NYC Shows This Week!



J. Roddy Walston and The Business, These United States, MyNameIsJohnMichael
@ Brooklyn Bowl

Le Sphinxxx, Ah, Moskva!, The Magick Report, Great Republic of Rough and Ready, Great Republic of Rough and Ready, Sonia Megias
@ Cake Shop



Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Colleen Green @ 285 Kent Avenue


Urge Overkill, Blackbells @ Bowery Ballroom


Project Jenny / Project Jan, Murder Mystery @ Mercury Lounge


The Head and the Heart, Luke Rathborne (early show) @ Mercury Lounge


Cassettes Won’t Listen, The Freeze Tag, Turnbull Green, Grimace, Eka, Echoes Alike @ The Rock Shop


Lykke Li, Grimes @ Webster Hall



Sam Roberts Band, The Rassle, Anthony D’amato @  Bowery Ballroom


Dustin Wong, Hear Hums, Emily Reo, Dark Sea of Awareness,             Philip Seymour Hoffman  @ Silent Barn

The Felice Brothers, Shovels and Rope, RIG 1 @ The Bell House


Elvis Costello and the Imposters @ The Wellmont Theatre


Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers @ United Palace Theatre


Lykke Li, Grimes @ Webster Hall




Adele, Civil Wars @ Beacon Theater


Junip, Acrylics, High Highs @ Bowery Ballroom


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dream Diary, Sea Lions, Gold-Bears, Amida, Pet Milk @ Cake Shop


The Antlers, Little Scream @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Cave In, Make Do and Mend, Janes Plotkin @ Santos Party House


White Lies, School of Seven Bells, Sun Airway @ Terminal 5


The Felice Brothers, Tom Brosseau @ The Bell House


Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers @ United Palace Theatre


The Antlers, Little Scream @ Bowery Ballroom

Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Yellow Dogs, Mirror Mirror, Radical Dads @ Glasslands

Dan Deacon, Hesta Prynn (DJ Set) @ Museum of Natural History

Thurston Moore, Eileen Myles, I Feel Tractor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Real Estate, Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Family Portrait @ The Bell House

Robbers on High Street, Underthings, The Totallys @ The Gutter




Lykke Li; My Kind Of Woman

Growing up is something that, no matter how old they get, every person experiences.  With Artists however, it usually changes the way they look and/or sound in their music.  Lykke Li is no exception to this principle.  When she was only 19 she dropped her debut LP Youth Novels which painted Lykke as a “shy, shy, shy girl who cooed longingly”.  The latest album however displays a new dark, rage like “Pussy Power”.  Wounded Rhymes is sure to be a wakeup call for all those who have previously misconceived Li as a girly girl to be thrown into a separate group.  She is here to stand in the ring with the men.

Lykke flat-out told Pitchfork “I dove into the craziness and did things that maybe I would think twice about when I get older.  And I’m a really restless person; I’m tired of the way I sounded or looked yesterday.”  She also told Pitchfork that she wanted people to actually listen to what her message is instead of showing so much concern over her image; And honestly, isn’t that what music is all about???  Spreading your message and your story; that’s the reason people listen to music.  She claims that with the new edginess there is angriness about certain things in the world.

Her first single of the album Get Some is a truly unique swapping of roles.  In this song she sings “I’m your prostitute” but this is “not about being a sex prostitute.” Says Li “It’s about this power play in the war of the sexes.”  This seems to be just a glimpse of what her new album is all about. By saying “I’m your prostitute.” Lykke is actually saying “I’m the power.”  She got the idea while she was reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle “where there’s a woman that calls herself a mind prostitute and she goes into this man’s mind so he thinks that they are getting it on; he fantasizes about her.  They’re not doing it she’s just in his mind to steal information.” This would explain the looks of the video for this song as Lykke has created a world in which a cult of women lure you in and “bam!—she’s going to crush you.”

Lykke has been inspired by many great women including Anais Nin, Simone de Beauvoir, Edith Piaf, Patti Smith, and Gena Rowlands.  Her five favorite “badass women.” She says that she believes women are extremely powerful and strong but the sometimes give in to these insignificant events in life.  While she was in L.A. recording her new album to escape the winter she met a lady who she quotes “She’s open, hungry,  and still feels like the key to a good life is finding things you want to master.” This is obviously a mentality that Lykke believes in and follows.  I believe that we can expect a power house effect for women to come of Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes as well as her albums to come.

Like or Like Like: Acid House Kings

The Acid House Kings have been pumping out music for quite some time now, yet few to little praise has been given to them as they remain in the backdrop of indie-rock.

Returning back to the earlier days of retro twee pop, The Acid House Kings turned out cheery tunes that mirrored a pseudo-brady bunch era in the early 90’s. Having formed in 1991, the Kings are recognized as one of the founders of swede pop and could have very well opened up gateways for later swede artists such as Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, The Hives, Jose Gonzalez and many more.

Yet more than a decade later, The Acid House Kings remain in the shadows. Perhaps, the Kings are yet to be accepted by hipsters worldwide because their music surpasses a superficial idea of what indie-rock should be: edgy, hip, and a stray from the normative mainstream sugar pop, above other things.

The Kings’ sound falls in line with that of Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian. Yet, don’t let their squeaky-clean image deter you because the indie-rock factor that we all treasure is very much alive in their music.

Sadly, the group has not released any new music since 2005 but the band anticipates a new album release in 2009. To my despair, the time is running out and my anxiety is climbing for new music from the Acid House Kings but I’m still crossing my fingers.

On a happier note, if a band couldn’t be any cooler, the Kings produced their “This Heart Is A Stone” music video in Karaoke form so you can bust out in song right along with the crew. Take a look below.

Here’s the proof, this is definitely a group that you need to have in your music library.

Check out the Acid House Kings HERE

 Recommended tracks:

“Do What You Wanna Do”
“This Heart Is A Stone”
“Sunday Morning”

Watch the Acid House Kings ‘This Heart is a Stone’

Lollapalooza 2009 Lineup Announced

Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that  Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.

Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:

Friday:  Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.

Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.

Sunday:  Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.

The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.

Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE

A Modern Mystery Holiday Party with Matt Pond

Welcome back to another installment of a Modern Mystery Holiday Party. We are nearing towards the end of our celebration, and we are glad to have with us Matt Pond, from the brilliant band, Matt Pond PA.  This year the band treated their fans to a free Ep titled ‘The Freeep’ which you can download at their site, You would be a fool not to snag a copy.

I’m not sure what Matt Pond PA’s final plans are for 2009, but I hope it involves a tour and a new full length. I think we have a good chance of seeing this happen. Matt was nice enough to share with us his Top Albums of the year and other words. Let’s raise our glass for more Matt Pond PA in the coming year!

Matt Pond’s Top 10 Albums of the Year

Darker My Love 2
Lykke Li Youth Novels
Portishead Third
She Keeps Bees Nests
The Walkmen You and Me
Higgins Z’s
Spiritualized Songs in A&E
Black Mountain In the Future
The Kills Midnight Boom
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight

The Best Thing that Happened to Me this Year

Going to Spain was the best thing that happened to me. I now have an unquenchable hankering to reconstruct that feeling in New York City.

The Strangest Thing that Happened to Me This Year’

Listening to the critters scratching at the roof of a cabin in Bearsville, NY this summer. It went on for weeks. So it was more of a prolonged strange thing than a specific happening. But I never got used to it. And no matter how much I can withstand in the wild, the seconds became hours while I imagined a million different creatures trying to get in and steal my guitars.

My Favorite Holiday Memory

Holidays and me do not always get along. I accept them as long as they can accept me.