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Woodhead headlines video release show 05.30 at The Footlight

The music made by New York art-punk quartet Woodhead takes in equal parts from the complexity of progressive rock and the immediacy of punk. Full of abrupt rhythms, squalling guitars, and moments of unhinged screaming by guitarist/vocalist Vern Woodhead, it’s a sound that’s conscious of its ability to be challenging and abrasive. It can be heard on 2016’s El Inmortal, from the twisted garage pop of “Boys Float” to the flurry of free jazz saxophone on “El Perro.” On May 30, Woodhead will release a new video for a track called “Four Corners.” You can catch the band live that night at The Footlight. – Cameron Carr





New Dani in Public EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

New music seemingly arrives from Dani in Public monthly; the latest being Has It Has It Happened Yet. Revealing one’s emotive inner-workings with an even-keeled, smooth-talking precision, there’s an innate movement in these low-key, infectious electro-grooves. Seamlessly switching between spoken and sung lines, while stretching and synching with the beat, a soulful openness is unlocked.





Folk songstress Mary-Elaine Jenkins releases two singles from upcoming debut LP

The first time I heard Mary-Elaine Jenkins was at a Janis Joplin tribute show at The Way Station in Brooklyn. It was a small venue, an intimate atmosphere, and she had come alone with her guitar. When she took the stage, I felt like I knew her somehow, like she had always been a friend. A New Yorker for over five years now, Mary-Elaine is a 13th-generation South Carolinian, so it makes sense that her modest southern charm would so easily make the audience immediately comfortable with her. And then she started singing. 

Jenkins' voice is a mix of cloves, sage, ash, thorns, and honey. The music sets the mood of a sunrise on a brisk fall morning, wrapping a blanket around yourself in your pajamas and eating biscuits on a wooden rocking chair on a white front porch, only rolling hills in view for miles. Reminiscent of Jolie Holland, Lady Lamb, and yes, a piece of Janis Joplin, her lyrics and vocal style seem timeless and raw. 

Jenkins' music is the opposite of frenetic. She knows how to sink into a slow blues groove and lives there like it's the new pace of your life now, an especially powerful feat in our bustling metropolis. And yet it feels easy to sink down with her into a hammock you never want to climb out of. 

Recording at Good Child Music Studios, Jenkins collaborated with producer / engineer Thom Beemer, along with musicians Cat Popper (Ryan Adams), Lawson White (My Brightest Diamond, Tony Trischka), JJ Appleton, and Dave Hassell, to make an album as well traveled as it is rooted in the musical traditions of the Southern east coast.

Singles Fools Don’t Stay and The Rooster release today on Good Child Music and we are proud to premiere them below. They will be included in a debut LP scheduled for later in the year. You can catch Mary-Elaine Jenkins with band live at The Bitter End on Friday, June 22. - Meghan Rose, photo by Paul Storey.





Grapetooth "Violent"

Grapetooth, Clay Frankel (Twin Peaks) and Chris Bailoni (Homesick), have released their second single “Violent”. The duo released their debut single, “Trouble”, last fall to critical acclaim, and this poppy, ’80’s New Order-esque follow-up does not disappoint.

You can catch Grapetooth at Lincoln Hall on July 21st with Rookie and James Swanberg. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, May 25th.





New Track: "On Self Respect" - Nika Nika

Sparse acoustic guitar accompanies earnest lyricism “On Self Respect,” the new single from Anika Pyle, a.k.a. Nika Nika. An older ditty that was written "after watching one of the greatest films of all time - Flashdance - and connecting the film to Joan Didion's essay 'On Self Respect,'" an honest self-evaluation speaks to the idea of following ones dream's and aspirations, while navigating the perceptions or judgments of the outside world. Balancing one’s goal against the weight/pressure of the outside world can be a tricky endeavor. Be true to yourself.

"To give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect" - Joan Didion

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