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08 Mar
2012

By Keeyahtay Lewis

Sometimes I go to a show and I have almost no idea of what to expect. Friday March 2nd was one of those nights. I was at the historic Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ to cover Lights. I knew she was pretty. I knew she had tattoos. I knew she played keyboards. I had heard a couple songs. That is where my knowledge stopped. I really didn’t know what to expect. The show was sold out which I knew would mean that it would be absolutely packed inside. The line around the corner in the cold affirmed that for me. It was going to be a sweaty night.

I wasn’t even sure who was opening so while I was waiting I talked to some of the kids in the crowd. I was told that Ambassadors were opening. I asked around how they were/what they sounded like. More often than not I got an answer like this: “They are, um…they sound like…? I don’t know, but they are really awesome.” I was ready to go. Shortly after 4 guys took the stage. One heavily bearded, led another, clearly blind guy, over to the keyboards. Right in front of the microphone was a single drum, and the bearded guy took his spot behind the drum. I was intrigued. Brooklyn born and bred, these guys were clearly ready to take over the room.

I will say right now, since this was my first time hearing them, I am not sure of what songs they played. But I will say this, I haven’t been that impressed with a group I have never heard of in quite some time. Led by Sam Harris, with his brother Casey Harris on keyboards. Backed up by Noah Feldshuh on guitar and Adam Levin on drums. Even after seeing them it is hard to say what they sound like. 2 and 3 part harmonies abound. Sam’s vocals are really powerful and memorizing. At times they reminded me of Kings of Leon. At other times, Bon Iver. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what they sound like, but that is certainly a good thing. Sam spent most of his time singing as well as playing drums. For a couple songs he strapped on a bass guitar. Noah sounded great singing behind him, playing some incredible slide guitar here and there. The crowd was obviously into it,and judging by those singing along, it was clear that a lot of kids in the room had seen this band before. Afterwards I was able to pick out some of the titles of what they were playing. “Bodybag” and “Keys” were definitely two of them. At one point Sam said they were going to play a new song, “Litost” was that song. It was absolutely gorgeous.

Again, I cannot stress how much I liked them. I guess the best testament is that I bought 2 of their CDs and I have been steadily listening to them for the last week. I absolutely cannot wait to see them again. They will be opening for Lights for her whole tour and I have no doubt that they will be headlining their own soon.

Lights took the stage shortly after Ambassadors left it, and the place erupted. Flanked by 4 separate keyboards, as well as 2 band members playing keyboards, and a drummer. In person, Lights is tiny. Really tiny. Dressed in a tank top and jean vest, smiling from ear to ear, she opened with “Banner”, “Fourth Dimension”, and one of the songs I actually knew, “Ice.” On record her voice sounds a bit slight to me. Live though, that is definitely not the case. When she opens her mouth it took me by surprise that someone so small could sound so powerful.

The lights danced around the stage while, well, Lights danced around the stage. Switching from one keyboard to the next. The Stone Pony was in the mood to dance that night, and Lights certainly made that possible. Just when I thought I knew which way a song would go, all of a sudden Dub Step beats would drop in out of nowhere and everyone would go crazy. Different from Skrillex, but definitely Dub Step nonetheless. I think it kept everyone on their toes, and it definitely kept me interested. “Everybody Breaks a Glass” was definitely a stand out for me. “Siberia”, “My Boots”, “Flux”, “Last Thing”. Judging by the reaction every single song was a hit with the crowd.

Her set was 15 songs deep and she definitely mixed it up and kept things interesting. She had a couple quiet moments, but those moments didn’t last long. “Fences” and “Toes” were her 3rd and 2nd to last songs and they were clear hits. She closed with “Romance Is” and from the reactions and comments it was a clear and thrilling surprise to her fans. She left the stage with thank yous and smiles and everyone started making their way to the doors.

