Dorian Duvall is Onuinu. He’s been crafting electro pop in Portland, OR for the past few years where the music community has been watching and waiting for this,his first full length album Mirror Gazer. Up til now there’s been a release on an Ape Tapes compliation and a video for the catchy “Ice Palace” replete […]
Oh So Peligroso, a hard hitting post-grunge band, is something that anybody can enjoy. From crushing to jangly, from screaming to crooning, Oh So Peligroso keeps folks entertained. Hailing from Washington DC, the band is comprised of five friends who all studied together at the University of Mary Washington. They joined us for our 5GB […]
Chelsea Wolfe is a singer/songwriter and eponymous full band started in 2009 out of Los Angeles, California. Her style has been described as “doom folk”, and her music has been described as a “specific brand of drone-metal-art-folk”. She joined us for our 5GB series before her show at the Rock & Roll Hotel. What’s the […]
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that it’s hard to believe there is anything left. It’s been twenty years since The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed ‘record’, and twenty years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore […]
I first saw the Heartless Bastards at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, and was immediately hooked at how such an unassuming looking trio could command such presence on stage. Ohio garage-rockers, the Heartless Bastards often get compared to fellow Ohioans, The Black Keys, but I was definitely getting a Sonic Youth sort of flavor…Needless to […]
The one-man project of Luis Vasquez, the Soft Moon gives the darkly hypnotic sounds of Suicide, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Krautrock new life with a stripped-down, lo-fi approach. Vasquez is also inspired by his Afro-Cuban heritage and the wide-open spaces of the Mojave Desert where he was raised. Based in San Francisco, Vasquez released his […]
The Amazing recorded their LP in Stockholm, Sweden, and plotted their path in this incredible unison. There are countless stories to be told, including playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where audience member Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown by the band during a standing ovation. This mysterious band […]
Ugly Purple Sweater, have been charming the D.C. music scene with their swirling guitars and equally massive voices. They make melody-driven rock and roll that’s a few degrees of quirkiness away from being Muse or a Snow Patrol sounds like it’s shooting for the stars. They joined us for our 5GB series before their show […]
The Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven was initially started in 1998 as a way for Jon Philpot, who was then still living in his hometown of Atlanta, to express his musical ideas during the off hours of a local recording studio. After he moved to Brooklyn at the end of the decade, Philpot continued working on […]
DJ Rekha, Ambassador of Bhangra and founder of the internationally acclaimed NY based dance party, Basement Bhangra returns to the Black Cat along with her mate, Panjabi MC. Recognized as the foremost producer of Bhangra, his chart topping hit Beware with the US version aided by Jay-zs vocals won Best Song of the Year by […]
We’re just a few days into 2013 and hopefully your stickin’ to those resolutions! I like to make my resolutions really easy, so that it’s actually hard to break them. For example, this year I vow to have more fun, go to more shows, and not stress about all the small things! See, it’s relatively […]
Spirit Animal frontman Steve Cooper is a D.C. area-born talent, uncoiling a multitude of skills that go beyond the realm of melodies, production and body sweat into the worlds of cheffing and web content craftsmanship. KCRW calls him “unbelievable” and Last.fm compares his stage presence to that of “mid-’70s era The Who.” Spirit Animal joined […]
He’s a sucker for lace. She’s a sucker for stubble. He can’t resist a pretty face, and she never could say no to trouble. And that’s how Megan Jean and Byrne Klay came to find one another, form a family of two, and call it their family band. They joined us before their show at […]
Mates of State are taking time out of recording the follow up to last year’s Mountaintops and hitting the road. In early December they’ll play a string of east coast dates that will be featuring them as the duo lineup – just Jason and Kori, the organ, drums, their voices and their original gear. They […]
Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors. When […]
Most bands don’t start off their career with a perfect album like Fort Nightly. Or follow it up with great records like It’s Frightening and Milk Famous. But with two drummers and three vocalists, White Rabbits aren’t like most bands. The critics agree – come to the show and see if you do too. They […]
If you are an indie rock band, I don’t think there is anything that reminds you more that you might have reached Mecca than to be asked to open for Radiohead’s first U.S. tour in four years. For the boys in Other Lives, this is their reality. Having to be randomly playing a show in […]
Mixed Emotions is the debut album by Tanlines, a Brooklyn NY duo composed of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass). Initially born as a production project based out of Emm’s Brooklyn-based Brothers Studio, Tanlines has evolved into a deeply personal, unique electronic pop group. They are playing Black Cat and […]
Rarely does an opening act so fully win the hearts and minds of its audience like Pearl and the Beard did when opening for Ani DiFranco earlier this month. The united soul of Pearl and the Beard spreads its wings across the three individuals Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles. The harmonies and honest smiles show the skill and enthusiasm that makes Pearl and the Beard such a solidly fun band to watch live. The trio whipped out and rocked everything from cello to kazoo. The members kindly converged to answer a few question before they return to Atlanta on March 18 to play at The Five Spot.
When did you three meet and decide to work as Pearl and the Beard? How did you come up with the band name?
We met at open mic nights in the city [New York City as the band is from Brooklyn]. Pure kismet. The name was handed down from the heavens by the band gods, lost on Earth centuries ago, and then found by the three of us while we were on a journey of self-discovery in the Andes.
What are your individual main instruments and what do you each play?
Jeremy: Vocal and guitar
Emily: Vocal and cello
Jocelyn: Vocal, drums, glockenspiel, melodica and kazoo
Do you think you will ever add another member or remain a threesome?
That’s a good question. We have come together so organically and we love our dynamic. To add a fourth or fifth or entire squadron of people would need to come just as naturally. But I think for now we are very happy with the three of us, and adding players for different shows and recordings. Read more about Q & A With Pearl And The Beard; Playing Rock & Roll Hotel, Nov. 29th …
Icelandic artist Sóley is a member of the indie-collective Seabear and Sin Fang, but is touring behind her debut album We Sink (Morr Music). Sóley was just voted MTV Iggy ‘Artist of the Week’ and has received over 8 million YouTube views for a fan’s uploaded stream of her song ‘Pretty Face.’ Sometimes incredibly catchy […]