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ATYPICAL SOUNDS WINTER PLAYLIST
December 5, 2015 1:04 am

I love when the seasons change. Mostly because I love runny noses, flu shots, sweaty pits in the afternoon and frozen fingers at night, and the overwhelming desire to be in bed at 7 because it really feels like midnight. Well, the Winter season is slowly pulling into the station, and before we know it, it’ll officially be time to curl up by a fire (or Widow Jane) and listen to our freshly made, gluten free, hand picked winter playlist! Curated by us BEASTS for your ears and this special time of year. Happy Holidays and winter season from your Atypical family.

1.Nico- Winter Song

2.Golden Panda – Snow and Taxis (Throwing Snow Remix)

3.Twin Shadow Castles In The Snow

4.The Chemical Brothers -Wide Open

5. Little Wings -By Now

6.Adueduct-The Ballad of Barbarella

7. Jack Garratt -Breathe Life

8.MYZICA – I Was Made For Loving You (KISS cover)

9. Mumford and Sons – Winter Winds

10. City and Colour -Northern Wind

11. Elvis Depressedly -Weird Honey

12. Salvia Palth – I Was All Over Her

13. Hippo Campus -Violet

14. Brothertiger – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

15.Caveboy – In The Grottos

16. Legs – Whole Wide Woman

17. Rubblebucket -On The Ground (homemade acoustic version)

18.Khamari – Love Yourself (Justin Bieber cover)

19. Fleet Foxes -White Winter Hymnal

20Bob Dylan -Girl From The North Country

21. City Of The Sun -What Took You So Long

22. ODESZA – Light ( feat. Little Dragon)

23. Little May – Hide

24. Dean Martin -A Marshmallow World

25. PWR BTTM – Carbs

26. Beta Radio – On The Frame

27. Vancouver Sleep Clinic -Vapour

28. Harrison Storm – The Words You Say

29. Bear’s Den -Elysium

30. Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach

THE BEST OF CMJ
November 16, 2015 9:02 am

Another year, another CMJ. It’s no doubt that CMJ Music Marathon is one of the best music festivals held in NYC where you can discover both local and international bands. The city turned into a playground for bands and made millennials stay up all night dancing to some catchy tunes. Not only did CMJ offer great music to our city but also incorporated daytime programming where people could learn about music politics, attend Q&A sessions with radio promoters, and even have a cheeky breakfast with music industry individuals.

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Here at ATYPICALSOUNDS, we’re all about celebrating indie music so we curated three killer showcases with the best bands you need to know right now. Our first showcase on Thursday featured artists like Stolen Jars, Weaves, Methyl Ethyl, and IDGY Dean who slammed drumbeats along her soulful voice. Our biggest day party was on Friday at The Delancey and we had a lineup to fill all three floors. We managed to squeeze in Bent Denim to our lineup who were perfect to start the day with their calm shoegaze tunes. The rooftop crowd was amazed by Avi Jacob who nailed “Cannonball.” Wolkoff and Caveboy were also astounding artists who added an extra umph to the show. Beverly played at our last showcase at Cameo Gallery and performed smoothly with her breathy vocals. Lena Fayre, who’d been in all three showcases, closed the night with her deep, dark, and emotional tones that gave chills throughout the room.

Throughout the week there were many more artists we discovered that blew our minds. Australian band Good Morning played the Cake Shop on a Tuesday night and talked about their favorite video games after the show. We headed to The oberjikjDelancey later that night to check out City of the Sun who never fails to leave us in amazement with their rhythmic skills. Birch was playing on a Wednesday night at the Bowery Electric and energized the room with Michelle’s electric blue hair and dancy beats. Cosmo Sheldrake was a pleasant change from the guitar and drums we’ve been used to listening to. A multi-talented instrumentalist who creates a piece by putting together different sounds especially wowed the crowd with his improvisation skills. We headed to see the Brooklynite Oberhofer own the stage at Mercury Lounge and had a chat about his album Chronovision after his show behind the merch table. Saturday at The Delancey were dedicated specifically to bands from Australia. Gordi caught my attention with her acoustic guitar folk tunes and calming voice.

The BEASTS are are pretty damn good at this whole “knowing where to find good music” thing. Last month’s CMJ was an obvious reminder of that, and there will be plenty more where that came from. Just wait for SXSW….

New Music Seminar Takes Over the Big Apple
June 30, 2015 1:20 pm

“Do you want to be part of the largest movement to build the music business- to be part of the community that is affecting change?”

As a music enthusiast, it’s important that you know about one of the most important music events in the city. Being able to attend the New Music Seminar this year, I’ve been really fortunate to be a part of the music business movement and to be able to engage with colleagues of the same interest.

