Ula Ruth, The Rally @ Mercury Lounge, 1/14/16

I caught wind of the guys in rising New York band Ula Ruth just earlier this week with a heads up to their catchy single from last month, “Strung Out“. The four-piece style themselves as a moody, urbane form of indie rock. 2016 ought to be a year for them to seek to establish themselves around an […]

Saintseneca @ Mercury Lounge, 10/9/15

Folk rock darlings Saintseneca graced us with some good unique yet familiar American folk sounds at Mercury Lounge, celebrating a new album release. The Ohio native band, led by multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Zac Little, just released their third effort Such Things. Following on the footsteps of the brilliant Dark Arcs, which saw the beginning of […]

Gillian @ Mercury Lounge, 8/22/15

I ventured out last weekend to catch Brooklyn’s Gillian, an indie rock outfit whose “Colorize” we featured in our last episode of Beet Box! The group put out a similarly titled EP just recently and have been playing locally around its merits. On this evening, they headlined the Mercury Lounge, and turned it into a proper fiesta, sort of […]

PINS @ Mercury Lounge, 7/1/15

Manchester’s PINS are back this year with a formidable new record, Wild Nights. The album has a strong, vibrant sound to it, with a ferociousness that bubbles a step below hard rock, settling instead somewhere slightly more comfortable. This evening’s gig at Mercury Lounge was my first time seeing them live as well, and featured a lot of […]

Max Jury, In Tall Buildings @ Mercury Lounge, 4/15/15

Max Jury is an Iowan with a beautiful voice that hearkens back to old school, country infused pop music. I caught the duo of him (keys, vox) and Stacy Harden on bass, vocal harmonies earlier this week at Mercury Lounge. His latest single, “Home,” is a hearty recommend. Jury was joined by In Tall Buildings, who is supporting the length of the tour. His remaining […]

Sales Played Mercury Lounge, See Them Again Tonight @ Baby’s

Floridian lo-fi duo SALES played Mercury Lounge on a just-commenced tour of the Northeast and Midwest. The band make soothing, minimal tracks with a little bit of a bounce to them, especially visible in “Chinese New Year” off their debut EP. I was really endeared to them not only through their effectiveness as a duo (two […]

Roman à clef @ Mercury Lounge, 1/9/2015

If you thirst for a lost era of synth laced, guitar pop melodies, Roman à clef will sate your desires. The new band played a quick headline set to preview new material from their upcoming album on Infinite Best in June. Roman à clef is a trio of established Brooklyn musicians: Jen Goma (vox, keys, guitar), Kurt Feldman […]

Matt James’ Favorite Shows of the Year

As promised, here is a list of my favorite live acts this year. For my list of my favorite albums of 2014, click here. As per usual, NYC has been a live music hotbed for extremely popular bands and the new, up-and-comers alike. I’ve had the privilege to catch 85 live acts over the past […]