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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!”

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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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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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More Summer Fun At McCarren Pool

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Hipsters and local Brooklynites overcame the heat and flooded McCarren Pool, for another of JellyNYC’s weekly Pool Parties. This Sunday’s party featured fiery performances by Birds of Avalon, The Thermals, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn participating as house dj. Birds of Avalon set the mood early cutting through track after track of garage rock fury, only to succumb to the summer fun when the band stopped and began throwing toy birds into the sky. Later, singer Craig Tilley brought back the fury when he smashed his tambourine to pieces. The Thermals followed with their own brand of intense indie punk, finishing their set with a tasty rendition of Built To Spill’s “Big Dipper.”

Ted Leo, a summer concert regular, put on another impressive performance as headliner of yesterday’s show. New Jersey’s Ted Leo and the Pharmacists play New York at least once every summer, usually at the final South Street Seaport show of the summer. Surprisingly, this year they’re not listed to play that show, but they made up for it by playing at McCarren Pool. The last date on their tour with Birds of Avalon also acted as a celebration for the band, with bearded-bassist Dave Lerner playing with the band for the last time. The champagne bottle popped and sprayed the audience who was already soaked with sweat from a long day of summer heat and rock & roll. And Ted sure mad his fans sweat with a load of his best and catchiest songs which all started with the fantastic “Sons of Cain.”

On a sad note, next week’s Jelly NYC Pool Party will be your last chance this summer to smack someone in the chest with a dodgeball, get soaked on the slip‘ n’ slide, and catch some quality tunes at no cost. So, get yourself over there on Sunday afternoon and catch the well-hyped Ghostland Observatory.

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Europa Cuts Airiel Short

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Chicago-based up-and-comers, Airiel, were in town Saturday night for a concert at Europa in Greenpoint. Unfortunately, the show was poorly scheduled and was running late, so Airiel had only enough time to showcase their shoegazer glory for the extent of 3 songs before reaching the 10 pm curfew. Once 10 pm hit, Polish night-clubbers poured [&hellip
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Hello Brooklyn!

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And to the stage emerged 3 mc’s and one dj, for the first time performing in their hometown of Brooklyn. Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, better known as the Beastie Boys, had amazingly never played a show in Brooklyn before Thursday night’s thrilling performance at McCarren Pool in Greenpoint. Backed by the master DJ Mixmaster Mike, sensational percussionist Alfredo Ortiz, and the brilliant Money Mark on keyboards, the Beasties played the most unforgettable concert of the year. They proved they could still sling rhymes on such classics as “Pass the Mic,” “Intergalactic,” “Ch-Check It Out,” and “So What’cha Want.” But more impressive was when the trio picked up their instruments and showed their range as musicians from the early hardcore of “Egg Raid on Mojo” to the new instrumentals to the chilled out funk of “Lighten Up.” All of the many styles that the Beastie Boys have generated over the last few decades were present, and mixed fluidly with each other. The crowd danced along and sang every word, and when the Beasties asked for participation, they did just that, all while the hip hop legends performed with as much energy as when they were in their early 20’s. Fittingly, the night came to a close with the one song that could truly end their first ever Brooklyn show, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

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…And You Will Know By The Trail Of Dead Leaves Luna Lounge Relatively Unharmed

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When …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead lead singer Conrad Keely thanked his friends for borrowing their equipment, a guitar-smashing fiasco seemed only seconds away. Keely even laughed, “What were they thinking.” But then something crazy happened. The band, known for their instrument and stage destruction, finished their set without a [&hellip
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Getting Wet At McCarren Pool

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A day after Sonic Youth graced Brooklyn’s summer hot spot, hometown heroes TV on the Radio put on a show of their own. With rain pouring down early in the afternoon, a brave legion of fans steadily flowed into the massive pool. Shielded by umbrellas, and even a tent, some chose to remain dry, while others absorbed the rain, dancing in puddle, diving down the slip’n’slide, and participating in a rain-soaked game of dodgeball. When Miles Benjamin opened the day, only a small crowd was present. Next, with the rain slowing down, Celebration stunned the crowd with a set that featured collaborations with members of TV on the Radio. By the time Williamsburg’s favorite local band took the stage, the rain had stopped, and the venue was filled with fans. Those who weren’t scared away by a little precipitation were treated to a fine performance, with the band digging up some old favorites and finishing the day with a perfect rendition of “Staring at the Sun.”

Next week promises to be just as good with Blonde Redhead, I’m From Barcelona, and The Coydogs all performing.

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Daydream Nation in Brooklyn

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There I was sitting in the park, eating Thai food with my girlfriend, and my kitten who I kept close using a leash. The poisonous fumes of the bed bug extermination process kept us outdoors, and the fine sound of Sonic Youth running through their sound check kept us company. The guitars of “Incinerate” overcame a tough battle against a car blaring Latin dance music.

Later Saturday night, I arrived to McCarren Pool at the time Ticketmaster listed as start time, 7:30pm. Poor organization tossed me around from a guest list line, to a photo pass line around the back of the building at a table where no one was working, and then finally back to the front to enter. On Sundays it’s much simpler with a press entrance in the back, and no walking back and forth. Upon entering the massive space, I noticed it wasn’t as insanely packed as I expected. After only waiting a few minutes, Sonic Youth took the stage, and that’s when I realized that I had somehow missed The Slits. I hate you, Ticketmaster. But how could I possibly complain when I got to see Sonic Youth play one of the best albums of all time, in full. There is no question that Daydream Nation, which Thurston Moore said was written in a room the size of his amplifier, is one of the most influential records in rock history. The Library of Congress has even added it to its National Recording Registry. Nearly 20 years after its initial release Daydream Nation still sounds as fresh and innovative as it did in 1988, and Sonic Youth’s live performance of their landmark album left nothing to be desired. Played by the original lineup, every song sounded even bigger and better than on record. From opening note of “Teen Age Riot” to the final note of “Eliminator Jr.,” New York’s greatest band shined brightly. Mark Ibold joined the band for their encore as the tore through some of the best songs from their latest release Rather Ripped.

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