July 28, 2016 12:15 pm

Going on tour is an integral part of being in a band. Traveling all day and playing music all night in different places all over is the dream. However being in a band is less glamorous as most people picture it and unfortunately not many bands make a lot of money from shows. Usually money made from shows goes to gas and eating, so most bands come home just breaking even.

Thankfully, the Taco Gods have you covered. Taco Bell, beloved by stoners and broke kids alike have a campaign called Feed The Beat, which offers touring bands free food (suddenly I wish my mom pushed guitar lessons on me instead of soccer).

According to their site:

Since 2006, Taco Bell and its Feed The Beat program has helped support more than 900 artists/bands. Along the way, we have helped fans discover new bands, and bands discover new fans. Feed the Beat support starts in the form of feeding touring musicians with $500 in Taco Bell gift cards – no strings attached.

Some artists that have been featured on the campaign include: Allison Weiss, Chris Farren, DREAMERS, Robert Delong, Superheaven, The So So Glos, The 1975, The Front Bottoms, Best Coast, Title Fight, Wavves and many more names.

The program is a great way to give back to people who give their all for their art. As someone who has toured with bands before, I’ve witnessed the hardships that bands can face while on the road.

Shout out to Taco Bell, your dedication to the arts doesn’t go unnoticed — I’ll forgive you for putting cheese on my bean burrito.

February 17, 2016 11:00 am

Last Friday, February 12th, Detroit post-punk outfit Protomartyr performed at Philly’s Underground Arts in support of their critically acclaimed record The Agent Intellect, their second release via Hardly Art.  It was a frosty evening, but the intensifying snowfall did little to deter a boisterous crowd from cramming into the dimly lit venue.

First on the evening’s bill was Taiwan Housing Project, a local Philly noise rock band that pays homage to ‘No Wave’ provocateurs before them such as  Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. The band features both screeching saxophone bursts reminiscent of James Chance noise experiments as well as lead singer Kilynn Lunsford’s devastating howl, who also strikes an uncanny resemblance to a young Lydia Lunch.   Their sound is an excruciating blanket of atonality and dissonance. Their debut Taiwan Bulding Project 7″ EP is available via M’Lady Records.


Next in line, hailing from D.C., was Priests, a four-piece “Real Life Non Internet Band” that combine psychobilly antics of The Cramps with a relentless tension and grit of punk. The formation of a mosh pit almost immediately commenced upon Priests taking the stage. Cans of beer began to fly overhead.  Audience members, perhaps uninitiated to the more visceral edge of live punk performance, showed visible distress and disorientation. It was chaotic, experiential, it was, “real life non internet.” Their debut EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power is available via Sister Polygon Records.


Protomartyr closed the evening’s festivities with their smart and gloomy brand garage rock. Songs like “I Forgive You” kept the crowds on their feet with the off-kilter post-punk grooves of Greg Ahee’s impeccable angular guitar hooks and Alex Leonard’s precise drum execution. Front-man Joe Casey was in signature dapper attire as he shared disparaging tales of a crumbling Motor City necropolis in his somber baritone. The performance was an immaculate reproduction of their record, rewarding avid listeners with a near-complete track list of The Agent Intellect, along with a selection of other select tunes from previous output.


January 8, 2016 6:08 pm

Hinds took over Palisades this past Wednesday for a raucous release party for their highly anticipated debut album, Leave Me Alone, out today via Mom + Pop Music.


The event was wildly creative and inclusive, featuring $3 tickets, cheap beer, karaoke, and an all-ages option for the youngsters. Fans (myself included) lined up around the block for the chance to catch the album live before the Madrid-based group hops across the pond for a three month European tour. In typical Hinds form, the band showcased their gratitude by joining their waiting audience in the freezing outdoors. The group ran up and down the line, stopping at various points to take photos, sign autographs, and even perform dance numbers to cheer up the grumps.

