10 Songs You Should Hear – Part II

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I had a lot of fun writing the first installment of 10 Songs You Should Hear, so I wanted to write a follow up – and here it is, in no particular order, 10 more songs out of Long Island you should listen to:


1. Quiet Storm: 24

I heard of Quiet Storm through my buddy Justin at Revolution Athletics and quickly became a fan after listening to a bunch of his tracks on Reverbnation. QS reps Suffolk County and dropped his debit album Bad Decisions in July of 2013 – it’s encouraging to see another talented rapper coming out of LI, and especially great to have him repping Suffolk. Storm’s got a slew of tight music videos as well, be sure to check him out on YouTube and download Bad Decisions on Audiomack. Stand out song for me is 24 – check out the video for it here.


2. Ant Matos ft Reek Da Villian: Money Over EverythingAnt-Matos-2

Psyched about this collab – two of LI’s best, Ant Matos and Reek Da Villian come together and deliver Money Over Everything, the first single off Ant’s upcoming mixtape. Reek is an established rapper out of Roosevelt – a Busta Rhymes protégé signed to Flipmode Squad at 19, he’s performed and Recorded with the likes of Busta, The Game, Tre Beatz and more. Reek recently left Busta’s label and signed with Birdman’s sub-label Rich Gang. This is an impressive start to Ant’s sophomore effort – looking forward to what else homeboy’s got in store.


3. Warden and Fame: Puff Puff Passwarden-fame

Warden and Fame is a six-piece Hip-Hop Reggae Rock band based out of Bay Shore. I’ve seen these guys perform multiple times and had the pleasure of working with them recently on a little collab project. They’ve got plans to release a full-length album in 2015 and just released their first official single Puff Puff Pass, which they’ll be shooting a video for as well. Download the single on iTunes and stay tuned for the music video.


4. The RBC: 5th Base

I got to see The RBC play Beerfields Music Festival in 2013 just after the release of their debut album When Is Now. Rick Eberle told me I needed to check them out earlier that year and I’m glad he did – they’re a great reggae band, but with a strong punk rock influence that comes out in a lot of their music, which produces a really unique and totally awesome result. I believe they’re currently tracking for their follow-up album, but no word on when that’s coming out yet. My favorite track on When Is Now is a song called 5th Base, give it a listen.


5. Oogee Wawa & Sun-Dried Vibes: Late Night Oogee-Sundried

Oogee Wawa and Sun-Dried Vibes collaborated on a sweet party anthem which they released over summer called Late Night – dropping a video for it on YouTube in August. Sun-Dried is based out of Rock Hill, SC – they we’re up playing a bunch of shows with Oogee here on Long Island over the Summer which is when Late Night was recorded. I got to catch one of their shows at Dublin Deck in May – check out the photos here.


 6. Number F: CadiaCatyclismnumber-f

Number F is a very new band based out of Lindenhurst. They released their first (and currently their only) song CadiaCatyclism in December of 2013. I saw them perform at the Nonstop Summer Party this past August and got a chance to hear some of their new material in the works and I’m looking forward to some future releases – for now, give CadiaCatyclism a listen.


7. Dr. Baby: Spit Take

Members of Lost Kindgoms and Code Anchor come together to form the hard-hitting rock group Dr. Baby. If you were a fan of Code Anchor, you’ll love this new project – it’s got the same tight progressive rock sound with a bit more of a punk vibe. They dropped a four song demo in November, my favorite of the four is Spit Take, have a listen.


 8. John Von Braunsberg: The Haunting Chapter VJohn-Von-Braunsberg

Former Whiskey Hotel guitarist John Von Braunsberg has been working on a pretty sweet little side project called The Haunting – a series of heavy, electric guitar driven instrumentals that he records in his home studio. JVB recently joined established post-hardcore band A Crowd Like You (another LI band worth checking out) – looking forward to keeping an eye on what he’ll be up to in 2015.


9. Frank Bones: Ambulance

I saw Frank Laudicina (aka Frank Bones) perform an acoustic set opening for Oogee Wawa last February and picked up his seven track EP Just Enough To Be Dangerous which had just been released. A really nice effort overall, with the standout track for me being Ambulance.


10. Dune Local: No MoreDuneLocal

Dune Local is a hybrid rock, blues, reggae and hip-hop band out of Hampton Bays – they dropped their debut self-titled seven track album this past May. I got to see them play over the Summer – they opened their set with a Rage Against the Machine cover of Bulls On Parade, so naturally I fell in love with them immediately. They just released a music video for “No More” – a track off of their debut, which also happens to be my favorite.


And that’s the list for now – thanks for reading, be sure to visit stayloose.net and keep up with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

– Chris

Beerfields Music Festival Recap

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The 3rd Annual Beerfields Music Festival included some great local acts like Warden and FAME, Nonstop to Cairo and Oogee Wawa – as well as national acts Ballyhoo and Matisyahu. Local craft breweries kept the beer flowing like beer, and there were over 20 local merch vendors as well, including Stay Loose. This years Beerfields was probably the best event I’ve been to – it’s a tribute to the improving state of the Long Island music scene and we are proud to be a part of it.

Special thanks to Samantha Schendlinger for helping us cover the event this year – she took a whole bunch of awesome photos, some of which you’ll see below.

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Here’s a photo recap of the day:

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Nick Diamond, Nonstop to Cairo | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

03_August-HarrisAugust Harris, Nonstop to Cairo | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

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Matt Ezzo, Nonstop to Cairo | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

06_Jesse-LeeJesse Lee, Oogee Wawa | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

07_ChadChad Chadwick, Oogee Wawa | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

05_JPJP Aceto, Oogee Wawa | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

19_BallyhooHowi Spangler, Ballyhoo | Photo by Chris Hoenigmann

18_MatisyahuMatisyahu | Photo by Samantha Schendlinger

We had a great response and a ton of support at the festival – there was a buzz around the table all day, thanks to everyone who stopped by and hung out with us:

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Fresh Stay Loose Snapbacks | Photo by Samantha Schendlinger

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10_chris-and-ezzoMatt Ezzo from Nonstop to Cairo stopping by the table | Photo by Samantha Schendlinger

Stay Loose was mentioned in the LIB Magazine recap of Beerfields – it was great to see so many of our tees and hats all around the festival:

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Thanks for reading and checking out our photos – can’t wait till next year!

You can check out all of our pics from the day at the Stay Loose Flickr page. Visit stayloose.net to check out our tees, hats and tanks.

#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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For more info on the Stay Loose Long Island Area Code Tees and the rest of the upcoming 2014 Stay Loose Spring Summer Collection, visit stayloose.net for updates.

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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