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Formed in 1993, Brownie Mary was one of Pittsburgh's hottest and most beloved acts of the 1990s. Lead by Kelsey Barber (Friday) the band was an instant sensation writing perfect high energy pop songs that would get stuck in your head for days. The bands live performances were equally compelling as they toured non-stop playing shows with the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Dave Matthews Band, The Smithereens, The Crash Test Dummies, and Rusted Root. Brownie Mary even performed for President Bill Clinton at 1995's Saxophone Club DNC fund-raiser!
Playing only a handful of select shows a year these days, Kelsey and the boys are sounding as tight as ever with an all star line-up including producer and Pittsburgh rock legend Rick Witkowski on guitar, original member and hit writer Mike Marks is back on bass, and on drums is amazing Jay Constable. Playing all of the songs that we have fallen in love with over the years, and with an occasionally guest appearance, Brownie Mary shows always pack the house and leave the audience feeling just as good just as their namesake did!
On her debut EP Sugar & Spice, Hatchie delivered the sonic equivalent of falling deliriously in love: a sustained rush of feeling, rendered in swoony melodies and gauzy guitar tones and endlessly hypnotic layers of sound. Now, with her full-length debut Keepsake, the Australian singer/songwriter tries on countless new textures, exploring everything from industrial to new wave to dance-pop, handling each with understated elegance and pure, powerful feeling.
In the making of Keepsake, the Brisbane-bred musician, otherwise known as Harriette Pilbeam, recorded in a home studio in Melbourne and worked again with John Castle -- the producer behind Sugar & Spice, a 2018 release that prompted Pitchfork to dub her the dream-pop idol of tomorrow. And while the album begins and ends with two massively catchy pop tracks -- the brightly defiant Not That Kind, the euphoric and epic Keep -- many songs drift into more emotionally tangled terrain, shedding light on experiences both ephemeral and life-changing.
Throughout Keepsake, Hatchies kaleidoscopic sonic palette draws out distinct moods and tones, continually revealing her depth and imagination as a musician and songwriter. On lead single Without a Blush, jagged guitar riffs and woozy rhythms meet in a sprawling piece of industrial-pop, with Hatchies gorgeously airy voice channeling loss and longing, regret and self-doubt. Another industrial-leaning track, Unwanted Guest unfolds in wobbly synth lines and fantastically icy spoken-word vocals, along with lyrics about being dragged to a party I dont want to be at, then getting at a fight at the party, and kind of hating myself for it but hating everybody else too. Meanwhile, on Her Own Heart, Hatchie presents a radiant jangle-pop gem that puts a singular twist on the post-breakup narrative. Id seen people in my life go through breakups and end up with no idea what to do with themselves, she says. I wrote that song from the point of view of a girl who winds up on her own and embraces having to figure out who she is, who doesnt let her life get turned upside-down like that.
Elsewhere on Keepsake, Hatchie brings an unlikely transcendence to the most tender of moments. With its softly pulsing beats and slow-building intensity, Secret spins a heartrending anthem from what she describes as confiding to a friend about your mental health struggles, the things you cant work out on your own. On Kiss the Stars, Hatchies cascading guitar work and mesmeric vocals meet with lyrics capturing a precise form of melancholy. With that song, I wanted to recreate the feeling of a Sunday afternoon when the sun is setting and you dont want the day to be over -- that awful end-of-weekend feeling, she says. And on Stay With Me, Hatchie offers up Keepsakes most utterly rhapsodic track, all incandescent synth and unstoppable rhythm. At first I thought I could never put that on my album -- it felt too dancey and pop, and I figured it could really shine on someone elses record, she says. But then I realized: Im the one dictating what my sound is; what I put on my album is up to me.
That self-possessed spirit infuses all of Keepsake, which ultimately serves as a document of a particularly kinetic moment in Hatchies life. Im not much of a nostalgic person when it comes to memories, but I do have a tendency to hold on to certain things, like tickets from the first time I went someplace on holiday, says Hatchie in reflecting on the albums title. It made sense to me to call the record that, at a time when Im going to probably end up with a lot of keepsakes -- and in a way, this whole album is almost like a keepsake in itself.
Stephane Wrembel is presenting his new album The Django Experiment IV. The Django Experiment is a special series of recordings. The concept is a tribute to the great guitar master, Django Reinhardt; mixing compositions and influences from other landscapes of the musical world, aiming to create an inner journey for the listener.
"Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism." - NY Times
Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world. The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. To say that Wrembel who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside has already had a remarkable career would be an under-statement. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Stephane Wrembel is widely known for Bistro Fada, the theme song from the 2011 Woody Allen Oscar winning film and Grammy Award winning soundtrack, Midnight In Paris.
Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django, Wrembel has been based in the New York City region for the past 20 years and since his studies at Berklee. He has toured around the world, and is very active on the musical scene in many countries including USA, Canada, France, Israel and India. Recently, Stephane has performed as a headliner at the legendary Carnegie Hall and at The Town Hall in New York as well as at the Festival Django Reinhardt in France. Wrembel has also headlined at Lincoln Center, played major Festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark OConnor and shared stages with al long list of world renowned musicians.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friends accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death
This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONERthe darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of ahhh fuck it, two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail.
LONER captures the cheeky satire, comical musings, and often jarring mood swingssometimes goofy, sometimes emotionalthat make up much of Roses personality. I call it Schizodrift, she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel. Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush. Id say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late 70s punk. How did she get here? According to Rose, the transition was natural.
LONER began about three years ago. I was 24, lonely, and realizing life might actually be as hard as people said it was. Gandalf had yet to raise his staff and part the seas for me, she says with a straight face. I felt a bit disillusioned with my music; it didnt sound like my personality. I hadnt dated in years, I was going to lose health care. I felt detached from the modern world. So what did she do about it? I joined Tinder. I turned 25 and rented my first real apartment and painted it bright colors. I started socializing more and little by little, weeded out all my clothes that werent red. I embraced my queerdom. I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I discussed politics, capitalism and Rihanna. For better or worse, I became a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying, she says attempting to pluck an olive out of her glass.
When it came to writing about all of it, what followed marked the beginning of a fully formed Caroline Rose. I needed to get more personal, more aggressive. more humorous and more sonically diverse than my older material, referring to 2014s slinky indie-folk-rockabilly-tinged album I Will Not Be Afraid. The record was penned over four years ago while Rose was living in a van traveling the country, and received critical acclaim from national press outlets like NPR and Rolling Stone. LONER, however, marks a significant leap forward both sonically and emotionally, unleashing a burgeoning confidence teeming with character. Asked how shed describe the transition, Rose responds, It just felt like a bubble inside me that had been growing and was about to pop. In a burst of creative energy, she penned and produced a slew of songs that began circulating among labels and press, resulting in a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.
Over the next year and a half, Rose got super into production and mixingI was working 10-hour days creating new sounds, finessing EQ, blending tones, sampling basically everything. Having an apartment [rather than living in a van] gave me the space to have more instruments than just a guitar. I started collecting synths and recording equipment and tracking my material. I signed with a label that gave me a lot of creative control and resources. After sessions and meetings with over a dozen producers, Rose chose to co-produce alongside Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, Hurray For The Riff Raff) at Panoramic Studio in Stinson Beach, California and the studios of Butler and Rose. A multi-instrumentalist and producer herself, Rose brought to the sessions pre-recorded work the two used as a foundation off which to build, having written and arranged strings, played and recorded keys, guitar and bass, sampled layers of found and recorded sounds, and programmed synths and drums. The rest was a lot of experimentation in the studio, trying out different sounds and getting weird, She adds. Paul added a lot in that way. Neither of us are afraid to try things and throw a bunch of sounds at the wall.
Another thing that drove Rose to pursue production more seriously was the blatant lack of gender diversity in the music industry. I noticed over the course of all these meetings there was not a single female or nonbinary producer. Then the more I read up on why, the more I realized there actually are a lot of us, we just arent taken as seriously and either dont receive or dont demand the credit that we deserve. In response, Rose stepped up across the board, having a hand in mixing as well as directing creative control over all aesthetics regarding the album. I wanted to make sure everything was as me as it could possibly be.
According to Rose, the visuals and aesthetics of LONER are an important vehicle in bringing out her personality, as well as a lot of the more sarcastic elements within the music. Ive gotten really interested in the visuals over the years, from producing videos and creatively crafting the images to how I express myself via what I wear. The video for Money, for example, written and directed by Rose and Horatio Baltz, depicts Rose playing all of the partsa sort of maniacal, Coen Brothers-meets-David Lynch two-minute story involving three people (perhaps the same person?) that leaves viewers asking What just happened? Not too different a feeling after listening to LONER, in fact. And this, is precisely how Caroline Rose wants you to feel.
Whether seen on HBOs Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to, says The New York Times, but its more like a party than a machine. Its a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what theyre doing, anyone can cut loose. In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Following the Grammy-winning Rebirth of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band is at it again with Move Your Body, an infectious, groove-laden collection of hip-shakers sure to saturate the dance floor.