By attending panels that tackled discussions such as the role of artist managers and where indie labels stand in the industry right now, I was able to expose myself to a range of knowledge and ideas that I wouldn’t have been able to answer myself. It was motivational seeing important music business individuals express their informed opinions and give us advice on how to handle situations. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited sitting through these discussions and taking notes like I was back in college studying for a test.

While these mind boggling topics of the music industry kept me occupied during the daytime, I’d have to say that I was pretty impressed with the festival performances that went on in the evening. The opening night red carpet was helday1_DIY-movementd at Webster Hall with an extensive line up of talented musicians including Alessia Cara, Fictionist, Bad Veins, Belmont Lights, Jay Stolar, Grace Weber, and Melanie Martinez. Although Webster Hall is one of my least favorite venues in the city, NMS managed to glam it up with a beautiful red carpet. The show started later than expected and I was pretty exhausted from all the waiting, but I was blown by the amount of talent I saw that night.

I discovered Alessia Cara for the first time and was astonished by her soulful voice. I was also taken aback by Belmont Light’s powerful stage presence; so much so that it was impossible to think a record label hasn’t picked them up yet. Expecting Melanie Martinez to make a grand entrance on stage as a last act, she peacefully strutted her way on stage with no shoes on while hardcore teen fans raged. Although she seemed reserved at first, her confidence projected through the room when she started singing. Her songs may sound depressing with lyrics like “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to,” but it gets pretty contagious and you’ll be singing it to yourself the next few days.

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The next two nights followed with an overwhelming line up of musicians who performed at DROM, Cake Shop, Pianos, and The Delancey. I ended up staying in Pianos for the first night seeing Little Racer, Lewis Lane, and Dear Rouge. Tuesday night had a line up which was tough for me to choose since my favorite bands were overlapping with each other. Most venues were pretty close to each other except for DROM, in which I exhausted myself running back and forth. I started the night with mellow tunes from Frances Cone, and checked out the indie-pop sister band Chaos Chaos afterwards right next door. I traveled all the way to DROM to see the last set of The Collection and made my way back to the lower east to see some Fort Lean because that Northside Festival showcase wasn’t enough for me. I definitely didn’t want to miss City of the Sun because no matter how many times you listen to them, they will never disappoint. There’s something about their tunes that put you in a euphoric state that leave you with the chills.

All in all, the New Music Seminar was a successful evening bursting at the windows and walls with talent, successful professionals, and innovative artists who live, breath, and work the ever-changing music industry!

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City of the Sun is on the Rise
May 13, 2015 10:48 pm

“We like how it’s spontaneous. The people we meet and hearing their cool stories.”

If you’ve lived in New York City long enough, chances are that you’ve come across this energetic trio John Pita, Avi Snow, and Zach Para playing some flamenco-like tunes, or as they like to call it “post-world music” at Central Park. With people nowadays gravitating towards lyrical music, City of the Sun has surprisingly captured many New Yorkers and tourists attention even when they’re in a hurry to get somewhere.

“The cool thing about playing outside is you’re always seeing new people and you’re exposing yourself to new people. The cool thing about Central Park is that a lot of tourists go there so we’ll meet people from all over the world and we’ll notice fans in Brazil, Germany, and in really obscure places. Its pretty cool, and most of them heard us in Central Park. That’s my favorite aspect about it.”

The band originally had a singer who has since moved on, which left John and Avi to go on a hiatus. “We really had no plan afterwards. At that time Avi and Zach met so we just brought him over and got great responses so we just kept going. It’s very organic.”

A question anyone would have for these talented folks would be whether or not they have plans for a new singer. “The truth is that we’ve been fortunate that we’ve been getting a lot of support from our core fan base,” they explained in response to the burning question. “These days with house music being so popular and other forms of music that don’t have vocals” they were confident enough to keep on going. That confidence is not misplaced.

City of the Sun has caught the attention of the music industry with their mesmerizing guitar and drumming skills. “In the past year, everything’s a work in progress really…So we gradually have grown in that area, industry wise.”They were pretty thrilled to announce that they are playing with Greg Allman and The Doobie Brothers at the Laid Back Festival. “The Rolling Stones just mentioned us in their article so thats pretty big for us!” Avi chimed in.

As I confronted them about how they were not signed to a label yet, Zach answered “the truth is, we’d had offers. It’s just that you have to find the right equation, and there’s a lot to consider.” John adds that “once you’re in the music business, its very different than what you see, than people think. Its different.” Their recently released video for TIME has garnered a positive response among fans. “The director came in contact with us and basically liked what we did. He heard the song and came up with the concept himself. He had a very strong vision.”Their sold-out show at The Living Room was packed with dancing fans who helped fire up the energy. This band never disappoints and seems to always keep you wanting more with their mesmerizing tunes. We highly recommend you to check out City of the Sun before they make it big – they are a band you definitely want to keep an eye out for.