I left Asbury Park feeling pumped up about what I had just seen. Sometimes we go into things with notions of how we know things will go. It was nice to have no idea what I was in for and to be blown away by what I saw. Ambassadors and Lights left everything they had on the stage, and I think most of the audience did as well. If you have never heard Ambassadors before, stop reading this and look them up. And if you think you know what Lights will sound like based on a few songs here and there, go check her out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Two incredible bands back to back. Definitely a tour that everyone should go see.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis. See more of his work at deadboltphotos.com


22 Sep
2010

Second Wave of CMJ 2010 Artists Announced

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The next round of CMJ artists have been announced. Interesting to see that Phoenix’s show at Madison Square Garden on October 20th is part of CMJ. Check out the lineup below:

1995 • +/- • 2 Cow Garage • A Classic Education • A Life Once Lost • A Million Years • Acid Washed • Acid Westerns • Adam Haworth Stephens • Adult Themes • Afternoon • Agent Ribbons • AIDS Wolf • The Aikiu • Air Waves • Alcoholic Faith Mission • Alessi’s Ark • Alexandra Richards (DJ set) • Alfonso Velez • All Out • Aloud • Ambassadors • Andrew Belle • Andrew Cedermark • Andrew Vladeck • Andy Davis • Angus & Julia Stone • Anita Maj • Anni Rossi • Anthony Jeselnik • Apollo Run • Appomattox • The Armchairs • Arms & Legs • The Arms Akimbo • Arpline • Art Of Fresh • The Art of Shooting • Asa Ransom • Asobi Seksu • At Sea • Atomic Tom • Atypicals • Audacity • Autodrone • Auto-Matic Vaudeville • Autumn Owls • Ava Luna • Avey Tare (DJ set) • The Aviation Orange • Azealia Black • Baby Copperhead • Bad Books (feat. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) • Bad Cop • Balance and Composure • Battle Circus • The Bamboo Kids • Baptized In Blood • Baths • Bayside • Beach Fossils • Bear Hands • Bears of Blue River • Beau Jennings • The Beauties • Beauty Feast • The Beauvilles • Bebe Fang • Ben Allison • Ben Talmi • Bewitched Hands on Top of Our Heads • The Big Big Bucks • Big Freedia • The Bigger Lights • Bikini • Billy Nayer Show • Binary Marketing Show • The Black Atlantic • Black Cherry • Black Feelings • Black Label Society • Black Sheep • Black Taxi • Blackbells • Blackbird Blackbird • Blaire • Blip Blip Bleep • Blood Red Shoes • Bloodgroup • The Bloodsugars • The Blow • Bo Burnham • Body Language • The Bogmen • Bonfires • Boom Boom Satellites • Boot Camp Clik • Bottle Up & Go • Boy Crisis • BRAHMS • Braids • Brass Bed • Brent Arnold • Br’er • Bridges and Powerlines • The Broadfield Marchers • Brodinski • Bronze • Brothers Frank • Built By Animals • Calibro 35 • Canasta • The Canon Logic • The Capstan Shafts • Car Bomb • Care Bears on Fire • Carl Palmer Band • Carusella • Cast of Cheers • Casxio • Caveman • The Chain Gang of 1974 • Chainsmokers (DJ set) • Chamberlin • Champagne Champagne • The Chapel Club • The Chapin Sisters • Chappo • Charlotte Sometimes • Children of Bodom • Chip Fu • Chris Bathgate • Chris Cubeta and Liars Club • Christian Rich • Christina LaRocca and Heavy Weather • The Cinnamon Band • Circle Pit • City Riots • The Class Machine • Click Clack Boom • Cloud Nothings • Clutch • Cobra Skulls • Cojoba • The Colonels • Comanche • Communist Daughter • Conversion Party • Coolrunnings • Corin Tucker Band • Cotton Jones • Coyote Eyes • Craig Wedren • Crayon Fields • The Cringe • Cubic Zirconia • Cults • Cute Is What We Aim For • Cyndi Harvell • Dada Trash Collage • Daily Bread • Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr • Dan Black • Dangermaker • Daniel Pujol • Daniel Wayne • Danny Ross • Darien Brockington • Dark Dark Dark • Darren Hanlon • Das Racist • Dash Rip Rock • David Dallas • David Dondero • David Vandervelde • DaVinci • De Staat • Dead Heart Bloom • Dead Leaf Echo • Dead Man’s Clothes • Dead To Me • Deakin • Dean & Britta • The Dean’s List • Dear Comrade • Death on Two Wheels • Debutaunts • Delicate Steve • Deluka • Denison Witmer • Dennis Padula • Dent May • Derik Foreal • DeScribe • Devin Therriault • DeVotchKa • Dharma Bums • Diamond District • Diamond Doves • Diamond Rings • Diehard • Dinosaur Feathers • Dinowalrus • Dirty Penny • Disembodied • Diwon • Dom • Dominant Legs • Dominique Young Unique • Drazy Hoops • Dream Diary • Dred Scott Trio • Drink Up Buttercup • Drop the Lime (DJ set) • The Drums • Drunken Barn Dance • Dujeous • Dylan LeBlanc • Earatick Statik • Earthless • Eisley • Eklin • Electric Tickle Machine • Elizabeth and the Catapult • Elk City • Ellis Ashbrook • Emergency Service • Emergency Service • Emil & Friends • Emilie Simon • Emily Long • Eprhyme • Erin Barra • Eternal Summers • Everything Everything • Everything Is Terrible • Excepter • Extra Lens • Fabulous DIamonds • Fake Problems • Family Cactus • Fan-Tan • The Feens • The Feiros • Fenech-Soler • Feral Children • Ferraby Lionheart • Fifth Nation • Filligar • First Aid Kit • The Flatliners • The Fleshtones • The Flower Machine • Foam Castles • The Foot • Forro in the Dark • Fort Wilson Riot • Four Tet • Francis and the Lights • Frank Dukes • Frankie and the Heartstrings • Franz Nicolay • Freddie Gibbs • French Horn Rebellion • Freshkills • From A Fountain • The Front Bottoms • Frontier Brothes • Futurebirds • Gamble & Burke • Game Rebellion • Gary Lucas • Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates • Generationals • Gentleman Jesse and His Men • Ghost Ghost • Ghostface Killah • Giant Cloud • Goes Cube • Gold Streets • Golden Animals • Golden Bloom • The Golden Filter • Good Kids Sprouting Horns • The Good Natured • Good Old War • Grand Hallway • The Great Collide • Greg Barris • Greg Dulli • Grillade • The Grip Weeds • Grooms • Grouplove • Guards • Guitars • Guy Blackman • GZA • Hacienda • Hall of Justus with Big Pooh, Chaundon, Joe Scudda, Jozeemo, & Roc C • Hammer No More the Fingers • Hank & Cupcakes • Harper Blynn • Hazard Adams • Heavy Birds • Heavy Cream • Hedgehog • Heidi Spencer • Helmet • Heypenny • His Mischief • Hollis Brown • Holy Boys Danger Club • Holy Ghost • Honeychild • The Honeymoon Thrillers • The Honors • Hoodie Allen • Hopewell • Hot Lava • Hot Press • HotChaCha • Houses • How To Dress Well • Howlies • Huasipungo • The Hush Now • Hussle Club • Hypernova • I Am Oak • I Led 3 Lives • I Love Monsters • Ian McLagan • The Idle Hands • I’m Turning Into • In Cadeo • Incan Abraham • Incognito • In-Flight Safety • Iron Age • Ivan Julian • Ivri Lider • Izabo • Jack Skuller • Jackson Wetherbee • Jaill • James V McMorrow • Janka Nabay • Jared Evan • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit • Jason Simon (Dead Meadow) • JD Souther • Jean Grae • Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher • Jessica Mayfield • JessUbline • The Jezabels • Joel Plaskett • Joey Ryan • John Grant • John Shannon • John Vanderslice • Johnny Flynn • Johnny Marnell • Johnny Whitney • Jonny Hirsch • Jradio • Jukebox the Ghost • Julia Easterlin • Julius C • Justin Townes Earle • Kaiser Cartel • Kate Rogers • Kate Tucker • KAV • Keepaway • Keepaway • Kelley McRae • Kelsey • Kendra Morris • Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band • K-Flay • Kids