainchild of Alex Musto, What Model Citizens has just released the album, Ohn E Amas, to the awaiting ears of fans and critics alike. The electro laced “Felony Heights,” is a vibrant taste of what the record has to offer.
What Model Citizens was created towards the end of 2009 as a means of exploring noise and feedback-heavy music grounded by a foundation in synth-rock. The band’s music is perhaps best described as a fusion of the noisy jagged guitar of The Gang Of Four with electroclash melodies of The Faint.
2010 saw the release of What Model Citizens debut, semi self-titled, album OH What Model Citizens We Be, followed shortly by 2011′s You’ve Been Set Up. Both albums defined Musto’s sound as grinding juxtapositions of tender synthesizer tones and heavily distorted guitar that beg ears to dissect the layers of sound while daring hips not to shake to the beat. Gritty and driving, OH What Model Citizens We Be and You’ve Been Set Up introduced Musto’s reverb-laden guitar heavy electronic sound with a driving tenacity.
Described as a mad-man with a music box wielding and electric anarchist sound, Ohn E Ama scaptures captures Musto’s energetic fury in What Model Citizens’ third album. Sharp synth punctuations, frenzied beats, and an overbearing sense of paranoia permeate throughout What Model Citizens’ exciting new record. Wild and exhilarating, Ohn E Amas distills Musto’s unique electronic sound to a danceable storm and firmly places What Model Citizens in New York’s post-punk electroclash traditions.
Time warps are possible and space travel is real. That is only if you got to see Saturday night’s performance of a California-based quarter, Cosmonauts. As one of the five openers for the Growlers’ Caravan of Stars tour, sponsored by Burger Records, the band unplugged the audience from their physical plane and inculcated Bowery Ballroom under a tide of distorted drone flood, and psychedelic haze. It is evident to note that with their cosmic-inspired name, and palpitating energy, the group heavily filters 90s psychedelic drug-rock pioneers, Spacemen 3. The band reconfigures repetition and utilizes sound monotony that bring the listener and the performer onto the same wavelength. Throughout their deliverance of convoluted layers of guitar and noise riffs, Cosmonauts step away from the logical and transcend into a new dimension of space rock.
Catch these guys before they float away!
10.8 @ TERMINAL WEST, ATLANTA, GA
10.9 @ MERCY LOUNGE, NASHVILLE, TN
10.10 @ Lamar Lounge, Oxford, MS
10.11 @ FITZGERALD’S, HOUSTON, TX
10.12 @ THE PARISH, AUSTIN, TX
10.13 @ The Karova, San Antonio, TX
10.14 @ The Monarch, El Paso, TX
10.15 @ Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
10.16 @ Black Cat Bar, San Diego, CA
AOTEAROA is back in action with a fresh new EP and single in tow. Titled Luck West of Money, their latest record dropped September 26 to the ears of eager fans. The long-awaited 5 track EP howcases a new batch of groove-oriented pieces founded on irresistible rhythms and unforgettable melodies. The first single, “Pocketful of Scoundrel” intertwines gnarled guitars and gunmetal vocals with six-foot deep harmonies to create a piece that sets the tone for the rest of this compellingly original album.
Multi-instrumentalists Jake Lerman and Ilan Gitter have spent a far greater portion of the past three years living on the road, playing to venues all around the country. Traveling the United States as modern American nomads, the band has earned the praises of fans and dance-floor goers alike. Aotearoa (pronounced A-O-TAY-UH-ROW-UH ) prove to be a brilliant combination straight from the start. This Thursday in New York City, the group will also kick off an extensive tour of the United States starting at Goodbye Blue Monday. The lengthy set of dates extended all the way into December, with plenty of chances to catch their phenomenal live show on the road. Luck West of Money is out now!
