Category Archives: Rock
The allure of living in Rockaway has beckoned a great many musicians, from punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith to slacker rock artist Mac Demarco. Whether it’s because of the distance to the beach or the simple fact it’s just a short train ride into Manhattan, Rockaway Beach oozes musical talent.
Source: Q&A With Lewis Del Mar
Why not go a “little bit farther than you’ve gone before” on May 7, with the Grateful Dead cover band August West. Inspired by the character portrayed in Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s “Wharf Rat,” August West is more than just a five member cover band from Brooklyn.
Source: August West @ Thai Rock
Singer-songwriter Mike Benedetto can now add “record producer” to his list of credits, with the release of The BEasy Band’s new Spring EP—the first of four to be released as part of the group’s forthcoming album, Seasoned.
Be sure to swing by the Rockaway Rugby Club in Riis Park, following the 41st annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this Saturday, for a performance by the “thirstiest” Irish band in the Tri-State area—Shilelagh Law. For nearly 17 years, these five lads have continued to perform to crowds which predominantly celebrate and embrace Irish- American music and culture.
Check out this story from the March 15, 2007 edition of The Viking News, SUNY Westchester Community College’s Campus Newspaper. It has been revised from its original format, because, well, my writing has improved quite a bit since then.
Flogging Molly is a Los Angeles based band that blends traditional Irish folk music with modern day punk-rock.
“We’re not a traditional band,” Flogging Molly’s Frontman David King said. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it.”
This couldn’t be more evident than on the Celtic-punk band’s fourth studio album, Float, perhaps one of the band’s softest, yet catchiest albums to date.
For the ninth edition of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, promoters with J. Faith Presents decided to go all out – expanding the yearly music festival to a four-day family-friendly affair in the heart of Patchogue.
Since its inception back in 2007, festival producer James Faith has watched the popularity of the festival grow leaps and bounds, quickly becoming the largest celebration of music and arts on Long Island.
“I believe that this fest resonates with true music lovers,” Faith said in a statement. “Music lovers that can really appreciate all styles of music and are open to new sounds and musical experiences. I’ve gotten the best feedback from people who say: ‘I loved Carolina Chocolate Drops or Umphreys McGee or Martin Sexton. Thanks for turning me on to them.'”
Since the progressive bluegrass band’s last studio recording—The Show, which hit no. 1 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts back in 2009—the Yonder Mountain String Band has focused most of its time and energy on tour, performing at different music festivals and concert halls across the country.
Now, six years later, the five-member string outfit returns with the release of their sixth studio album Black Sheep.
Following a more than decade-long hiatus, 90s-era British rock group Blur recently resurfaced with a new album, The Magic Whip, the band’s first studio recording since the release of Think Tank back in 2003.
The album was written over a five-day span in 2013, whilst the band was scheduled to perform at a music festival in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the concert was cancelled, but the extended layover resulted in 12 new tracks from the band, which has reunited on-and-off since 2007.
But, perhaps this seven-plus year break paid off.