10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear Pt. 7

01_10SYSH-Pt7_HeaderIt’s the two-year anniversary of 10 Songs—started it back in August 2014—and here we are at Part 7. I’m still on that hip-hop kick from Part 6—five of the ten songs here are from that genre—but we’ve also got some pop-punk, alt-rock and even some country (who would have thought).


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Let’s get things started with one of the most impressive young rappers I’ve heard:


01. Just B. Polo: Working For It


This dude hit me up on Instagram and invited me to check out one of his recent shows at Amityville Music Hall—I hadn’t heard of him, so I decided to check him out, downloaded his album Desensitized, and was blown away. I’m constantly surprised by the quality of artists coming out of LI, and Just B. Polo is among the best. Dude: I am so glad you decided to reach out to me. This album has become one of my favorites—as a reader, if you take one thing away from this post, it should be to buy this album. Needless to say, I accepted the invite to see him perform and his live show was nuts—he packed the place out with a dedicated group of rowdy followers. Several mosh-pits broke out—the energy in the place was electric. His flow is infectious and he’s got some great one-liners—one of my favs: “…she is now my ex, if anyone was wondering cuz she got out of line like a kid who sucks at coloring…”. Album is great—my favorite track is the album’s single Working For It—check out the video and give the song a listen below.

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02. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century

I am super impressed with Sir Cadian Rhythm’s new EP Identity Crisis. It’s the group’s second record, a follow up to their 2015 self-titled EP. I’ve been keeping tabs on these guys for a while—they were featured in 10 Songs Part 3 back in May 2015—and the growth they’ve shown in just one year is pretty great. I got a chance to see them play at Great South Bay Music Festival in July and I’m now a full blown fan. The new effort reminds me a lot of post-Morning View Incubus—and their single Gwen Barkley in the 21st Century is a hit. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.

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03. Giants At Large: The American Dream Is Dead

Giants At Large is a four-piece pop-punk group from LI. They began releasing songs back in 2010 with their debut album The Best Has Yet To Come and have since gone on to release three more albums including 2015’s The American Dream Is Dead. I caught one of their shows at Revolution back in March and really enjoyed their set—my favorite track off their new album is the title track The American Dream is Dead—give it a listen.

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04. Hopefully Forgiven: Diamonds and Dirt

Hopefully Forgiven is a four-piece Rock and Roll group “with a Twang” out of Sag Harbor. I got a chance to see these guys play at Great South Bay Music Festival and was intrigued—we don’t get many Country-style bands coming out of LI. So I found them on Bandcamp, picked up a copy of their 2015 EP Demonstrations, and fell deeply in love with their song Diamonds and Dirt. They were a blast to watch live and it’s just plain interesting to see a bunch of surfer dudes from the east end playing Country. Give Diamonds and Dirt a listen and check out some more of their music on Bandcamp.

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 05. Modo: Beard Gang

I came across Modo’s music video for Beard Gang and have been singing it in my head ever since—the song is catchy as hell. The video has racked up over 19k views and has been featured on the Bossip, The Source and more. You can grab the song free on his Soundcloud when you make a donation to St. Jude’s—give it a listen below.

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06. Mint State: Annie, Keep Running

Mint State is a four-piece indie-rock group out of Center Moriches. These guys have been such great supporters of Stay Loose, and so I’m especially proud and excited to share this track off their recent EP End of an Error. Recorded in Port Jeff at Vudu Studios and released in May, the album’s second track Annie, Keep Running is the star of the record. It’s emotive, well written and has such a great build up to the chorus—I find myself listening to it two or three times in a row every time it comes up in my iTunes queue. Congrats on an awesome record fellas!

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07. Rye Palmer: Christmas Eve

My dude Rye Palmer is back from a hiatus—hadn’t heard from him in a while, but he dropped his new mixtape Silence Dogood in April. It’s a 20-track effort, my favorite of which is a song called Christmas Eve. Give it a listen!


08. Count To Ten: Mayday

Count To Ten is a young, up-and-coming alt-pop-rock group out of Wantagh. I caught their set at Great South Bay Music Festival and met up with a couple of the guys afterwards to grab a copy of their EP. The record’s opening track Mayday caught my attention—give it a listen below and keep an eye on these guys, I think they’ll be around for a long time.

