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New NAH Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Scattered, volatile, percussion-consuming beats with a defiant punk/hip-hop core, that’s only the start to describing the sonic production that comes from NAH. Now, a comprehensive collection of his output from last year (four cassettes + one 12" LP) is available for streaming and purchase in the concisely titled 2016 Complete Works. Get sucked in through the strangely hypnotic, sonic vortex, and lock into those relentlessly churning grooves. After returning from a stint of European dates, NAH will be performing at the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, April 23 with Wolf Eyes, TRNSGNDR/VHS, and Madam Data.

NYC Soul & Blues Year End Poll Final Results: Barbara Breanna, Casey Hopkins Duo, Dakota Jones

The Soul & Blues Year End Poll results are finally in!

Overall Poll Winner (Combined Juror + Reader Poll Votes): Barbara Breanna
Dirty, brazen, and barefaced, Barbara Beanna is serving up old-style blues rock that's not afraid to kick some ass and take some names. Listen below.

Reader Poll First Place: Casey Hopkins Duo
The Casey Hopkins Duo are our overall reader poll winners, and with good reason--the band is playing electrifying fuzzy blues rock that immediately demands attention. Check out "Teacher's Pet" streaming below.

Reader Poll Second Place: Dakota Jones
The NYC-based band is crafts smooth soul rock that's sure to make it's way into your daily rotation. Take a listen to "Leave Me Alone" streaming below.

Here's the list of all the finalists with their Readers' Poll scores. As always, we'd like to thank all of our artists, jurors, and readers for participating in this year's polls.  Stay tuned and vote for all of our remaining genre polls! 

 The Skins
  0%   3 votes
 Eli Tyler
  0%   3 votes
 Sean Mcverry
  6%   82 votes
 Overcoats
  0%   2 votes
 Dakota Jones
  40%   517 votes
 Lawrence
  0%   7 votes
 Danielle Grubb
  0%   7 votes
 Breanna Barbara
  2%   27 votes
 The Casey Hopkins Duo
  49%   640 votes
 

 

 

Best of NYC Indie Rock: Readers' Poll top scorers: Baby Acid and Rachel Angel

Our Best of NYC 2017 poll keeps rolling and last week, after you-the-people cast your vote, we had the results of the readers' poll for he Indie Rock category to share with you!

Readers' Poll 1st Place Winner: Baby Acid

Readers' Poll 2nd Place Winner: Rachel Angel 

Our yearly poll winner for Indie Rock, Baby Acid, blends and bends generic conventions to create entire sonic spaces. The accuracy of their self-described "grunge-gaze" immediately becomes apparent upon listening. They use the fuzzy, screechy, heavy-weight characteristics of grunge to layer sound, creating sonic atmospheres that eventually take on the qualities of psych and shoegaze. If you're a fan of noise rock and grunge classics like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Nirvana, Baby Acid serves as the perfect for vehicle for fusion.

Rachel Angel took second place in the readers' poll this year. She's the type of artist who makes music out of a sense of necessity. Her songs serve as a form of survival, something solid to hold on to in the overwhelming current of existence. The lyrics adopt the refined aesthetic quality of poetry while the content may as well be pulled straight from personal diary entries, offering a vulnerability that proves undeniably relatable. The sonic niche she occupies rests somewhere between fuzzy indie rock and alt country, with Frankie Cosmos-style guitars resting atop a cushion of atmospheric organ you might hear in the work of classics like Wilco or Phosphorescent. 

New Music Video: "Drugs" - Moon Bounce

We probably need to do a copious amount drugs to forget some of the things that we've seen in Moon Bounce's latest creation. Corey Regensburg stars and hilariously bares all in the Peter English-directed music video, with beautiful animation and artwork by Raymo Ventura. We can only imagine the amount of effort expended to pull this off, and they succeeded tenfold. "Drugs" is the lead single off Moon Bounce's forthcoming LP Clean House, due out on March 10 via Grind Select.

Portland's Best in Hip Hop and R&B for 2017: Lola Buzzkill, Karma Rivera, Chanti Darling and the Fur Coats

For the longest time, hip hop and r&b in Portland were backburner genres to the city's most popular categories of indie, rock and garage. Things started to change recently, where more artists took to the soulful sounds of rhythm and blues or incorporating the type of woke sensibilities often dropped in bars of hip hop tracks. The results for this round of our poll provide proof of who's been doing it the best in the last year, so keep scrolling to check them out.

Our top winners, Lola Buzzkill, are a supergroup of sorts dazzling audiences with their soulful croons and rhythmic tendencies. Their live performances integrate incredible makeup and costumes on top of their throwbacks to funky and sultry r&b and disco . They've got one of the best interactive live performances in town right now and if you haven't gotten a chance to see them yet, you're definitely missing out. Congrats on being our top dogs, Lola Buzzkill!

*video by blueheronvideo

Next is the Fur Coats, who swept the readers' poll without a hitch. The Fur Coats have been around for a little while now but have nonetheless been one of more dynamic iterations of modern psychedelic soul and mild jazz, using sax and organs in the most savvy of ways. They'll be heading off for a long tour of Europe and we couldn't be more excited for them.

Rounding out our winners are Chanti Darling and Karma Rivera, occupying two different sides of the same coin. Chanti Darling basically ran the last year, coming into it named Willamette Week's Best New Band. Taking over festival stages and running their own dance nights led by powerful vocalist Chanticleer, Chanti Darling mixeds soul, disco and r&b with electronic elements to produce some of the most danciest tunes in town right now. Karma Rivera is the only actual hip hop artist to place, and she one of the best to represent the genre. Her beats are banging as are her rhymes, and her femme power is much needed in music world typically dominated by men.

 

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