10 Songs You Should Hear Part IV

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Stay Loose is proud to present: 10 Songs Out Of Long Island You Should Hear Part IV. You can find links to Parts I-III on stayloose.net – without further ado, here are the 10 (+1 bonus) songs in no particular order:


1. Colorful Kid: All Ways

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One of my favorite new bands is Colorful Kid, a five man Rock group from LI. The guys released their self-titled debut EP this past January and are currently working on a full-length album. I got a chance to see them play Amityville Music Hall earlier this month – they’ve got a raw, authentic sound that translates perfectly into their live show. The EP is a consistent, solid effort front to back – my favorite track is All Ways.


2. Charlie Fields: Jab Step

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The LI rap clique Loose Camp dropped a new project earlier this Summer called Loose Camp Supreme 2015. The main contributors – Ant Matos, Marlo DeMore and Charlie Fields – put together a 14 track mixtape featuring collabs with Lock the Tree Mason, Reek da Villian and August Harris from Nonstop to Cairo.  Two of my favorite tracks from the tape both feature Fields: Poe Up My Cup (a collab with Ant Matos) and Jab Step, which you should check out below.


3. We Take Fire: Jane

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We Take Fire is a six piece Indie Rock band out of Lake Grove. They’re a young group, but have already been together for four years and just released their second EP Movies Where The Dog Dies in July of this year. I was super impressed with their live show and I’ve had their EP on rotation in the studio since they released it. My favorite track is called Jane – listen below, and you can also check out their live acoustic performance of it on Somewhere Sessions.


4. See: Waiting For You

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See is a promising young singer/songwriter out of Centerport – she started writing her own music at age 15 and released her first EP The Time Thief in 2014 at age 19. The EPs single and standout track is a mellow, warm acoustic song called Waiting For You. It instantly puts me into a better mood, looking forward to hearing more from See! (+ check out the music video here).


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5. White Line Tiger: Rosa

White Line Tiger is a five piece post-hardcore band out of Elmont. They dropped their debut album Just Let It Happen back in 2012 – I just came across them recently and I’m really glad I did, this album has some seriously nice tracks – absolutely worth a listen front to back. I haven’t got a chance to see them play live yet, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for upcoming shows. My favorite track from the album is the opener, Rosa.


6. Nonstop to Cairo: Up the Tempo

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The homies from Nonstop to Cairo dropped a small sample of the new material they’ve been working on with the release of the music video for Up the Tempo in July. Go give the video a view (shout out to Matt Ezzo for reppin’ that Stay Loose snapback) and stay tuned for more info on Nonstop’s new album release.


7. The Tallest Trees in the Universe: Numbered

The Tallest Trees in the Universe are an alt-rock band from Long Island – they released their debut EP Visitor in June of this year. I’m really enjoying this EP at the moment – a collection of six really solid tracks. My favorite track is Numbered – the build up to the chorus is insanely awesome (reminds me a little bit of another band out of LI you may have heard of: Taking Back Sunday) – give it a listen:


8. Glassjaw: Tip Your Bartender

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Post-Hardcore legends Glassjaw showed up to Amityville Music Hall this month and dropped a surprise 30min set. I’m still not sure how it was announced (I was there to see two other local bands) but word got out somehow: there was a line down the street and barley and room to stand in the small venue. Formed in 1994, these guys helped pioneer the post-hardcore movement and are one of the best bands ever to come out of LI. In honor of their recent pop-up show at AMH, here’s Tip Your Bartended from their 2002 album Worship and Tribute.


9. LifeStat: Take It Easy

LifeStat is a hip-hop artist out of LI. He just released a new album called Significant in April of this year. The album drops Stat’s smooth, vibrant flow over mellow, vibey beats – it creates a really chill sound and cohesive album front to back. One of my favorite hip-hop albums in a while – and my favorite track from the album is called Take It Easy.


10. The Offshore Regulars: Ain’t No Wifey

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These guys made 10SYSH Part III back in May with their song Maria off the debut album The New Guy – then they went and dropped a brand new EP called Heathens a month later, and the EP is so dope, I had to give them another feature in Part IV. Ain’t No Wifey is my jam.


Bonus. Shinobi Ninja: One Time for the Radio

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10 songs weren’t enough for this edition – had to show some love to a band out of neighboring Brooklyn: Shinobi Ninja. I had a chance to check them out at Beerfields back in June and picked up their most recent album Escape From New York shortly after. They’re such a unique blend of music – a diverse group of personalities working together creating this super interesting result. I especially love the visual they achieve with their music video for the single Doom Gloom. My favorite track on the album though is One Time for the Radio. How could you not love that guitar riff?