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09. JaeO Draftpick: 51631

JaeO Draftpick is one of the hottest hip hop artist reppin’ the Island. Coming out of Westbury, he’s been on the scene for a minute, dropping his first mixtape Road 2 Riches in 2012. The album’s title track drew a lot of attention on YouTube getting more that 18k views. He followed that up with 2014’s Draft Pick Gang—which featured the stand out track RIP Black Child—and recently released his third tape Road 2 More Riches in May of this year. The album’s title track is a standout, but my favorite is the single 51631 ft. Reek Da Villian. Give the track a listen below and check out the video here (peep JaeO sporting the Isles jersey—love it!).

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10. Dud Music: Steps

I just featured DUD Music in 10 Songs Part 6—and I generally try not to repeat artists in back-to-back editions, but once I heard his new single “Steps”, there was no doubt it was going to make this list. This song is so smart—weaving together different storylines and messages into one cohesive package. The single is his first release since his debut record “On My Way”. I can’t wait to hear what else he’s got in store. Give the song a listen below and check out the music video here.

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Cheers!

– Chris

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10 Songs You Should Hear Part VI

10-Songs-6Welcome to the sixth edition of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear. We’ve got a nice mix of artists across different genres on this one—but I’ve been on a bit of a hip-hop kick lately, so you’ll hear a lot of that. I also dropped in on some pop-punk locals performing at Revolution in March, so you’ll hear some of their music as well.

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In no particular order, here are 10 songs out of Long Island you should hear:


1. DA The Future: N’ Luv

DA_10-Songs-6DA The Future is a hip-hop artist based out of Amityville—I first heard of him through the Earwaxx Sessions, which he is a founder. I immediately connected with his message and downloaded his 2014 EP 18N—a collection of seven super-unique tracks including N’ Luv, which really caught my attention. It’s a catchy, vibey, groovy, chill track that gets stuck in your head—and you want it there. After listening to the EP I knew I had to check DA out live, so I caught up with him in April at a show in Copiague—dude didn’t go on until 2am (I’m getting too old for this scene) but it was worth the wait—he’s as charismatic a performer as he is a writer and his live show adds another dimension to his polarizing music. Check out more of his music and music videos at dathefuture.com and give N’ Luv a listen below.

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2. Whittled Down: Living, Forever

Whittled-Down_10-Songs-6Whittled Down (formerly Commonwealth) is a five-piece Emo/Hardcore band formed in 2013. I got to see them play with Shorebreak a couple months ago and fell in love with their song Living, Forever off their EP Bold Print. The songs opening line “As the world spins and I stand still, all these empty days that I can’t fill” is belted out by singer Pat Pierce with such desperation, you can’t help but get sucked in and connect with the song. It struck a chord and I immediately felt what he must have been feeling when he wrote it—which to me, is one of the marks of a successful song. Give it a listen below:

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3. Reek Da Villian: Trouble Waters

Roosevelt’s own Reek Da Villian dropped his latest mixtape Reek What You Sow in October of last year. It’s his first release as an independent artist since leaving Busta Rhyme’s label back in 2014. I just got around to listening to the LP—I had only heard bits and pieces of Reek before and I have to admit this record took me by surprise—I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. It’s on me for not paying attention. The record has a 90’s East Coast hip-hop feel and features tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Swizz Beatz, Ace Hood and more. My favorite track is Trouble Waters—it’s got a great vintage sound, a warm, mellow beat over which Reek raps about his family life growing up. Give it a listen:

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4. TK The Architect: Result of the Fire

TK_10-Songs-6I’ve been up on TK the Architect for a while now—he was featured on 10 Songs Part 1 (Aug 2014) and again on Part 3 (May 2015) for tracks off of his debut record Life In Stereo (Nov 2013). TK’s newest effort Blue Season (Apr 2016) is an evolution from his first album, which was straightforward boom-bap hip-hop (done really, really well). On Blue Season, TK has created a sound all his own; “I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me”—and he’s right, there’s not an album I’ve heard that sounds like Blue Season. His roots are still in hip-hop—only now TK focuses on not just his verses, but his guitar parts and music arrangements as well—and it produces a totally unique, genre-blurring album that I’m going to be listening to for a long time. So many great tracks on this one—my favorite is the opener Result of the Fire—give it a listen:

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5. Moon Tooth: Offered Blood

Ok, so this whole album is sick. It’s not easy picking just one track to feature, but I’m going with Offered Blood because the guitar part about 2:25 in is one of the raddest things I’ve ever heard (guitarist Nick Lee was just interviewed by our friends over at Shoot the Shred, you should definitely give it a listen). Moon Tooth released their debut full-length record Chromaparagon in February of this year, and the album is bananas—just go buy it now.

