SHARKMUFFIN Share Some “Foul Play”


 SHARKMUFFIN are back at it again with the premiere of their newest single, “Foul Play,” which has just premiered via 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)




Interview: GOSPELS Prep for CMJ

Made up of Alex Frenkel, Mike Gordon, Alex Marans and Owen Murphy, New York based band GOSPELS are ready to take over CMJ this year. We caught up with the band pre-CMJ to have a quick chat about what Gospels is all about.

Catch the band TONIGHT at CMJ! Tuesday, October 16th, 9pm at Webster Hall.

Gospels will be taking the stage for the Ooh La La Records Official Part with Starlight Girls, The Last Royals, Ambassadors and more!
What is the story behind Gospels’ name?
Gospels was the first we felt was a keeper.

How did the project come about?
A few of us were playing with groups in the bushwick, bk area…playing in basements and equally cramped spaces. At some point we decided to make the move to a stand-alone house in Queens. From there, we built up a sound we were excited about and started working on an EP.

It’s been stated that you recorded your EP “Animal Feelings” in your home in Forest Hills. How would you describe your creative writing process? Is it mostly a fluid stream of consciousness for the whole group or more organized?
One benefit of living in the same place is being able to work in different configurations, at different paces and with different production approaches. A vocal melody will sell us on bringing a song to completion.

How would you describe your music to a new listener?

Tough question to answer..our drummer just said “fierce, but stable”, so we’ll go with that.

Describe a regular day in Gospels’ house.

When we’re in rehearsal mode, we run the set together in our basement a few days a week. We also have our own recording rigs, so a lot of time is spent on new sounds and demos for the next record. During recording and writing periods, we’re working at all hours. We have this amazing attic that’s incredibly warm-sounding, so we head up there for some guitar stuff. The floor boards aren’t very well nailed down, it’s sort of like being in the bowels of an old ship.

What is the best part about participating in the CMJ this year?
Seeing a reaction to this thing we’ve put a lot of time into, for sure. Our friends have been scratching their heads wondering what the hell we’ve been up to in Queens the past few months.

What’s next for Gospels?
We start writing for the first full-length after CMJ, really looking forward to that.

Adventure Galley Shares the Vibrant Video for “Weekend Lovers”

Taking a page out of the electro-indie-pop book of groups like The Killers, Adventure Galley boldly goes above and beyond to grab your attention. Their catchy hooks and pop sensibility blend to create the perfect combination of indie rock bliss. Adventure Galley are one of those brilliant bands that successfully manage to meld more than a few genres into one song, splicing together elements from all the bands you know and love, whilst creating something totally new at the same time. Formerly signed to Myspace Records after winning a Nationwide competition, Adventure Galley is back stronger, and catchier than ever. Their live show is truly a mind blowing experience and an all around audience dance party, with anything and everything as fair game.

The video for “Weekend Lovers,” is not only beautifully done with a blast of vibrant colors and intriguing characters, but it invokes human nature. Our favorite part? The lyrics and scene at the 2:10 mark.

Adventure Galley is playing at Central SPAC on October 1st in Santa Monica. It is highly suggested that you head out and see this amazing band!

Oberhofer Heads On Tour, Releases Video for “Cruisin’ FDR”

With CMJ coming up shortly, Oberhofer always brings back memories. I remember catching one of his earliest sets a few years back, as he played a CMJ day show at Piano’s on the Lower East Side. It is truly amazing to see how he, and the band,  has grown since then. Just as catchy and intriguing as when they first started, Brad Oberhofer and Co. continue to bring their music to the next level, without fail, every time. The group has just released their latest video for “Cruisin FDR,” and a slew of tour dates for your eyes and ears with Matt & Kim, Best Coast and Phantogram to name a few.

Tour Dates 

09/16 – KBZT / SD’s Annual Independence Jam – Oceanside, CA #
09/22 – Pearlpalooza – Albany, NY *!
10/03 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT *
10/04 – The Westcott Theater – Syracuse,    NY *
10/05 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON *
10/06 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY *
10/07 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA *
10/09 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
10/10 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
10/11 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte,  NC *
10/12 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA *
10/13 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
10/14 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL *
10/16 – The Moon – Tallahassee, FL *
10/17 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL *
10/18 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA *
10/19 – House of Blues – Houston, TX *
10/20 – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX *
10/21 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX *
10/23 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ *
10/25 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA *
10/26 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *
10/27 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR *
10/28 – The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC *
10/30 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA *
11/01 – In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT *
11/02 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *
11/03 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS *
11/04 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO *
11/06 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
11/07 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN *
11/08 – Rave Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
11/09 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN *
11/10 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL *
11/11 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI *
11/13 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH *
11/14 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus,    OH *
11/15 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
11/16 – House of Blues – Boston, MA *
11/17 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ *

# with Fiona Apple, Best Coast, Gardens & Villa

* with Matt & Kim

! with Phantogram



Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is obviously the #1 band around here at Modern Mystery (Hey we named the site after them, right?), and we have an AMAZING contest for you to enter, that hell, we’re dying to get a piece of ourselves.

Feast your eyes upon the exclusive, original, Tape Club tape from the month April (2006), that Polyvinyl was nice enough to hook us up with. Not only will you win the rare tape from the old club, but also a copy of Tape Club, their new album of demos and unreleased songs due out October 18th on Polyvinyl. Your choice of Black Vinyl or CD. A 26-song double album that spans 10 years of SSLYBY greatness.

The title is a direct reference to the subscription service SSLYBY started in late 2005 to raise money for tour while copies of their debut Broom (which they had just self-released) were quickly selling out. In exchange for signing up, fans were treated to cassette home recordings of unreleased songs packaged in handmade covers.

To Enter, please E-mail us at MODERNMYSTERYBLOG@YAHOO.COM by Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at Midnight with your Name and Address. You must live in the U.S. to enter.

You can listen to Tape Club in it’s entirety at