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Girl Crisis – “Walk Like An Egyptian” (The Bangles Cover)

As you may remember, Girl Crisis is the Greenpoint supergroup of Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Class Actress’s Elizabeth Harper, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring and Annie Hart, TEEN’s Jane Herships, et al, whose rules are many (female-only, YouTube-only, Super 8MM-film only, covers-only) and output is little (two covers a year; female in the summer, male i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 6, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Watch Girl Crisis Cover Leonard Cohen (Stereogum Premiere)

The latest, eighth dispatch from Girl Crisis, the all-Brooklyn all-female concept-troupe supergroup committed to two covers a year (of a male icon in the winter, female in the sumer) via Super 8mm film in a Greenpoint apartment has just offered up their latest seasonal selection: a tribute to the bard Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me ToMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Girl Crisis (Chairlift, Class Actress, Telepathe, Au Revoir Simone, Acrylics, Apache Beat) Cover Black Sabbath

Last year we posted some of the covers by Girl Crisis, the video-only, female-only, evolving group of Brooklyn musicians who record covers for fun (no plans for releases or touring). This time around they’re covering much-loved Sabbath track “Paranoid,” as per their rule of covering a female-vocaled song in the summer, a male one i… More »

By: jessica / February 23, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Acrylics – “Sparrow Song” (Feat. Caroline Polachek) (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s another track from Lives And Treasure, the Acrylics debut LP that came forth under the haunted skies and ghost of Fleetwood Mac packaged beautifully in the video for “Nightwatch.” The LP’s next single, “Sparrow Song,” is dreamier, gauzier, more synth-driven than the outfit’s previous material. It’s an effervescent, wispy production that features Brooklyn neighbor… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 16, 2011 - 3:45 pm

Acrylics – “Nightwatch” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn-duo Acrylics released their debut EP All Of The Fire back in ’09 to distinct praise, and with the distinction of being the first release on Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear’s Terrible Records. Two years on and there have been some changes — a new label (Friendly Fire), a new look. On their forthcoming debut… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 25, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Girl Crisis (The Ladies Of Chairlift, Class Actress, Apache Beat, Au Revoir Simone, Acrylics, Et Al) Cover Taylor Dayne (Stereogum Premiere)

Here it is, the latest installment from Girl Crisis, an all-female concept troupe operating on a specifically detailed concept. The idea behind it was to a) name themselves as a joke on Boy Crisis and b) exist only in web-video form featuring c) an essentially revolving cast of indie Brooklyn sirens that d) have nothing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2010 - 1:08 pm

The Blow @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 5/13/10

The Blow is back. Armed will all new the Blow songs. Sort of. Late last year reports started trickling out about Khaela Maricich’s new piece, and its intriguing underlying thesis, which based on various reports I’d framed like so: “Khaela divulged onstage she’d been collaborating with Lindsay Lohan, and the Blow would perform her song… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 14, 2010 - 3:23 pm

Acrylics – “It’s Cool Here” and “Counting Sheep” Live Video

Acrylics made it to the Big Ugly Yellow Couch for a session, and they used the opportunity to try out two new songs. Now, since it’s an acoustic session with just one guitar and members Molly Shea and Jason Klauber doing harmonies, it’s hard to tell what they’ll sound like on record. Klauber actually take… More »

By: jessica / April 22, 2010 - 12:46 pm

the morning benders/Class Actress/Blood Orange/Acrylics/Twin Shadow @ Glasslands, Brooklyn 2/6/10

First off, this photo set is really great and worth a pass through, compliments in part to Glasslands gallery’s new “cloud cover” installation, and in part to the always impressive camera work of Ryan Muir. Bands in post-title listed in order of dominance, although there’s no reason to call winners between the morning benders and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2010 - 3:57 pm

New Acrylics Video – “Molly’s Vertigo” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn duo Acrylics are in that early phase of their career where knowing how and when to package the tracks they’ve recorded is tricky business. EP, LP, 7″, digital download, questions questions blog-world questions. Regardless of how and where they go from here, their first step was a strong one: All Of The Fire, a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2010 - 2:54 pm

Cass McCombs/Acrylics @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 11/9/09

Few rooms offer what Bowery does in terms of acoustics; dial your levels right onstage and the Ballroom’s soundsystem and resonant effects will do the rest. With Cass McCombs’s fourth LP, the endlessly repeatable Catacombs, the traveling troubadour has never been quite so forthright with his lyrical content: he’s singing about what’s on his mind,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 10, 2009 - 2:36 pm

CMJ ’09: Weekend In Photos

One last gargantuan batch of photos from an exhausting, exhaustive week of NYC showgoing. On Friday Jessica Amaya joined us at Doveman’s record release party at the Elevated Hole, a Chelsea loft owned by the Yale English Dept. chair Michael Warner. The room was a perfect foil for Doveman’s candlelit Conformist material, along with guest… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 26, 2009 - 9:07 am

New Acrylics – “All Of The Fire”

There’s no way Brooklyn’s Acrylics will escape copious references to Chris Taylor, although as one of the first releases from the Grizzly Bear producer/bassist’s new label with Ethan Silverman, Terrible Records, clearly they’re game. What’s best about lead single “All Of The Fire” for both band and Taylor (who gets a production credit) is how… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2009 - 3:01 pm