Emanuel Ayvas
By Jimmy Lloyd
Emanuel Ayvas – singer, songwriter and leader of the 20-piece extravaganza called Emanuel And The Fear – may very possibly be a genius. I don’t come across geniuses too often so this may be hard to confirm. But… he is certainly one of the most talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalists I have e... [Read more]
Notar
By Jimmy Lloyd
If Notar was a company, he’d be called Amalgamated American. If he was a country, his primary export would be charisma. This guy weaves rap, rock, hip-hop, soul, funk and metal into an effortless tapestry unmatched by anyone around today. He spits his rhymes like a meth addict out for blood on a Re... [Read more]
Warner Drive
By Jimmy Lloyd
The Tao of Warner Drive Life ain’t fair… it never was… and it never will be. The sooner we learn this lesson in life the better off each of us will be. We are all born with certain gifts, talents, skills and limitations and those of us self aware and honest enough with ourselves to accept these t... [Read more]
Adam Levy
By Jimmy Lloyd
Adam Levy is the songwriter you wish you were. He’s the songwriting equivalent of a strong pimp hand in the street-hustle game and when he plays… he wields that pimp hand with no mercy. Adam has a lyrical and playing ability well beyond many of his contemporaries. He goes deep. Deep into those plac... [Read more]
Queen Caveat
By Jimmy Lloyd
Let’s suppose you’re in a band… a hard-rockin, shit-kickin, take-no-prisoners band. Let’s also suppose you are from Los Angeles, you play the Sunset Strip circuit frequently and you fancy yourself somewhat of a sexy, good-looking female lead singer of said hard-rockin, shit-kickin, take-no-prisoners... [Read more]
The Sheepdogs
By Jimmy Lloyd
Ahhh… The Sheepdogs….where to begin…? In watching these dudes at an outdoor SXSW event last week, I’m not sure what I was struck by first. The sheer height of the 3 non-drummers standing on stage like hippy centurions guarding the portal to another dimension… a dimension where classic Southern Rock ... [Read more]
Father John Misty – By Sylvana Joyce
By Sylvana Joyce
My first introduction to Joshua Tillman was through the syrupy, lush music of Fleet Foxes for which he was their drummer from 2008-2012. Sweetly dense and full of endearingly retrospective flavor a la the Beatles or the polyphonic texture of America, the aesthetic of Fleet Foxes found its place amon... [Read more]
Hank and Cupcakes
By Jimmy Lloyd
“Bad Ass”, doesn’t even come close to describing Hank & Cupcakes. They are “Super Bad Ass”! I remember the night in October 2009 that I saw them for the first time at Crash Mansion on Bowery. They were rather unassuming when they took the stage, but then WHAM!!! …the first crash of the cymbals for “... [Read more]
Native June
By Jimmy Lloyd
Remember that song “Scotty Doesn’t Know” from the Euro-Trip movie? That good-times, hard-rocking, hooky anthem that rattled around in your head as you exited the theater. Now… imagine that song was an entire band and that vibe was embodied and personified in that band. Well…good news…that band is th... [Read more]
Sylvana Joyce
By Jimmy Lloyd
Sylvana Joyce is an absolute force of nature. She needs to be seen to be believed… and even then you will not be sure if your eyes are fooling you. Sylvana so effortlessly incorporates the most insanely disparate genres of music in to her act… Hell… in to EACH song… that the passive observer will no... [Read more]
Barkhouse
By Jimmy Lloyd
It’s been a long long time since the outer-boros of New York City have produced an ensemble of talented song-crafters such as the band Barkhouse. Led by the under-stated Will de Zengotita, this threesome is unpretentiously remarkable in their consistent delivery of heart-torn power ballads and Jo... [Read more]
Dorie Colangelo
By Jimmy Lloyd
If the adage is true that still waters do in fact run deep, than Dorie Colangelo is the personification of this age-old proverb. She is quiet, calm, perceptive and intuitive. In person and upon first meeting her, one would have a hard time recognizing what lurks beneath. She comes across as anyth... [Read more]