Author: Chip Midnight

Look Who’s Talking: Dan and Alex of QTY

Though they’ve been kicking around for a few years, QTY‘s first public splash came in the fall of 2016 with the release of the catchy, decidedly NYC-sounding single “Rodeo” – Dan Lander’s vaguely Lou Reed-esque vocals complimenting the Strokes-like garage rock. The band’s sound caught the attention of the UK label Dirty Hit (The 1975, Wolf Alice, Pale Waves) who is set to release QTY’s full length debut on December 8. Following the strategy that the label employs with most of their artists, QTY has taken the last couple of years to stay out of the public eye and, instead,...

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Sunday: Movements @ Skully’s

Movements’ “Colorblind” video kept showing up in my “Recommended for You” YouTube sidebar playlist so I finally decided to check it out and while I haven’t been to a Warped Tour since the mid-90s, this song sucked me in within seconds. There was a time in the mid-90s where I flirted with becoming a fan of this type of music, the type that is heavier than some of the well-known emo bands of that time period but not as heavy as the post-hardcore bands. I never really cared for bands whose vocals consisted of aggro dudes screaming but when...

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Look Who’s Talking: Heather Baron-Gracie (Pale Waves)

If you caught The 1975 at Express Live in June, chances are good you were introduced to Pale Waves, the lucky Manchester band that caught the eyes and ears of The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne a few years back. Oborne signed on to manage the young four-piece and through his guidance, and, more importantly, some really great pop songwriting, Pale Waves has become one of THE bands to watch in 2017. While The 1975’s Matty Healy has lent assistance to Pale Waves by co-producing their first two singles and directing the “Television Romance” video, he tells NME that his...

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Friday: The Glorious Sons @ The Basement

Photo: Samantha Falco No doubt about it, rolling into The Basement a few months ago, Greta Van Fleet was THE buzz band and the sold-out crowd was there to witness the next generation of rock n’ roll superstars. What came as a surprise – at least to those who haven’t been paying attention – was how good the opening band was. The Glorious Sons, while in the class of newer rock bands, have been in the game a few years longer than their tourmates and played at Rock on the Range in 2015. Formed in 2011 by brothers Brett...

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Look Who’s Talking: Sponge’s Vinnie Dombroski

(Photo: Tracy Ketcher) If you listened to alt-rock radio in the mid-90s, you should have this gig circled on your calendar and tickets in hand. Detroit’s Sponge is rolling into the A&R Music Bar on Thursday night to perform most of the material from their 1994 debut, Rotting Piñata, although, as singer (and lone remaining founding member) Vinnie Dombroski told me when we talked on Tuesday, it won’t be played in sequential order (more on that in the interview below). While Kyle Neely (guitar), Andy Patalan (guitar), Tim Patalan (bass) and Billy Adams (drums) didn’t play on Sponge’s three major...

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