The annual CMJ Music Festival is in full swing, and while they’re are plenty of buzz bands to see, our Untapped focus is on the overlooked band “S” fronted by Seattle’s Jenn Ghetto who plays the Sub Pop/Hardly Art Showcase at the Knitting Factory this Thursday the 23rd. Jenn got her start with Carissa’s Weird, another somewhat obscure but seminal acoustic act out of the Pacific Northwest. There’s nothing showy in “S”‘s music–it’s simple, slow, driving, and sad. Yet she charges her songs with an earnest electricity and, as any good artist knows, the truth captivates, especially live. We asked Jenn a few questions about her new record Cool Choices (produced of Death Cab for Cutie’s longtime guitarist Chris Walla) and about how her city reflects her music.
How does your city/location influence your music?
Seattle—what can I say? (more…)
Boston’s Gem Club will be playing this Thursday at Bowery Ballroom with Agnes Obel. The Ballroom is a perfect venue for their brand moody, ambient music. The classically orchestrated three-piece is comprised of lead singer and pianist Christopher Barnes, cellist Kristen Drymala, and vocalist Ieva Berberian. Barnes has said in the past that he attempts to recreate landscapes through music. We caught up with Barnes—who once lived in a piano factory in Boston—to find out how the urban spaces in his hometown affect the music that he writes.
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The Seattle indie band La Luz is playing at the MoMA this Thursday at 6:30pm as part of the museum’s summer series MoMA Nights (doors at 5:30). We will be posting a feature on the history of MoMA Nights tomorrow, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about the music that you can go see right now.
La Luz is a four-piece band that epitomizes dreamy summertime surf rock with modern bass lines, graceful vocal melodies, jangly keyboards, and taut drumming. They’ve received accolades for their witty, and charming live performances and are truly not to be missed. Untapped Cities asked them a few questions about how the urban spaces they inhabit affect their music and what the cities of New York and Seattle mean to them.
Photo from Qromag
It’s easy to ignore the serenity of a summer day in New York City when you are constantly surrounded by sizzling asphalt and steaming dumpsters. But thankfully, the free concert series at Hudson River Park’s breezy Pier 84 gives New Yorkers a reason to cool off and soak in the summer vibes.
The name of the series is RiverRocks and this year’s lineup continues to deliver some of the most promising names in underground music. But music is not the only thing New Yorkers can look forward to enjoying at RiverRocks. Pier 84 is also the largest pier in the park which features, among other things, a water-play area, boat and bike rentals, a dog run, a water taxi, and plenty of room to bathe in the sun. Coupled with RiverRocks’ continuous program of free concerts, Pier 84 makes the perfect recipe for a relaxing summer evening in the city.
Darkside is a New York-based electronic music duo
Today, we’re excited to launch our new music series called “Listen.” It focuses on bands whose music evokes a distinct sense of place—bands we think you should be listening to as well. Throughout this series, we will be interviewing musicians and asking them our questions about their music and how it relates to their home city.
While mainly focusing on New York City based bands, we will also provide a variety of musicians from all over the country (and world!). We will be previewing videos, creating exclusive content, and uncovering artists both big and small who will make your urban experience more enjoyable and thorough. Our first artist of the Listen Series is Darkside, a two-man electronic band based in New York, comprised of Dave Harrington and Nicholas Jaar.