My Little Underground Level 7 – Keishh

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Level 7 of My Little Underground features Brooklyn based producer, Keishh! We talked about her recent trip to SXSW, touring with Tune-Yards, producing for artists like Miss Eaves and ET.PAT. We also chatted about her musical upbringing and the difference between beat maker and producer. Keishh is also quite the content creater as well with her Beats by Keishh series and you may of heard some of her work in Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl webseries and Insecure!

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Watchout Vol. 7

WATCHOUT VOL 7

Vol. 7 of my Watchout playlist series on TIDAL has arrived with new music from fresh faces from the eclectic pool of New York’s underground music community. Hear from the Queens born soulful songstress The Afr0dite, the head turning explosiveness of Sloppy Jane, and the creative, colorful, ukulele based pop from Jackie Mendoza. Atlanta gets some love here as well with a gorgeous track from the very talented duo known as Chloe x Halle. I had to finish this playlist with Will Toledo wishing Car Seat Headrest had Frank Ocean’s voice and James Brown’s stage presence. Happy listening!

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My Little Underground Level 3 – The Royal They

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Brooklyn trio The Royal They kicked off 2018 strong with the release of their sophomore album ‘Foreign Being’ on King Pizza Records! Level 3 of My Little Underground welcomes the talkative three-o to talk about our rough understanding of the term “post-punk”, the status of rock music in popular culture, how the differences in their personalities make for better collaborations, me trying to understand some of their sharp lyrics, getting sucked into the constant social media news cycle, the current usefulness of cassettes and other physical music and more! Listen here.

 

My Little Underground Level 2 – Conor Rooney of Headless Elvis

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On Level 2 of My Little Underground, Conor Rooney, drummer of Long Island band, Headless Elvis stops by to talk about the group’s debut single “Bade”, upcoming shows and a possible full-length album! Conor is a student at Stony Brook University and we talked about his involvement with the campus radio station, WUSB and SB Press. We discussed some of the great shows he’s put together in the past, the problems of doing so and future bills he’s working on! We also mentioned some of our anticipated albums of 2018 and much more! Listen here!

Watchout Vol. 5

Watchout Vol 5

Vol. 5 of my Watchout Playlist on TIDAL has arrived with more of New York’s underground from the likes of L’Rain, Caroline Rose, Revel In Dimes, Soccer Mommy, and arguably the best work yet from Long Island’s MJT. Hear a taste of the playful and experimental hip hop of Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, the wild and serene psychedelic sounds of HOLY, and more! Check it out here.

10 More Artists to Watch Out for in 2018

 

 

10 MORE ARTISTS

I have no idea which new artist will be the next [Insert popular artist from an earlier time period here]. I can only tell you what I think sounds good and that there are more than 10 artists to pay attention to in 2018. This time, we have a lot more of New York’s underground and a few international acts that I’m sure you’ll be proud to boast your awareness of if they gain more mainstream attention. Happy discovery!

1) A Place To Bury Strangers

Veteran Brooklyn based noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers have returned from their tour of Asia to announce a new album and, you guest it, another world tour! The new album Penned is coming to us in April with a massive release show planned for Bushwhick’s brand new venue, Elsewhere. This album marks the debut of the energetic drummer Lia Simone Braswell, whom I have affectionately called “maniac” because of her incredible job matching the on stage fire and fury of front man Oliver Ackermann and bassist Dion Lunadon. The first offering for Penned, “Never Coming Back” tells me that 2018 is theirs for the taking.

 

2) Hockey Dad

Australian born childhood friends, Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming aka Hockey Dad, are looking to siege 2018 with their sophomore effort, Blend Inn out February 9th. Although this album has yet to see the light of day, that hasn’t stopped them from selling out a number of dates in their native continent. Their latest single “I Wanna Be Everybody” shows off a maturation in their songwriting and arranging that delivers an interesting approach to the all too familiar surf rock sound. Whenever Hockey Dad comes around your way, go see them because its all party.  

 

3) Foxy Dads

Long Island based duo (sometimes trio) Foxy Dads have graced us with a late 2017 album Songs from the LIRR. Ilana Hope and Marissa Carroll do a great job of bringing hope to sadness with their beautiful lo-fi pop tunes. You may have seen them on bills on various DIY spots on Long Island and Brooklyn. Their emotionally aware sound is charming and I’m sure they’ll win you over in 2018. They are also featured on Vol. 4 of my Watchout Playlist series on TIDAL. You can check it out here!

