Month: September 2017

Amplify Peace Tour: Saving Syrian lives with music

The tour is sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and features several Arab-American musicians including Kayem, Bassel & The Supernaturals among others. The tour is October 19th-28th and begins in Louisville, Kentucky. The playlist below introduces you to the musicians and click HERE to find more information about the even and how to purchase tickets:


10/19: Louisville, KY – Tim Faulkner Gallery

10/20: Naperville, IL – The Union, NCC

10/21: Bloomington, IN – Players Pub

10/22: Chicago, IL – Alhambra

10/23: Dearborn, MI – Arab American National Museum*

10/24: Cleveland, Ohio – Beachland Ballroom*

10/25: New York, NY – SOB’s

10/26: Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary

10/27: TBA*

10/28: Washington, D.C. – Kennedy Center

10/28: Washington, D.C. – Tropicalia

*Dates with asterisks are pending.

Cut Worms debuts with music video for “Like Going Down Sideways”

Max Clarke, the man behind Cut Worms, is based out of NY and his debut record, Alien Sunset, is due out October 20th on Jagjaguwar. The first single accompanied by video, “Like Going Down Sideways”, is a poetic piece that sounds and looks like it came out of the past. Clarke’s voice and instrumental qualities are beautifully aged. The video is shot in a way that also gives the viewer the feeling that they’re viewing something from another generation. About the video Clarke says:

“My girlfriend Caroline filmed and directed the video,” says Clarke. “We shot it on a combination of Super 8 and VHS over the course of a couple weekends in a variety of locations in the New England area—at a 4th of July Barn Party in New Hampshire; at a house in the Berkshires in Massachusetts; At a graveyard; At a Taconic Sculpture Garden which we spotted while driving on the highway. The narrative is intentionally loose like a home movie, and the desired effect was to be like walking into a room where someone is showing found footage and just having to take it for what it is… whatever that is.”



Look for Alien Sunset October 20th and keep in eye out for him as he may be passing through your town in support of his debut record:

Fri. Sep. 22 || Toronto, ON || Lee’s Palace *
Sat. Sep. 23 || Toronto, ON || Lee’s Palace *
Thur. Sep. 28 || Cambridge, MA || The Sinclair *
Fri. Sep. 29 || Asbury Park, NJ || Stone Pony *
Sat. Sep. 30 || Washington, DC || Black Cat *
Fri. Oct. 20 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram *
Sat. Oct. 21 || Los Angeles, CA || Teragram *
Sun. Oct 22 || Nashville, TN || City Winery ^
Tue. Oct. 24 || St. Louis, MO || Delmar Hall ^
Wed. Oct. 25 || Kansas City, MO || Knuckleheads ^
Fri. Oct. 27 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club ^
Sat. Oct. 28 || St. Paul, MN || Turf Club ^
Sun. Oct. 29 || Milwaukee, MN || Turner Hall ^
Tue. Oct. 31 || Chicago, IL || Lincoln Hall ^
Thur. Nov. 2 || Brooklyn, NY || Baby’s All Right (EP Release Show)

* = w/ The Lemon Twigs
^ = w/ Nick Lowe

Album Review: “Geometry” by ESC

The album opens with my favorite cut, “Woodvine.” Slide guitar and a whimsy, dream-like melody lead you into ESC’s debut record, Geometry. Dale Hiscock, the man behind ESC, was born, raised, and part of multiple musical projects in the very place I’ve spent the past decade of my life, Bozeman, Montana. Somehow, we never crossed paths in this little place called Bozeman but now music has crossed our paths. Dale, based out of Boise, Idaho now, is making music of his own but also finding ways to incorporate the local music scene. When introducing his music to me he related his sound to bands like “American Football, Radical Face, Local Natives and stuff like that.” There is something comforting and familiar about ESC’s music but it simultaneously stands on its own. I second his likeness to the bands he mentioned. But, I also hear a bit of Death Cab For Cutie slip in there on “So it Goes”, a gentle track with thumping rhythms, a deep underlying bassline, and a catchy guitar lick that stitches it all together.



Upon listening to Geometry in one sitting, the seven tracks fly by but in no real hurry. The general mood of the record is slow motion; mellow. “Real Estate” is a purely instrumental track. Its hypnotic nature requires no lyrics and allows the listener’s thoughts to ebb and flow with the changing instruments while the drum beat remains constant. “Fireflies” finishes with a beautiful, and all too short, piano version of the songs’ melody, again highlighting the fact that this record is not rushing to get you to the final cuts.

You can purchase Geometry on Bandcamp and follow ESC on Facebook and Soundcloud as well.