Matt James’ Favorite Shows of 2015

I’m certainly a fan of traditions, so in keeping with them, I am again listing off my ten favorite live performances of the year, just as I did for my favorite albums list on Monday. I was oh-so-close to 100 live acts this year, and while that still gives me a goal to shoot for […]

Glass Animals @ Summerstage Central Park, 8/9/15

The weather was sunny and perfect last Sunday afternoon for a free Summerstage concert at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield, headlined by Neat Beet faves Glass Animals. Having recently seen their act at Firefly Music Festival earlier this summer, I was inspired to catch them once more in the great outdoors, a place where their music […]

The 2015 Firefly Music Festival Lineup

As one of the larger music festivals in the U.S. and the self-proclaimed “East Coast’s Premier Music Experience,” Firefly was the last major summer festival to release their annual lineup, creating an small undercurrent of frustration from people desperate to know who was scheduled so they could make their festival plans. Well, over the last couple […]

Matt James’ Favorite Albums of 2014

Happy Holidays Neat Beeters! As the ‘Beet comes up on its first full year of existence and I celebrate my first several months as a contributor to the site, I’ve decided to share some of my reflections on the year that was in music. 2014 has given us a wealth of fantastic records to enjoy and […]

Glass Animals Made Their US Debut, Announce First Album Zaba

Channelling the smoothest side of psychedelic pop is Glass Animals, a slick new four piece from across the pond. The band, who just released a sick stop-motion video for “Pools” this week, are poised for a breakout. They’ve been signed to Capitol’s Harvest Records label, which has been strengthening lately with strong signings from other […]

Get Gooey With Glass Animals

Glass Animals are an intriguing new quartet out of London. Armed with a convincing theme of psychedelic artwork, they are a member of the electrified R&B resurgence currently kicking tail there. Their interpretation is milky smooth. Paul Epworth, a very notable producer (Bloc Party – Silent Alarm, Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger are among his accolades), made them one of […]