 

4) Crumb

New York via Tufts University trio Crumb bring a smooth, mysterious, psychedelic take on rock that’s so eclectic that I can see Common rap over their arrangements. Their music is a result of singer/guitarist Lila Ramini’s creating a foundation that bassist Jesse Brotter, multi-instrumentalist Brian Aronow and drummer Jonathan Gilad fostered into something complete. With two EPs under their belt and a nationwide tour booked for March and April, who knows what this group has in store for the rest of 2018? 

 

5) Seafang

This St. Petersburg, Florida quintet have been sprinkling a couple of 7” singles for about two years and they have yet to disappoint. I was first introduced to them through the “Motorcycle Song” single and was drawn in by the shoegaze inspired washed out guitars and the beautiful, ethereal vocal style of Heidi Richards. Fans of Honeyrider might appreciate this because their alum Gary Strickland serves as the Seafang bassist. 2017 saw them playing some local Florida shows,  the release of the fantastic “Solid Gold” single as well as an original Christmas tune “Happy When It Snows”. Seafang see no end in sight as they plan on touring and releasing more music so keep a close eye on them this year.

 

6) Nervous Dater

Brooklyn based quartet Nervous Dater have been putting out a string of EPs since 2015 and last year we saw the release of their debut full length, Don’t Be a Stranger. Since then, they have been playing numerous shows throughout New York City, Chicago, Massachusetts  and even Long Island; a territory that some Brooklyn bands almost never touch. Their raw, melodic, take on punk will make you reevaluate any preconceptions you might have of “Pop-Punk”. Maybe it’s not all whiny suburban boys crying the blues about a breakup.

 

7) The Royal They

Brooklyn punks The Royal They first stepped on the scene with their 2016 self-titled debut and followed up two years later with Foreign Being. This offering brings a combination of cathartic mantras from vocalist Michelle Hutt on the album opener “C.N.T.” and beautiful slow burners like “Veritas”. They do an excellent job with re-arranging familiar sounds of punk and grunge and putting a modern twist to it. If you recently moved to Brooklyn and are looking for bands to get into, keep The Royal They on your radar this year. 

 

8) Superorganism

Superorganism are a musical hive-mind; a summation of eight musicians from all over the world slowly spreading its presence in the music world. With their debut album slated for a March release, they’re already grabbing some attention with singles ”Something for your M.I.N.D.” and “Everybody Wants To Be Famous”. When you have so many artists contributing to a project, everything feels like a big production. Superorganism take a community approach to their music to build a connection that’ll only improve their chemistry. I am very curious to see how this will play out in a live performance setting.

 

9) The Spook School

For the past five years, Scottish indie poppers The Spook School have been vocal about the battles consistently faced by the LGBTQ community. In January, they arrived with their latest full length, Could It Be Different? and it’s a quick burst of fiery, fuzzy, pop tunes. They first caught my eye on the spectacular Slumberland/Fortuna POP! compilation, Continental Drift released back in 2016. I really dug their explosive delivery of their sweet, tender, harmonic sounds. I admire how In a world plagued with bigotry, The Spook School make resiliency sound so alluring.

 

10) Sloppy Jane

This group is more of an interchangeable, evolving, openly collaborative process with a revolving door of musicians. New York City native Haley Dahl is the conductor of Sloppy Jane and invites up to 11 other musicians on stage at a time. They are one of those groups that offer more than a musical experience when you see them live. Dahl utilizes the entire venue as her stage almost to keep your attention from wandering into your phones. Sonically, they have an experimental rock approach that rooted in punk aggression and unpredictable melodic moments. They have a new album Willow coming soon that should be exciting given the overwhelmingly expressive nature of their live show.

Watchout Vol. 3

WATCHOUT VOL. 3

Watchout Vol. 3 is up on Tidal! Look out for a new gems from New York rising stars Best Behavior and Sunflower Bean as well as the first official single from Headless Elvis, coming straight out of Stony Brook! Jen Goma (A Sunny Day In Glasgow) as a beautiful new project as Showtime Goma you should pay attention to. Hockey Dad and Snowball II bring their love of The Simpsons this playlist as well! Check it out here.