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 6. Brodie Fresh: Pray

Brodie Fresh is a hip-hop artist out of Elmont—I found him on Instagram as he was promoting the release of his EP Farewell. I checked out his music video for Soul Food and I was sold—growing up in the Northeast, and the New York area in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of East Coast hip-hop—and Brodie embodies that—his raw and raspy flow is what you expect out of a New York MC. I picked up his EP when it dropped in March and it delivers from front to back—my favorite is the opening track Pray. I love when a song tells a story—Brodie has great intuition and his storytelling skills are exemplified on this track. Give it a listen:

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7. Shorebreak: Around

Shorebreak_10-Songs-6Shorebreak is a straightforward pop-punk group out of East Islip. I picked up their December 2015 release Misdirection earlier this year and it ended up on rotation in my studio for weeks. I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. They’re a super fun act to watch—frontman Mike Scarola has that “it” factor you look for in a lead singer and the crowd was belting the songs along with him all night. I just picked up the two Shorebreak records that preceded Misdirection: Displacement (Dec 2013) and Severance (Feb 2015), which I still need to give a good listen, so for now, my selection for Shorebreak song you need to hear is Around:

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8. Dud Music: Mulatto Man

DUD_10-Songs-6_2Dudley Salmon is multi-talented musician out of Brentwood. He’s much more than your average rap artist—for his debut On My Way he wrote, composed, produced and played just about every instrument that appear on the 15-track album. I got a chance to catch one of his sets in March at Trifecta in Copiague and immediately connected with his vibe. His album is filled with great tracks including B-Wood—an homage to life in Brentwood where he grew up—and my personal favorite Mulatto Man where Dudley talks about his inner conflict being inter-racial, he raps “I’m half black and half white, but half the time I don’t know which half to act like”. Give it a listen:

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9. HOAX: Simply

HOAX is a four-piece alternative group out of Freeport. They’re new to the scene, formed in 2015, I found out about them through Rick’s Rising Stars. I found their story to be pretty interesting—frontman and hip-hop artist Michael Raj was just looking for a few musicians to serve as a backing band for his live show. He ended up jamming with fellow Hofsta students Frantz Cesar and Kevin and Jacob Lopez and the chemistry was so good that HOAX was born. The guys still haven’t had an official release—mostly covers and a couple of originals on Soundcloud—but if their song Simply is an indication of what they’re capable of, I can’t wait to hear more.

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10. Colorful Kid: Trickle Down

Colorful-Kid_10-Songs-6Colorful Kid made our 10 Songs list back in August 2015 (Part 4) with the emotive track All Ways off of their debut self titled EP (Jan 2015). They’ve since released their first full-length record Weird Years (Feb 2016) where the band shows off a softer side with tracks like Wood and Concrete, and my favorite off the album, Trickle Down. Give it a listen:

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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 6—I’ve gotten such a flood of great local music recently, I’m going to follow up with Part 7 really soon.

Cheers!

– Chris

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Shorebreak at Revolution

I picked up Shorebreak‘s EP Misdirection last month and had it on rotation in the studio for a bit—I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. It also gave me an opportunity to check out two other locals: Whittled Down and Giants At Large—here are a few of my favorite shots from the show:

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Time King X Peru Co-Album Release Party

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Two up-and-coming LI bands got together to co-headline an awesome album release show Friday September 4 at Revolution in Amityville. Time King releasing their debut full length album Suprœ, and Peru releasing their debut EP Ordinary People. I dropped by to grab a couple beers, check out the bands and snap some pics.

Little Alien and Allies opened up the show – unfortunately I didn’t get to catch Little Alien.