of 88 • Kiko Klaus • Kill Krinkle Club • Kinch • Kinetix • Kiss Kiss • Kisses • Kittens Ablaze • The Knocks • Koli Calhoun • Kopecky Family Band • Kosha Dillz • The Krays • Kris Gruen • Kudu • Kurt Braunhouler • Kyle Rapps • La Big Vic • La Sera • La Strada • Langhorne Slim • Last Chance to Reason • Lavish • Lawrence and Leigh • Lawrence Arabia • Le VICE • Leeroy Stagger • The Left (Apollo Brown, DJ Soko, Journalist103 • Leo Blais • Lesands • Lia Ices • Lido Lido • Life and Times of • Life Size Maps • Light Pollution • Lights Resolve • Like Trains and Taxis • Lily & the Parlour Tricks • Linfinity • Liptease • Lisa Bianco • The Lisps • Lissie • Little Fish • Little Racer • Little Teeth • The Lives of Famous Men • Living Days • Long Division • Loomis & the Lust • Lord Huron • Los Doggies • Love Trio (Bill Han, Jesse Murphy, Kenny Wolleson) • Lower Dens • The Lucid • Lucius • Lugriphonic • Luluc • The Luyas • Ma Mentor • Madison Ave Boys • MAE • Magestic Legend • Magic Bullets • The Main Street Gospel • Majorleans • Mama Bear • Man Benu • Manic Bloom • Marco Polo with Torae & Ruste Juxx • Marie Stella • Marit Larsen • Mark Kelly • Mark Mulholland • Marz Lovejoy • Math the Band • Matt Duke • Matt Mays • Mayday • McAlister Drive • Me and My Arrow • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes • The Megaphonic Thrift • MegaRex • MEN • Michael Daves • Midnight Spin • Mikix the Cat • Milagres • Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson • Million Young • Mimicking Birds • Miniature Tigers • Miniboone • Miniboone • Miracles of Modern Science • Mirror Queen • Miz Metro • Modern Rivals • Moe Green • Mon Khmer • Monogold • Morning Teleportation • Moss • Motel Motel • Mother/Father • Moto Boy • Murder Mystery • Mussels • Muy Cansado • My Dear Disco • My Jerusalem • My Other Friend • The Mynabirds • Naam • Naam • Nada Surf • The Narrative • Nathan Halpern • Neek The Exotic feat. Large Professor • Neon Hitch • Neon Indian • Netherfriends • Neutral Uke Hotel • Nevermore • New Collisions • New Look • New Morning • Nicky Egan • Nicos Gun • Nightmare & The Cat • Nikki Lane • Nit Club • No Abuse • No Joy • No Surrender • Non-Commissioned Officers • None More Black • Not Blood, Paint • Nottz (w/ special guests) • Oberhofer • Oceanographer • Octant • O’Death • Oh Land • Old Canes • Old Wives • One Be Lo • Onili • Onra • The Orbans • O’Spada • The Pack AD • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart • Parallels • The Parties • The Pass • Patent Pending • Paul and the Patients • Pearl and the Beard • Penguin Prison • Penrose • Pepper Rabbit • Pete Rock • Peter Hadar • The Phantom Band • Pharoahe Monch • Philadelphia Grand Jury • Phoenix • The Photo Atlas • Pictures of Then • Pillow Theory • Planet Ubiquity • Plates of Cake • Plushgun • Pocketknife • Poingly • The Poison Control Center • Pomegranates • Ponderosa • Poofy and the Bus Boys • Posso the DJ • The Postelles • Powell • The Press • Pretty & Nice • Priestess • The Prigs • Prince Rama • The Protomen • Prudence Teacup • PS I Love You • Psalm One • Quest For Fire • Quiet Loudly • Rabia • Radical Dads • Radio Radio • Rah Digga • Raj and the Mash • Ramirez Brothers • Random Recipe • The Rassle • Ravens and Chimes • Reckless Sons • Red Mass • Red Wire Black Wire • Reggie Watts • Reggie Watts • REGO • Reign of Kindo • Reni Lane • Reptar • Restless People • Re-Tros • Revolver • Rich Aucoin • Richard Barone • Ringo Deathstarr • Rival Sons • River City Extension • Robbers On High Street • Robbie Gil • Robert Lester Folsom • Rocky Business • Rope • Ruby Frost • S. Carey • Saadi • Sagol 59 • Saint Motel • Salem • Santah • Sarah Jaffe • Sarah Lee