Rollicking originals like "Who's Rockin, Who's Rollin'"? and "Take 'Em to the Moon" reaffirm the band's position as head of the brass throne while the rasta-esque "On My Way" and leave-nothing-to-the-imagination lyrics of "HBNS" showcase the unit's talent for penning unabashed party starters.
Boasting a mastery of Rebirth's signature "heavy funk" sound, Move Your Body pushes and swings, leaving behind an 11 track thumbprint, approved by the Frazier brothers themselves, of a sultry Tuesday night spent dancing on their home court at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.
Dan LaMorte is a New York City based stand up comedian and comedy writer. Hes a former panelist of FOX's Red Eye, performed on the 2017 season of AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live and the 2018 season of NextVRs Live from Gotham Comedy. In 2017 he released his first album Not Enough Pieces through On Tour Records. The album got plenty of love on the iTunes comedy charts, it was met with great reviews and a lengthy stay as the top selling stand up album. Not Enough Pieces remains a popular play on SiriusXM's Raw Dog Channel and has reached over 125,000 streams on Spotify. Dans first special Infect Me Once is being released with Comedy Dynamics and BroBible this summer. It was filmed at Zanies in Chicago and will lead into Dans 2019 Infect Me Once Tour in September. Joining Dan on tour will be New York's Michael Terry & Maggie Crane.
Life is a struggle. Even when things go our way, its a constant swim against the tide, kicking against the current in the hope well eventually find the shore. Thats the premise behind Dave Hauses fourth album, Kick. Kicking was the first thing he saw his newborn twins do and its something he himself has been doing all his life. His career as a musician has spanned two decades, and his songs have always been a quest for personal survival about pushing through against the odds but his perspective shifted dramatically after the November 2016 election.
This installment, out April 12th on Rise/BMG, finds Hause carrying on in the voice and tradition of classic American songwriters by tackling topics of hope, depression, global warming, a crumbling democracy, and growing old. These complex notions weave together with a joyous sing-along cadence that creates a soundtrack for the broken American dream. The shift in American culture became really acute right as we put out my last album, Hause explains. All this great stuff was happening for me personally but with this backdrop of American ideals and American culture seemingly caving in.
Those conflicting feelings sparked some deep, soul-searching conversations between Hause and his brother, whom he calls his musical soulmate, and Kick came together as the brothers worked more collaboratively than ever before, with Tim in Philadelphia and Dave in Santa Barbara. Over numerous Face Time sessions, voice notes and many, many calls, the pair found the albums purpose and focus. If the glaciers are melting, whats the point? asked Hause. When the tide seems to be pulling you towards a black hole, what do you do? And I asked Tim that question and he said You kick against it. I dont know what else to do.
That sense of hope and defiance permeates this record from beginning to end. Saboteurs takes issue with the systems in place that value profits over well-being, while Warpaint serves as both a tribute to the women in Hauses life as well as a moody call-to-arms. And on The Ditch, the records first single, Dave and Tim tackle mental health issues head-on, marking the first time in their respective careers that theyve openly discussed their own struggles with depression.
One catalyst for doing so was the sudden and tragic loss of friend and musical inspiration Scott Hutchison. The Frightened Rabbit frontman took his own life in 2018, prompting the brothers to write about finding and coming back to a sense of meaning and purpose again after going through their own battles. Understandably, that tracks themes of finding the will to stick it out and make the best of where you are, quickly became a major keystone of the album.
I think those ideas show up in almost every song in some capacity, Hause says. Beyond the personal lyrics, the concept of If I cant make it out of this ditch, I better make a home of it can be applied globally. There is comfort in desperation when you know that other people experience it too, and together you can both sing it and sing through it. As I listen back, I hope it offers more comfort than desperation. I hope we got that balance right.
The brothers credit a busy touring schedule for their ability to write with more understanding and empathy, two qualities that are found in abundance on these 10 songs. Like many Americans, Hause believed the 2016 election divided people to create an us versus them mentality, but if you look closer its just really people trying to survive. He felt it was important to write about the things that were happening to the people who have to get up and go to work every day. That, Hause says, is when he and his brother really dug in. It was about figuring out how to find the light that comes through the crack in everything, he says.
This album doesnt sugarcoat either the personal problems or the global challenges at its center. At the core of this record there remains a vivid humanity and a hope that things can and will get better, even if it seems like the odds are stacked against us. After all, when the only alternative is to drown, the first step towards survival is to kick.
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