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Allies are a four-piece alternative rock group out of Nassau County – they released their debut EP The Lobby in November of last year. I just picked up the album and I’m slightly obsessed with the track “Extremities”. These guys are a blast live too:

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Follow Allies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and grab their EP The Lobby – you can also check out all of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Time King

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These are the dudes I came to see – Time King is tight. They’re a five-piece rock/prog band from LI and their new album Suprœ is the best album I’ve heard out of anywhere in a long time.  To get a taste of their live sound, visit timekingofficial.com and watch their Live Sessions of “The New” and “Take Cover”. Here are a couple shots from their set:

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Do yourself a favor and download Suprœ right now and follow Time King on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’re welcome.

Check out the rest of my shots from Time King’s set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Peru

Peru is a three-man soul-infused indie group out of LI – like Time King, they’re celebrating the release of a new album (Ordinary People) and they’ve got a pretty sweet Live Sessions video for the song Forever up on their site also. I’m really glad I got the chance to check these guys out:

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You can listen to their EP on Spotify – follow Peru on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and you can check out the rest of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


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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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Secret Glassjaw Show at Amityville Music Hall

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Amityville Music Hall was packed out Friday 8/7 – local post-hardcore legends Glassjaw put on a surprise 30 minute performance to open up a Rozwell Kid show. I’m still not sure how it was announced (I was there to see two other local bands We Take Fire and Colorful Kid) but word got out somehow: there was a line down the street and barely any room to stand in the small venue. I squeezed to the front of the stage and got some pretty sweet shots from the set:

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Check out the rest of my shots from the Glassjaw set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. Like I mentioned, I actually went to the show that night to check out to up-and-coming bands I’ve been following – here are some shots from those sets:

We Take Fire

We Take Fire is a six piece Indie Rock group out of Lake Grove – they released their second EP Movies Where The Dog Dies in July of this year.

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Check out the rest of my shots from the We Take Fire set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. And look out for these guys on Part IV of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear.

Colorful Kid

Colorful Kid is a five man Rock group from LI and one of my favorite new bands. They released their self-titled debut EP this past January.

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Check out the rest of my shots from the Colorful Kid set at the Stay Loose Flickr page. And look out for these guys on Part IV of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear.

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– Chris

Interview with Quiet Storm

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Quiet Storm is a hip-hop artist out of Suffolk County. He dropped his debut album Bad Decisions in 2013 and his song 24 made our list of 10 Songs You Should Hear Part II. Storm is currently working on his sophomore album called Good Intentions which he plans to release this Summer (no specific date yet) but he promises it’ll be his best work yet, adding:

“We’ll record five or six songs and we might keep one for the project…trying to make sure everything is perfect.”

We’ll stay tuned on that and keep you posted on a possible release date. Check out our interview with him below: (click here to watch in HD)


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10 Songs You Should Hear – Part III

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Here it is: the third installment of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear (In no particular order).


1. Bohemians: Colony

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I’ve interviewed and written about this up-an-coming alt-pop group from Manorville a bunch this year – their debut album Settle Down, Carry On has been on rotation in my studio since I first heard about them back in January. Frontman Luke Lotardo (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Eric Milton (Keyboards/Guitar), Eric Pubins (Drums) and Perry Ladouceur (Bass) put together a seriously intriguing album – my favorite track: Colony.


2. Marlo DeMore: Angels and Minotaurs

Marlo is a rapper out of Wantaugh – he dropped his mixtape Still Dreaming in 2013 with a sound reminiscent of rap’s glory days in New York. The album is worth a listen front to back, but my favorite track is the single Angels and Minotaurs – take a listen and you can also check out the video here.


3. The Offshore Regulars: Maria

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The Offshore Regulars are a four piece Rock/Reggae band out of West Islip. They’re currently working on a new EP called Heathens which they’ll be releasing sometime next month. Singer Brendan O’Hara, Guitarist Andrew Culmo, Bassist Jon Eiseman and Drummer Bobby VanNostrand released their debut album The New Guy in 2013 – my favorite track from the album is Maria.


4. Oogee Wawa (ft Joey Harkum): Pack the Van

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A staple on the Long Island music scene, Oogee Wawa has been setting the standard with their brand of Reggae/Hip-Hop. The guys released their sophomore album More Sand Than Money at a huge party at Nappers in Smithtown last month, and the album does not disappoint. So many great tracks, but my personal favorite is Pack the Van.


5. Gutterlife: Complacent

Gutterlife is a four man alt-punk band out of East Islip. The group released their second EP Don’t Sleep in February of this year. Don’t Sleep is a follow up to their debut release Violent Discord, which came out in March of 2014. Both albums are worth a listen, but my favorite track off the new EP is Complacent. Check out the video too.