Once the frost settled and the band started, the wait was nothing but a thing of the past. High-energy tracks like “Trippy Gum” got the crowd dancing and set the free-spirited tone that flowed through the rest of the show. Strict set-lists and smooth transitions were thrown out the window in favor of a more playful style of performance filled with spontaneous action.


The girls weaved the old with the new, sounding refreshingly down-to-earth yet professional in every moment. Captivating songs like “Bamboo” and “San Diego” rendered a rowdy young crowd silent (if only for a moment) as the power of music prevailed. Crowd-pleasers like “Between Cans” and “Garden” were made all the more special by guest appearances from friends like Public Access TV’s John Eatherly and 2015 breakout star Shamir.

Repeatedly, guitarists/vocalists Carlotta Cosials and Anna García Perrote, told the audience this was not a concert but a party – like the ones your friends threw back home in their parents’ basements. Garage-punk nostalgia and wallflower empowerment manifested in an epic multi-round game of audience karaoke. Cosials, who used to MC a karaoke bar back in Madrid, encouraged fans to jump on stage and scream their hearts out to the Hinds catalog even if they didn’t know the words.

It was in the final moments of the event that you could really see just how special this band is. The performance was over. One band member was bed-ridden from jet lag and only a small group of fans remained. Yet the band kept working: meeting fans, taking pictures, signing merch, giving hugs, and wearing huge smiles on their faces the whole time. This was no ordinary concert. It was an epic party. Those who attended will be grateful they did when this band hits it big in 2016.

Pick up your copy of Leave Me Alone over at iTunes or stream it over at Spotify.

All photos by Julia Drummond (Tumblr/Instagram)


















July 31, 2015 3:09 pm

Little Racer gives all the shoe-gaze, dreamy, surf rock bands of Brooklyn a run for their money. I saw the guys perform recently at our mutually favorite venue Baby’s All Right and instantly fell in love with their alternative, beachy vibe. We sat down after the show and these guys are just as cool as their music would lead you to believe.

little_racer_2How did you get started in music? 

Elliot: I started playing music in a band in high school and went to Berklee where we met. The band officially started after that when we signed with Paper Cup

Ish: I’m from Queens, New York… Hollis and Jamaica. With 50 cent and Run DMC, hip hop has influenced a lot of what I’ve done with my life. Actually thats not even true; A better way to say it is, I wish hip hop influenced more of my life.

Elliot: I’m from Wisconsin so you can kind of hear that beach lifestyle. It’s really laid back there and coming out here was a big switch. What Racer is about is mixing that high energy New York lifestyle with a more laid back earth centered view.

If you were on a desert island and could only listen to one band, who would it be?

Elliot: You’re gonna go pop music?

Ish: I’m not! I’m going to go with Ottis Redding!

Why is that?

Ish: Something about him, if you listen to an Ottis record at night or a Sunday morning, it just kills you. That’s the most emotion I’ve ever felt, that guy crushes me. If I’m alone on a desert island, that would make me feel at least some emotions.

Elliot: I was going to say something along the same lines but totally different, not a lot of people know this guy but Antonio Carlos Jobim. He’s a brazilian artists from the 60s who did bossanova and he’s done so many songs you would know. These are songs I could listen to the rest of my life! He’s so classy and so cool. Girl From Ipanema is his whole vibe. “Split For the Coast,” our song is totally Jobim.


What era of music would you go back to?

Both: Late 60s!

Elliot: Rock and roll was young babe! Everything was new and fresh. That’s when rock was happening.

Ish: Every cool new thing that happened in rock and roll happened right then. That’s such a dad rock thing to say out loud but I don’t even care. Nobody gave a fuck! They were all such weirdos, Lou Reed, Bowie.

Elliot: Everyone was on fire, it was the social message of the time! There was no social media, rock and roll was the message.

Ish: We totally agree on that, there are more than a few reasons we are in a band together.

Who would you dream of co-headlining a tour with?

Ish: oof

Elliot: Can we sidebar for a second? Can we pick a huge name?

Ish: The band I dream of touring with is Spoon.