LUCK WEST OF MONEY TRACKLISTING
1. Pocketful of Scoundrel
2. Sometimes Maybe a Horseshoe
3. Underground Stag
4. I Don’t Dig Down
5. Handle #2
FROST ON THE FUNKAZON 2013 TOUR
26 – Brooklyn, NY -Goodbye Blue Monday
27 -Bridgeport, CT – Two Boots
28 – Worcester, MA – Lucky Dog Music Hall
29 – Boston, MA – The Precinct
1 – New London, MA – Bean and Leaf
3 – Fryeburg, ME – 302 West
5 – Syracuse, NY – Funk and Waffles
6 – Rochester, NY – California Brew Haus
8 – Cleveland, OH – Mahalls 20
9 – Cincinnati, OH – Mayday
10 – Bloomington, IN – Players Pub
11 – Iowa City, IA – Yacht Club
13 – Lincoln, NE – Duffy’s
15 – Kansas City, MO – Czar Bar
17 – Lawrence, KS – Jazzhaus
20 – Denver, CO – Seventh Circle Music Collective
23 – Madrid, NM – The Mineshaft
24 – Flagstaff, AZ – Flagbrew
25 – San Diego, CA – Tin Can
27 – San Francisco, CA – Neck of the Woods
30 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Frog and Peach
2 – Phoenix, AZ – The Lost Leaf
3 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
5 – Amarillo, TX – Leftwood’s
7 – Tulsa, OK – Sound Pony
8 – Hot Springs, AK – Maxine’s
9 – Austin, TX – The Parish
10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Mud and Water
14 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
15 – Tuscaloosa, AL – The Green Bar
21 – Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
23 – Nashville, TN – The Springwater
26 – St. Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy
2 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now
3 – Dayton, OH – South Park Tavern
4 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
7 – New York, NY – The Shrine Harlem
SHARKMUFFIN are back at it again with the premiere of their newest single, “Foul Play,” which has just premiered via CMJ.com. The infectious all-female trio is gearing up to release their highly anticipated sophomore EP, 1097 on October 23, 2013. “Foul Play,” already starts to show a more mature side of Sharkmuffin. Echoing harmonies combine flawlessly with the riotous vocals of singer/guitarist Tarra Thiessen. Swirling guitars as well as intricate and dark solos take place, adding a bust of energy to the track.
Recently featured on Impose, Bust Magazine, and Baeble to name a few, Sharkmuffin evokes a raw sound that would make Karen O. and Chrissie Hynde jealous…both whom Thiessen is often compared to. With a handful of CMJ shows in tow (and counting), the band is sure to make a splash at this year’s festival.
Mixed with a tone that is often described as “Dirty Garage Pop,” Sharkmuffin has been winning over the ears of fans throughout Brooklyn and beyond with their raucous live and energetic live shows. Thiessen delivers gutsy vocals that will send shivers down your very spine. Jumping between gentle moans to rough, forceful screams, her vocals are sweetly complimented by Natalie Kirch’s lighter, dreamier melodies, and Sarah Peterson’s heavy drumming duties.
We’re in love with these phenomenal girls!
10/15 Legion Bar (CMJ)
10/17 @ Muchmore’s (CMJ official showcase)
10/19 @ Passenger Bar (CMJ) – Day Party
10/19 @ The Flat (CMJ)
Watch The Outfit Perform Live on Open Air CPR
Just off the heals of releasing their newest EP, Tough Kids, in August, THE OUTFIT will be opening for The Lumineers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 15th. Located in Morrison, Colorado, the legendary theater holds nearly 9,500 attendees and the stage has been graced by legends such as The Beatles and U2.
Known as one of Denver, Colorado’s most talked about bands, The Outfit will bring to the stage an energenic and vibrant performance that will have you singing along to every song. Tough Kids was released on August 24th, with an impressive Album Listening Party on IMPOSE.
The 5-track EP is filled with echoing garage bliss that is laced with killer licks, heartfelt melodies, and straight forwarded, guitar-based pop songwriting. With their critically acclaimed single, “Caesar,” in tow, the standout track sets the tone for the record, which you can listen to above. The band has also recently signed to upcoming Indie label, Hot Congress Records.
Don’t miss out on this incredible lineup!
9/15 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, Colorado w/ THE LUMINEERS
New York born, The Golden Furs, have just premiered their debut single, “Strand,” on The Vinyl District yesterday morning. The piece is the first official taste of the buzzworthy band, which has been creating quite a stir with their live shows in and around New York City. Early this October will see the release of The Golden Furs’ first EP, Strand, with an official release party on October 5th at The Bitter End in Manhattan.
Formed in 2013, the group combines elements of rock, pop, dance and folk to create a sound that proves to be captivating. “Strand” evokes a stunning blend of dreamy indie pop as it is reminiscent of heavy hitters such as Muse with a hint of Jeff Buckley. The harmonic melodies of the guitars create a heavenly atmosphere, which provide a sultry bed of vocals for Singer/Guitarist John BellaVia’s.
John BellaVia shared some insight into the new track:
“It was written to reach out to a spirit that’s alive and strong inside of me…maybe not so much flesh and bone just yet, but a small strand that is relieving and in fact every way like me. Since its about reproduction in its simplest form, we wanted to have a sexy groove to compliment the concept of the song: starting as a strand, finding its other half, conception, and birth. Simply put…procreation. The song captures these moments from beginning to end with a soundscape that builds into a victorious outro. An ode to my future kin can be heard throughout the song.”
The Golden Furs John BellaVia (Guitars/Vocals), Jamie DiTringo (Guitars/Vocals), Saul Slotnick (Bass), Matt Langner (Drums).
10/5 –The Bitter End – NYC – EP Release Show