The Waylons Bring Sweet Sounds To Mercury Lounge

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Somewhere in the underground of the New York indie rock scene there is a collection of un-hyped bands deserving of attention, along with formerly hyped bands that never blew up. Their shows, at the smaller and more lovable venues, are rarely crowded, but always worth the price of admission. It doesn’t matter if only 5 people show up, the band will continue on and play their songs with enough passion to still win over a new fan or two, even when the place seems empty. There will be a few off nights when the band starts to lose the desire, after being disheartened by their hard work and apparent lack of results, but the thrill of bringing their hard work to new people always seems to win. The Waylons are one of the little secrets of the indie underground. They don’t play jangly post-punk, and they don’t use over the top stage antics, so the blogger world hasn’t gobbled them up. What they do is write really great Americana/pop rock songs will draw comparisons to such greats as Simon & Garfunkel, Wilco, The Kinks, and Teenage Fanclub. Mercury Lounge hosted another fine performance by The Waylons on Monday night. The sound was crisp, and the band shined through a set highlighted the songs that made their debut album such a treasure (especially “Stunning” and “Twenty-Six”), and a few new songs that make it clear that the follow up will be just as enjoyable.

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“Look Mom, I’m Headlining Bowery Ballroom!”

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Brooklyn locals, Pela couldn’t hide their excitement on Saturday when they performed as headliners for the first time at Bowery Ballroom. The band has been a mainstay in the local scene for about 5 years and had played the popular venue many times before, but always as an opener. Graduating to the headline spot at the Bowery Ballroom is a surefire sign of the band’s growing popularity and bright future. The quartet took full advantage of this opportunity and played a thrilling set of rolling rock tunes, led by the passionate lead of singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy. McCarthy brought the energy of Springsteen to a sound that finds itself somewhere between the Pixies, Replacements and U2. The mood was celebratory, almost like watching the local little league team win the championship. A smiling McCarthy asked the crowd if they wanted to hear a new song, and then all alone on stage, he proceeded to captivate with a beautiful little song that he had just written. The audience showed much deserved appreciation, and McCarthy must’ve felt on top of the world. Joined again by the full band, Pela later brought out a horn section for a few songs, including the vibrant “Cavalry.”

While it may have been Pela’s night, three other local bands (Elk City, Jealous Girlfriends,, and Balthrop, Alabama) did their best to leave their mark. Most notable was Jealous Girlfriends, who look like they’ll be headlining their own shows at the Bowery Ballroom in no time. They always seem to be playing somewhere in the city, and with every show, their following grows. They get better and better, with a sound that at one minute resembles Sonic Youth, and at another Fiona Apple, all  along sounding like the product of a single band.

Catch these bands now before they blow up and can no longer play the smaller intimate venues.

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“Look Mom, I’m Headlining Bowery Ballroom!”

Written by Jonny-Leather on . Posted in Music, Posts



Brooklyn locals, Pela couldn’t hide their excitement on Saturday when they performed as headliners for the first time at Bowery Ballroom. The band has been a mainstay in the local scene for about 5 years and had played the popular venue many times before, but always as an opener. Graduating to the headline spot at the Bowery Ballroom is a surefire sign of the band’s growing popularity and bright future. The quartet took full advantage of this opportunity and played a thrilling set of rolling rock tunes, led by the passionate lead of singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy. McCarthy brought the energy of Springsteen to a sound that finds itself somewhere between the Pixies, Replacements and U2. The mood was celebratory, almost like watching the local little league team win the championship. A smiling McCarthy asked the crowd if they wanted to hear a new song, and then all alone on stage, he proceeded to captivate with a beautiful little song that he had just written. The audience showed much deserved appreciation, and McCarthy must’ve felt on top of the world. Joined again by the full band, Pela later brought out a horn section for a few songs, including the vibrant “Cavalry.”

While it may have been Pela’s night, three other local bands (Elk City, Jealous Girlfriends,, and Balthrop, Alabama) did their best to leave their mark. Most notable was Jealous Girlfriends, who look like they’ll be headlining their own shows at the Bowery Ballroom in no time. They always seem to be playing somewhere in the city, and with every show, their following grows. They get better and better, with a sound that at one minute resembles Sonic Youth, and at another Fiona Apple, all  along sounding like the product of a single band.

Catch these bands now before they blow up and can no longer play the smaller intimate venues.

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Local Music Bloggers Unite To Help Save Music Education

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On Saturday afternoon, music bloggers united in Voltron fashion, banding together to raise money for music education.  Stationed at Studio B, in Greenpoint, the After the Jump Fest featured a slew of great up-and-coming bands, and fund-raising raffles. A total of 9 bands shared 2 stages—the lucky bands getting to play on the main stage, [&hellip
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New Pornographers: The Bleeding Heart Show Redux

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Last night The New Pornographers played to hundreds of adoring, seemingly Porno-addicted fans at the Bowery Ballroom to celebrate the release of their new disc, Challengers, which hit stores yesterday. The show, which was announced last week and sold out in a matter of minutes, got underway shortly after 10 o’clock and didn’t end until [&hellip
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City Turning Deaf Ear to Experimental Jazz?

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New York is still gigantic and still the heart of the industrialized world. But it’s getting harder and harder to call it the cultural capitol and keep a straight face (unless you’re a broker or a travel promoter). The recent closing of Tonic, probably the nerve center for experimental music, was the straw that broke Patricia Nicholson Parker’s back. [&hellip
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Si*se at Governor’s Island

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Though the scenic ferry ride to Governor’s Island was less than five minutes long, Si*se’s music transported fans to a delightful soundscape of Latin rhythms, soul and urban flavor, set to dance-friendly beats. Vocalist Carol C. set the tone for the band’s performance when she stepped onstage and kicked off her sandals before launching into [&hellip
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