Best of NYC #13 + Weekly Feature #212a: The Woes

Formed in 2002, The Woes have been delivering their brand of dust-belt folk music to an every-growing NYC audience. At times the group can resemble a chaotic collective, but the discerning fan can pick out the regulars, including Jesse Lauter, Cicero Jones and lead singer/songwriter Osei Essed. In Essed, the Woes have the catalyst for what few bands can boast: genuine, visceral attitude. His voice delivers the deep sound of Tom Waits with the spiritual, gothic Americana sound of David Eugene Edwards. Their new CD is entitled “Heaven Knows” and they are currently touring behind it. Essed took the time to answer questions from the road. - Read Ben Krieger's interview with the band here.


A rather intense video from Norden Bombsight

There isn't a lot of info about Norden Bombsight on the internet, but you don't need to read their bio to realize that these guys aren't afraid to fill their music with heavy emotions - something most bands seem to shy away from these days. To testify that, this music video, set during the Great Depression, tells the story of a woman suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder who is searching for her missing husband. The band's music sounds as troubled as this hint of a story, and the filmmaking here is way above the average for an indie video - it's more like watching a movie! Kudos to director Roy Eventov.


Raccoon Fighter: New EPs and Show at Union Pool July 28

Brooklyn’s nocturnal bluesy-rock trio, Raccoon Fighter, comprised of Sean Gavigan (vocals/ guitar/drums), Zac Ciancaglini (drums/guitar/vocals), and Gabe Wilhelm (bass/vocals), throw down a series of biting tracks on two releases, “Liars Feet EP” and “Terrible EP.” A dozen tunes in all, and available for free here, both EPs feature a combination of gritty, aggressive, and psychedelic soundscapes. Gavigan’s angsty vocal quality compliments the sultry rock foundation created by strong downbeats, shuffling percussion, lax guitar strums, and anxious, bluesy progressions found on notable tunes, “No Lover,” “The Upbeat,” “Rollin’ Wheel,” and “Pillow Surf.” Catch Raccoon Fighter on Wednesday, July 28 at Union Pool. Free show. – Meijin Bruttomesso


Best of NYC #14: The Dig plays two dates with Dashboard Confessional

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

When you order a drink at the bar, you want something heavy. You want good taste mixed well, and just a tiny dash of sweet. Like a Long Island Iced Tea, The Dig’s music carries a heavy bass line, drowned in equal parts melodic and heavy guitar. The soothing sounds of “Penitentiary” go down smooth, but the potency of the almost sinister sounding guitars in “She’s Gonna Kill That Boy” keep the blood flowing through your veins. Think of alternative pop/rock ballads from the early ‘90s but with a little more variety. David Baldwin and Emile Musseri alternate vocals that sound like a more sensitive Chris Cornell, and a day-dreamy Thom Yorke. At times, The Dig give off a Nirvana-esque vibe, while also channeling the power packed production sound of Coldplay. Each song is eclectic and intricate in its own way, allowing The Dig to put forth a diverse portfolio of songs. The band has just announced two new tour dates in support of Dashboard Confessional - after which they will be traveling home following a five-week national tour with Thrice, Kevin Devine, and Bad Veins,- Melissa Wong


NYC Dandies play countrying music: My Cousin, The Emperor

My Cousin, The Emperor is like a country version of Pavement. They have nuances of a lo-fi 90s band, mixed with a country acoustic twang. And the fact that the band dresses like total dandies is mesmerizing.  The pluck of a banjo is always best when done by Steve Martin or someone wearing a newsboy cap and a waistcoat. This good old country quartet has created a debut album that is a modern Dixieland treasure. My Cousin, The Emperor is to country what Back to the Future III is to cowboy movies, for their mixture of country with other genres makes country more accessible to those who hate it. My Cousin, The Emperor definitely has the power to convert the skeptics. - CS