Elliot: You think spoon is big? I’m going with even bigger.

Ish: Spoon is a million times bigger than what were doing right now.

Elliot: If you’re gonna go big you gotta go big, I’m going to supplant Coldplay and undermine all their fans. Anyone who listens to Coldplay should buy three of our records. Not even hating, they appeal to such a wide audience there is a sector of their audience that would really love what we do. I’m coming for you Chris Martin!

Where does your band name come from?

Elliot: It’s a Beach Boys reference, kinda speaks to our vibe.

Ish: Back then, all we were listening to was the Beach Boys so it’s a huge reference for our band.

What is your favorite spot to play a show?

Ish: Our favorite city to play is Savannah, Georgia. It’s the TOWN. There are ghosts everywhere!

Elliot: Those ghosts love music.

Ish: We played a packed show at 4 pm and for the rest of the night people were coming up to us and complimenting us and it was so fun to be in a town that loved music.

Elliot: Not that people don’t love music here but everyone is so inundated with it. If we had to pick a New York venue, Baby’s Alright for sure. I love it. There’s no other venue that matches the charm.

Ish: The backdrop is insane too, it’s all old ashtrays from Pianos.


What was the weirdest gig you’ve ever played?

Ish: There were some weird ones in London.

Elliot: The weirdest one we ever played was a billiards and darts place in Georgia.

Ish: It’s important that you know it was darts night.

Elliot: Lets just say the dart stage was right in front of the musical stage so there was a large amount of people throwing things at our faces.

Ish: And directly 90 degrees from the stage was a dart throwing line so no one was facing us. Everyone was there for the darts.

Elliot: They were all wearing like jingo jeans from 1999 so they had seen some shit and indie rock was not what they were about. Those guys were like going to go out build a house or something at like 5 in the morning so no hate- we definitely appreciate their working lifestyle.

Little Racer is currently working on a full length LP and have a September tour planned. They are not yet sure where they are going but they “just want to get out there”. They have several spotify releases, and you should definitely listen to their tracks “Jack Knife” and “Dancing” which are personal favorites of the Atypical Beasts.

Written by Alessandra Licul 

June 16, 2015 7:17 pm

Effective Immediately PR put on one hell of a Northside Showcase this weekend at The Knitting Factory. Side note, the Knitting Factory has recently gotten pretty low on my list of favorite venues in Brooklyn due to an unpleasant experience with the staff a few months ago, but this weekend was lovely and I was really able to appreciate the great sound system and genuinely cool light/stage plot provided. The Knitting Factory has the most professional stage and sound set up of any DIY venue in Williamsburg or otherwise.

When I arrived to the showcase bright eyed and bushy-tailed at 12:30 in the afternoon, the Vivid Dreams set was in full swing. This garage rock outfit sonically reminded me of Foxygen’s last album in the way they retained a loose connection to pop rock but with distinctively noisy and vague melodies. Vivid Dreams set made me feel like I was on drugs in the sense that it was very overpowering and all encompassing. I would definitely recommend them to those in the esoteric, indie rock camp.

Hey Anna took the stage next and certainly brightened things up. The room began to fill, a bit of an accomplishment for a show in the middle of the day. The group has beachy/surf rock influences, but their heavy Kim Gordon-esque bass lines and solid drum sequences keep them grounded. My favorite moments were when Erin and Anna sang together because they are magical woodland spirits who manage to retain an indie rock sound. There is a lot more to this band than their commercial indie appeal, evident in their lyrical content (“I wanna be a starving artist”, “we’re half asleep in a rainbow haze”). The band closed with a song off their new album “Don’t Talk Stop,” and I personally am looking forward to their July 7th release.

The Fantastic Plastics were up next, and they performed easily the strangest set I have ever seen live in an entire lifetime of living in NYC. They wore laser goggles, space suits, mad scientist wigs and their set was entirely electronic. An electronic Theremin made an appearance in several songs, which delighted the music geek inside of me. They labeled themselves as “music of the future”, which is definitely accurate, but what really got the audience dancing was their 80s electro pop influence and powerful, culturally relevant lyrical content (think “Video Killed The Radio Star”).