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6. Go Big: Answer My Call

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Go Big is a suitable name for this group out of Lindenhurst: they’re a big band (8 members) who play a lot of instruments (front-man Jason Rutcofsky plays 5 for example), and the result is a big sound. They released their debut album The Story From Our Side in March of 2014 and you’ve got to listen to Jessica Rutcofsky blow the roof off with a big vocal performance on my personal favorite from the album: Answer My Call.


7. TK The Architect: Passing On The Torch/Name of Progress

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My dude TK out of Oceanside released a two-part music video back in February for songs Passing On The Torch and Name of Progress both off of his mixtape Life In Stereo. The videos came out so well: adding to the concepts and tying together a story between the two songs, I had to share them here. Listen to Passing On The Torch below, and definitely check out the videos for both songs in the links above.


8. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Villain Fear

Sir Cadian Rhythm is a 5 piece alternative band out of LI. Jack Weppler (Vox), Alex Laudani (Guitar), Richie Cluxton (Bass), Keith Miller (Drums) and Marr Carlin (Keyboards) released their debut self-titled EP in February of this year. They’ve got a really cool, unique blend of music – at times they remind me of Incubus, others it’s more Maroon 5. That’s before they break out the horns though, and turn up the bass and infuse some funk and jazz into their sound. It’s a totally cool EP – my favorite song incidentally is the final track on the EP, which is a stripped down, mellow track called Villain Fear.


9. Ant Matos: Me Myself & I

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My dude Ant Matos has been putting in work this year, releasing tracks with Lock the Tree Mason and Reek Da Villian while working on the upcoming mixtape Loose Camp Supreme 2015. He dropped a freestyle on his Soundcloud a couple months ago called Me Myself & I – listen.


10. Adiron: Whiskey Hostel

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Shawn O’Connor joined post-hardcore band Adiron shortly after Whiskey Hotel disbanded late last year. The band is based out of Lindenhurst and released an 8-track EP called Frequency & Pressure last month. My standout track is Whiskey Hostel.


Think your song needs to be on this list? Email chris@stayloose.net – I’m always on the lookout for new local music to listen to and share.

Thanks for reading,

– Chris

Oogee Wawa Album Release Party

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Oogee Wawa debuted their sophomore album More Sand Than Money April 3 at Nappers in Smithtown. The official release date for the album is April 28th – but advanced copies were available at the show, and I’ve had it on rotation all month. Pre-Order it on iTunes – the album is tight.

Four other acts joined Oogee to help celebrate the new album release, and Stay Loose and Fathom had tables set up. I snapped a bunch of pics as usual – here they are in order of appearance:


Melanie Morin

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Check out Melanie on Facebook. You can view all of her photos from the show on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

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Offshore Regulars

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Follow Offshore Regulars on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – you can check out the rest of pics from the show on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Jungle Gypsy

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Follow Jungle Gypsy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – and view the rest of their pics from the night on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Nonstop to Cairo

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Follow Nonstop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you can view the rest of their pics on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

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FAME made a guest appearance during the Nonstop set to spit a little freestyle – check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. View the rest of FAME’s pics on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Oogee Wawa

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Check out Oogee Wawa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and pick up More Sand Than Money on iTunes. View the rest of their pics from the night on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


The crowd was great all night – happy to see the community supporting the local scene.

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Thanks to everyone that stopped by the Stay Loose table

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Thanks for reading, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check out all of the pics from the Oogee album release party on the Stay Loose Flickr page.

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– Chris

Interview with Bohemians

We sat down with alt-pop band Bohemians back in February to talk music, their new album Settle Down, Carry On and plans for 2015.

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Bohemians are an alt-pop band out of Manorville – they dropped their debut album Settle Down, Carry On in January and released a music video for the single Hints. We spoke with the guys about their experience in making an album, how they got together and what they’re going to be up to this coming year.

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Since the interview, the guys opened up for Magic at the Paramount in Huntington – unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to catch the show, but I’ll be looking to check them out live soon. Visit stayloose.net for more updates and you can follow Bohemians on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

And be sure to check out the Stay Loose Flickr page for more shots from the interview.

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Thanks for reading – follow Stay Loose on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter #stayloose

– Chris