The Parlor Mob

‘Someday’ You Might Love The Parlor Mob

The Parlor Mob has been obscenely slept on. In an alternate universe—or better yet, the near-future of this one—the Asbury Park, N.J. band, known for dispensing classic-style riffs with a modern approach, will be taking over the world and headlining festival stages. If last night’s set at Hamden’s Space Ballroom was any indication, their new…

Charly Bliss

[Review]: Charly Bliss is Ready for Pop Domination

When a band of hungry twenty-somethings comes off a ferocious and critically-acclaimed debut, the urgency of delivering a satisfying sophomore follow-up may seem daunting. Luckily for Charly Bliss—comprised of lead singer Eva Hendricks, her brother and drummer Sam Hendricks, guitarist Spencer Fox, and bassist Dan Shure—they’ve expanded their musical wheelhouse by looking inward and leaning…

Tank and the Bangas performing in Norwalk, Conn.

[Review] Taking A Plunge With Tank and the Bangas

On the song “Rollercoasters,” Tank and the Bangas frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball compares riding a rollercoaster to facing one’s fears, the void of having never been in love, of “feeling your heart roam through your body.” She sings, “There are nothing but tears, freedom, and fear in your right hand now, time to throw it…

Sheer Mag

[Review]: The DIY Rock Ragers of Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag

There’s something to be said for a band that’s taken control of its own fate. Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag reached cult status before they were signed becoming hometown heroes thanks to their no-frills American rock ‘n roll and DIY approach. At a recent gig in Hamden, Connecticut’s Space Ballroom, the band brought its scrappy, scuzzy tunes…

Lizzo

Lizzo’s Pitchfork Clapback Isn’t A Good Look

Rapper, singer, and flautist Lizzo released her third LP last week, though its singles have been shaking speakers for months. Cuz I Love You, her first record on Atlantic, doubles down on her brand of body-positive bops and unapologetic self-love. In an anxiety-ridden, hate-filled world, Lizzo just might be the elixir that society needs right…

Radkey

Radkey: The Best Band You Aren’t Listening To

At Brooklyn’s Market Hotel this past weekend, three brothers unleashed enough carnal rock fury to fill up the grandstands of multiple arenas. They even drowned out the clattering noise of the speeding J train as it whizzed by behind them mere yards away from the stage. Hell, if you were ever to catch Radkey at…

Emmett Otter

The Riverbottom Nightmare Band Was Punk AF

When you think of punk in its earliest, purest form, what bands come to mind? The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones? How about The Dead Kennedy’s or The Clash? Forget all that nonsense. The Riverbottom Nightmare Band was punk af and would destroy all those bands in a knife fight. They wouldn’t think twice…

Mitski

TLW’s Top 18 Albums of 2018

Don’t you hate when you’re reading a food blog and you’re all hangry and feeling some kinda way, and you have to scroll down like 80 times in order to get to the goddamn recipe? Yeah, me too. Here’s a list of albums I liked this year. I deem them “the best,” but really they’re…

Chrome

Chromeo’s Party-Now, Worry-Later Attitude is a Vibe

  When the electro-funk-pop duo Chromeo comes to town, there’s a lot of smiling. Sure, fans were more than juiced to be two-stepping it to some funky beats, but David Macklovitch—aka, Dave 1, the group’s singer and guitarist—couldn’t wipe his own grin off his face if he tried. Booties were shook, pearly whites, flashed. The group’s…