and Johnny Iron • Savoir Adore • Scott Kempner • Scott Lucas and the Married Men • Screaming Females • Screens • The Seedy Seeds • Senor Tadpole • Senses Fail • Setting Sun • Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned • The Shake • The Shake • Shapes • Shark? • Shayfer James • Shayna Zaid • Sheek Louch • Sheridan Fox • Sherlock’s Daughter • Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers • Shinobi Ninja • Shortwave Society • Shrag • Sin Orden • Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds • Sisters • Sky Larkin • Skyzoo & !llmind • Slow Animal • Slow Motion Centerfold • Small Black • Smile Smile • Smoke Fairies • Smoke Or Fire • Smoosh • Snak Rattle Rattlesnake • Snake Rattle Rattlesnake • So So Glos • Social Studies • Soft Black • Soft Reeds • Soko • Soldiers of Fortune • Southpaw Jones • Sparky Quano • Spectre Folk • Spirits of the Red City • Squim • Stand • The Star Department • Starcode • Static Jacks • Stef Lang • Stevans • Steve Gunn • Street Chant • Strife • Strong Arm Steady • Sun Airway • Sunglasses • Super Mirage • Superfortress • Superhumanoids • Surfer Blood • Susanne Sundfør • Suuns • Swethook • Swingset Committee • Syvia • Tabi Bonney • Taken By Trees (DJ set) • Tall Tall Trees • Tamar Eisenman • Tamar Haviv • Tamar Kali • Tamaryn • Tanya Morgan • Tape Deck Mountain • Taysha Busay • Team Facelift • Teenage Bottlerocket • Teletextile • The Tellers • Ten Feet Deep • Tennis System • Tens of Thousands • Thieving Irons • Third Wave Bandits • This Condition • This or the Apocalypse • Thrushes • Title Fight • Title Tracks • TJ Di Hitmaker • TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb • Tôg • Tony Joe White • Tooth Ache • Tournament • Toy Soldiers • Trademark • Travelling Band • Tristen • Turbo Fruits • Turkuaz • Two Door Cinema Club • Two Tears • Ty Segall • Uncle Bad Touch • Unicycle Loves You • Univox • UNKLE • US Royalty • Vagina Panther • Vanaprasta • Vandana • Vandaveer • The Vanguard • Vanity Theft • Viernes • Viernes • Villa • Violens • Viva City • Viva L’American Death Ray Music • The Volebeats • Voltaire Twins • Von Pea • Vonnegutt • Waking Lights • The Wandas • We Are Country Mice • We Are Trees • Weird Owl • Western Civ • Whale Tooth • White Arrows • White Belt Yellow Tag • The Whitsundays • Wild Moccasins • Wild Nothing • Will Stratton • Willie Nile • Windings • Winterlings • Wise Blood • Wise Girl • Witch Hunt • The Woes • Woodsy Pride • Woven Bones • The Xcerts • Xylos • YC and Sene • Year of the Tiger • The Yes Way • The Yes Way • Y-Love • Young Adults • Young Mammals • Young Man • Young Nick Krill (of The Spinto Band) • Young Prisms • Young Rival • Young the Giant • Yuck • Yukon Blonde • Yuksek • Zach Hurd • Zachary Cale • Zambri • Zamza • Zo! • Zowie

09 Sep
2010

RethinkPopMusic is an excellent record label that’s tremendous to their artists. They promote with them, help them out on tour and so much more. The crazy part is that they’ve only been around for one year and they’re home to six great bands: The Vanguard, Ambassadors, Aviation Orange, The Yes Way, Eat Sugar, The Glorious Way.

Next Thursday, September 16th, RethinkPopMusic celebrates their one year anniversary with a GREAT show at Bowery Electric in New York City. Come celebrate with us and RockPit.com as we enjoy The Vanguard, The Yes Way, Ambassadors, special guests The Front Bottoms and DJ sets from The Chaotic Good.

Tickets are available at http://rpm1year.eventbrite.com. They’re only 10 dollars plus a small ticketing fee. Trust us, you will love this show!

Thursday September 16, 2010 8PM
The Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
http://rpm1year.eventbrite.com