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Play It by Ear Haiti Benefit Show @ Funk N’ Waffles by 20watts

Liz Lewis playing at Funk 'n' Waffles last night; larger photos below!

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Drink Up Buttercup, Liz Lewis and New Relic on MySpace
GIVE: DONATE a contribution to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

You walk into Funk N’ Waffles and the coffee shop is cramped past the legal limit. With hardly any standing room, much less an open seat, the bands that played at Funk last night did so to a packed show. Whether they were standing in the back or sitting close up front, concert-goers listened intently to the performers voices, guitar noodling, keyboard manipulation and other forms of music-making, whether it involved cellos or garbage cans. The eclectic acts and cozy atmosphere made the Haiti charity event a great success Friday night.

Erica Scarano, Sarah Detweiler, Aaron Gittleman, Liz Lewis, Keith Smith (with Stephen Babcock), One of Three, New Relic, Ryan Whitman and Drink Up Buttercup filled the elevated stage between the hours of 7 and 11:30 p.m. Each artist performed just a few songs, ranging in genres and message. Appropriate to the benefit show’s nature, the only consistent theme of the night was the universal camaraderie shared by the performers and the audience. Continue reading


Emerging Artists: Run Toto Run by kayzimbo

rtrThis British band is only about a year old, yet they have made headlines around the United Kingdom and were on BBC’s “Artists to Watch in 2009” list. With a soft-spoken female lead singer, Run Toto Run‘s music is both calming and creatively stimulating at the same time. Chimes, violin and electronic loops are often the main instruments and attractions in the songs. Whether it’s the chorus of recorders in “Your Face” that bring me back to fourth grade or the voice that is sweeter than a sugary Vermont maple syrup, this music is constantly playing on my computer.

Run Toto Run bring together a variety of noises, using experimental techniques to make sounds reminiscent of “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service accompanied by vocals similar to Laura Marling. Laura Marling and Rachael, the lead singer of Run Toto Run, are female vocalists and musicians who are following in the footsteps of fellow British artists Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. These new-age female artists are taking over the airwaves at an incredible rate. Continue reading

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Industry News: Tour Dates and Album Releases by tjwell01
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This is just as good a time as any to keep ya’ll up to date on upcoming records and nearby concerts before the semester comes to a close. Keep in mind, some of these albums were going to be reviewed in our print issue, but that’s the way it goes.

Ten upcoming albums to look out for  (in chronological order):

1) Tinted Windows (debut album)—April 21st

2) St. Vincent, Actor—May 5th

3) Green Day, 21st Century—May 15th

4) Iron and Wine, Around the Well—May 19th

5) Passion Pit, Manners—May 19th

6) Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus—May 25th

7) Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest—May 26th [Even though it leaked weeks ago]

8 ) Placebo, Battle for the Sun—June 8th

9) Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.—June 9th

10) Tiny Masters of Today, Skeletons—June 16th

Nearby shows/Acts that would be worth the road trip (or quick car ride):

1) Margot & The Nuclear So-Sos—Buffalo, April 17th

2) Dave Brubeck—Buffalo, April 25th

3) Peter Bjorn and John—Toronto, Quebec, Montreal, April 25th-27th

4) Presidents of the United States—Syracuse, Aprl 22nd

5) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—Verona, May 14th

AND…For those lucky bastards staying here in Syracuse for the summer:

6) Phantogram (w/ Flying Lotus, NAS and The Disco Biscuits)—Mariaville, July 16th

– Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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