Sunflower Bean By Susan McLean
Sunflower Bean is self proclaimed "night music." Their newest release- I Hear Voices/The Stalker is very reminiscent of The Velvet Underground. I recently found them through Tumblr and was drawn in by the psychedelic yet melodic rock n roll vibes.
Initially I recommend listening to I Hear Voices and Somebody Call A Doctor, then moving on to The Stalker and the rest of their discography.
This is the type of stuff you picture the cool kids in movies listening to as they drive around their small towns in the dead of night, lights blurring and streaking by, running away from their problems.
They recently pressed a limited number of 7" copies of their latest release and are touring the UK soon.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the release of Juturna, Circa Survive will be touring North America. Tour dates as follows.
Before you dismiss rapper Nora Lum, also known as Awkwafina, because she doesn’t fit the rapper stereotype, you should listen to her song “NYC Bitche$.” Originating from Queens in New York City, Awkwafina fills her raps with plenty of satire and comedy.
Her first EP, entitled “Yellow Ranger,” was released in early 2014, and all of her videos can be watched from her YouTube channel. Some songs to listen to right away are the infamous “NYC Bitche$,” “My Vag,” and “Queef.”
In addition to rapping, Lum also wrote and published a “real” walking tour book of NYC, which is available through her website and through select bookstores. AND, as though that isn’t enough, she also stars on MTV’s Girl Code season 3. Is there anything this girl can’t do?
Knuckle Puck's new album 'Copacetic' is out 7/31 but you can stream it here now.
July 23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center *
July 24 - Detroit - The Palace of Auburn Hills *
July 25 - Chicago - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater *
July 26 - Shakopee, MN - Canterbury Park *
July 27 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
July 28 - Milwaukee - Marcus Amphitheatre *
July 29 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center *
July 30 - Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater *
Aug. 1 - Salt Lake City - Utah State Fairpark *
Aug. 2 - Denver - The Pepsi Center *
Aug. 5 - San Diego - Qualcomm Stadium *
Aug. 7 - Portland, OR - Portland Expo Center *
Aug. 8 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater *
Sept. 11-13 - Chicago - Douglas Park **
* Vans Warped Tour
** Riot Fest
I took a train into Philadelphia to see a friend for the weekend and noticed that my timing was perfect and there was a show in the area. After a short Uber ride from around Powelton Village to the venue, PhilaMOCA, I was there. (An hour and a half late, but still there.) I caught the very end of Milo’s set, and all of Old Gray.
Milo (Rapsmith) was very impressive. With no prior experience, I had started listening to him earlier in the day to get a taste of what the show would be like, and I was impressed. His very lyrical rap style is superimposed onto chill, mellow beats. He tends to refer to this as the growing genre of ‘art rap.’ Live, he was just as good as I had hoped, the new poster boy for intelligent rap. Lately, he has been very involved in attempting to foster respect for similar artists, encouraging them to apply for subsidized artists’ housing. In my uneducated (in regards to music) opinion, in the next few months, he’ll be headlining his own tours. His music is unpretentious, but gently suggests listeners to challenge their perspectives and broaden their horizons. I’m definitely a fan now.
Old Gray has always been a favorite and seeing Cameron Boucher preform live is always a lovely experience. I’d seen them a few months ago in North Haven, CT at Broken World Fest 2015, and had been listening to them for a while afterwards, so seeing them again was great. It was surprising to see them touring again, despite it being just a short Northeastern tour. The members are very involved in various side projects, including Youth Funeral, Sorority Noise, White Lodge, Ellie, Madeliene, SPF 420. Sorority Noise just released a new album, titled ‘Joy, Departed,’ Boucher will be on tour again soon. Old Gray’s fairly angry and forlorn tone has always resonated with me, and those who aren’t scared off by the sadder side of punk would definitely enjoy them.
The venue was a bit tight, there were around 100 people, but the intimate atmosphere always breeds well for punk shows. It was well kept and clean, everyone working was very nice. Photos were very generously provided by Douglass Dresher (email@example.com), and more of his work can be found at showpicts.com
Originally posted at Her Looking Glass.
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