NYC Artists on the rise: Lemonade

Consisting of San Francisco transplants, Brooklyn’s Lemonade picks up a world of influences. From dance-rock to house and almost everything in between, there’s a lot going on – a lot of blissful lusciousness. Think Q and Not U with the Christopher Richards-like vocals interspersed with random samples over entrancing beats. The trio’s latest release, “Pure Moods,” is a brilliant celebration of all things dance. The sound is big and consuming with a mash of influences that probably wouldn’t make any sense pulled into its component parts, but when layered on top of each other, the elements all sound like they are fated to be together. - Nancy Chow


Married rapper dude in slippers plays Bonnaroo on June 10th: Rob Cantrell

Rob Cantrell rocks. Never heard of him? He’s the proud married dude that lives around the corner from your Brooklyn brownstone. At first glance, he’s a funki-fied version of Aiden (John Corbett of Sex & the City) dressed in a bathrobe, crazy white man fro in tact and bumble bee slippers. But once he opens his mouth, you’ll get a Weird Al vibe, mixed with pro-grass declarations that will make you sing along. Awesome tracks like “Coffee and Weed” and “Rub My Feet” are hilarious, snarky, and unapologetic. Cantrell’s even got a relationship blog on High Times.
"Married and Sh*t” is the best song hands down. With lyrics like, “I’m a one vagina man, doin’ the best I can. No more scams or one night stands. Funk you emo bands. I’m Rob man, kickin’ out the jams, with a wedding band,” you’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll secretly wish you had the talent to pull off those sweet rhymes.
Check out his album, KEEP ON THE GRASS. After listening to Cantrell you will be rollin’. Literally, off your chair. – Melissa Wong


Best of NYC #39: Earl Greyhound

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 and DJs).

Earl Greyhound’s newest album “Suspicious Package” is bound to please fans both new and old. This physically and creatively multifarious trio, Matt, Kamara, and Ricc, do not disappoint, offering moments of 70s rock, Latin drums, heavy guitar riffs, and sexy vocals, with tracks that hint of influences like Lenny Kravitz and Led Zepplin cleverly strewn throughout the sophomore album. They’ve made classic rock contemporary, constructing an album monumental in sound and full of soul that has you grooving from start to finish. Sit with “Suspicious Package” for a period of time to truly take in the brilliance of Earl Greyhound’s lyrics and metaphors, as they sneak up on you like in a mystery waiting to be solved. -CM


Weekly Feature #205a: The Beets

Named by L Magazine as one of the 8 NYC Bands "You Need to Hear" in 2009, The Beets have gained quite a bit of traction in the NYC indie scene, revamping 60s garage rock for a modern age. Their songs are laden with rhythmic guitar strumming and echoing lyrical chants. The Beets are comprised of Juan Wauters, Jose Garcia and Matthew Volz,and the latest addition, drummer Melissa Scaduto. When the kids aren't busy touring (the band will be in the midwest for most of June), Jose, Matt, Juan and Melissa seem to enjoy staying really local, drinking cheap beer and BBQing with their friends. Be sure to catch up with the Beets in NYC at the end of June. They will be playing South Street Seaport, the Rare Gallery, the Knitting Factory and the Bell House in early July. - Read Courtney Boyd Myers' interview with the band here.


Weekly Feature #205b: Fluorishing, Live at Lit, June 7

When corresponding with Garett Bussanick (vocals, guitar), Brian Corcoran (drums), Eric Rizk (bass) from the NYC -based trio Flourishing, we touched upon what took them so long to put out their debut EP, their approach to songwriting, and the pros and cons about being an underground metal band in the Big Apple. - read Mike SOS interview with the band here. See Fluorishing live at Lit on June 7.