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Lost Boy ? Releases New Album 'Paranoid Fiction'

Behind the Lost Boy ? moniker, Brooklyn-based rocker/guitarist Davey Jones draws a character from tales of the late ‘60s through the early ‘90s in Lower Manhattan and Downtown LA. Inspired by memoirs, literature, and music from this era, Lost Boy ? tells the story from this retro vantage point exploring the trials, tribulations, and sounds of the Sex, Drugs, & Rock N Roll era. Today, he’s back with a new record titled Paranoid Fiction.

Jones’ grizzled vocals, paired with rattling guitar licks, make for a truly vintage sound beholden to '70s garage rock. Each track plays like it’s been dipped in whiskey. On Paranoid Fiction, Lost Boy ? hones the ability to write sticky melodies that are equal parts aggressive and fun; Jones rips through 13 tracks and keeps you in the palm of his hand the whole time. Listen below. 





"Revolution, Volume 33" returns with Samira Gibson, Ryan Peter Scott and Addison Frei

Once a month, National Sawdust puts on “The Revolution,” a  performance series showcasing Brooklyn & Harlem artists as a means of empowering and invigorating the local music and arts scene. Each month, three innovative and emerging artists from different genres get to showcase and share their work in a space that fosters connection, healing, and revolution. Sponsored by the Deli, Revolution Vol. 33 will take this place this upcoming Saturday featuring Addison Frei, Ryan Peter Scott, and Samira Gibson. 

Based out of New York by way of South Carolina, Samira Gibson taps into a haunting groove in her experimental neo-soul. Wielding her rich, powerful vocals like a knife, Gibson cuts through the noise and lets her words shine in her latest release, “Mona Lisa Remix.” The young singer has an impressive repertoire, having performed background vocals for heavyweights like Mary J Blige, Vic Mensa, and Elle Varner.

Ryan Peter Scott looks for answers to life’s greatest conundrums in his particular style of smokey, guitar-based blues. His introspections are highlighted on his latest record, Smoke & Licorice, which focuses on the journey of a young man searching for his own voice and autonomy. In a blend of funk, jazz, avant garde, and 70s rock, Scott creates a sound that feels familiar but innovative, as he flexes his prodigious guitar skills in his music.

Pianist, composer, and producer Addison Frei writes socially conscious and compositionally complex neo-jazz. He’s currently studying at Julliard, and working on a digital EP called Future Speak that explores today’s political climate through spoken verse, acoustic improvisation, and components of electronica amongst his piano compositions. 

Catch these three acts this Saturday at National Sawdust. Tickets and info can be found here

Listen to the playlist below:





Elly Swope EP Release

Elly Swope’s debut EP, It Feels The Same Every Time, is coming out this Friday, November 9th. The release show is the following Sunday. To get yourself properly amped up, listen to the album’s first single “Idea.” The song is sweet and sad, which is fitting considering Swope wrote it about the ways “we dissociate after a breakup.” Her voice is startlingly stark, which makes the plaintive lyrics more combative than pleading. Swope sings with heavy emotions in her heart but performs with a cool head.

The release show is this Sunday, November 11th at Turn Turn Turn. Saroon and Deathlist will also be performing.

-By Nick Hartman, photo by Andy Jackson

 





Chloe Lilac releases pop single "Summer" + plays Bowery Ballroom on 11.14

Chloe Lilac’s coined ‘bedroom pop’ has torn through the NYC scene with the release her latest single, “Summer,” released October 24 with an accompanying music video. Her reach, however, has not stopped there, as this new track has already accumulated over 800K streams on Spotify, gaining widespread critical acclaim in the process. This solo artist debuted her lighthearted sound with a series of three self-released singles—the first of which, “Reckless,” immediately catching industry attention with its rapid ascent to the top of pop charts. Rooted in nuanced coming-of-age themes, her carefree style brightly captures the liberated feeling of being young. Her newest 90s-inspired music video tugs at latent memories of summertime during youth, showcasing an image of reality that is tinted by wistful nostalgia. Lilac’s spirited lyrics and nonchalant sound merge to create an explosion of feel-good dream pop. Stream Chloe Lilac’s latest music video, and catch her performing “Summer” live at Mercury Lounge on December 6 with NYC-based rock group, Demi





Love Jerks do it their way on debut album 'Million Movies'

If the debut album Million Movies by San Francisco's husband and wife duo Love Jerks had come out about 40 years ago, it's likely that they would've been tapped for the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. The album is unlike anything else, combining over-the-top emotion with corn-syrup-sweetened lyrics and a delivery so ironic that it becomes serious. Teeny-boppers face doomsday on the high-speed track "Apocalyptic Make-Out," featuring the tongue-in-cheek chorus of "Oh owww. Squeezing these. Kissing that." Love-birds spin "round & round" on "Gold Sparkle," the perfect prom song for the hopelessly and embarassingly smitten. The self-titled track begins with Bryan declaring "You've got some fangs, but it don't get me upset / I'll bring the blood, if you bring the turtleneck." On this album, love is weird. It's fanatic, fleeting, fabulous. And, most of all, it's grand. Because what could be better than two love jerks finding each other and forgetting the rest? Get a little closer to synth-pop heaven and stream Million Movies below and keep an eye out for the Love Jerks' next live show. - Lilly Milman

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