That’s it for this edition, thanks for giving it a read. Questions? Comments? chris@stayloose.net

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– Chris

Rep Your Side Spotlight: Ant Matos

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This edition of Rep Your Side LI we linked up with hip-hop artist Ant Matos of Loose Camp. I met Ant through August from Nonstop to Cairo back in February and he hooked me up with his mixtape “Keep Campin”. He’s one of LI’s brightest up-and-comers in the rap scene and he’s been droppin some insanely nice music videos (check out “Where the Love Goes” at the end of this post). His live shows are full of energy – we’re proud to have such a talented good dude representing the Island.

Ant comes out of Wantagh reppin’ the 516 on the south shore of LI:
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We hit him with some LI based QA:

Best LI Pizza Spot? Stellas (Bellmore)
Best LI Beach? Jones Beach Field #4
Better LI Shore, North or South? Indifferent (both are cool) 
Montauk or Manhattan? Manhattan!!!

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Ant dropped by the Stay Loose Studio to check out the new collection:

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When did you start singing/songwriting? When my Nana died
Favorite track on Keep Campin’? Tie between “No Filter”, “Want it All” and “Wicked Rubbish”
Favorite venue to perform? Amityville Music Hall
Most Memorable Show? NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade 
Favorite Rapper growing up? Eminem and The Lox
Favorite Rapper today? Ant Matos, Loose Camp!
What LI band(s)/artist(s) are you listening to right now? Marlo DeMore

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How about New York sports?

Mets or Yanks? Mets
Isles or Rangers? Rangers
Giants or Jets? Jets
Knicks or Nets? Knicks

Ant recently opened up for Hi-Rez and Emilio Rojas at Amityville Music Hall:

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Ant just dropped his new video for “Where the Love Goes”:

Keep up with Ant and Loose Camp on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.

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Thanks for reading – #keepcampin #stayloose #loosecamp #RepYourSideLI

– Chris

Hi-Rez at Amityville Music Hall

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Coming up from Ft. Lauderdale, Hi-Rez performed at Amityville Music Hall Friday April 25th. Local hip-hop artists including Ant Matos and Rye Palmer opened for Rez who is out on tour promoting his upcoming EP Beautiful Struggle. Here’s a quick photo recap of the night:

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Check out some of Rye’s songs on Soundcloud.

 

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Ant just dropped a sick video for his song Where the Love Goes, check it out:

 

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Rez reppin that Stay Loose before his set.

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If you haven’t heard Hi-Rez before, download his mixtape Product of my Environment. The first track “Brandon Clark” will have you hooked. He’s one of the hottest up-and-comers in the scene, no doubt his upcoming EP will be fire too.

You can check out more pics from the night on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

Thanks for reading – #stayloose

– Chris

Nonstop Keg Party Photo Recap

Nonstop to Cairo threw another awesome :Party this past Saturday – Here are some of my pics from the night:

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The show opened with Whiskey Hotel. I had never seen or heard of these guys before, but I’m glad I got a chance to – they’re f**kin’ awesome. They’ve got 3 songs up on their Facebook page, one of which you can download free – and their first full length album Above the Fold releases January 16th. Go check ’em out.

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Next up was Jake Furia – I picked up his Acoustic EP a little while back, worth checking out. He played with a full band on Saturday:

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The Warden and FAME were pretty awesome as usual with FAME doin’ his thing on the mic:

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Oogee Wawa brought out members of Nonstop to Cairo and Loose Camp during their set – JP from Oogee debuted the new Stay Loose 631 Area Code Tee…

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…and August from Nonstop to Cairo debuted the new Stay Loose 516 Area Code Tee.

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Matt Ezzo – Nonstop to Cairo bassist and Nonstop Keg :Party organizer. Nonstop put on an awesome show and a pretty bad-ass night altogether. If you haven’t listened to Nonstop before, check them out on YouTube and iTunes

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When you love what you do:

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Chad showin’ Stay Loose love all over the bass.

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Ant Matos making a guest appearance:

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Oogee was a blast on stage, as usual. They’re working on their 2nd full studio album at the moment:

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Off-stage:

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Thanks for checking these out – if you want to see even more, I have all of my photos up from the night on Flickr.

Feel free to share and use these however you’d like – just appreciate a credit and let me know how you use it so I can check it out too!

Be good, #stayloose

– Chris Hoenigmann