The David Lynch Foundation (yes, the director from The Holly Wood!) is presenting a pretty pretty prettttty good show tonight w/ Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone / ex-Dirty on Purpose) + Annie Hart (of Au Revoir Simone) + Nick Hakim + DJ Questlove. All proceeds go towards providing meditation for those suffering from PTSD. Good show. Good cause. Do it! Also, I still listen to Dirty on Purpose (RIP) on the regular.
"Testimonium" is a performance art piece and you can read all about it here (too involved to get into it right now I just blob here) but the real reason I wanted to let you know about this on my music blob is because Joan of Arc did all the music and will be performing alongside it tonight (and Friday and Saturday) at Knockdown Center in Queens and I like Joan of Arc. How about you?
The (soon to be) legendary post ____ band Battlesplay Music Hall of Williamsburg and if you've never seen them play live before, well, you should. And that I don't back down from! I said good day, sir! I SAID GOOD DAY!
Britta Phillips (of Luna / Dean & Britta / Jem ←-- who's truly outrageous, btw) plays a free show at Rough Trade. She's good! No wristband, badge, retina scan needed for entry. Just show up!
Speaking of Britta Phillips, her and her husband Dean Wareham's (see also: Galaxie 500) old dreamy band Luna (they're from the '90s!) play The Bell House tonight. Go if you like seeing good bands. If seeing good bands isn't your thing stay far, far away from this one.
B Boys (makin' with the freak freak) play Alphaville tonight and if herky jerky post ____ punk is where you're at in life these days I highly suggest showing up to this one. No, I actually demand that you do. It most likely won't be the wrong move. No, it definitely won't be the wrong move. I guarantee it.*
(*guarantee not a guarantee musical tastes are so subjective u know????)
New Zealand's (originally - they're all over the place now) power synth poppers Yumi Zouma play National Sawdust and if you go you can dance if you want to. You can totally dance. Dancing highly encourage. Please dance.
If you like pop that punks just right please really consider going to Suburbia tonight for Dowsing + Katie Ellen (ex-Chumped) + Kittyhawk(Chicago knows how to do it). It'll be 10000% worth the $5 ticket.
Epic popsters Mass Gothicplay Sunnyvale. This band (who recently signed to this record label called Sup Pop or something) is…. let's see what's just the right word I'm looking for to describe this band…. thinking….. thinking….. ah-ha!... good…. that's the just the right word I want to use here...this band is good!
Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her debut LP – Trailer Park – pioneered a synthesis of electronic and acoustic songs to huge acclaim. The follow up – Central Reservation – brought international success and the Brit Award for best British female. Further albums like the Jim O'Rourke produced Comfort of Strangers and 2012's Sugaring Season deepened the breadth of her craft (Sugaring Season was described by Pitchfork as "ten songs of sweet resilience delivered by a voice of seemingly effortless expression").
Emerging from Beirut's underground indie scene, Mashrou' Leila have continued to carve out their own distinct space within Arabic pop. Singing in Arabic about LGBT rights, political freedoms, race, religion and modern Arabic identity, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music, and went on to perform them live at sold-out venues worldwide.
When Shana Cleveland isn't playing in her post ____ surf band La Luz (please note: they're a good band!), the Seattle based artist (she writes and draws when she's not making music) is often out on the road with her other (rotating) crew called Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles, performing carefully crafted songs whose goodness will sneak up on you.
Think clean (mostly) acoustic songs (although sometimes Cleveland plays alongside keys and clarinets and strings and things so let's not put anybody in a box here) that take their sweet time slowly hypnotizing you. It's pop. It's folk. Sometimes it's kind of psych. And all the time it's totally good!
Cleveland released “Oh Man, Cover The Ground" for Suicide Squeeze (one of my very favorite record labels since 2000 or something) in 2015 A.D. and because it is now 2016 A.D. you can listen to the entire thing in full directly below these words (living in the future rules!) and you should. Why? Because it's good!
In the meantime be sure to see Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles play whenever you can. And La Luz, while you're at it. They're a good band too.
File Under: Good Music
RIYL: Songs That Sound Good
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