Wrapping up the show were Mayve and The Landing. Mayve was a great transition out of The Fantastic Plastics because while retaining similar influences and sparkly electronics, they played “real” instruments and had tender love songs (as opposed to lyrics about being a piece of data in the machine, like The Fantastic Plastics). These guys were a pleasure to watch and really brought the music to life on stage.

Closing out the show was The Landing- the soundtrack to a dream. Extremely smooth vocals, with dynamic stage presence. The band was very chillwave/MGMT inspired but with a more lively backbeat. They have a really great balance between music you can listen to while doing work and just relaxing, and music that makes you want to dance around.

EiPR northside festival (1)

What I would really like to commend EiPR on is their curation. With such wonderful bands on their roster, they put together a show that was truly for the fans. If you liked one band on the bill, you were bound to like all of them. This thoughtful booking tactic is something we all wish the NYC music scene would employ a lot more of. EiPR’s showcase was a great way to kick off Northside and I expect each of these acts to be playing the larger festival circuit very, very soon.

Written by Alessandra Licul 

May 31, 2015 6:41 pm

If you’ve been to see a hard rock show in the last month, Honduras has probably opened it. The Brooklyn based quartet has recently opened for Metz, Fidlar, Sunflower Bean, Twin Peaks and Blurr. Honduras seems to be playing a new show before you can even sign on to Twitter and hear about it. Perfectly blending surf and indie rock with punk, vocalist Pat Philips calls on the ghosts of little anarchists such as The Ramones or The Sex Pistols.

In textbook punk rock fashion, the Brooklyn based band (by ways of Missouri), doesn’t have much of a musical background other than just playing guitar “because there was one around my friends’ house and I fell in love” says guitarist Tyson Moore.

Pat and Tyson have been writing songs together for ten years. “Maybe it was weird collaborating when we first started out but I don’t remember, we always agree,” Tyson jokes. They have some unexpected influences considering the spirited anarchism in their music, citing Tom Petty and Wilco. Pat even went through a hip-hop, free style rap phase in adolescence. Clearly being in NYC has distinctively shaped their current sound. “I didn’t go through a true punk rock phase until I lived here” Pat says, “that’s when I got into Lou Reed, the history of CBGB and all that shit.”

“I think Pat is really good at pushing personality through in his vocals, which makes it unique and easy to get into” Tyson remarks. “A lot of bands get stale to me because of their vocals”. When writing together “Pat will usually come to me with a basic idea, and we’ll sit in my room and make a shitty ProTools demo with fake drums just to shape it and get a better idea what it sounds like” Tyson says. “When we first started out, chillwave and MGMT were really big, so we have been holding on for a return to guitar and bass music.”

Their track “Ace” is the perfect anthem for this comeback. The song could almost pass for a high-strung surf rock tune until you hear “destroy” shouted over and over again, with angst, to really drive the point home. The song, while wearing a mask of screaming bravado, is really just about personal weakness and feeling vulnerable with someone. “You’re my ace….destroy destroy destroy.” Many of the songs on the band’s album, Morality Cuts, express the same heartfelt, personal sentiments and are expressed through shouting vocals and the drone of an electric guitar. Honduras harnesses the universal quality of punk music that has been lost. Everyone has their demons, but we all have the same urge to dance, shove and scream when one of these songs play. Pat says that he uses his songwriting to work through things in his life, which is the opportunity Honduras affords the listener. The songs on Morality Cuts bare personal feelings with repression ecstatically escaping through every strum of the electric guitar.

When Atypical Sounds saw their show at Baby’s Alright last month, the band performed their new single Paralyzed. The track holds a trademark that has that raw, in your face attitude and serves as a promising preview to their upcoming album, entitled “Rituals” which we can look out for this July.

Photo credit: Brock Fetch 

Written by Alessandra Licul