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Small Black

28 Oct

courtesy of myspaceNew Chain is the debut long-player from New York’s Small Black. Richly coloured and thickly layered, it is an absorbing, eclectic and obsessive body of work. The Brooklyn group have succeeded in melting together locked and popped drum-shudder, gauzy spirographic synths and subtly contagious, half-remembered melody into ebullient bursts of evocative, subliminal and thoroughly modern pop. The songs are equally informed by the rhythmic bounce and stylistic swagger of more left-leaning contemporary radio rap and R’n’B as it is the submerged kaleidoscopic swirl of the early 4AD dream factory.

Make sure to catch Small Black at the Trunkspace on 11/2

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Grandchildren Interview

29 Sep

Street Ape recently spoke with frontman Aleks Martray from the band Grandchildren about touring, the upcoming release of Everlasting, and everything in between. Check back for a full album review coming soon.

Grandchildren started off more so as a solo project; which grew into the full band was this the direction you wanted the project to go?

I think it’s really a perfect storm where everybody in the band has a really unique role because everybody plays multiple instruments.  Everybody is composers, everybody writes music, and so I think were definitely in a good place for being a 6 piece, a small orchestra,  So yeah, we’re pretty much where we want to be.

We all have known each other for a long time, playing in different projects and bands, and the album came together with us all living, playing shows, doing live (DIY) recording. Just the fact that the album is finally finished is huge with us so we can get back to living on the road, and connecting with the fans.

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The Drums and Surfer Blood

29 Sep

The other night I had the opportunity to work with the Drums and Surfer Blood at the Clubhouse in Tempe, Arizona. The Drums were a band that I’ve been wanting to see for awhile and they did not disappoint.

The Drums::

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Grandchildren

23 Sep

Street Ape recently spoke with frontman Aleks Martray from the band Grandchildren about touring, the upcoming release of Everlasting, and everything in between. Check back shortly for the interview.

In the mean time, here’s your chance to listen to the album before it’s official release

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Local Natives Interview

20 Sep

Street Ape recently sat down with Andy, bassist of the Local Natives, for an one on one interview

There’s been a solid reaction to the album since the release of Gorilla Manor in February, how has the buzz picked up from your perspective?

Andy: Uhmm, I don’t know. I wish I had the answer there is no formula you know? People either love to hear or hate to hear but working hard. There wasn’t a specific moment that sparked it, playing tons of shows and really working on the music and my opinion taking things very seriously. I think that it’s super fun to be in a band but we started really paying attention to how we were writing the songs, what direction we wanted to go and once we set our sights on that went for it. Continue reading

Gold Panda and Autolux

16 Sep

Last night saw Gold Panda and Autolux perform at the Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ.

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Toro Y Moi

15 Sep

Toro Y Moi releases the Daytrotter Sessions

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