Flowers – Everybody’s Dying to Meet You – review of the second album

London trio Flowers pulled in Bernard Butler for their first album, 2013 debut ‘Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do’, Now for the second lp, Brian O’Shaughnessey, who’s worked with Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine has assisted on Everybody’s Dying To Meet You. Sam, Rachel, and Jordan, as they are listed… Continue reading Flowers – Everybody’s Dying to Meet You – review of the second album

Review of Wet – Don’t You

Wet

Wet is singer-songwriter Kelly Zutrau, and multi-instrumentalists Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow. According to the press, Wet wrote the album in the countryside, on hiatus from Brooklyn. They released an EP in 2014 that drew attention. Kylie Jenner likes them. And now a brand new album. But coming off what is now nearly a month… Continue reading Review of Wet – Don’t You

Interview with Fred Macpherson of Spector

A very enjoyable interview with the affable, sharp, and nicely bittersweet Fred Macpherson, who also wins a prize for his Twitter tribute to the great Alan Rickman.  Spector. The Guardian described them as being “somewhere between Roxy Music and The Strokes”. Enjoy It While It Lasts, their first album, stormed through the UK charts. “All… Continue reading Interview with Fred Macpherson of Spector

Spector – live review – Mercury Lounge NYC

Spector Mercury Lounge, New York City December 3, 2015 a blood hot example of teetering on the edge, never falling – guaranteeing an audience riveted by his audacity Spector. A band from the UK. Sometimes not knowing exactly what to expect, the stage is set for something to happen. Wait and see. The lure of… Continue reading Spector – live review – Mercury Lounge NYC

Reflections on Dave Gahan and Soulsavers at Town Hall, NYC

Dave Gahan on stage with Soulsavers

  Dave Gahan and Soulsavers – live at Town Hall, NYC October 22, 2015   Town Hall in New York City is one of those historic theatres, built at a time when acoustics mattered. Not to mention comfort, or the rare quality of being able to see the stage from wherever you are. It’s a… Continue reading Reflections on Dave Gahan and Soulsavers at Town Hall, NYC

My interview with the iconic John Taylor of Duran Duran

Roger Taylor, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes - Duran Duran

Q Icon Award last week.  MTV Video Visionary Award tonight in Milan. The global force that is Duran Duran. Time to acknowledge a band that changed everything.   Nick Rhodes. Simon Le Bon. John Taylor. Roger Taylor. If you haven’t heard of Duran Duran, that’s unusual. At the recent CD signing in New York, every… Continue reading My interview with the iconic John Taylor of Duran Duran

Mercury Prize Nominees – my interviews with Wolf Alice and Jamie xx

Congratulations to Mercury Prize Nominees – Wolf Alice and Jamie xx. I did interviews with both over the summer. See what they each had to say about their music and why they do what they do.   Jamie xx Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx, has had a meteoric rise in the music world. He’s accomplished… Continue reading Mercury Prize Nominees – my interviews with Wolf Alice and Jamie xx

Katie Monks of Dilly Dally talks about what matters…

Katie Monks and Dilly Dally

Dilly Dally has been kicking around Toronto for a while, but their moment to step under the bright spotlight has arrived. Comprised of Katie Monks on vocals and guitar, Liz Ball on guitar, and newer members Jimmy Tony on bass, and Benjamin Reinhartz on drums, Dilly Dally has found a perfect line up, one that… Continue reading Katie Monks of Dilly Dally talks about what matters…

Lull the band from London – say hello to noise pop

Felipe, Toby, Simon, and Jon from Lull

The second I set foot across the pond, or they come here, I’m rushing to a concert. The idea of hearing them loud and live…on serious repeat on the playlist. From the moment “Bubble Tea” comes soaring through the speakers, flooding the room with layers of sound, it’s clear that the self-titled debut EP from… Continue reading Lull the band from London – say hello to noise pop

Day Wave live review at Mercury Lounge, NYC

Day Wave at Mercury Lounge, August 19

Day Wave Mercury Lounge, NYC August 19 Day Wave, the new alt-emo-surf-pop band, the project of Jackson Phillips, played last night at Mercury Lounge. Promoting the new EP, Headcase, the five member live stage band dove right into the set. Starting out with the single, “Nothing At All”, the sweet vocals contrasting with the world… Continue reading Day Wave live review at Mercury Lounge, NYC