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New York Cool receives a lot of press releases about up-and-coming musicians so we have created this page so you can know what we know. Be sure to check back often...(more)

Giant Squid
Union Pool
August 12, 2009

Over the past several years Williamsburg has become known as quite the hipster haven, with Union Pool serving as one of the central hubs of cool. Returning NYU twenty-somethings had some competition for bar space, however, when Giant Squid bought its entourage of metal-heads into the Pool’s stage...(more)

All Points West
August 1, 2009

It was a disappointing weekend. In that we disappointed our audience and were unable to bring a more in depth coverage. Due to elements outside our control, we were only able to cover Saturday...(more)
David Mead's
Almost and Always

Thank you, David Mead. After wading through an endless selection of mediocre, boring and out-and-out bad albums lately, I was starting to despair for the future of music...(more)

Alvin Band's Mantis Preying

There is absolutely nothing the Alvin Band‘s album, Mantis Preying, fails to deliver...(more)

Bryan Scary's Mad Valentine EP

In today’s music, it’s hard to find an artist that can be played around the whole family without having to worry about explicit language or adult content...(more)

Blake's Souvenir

Rock 101: The Truth about the Blakes' new album Souvenir and what you need to remember! Lesson 1 - A sad confession: The Blakes are a little tough to listen to. Not because they sound bad; no! The Blakes are actually hard to listen to because calling them the successful heirs to counter-culture rock bands form the 60's and 70's, particularly the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Ramones, and the Clash, would be a bit of an understatement...(more)

Arlo Guthrie
American Express
River to River Festival
Battery Park
July 30, 2009

All through July, the River to River concert series in Battery Park has been hosting acts in celebration of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, bringing in such acts as the ubiquitous Richie Havens...(more)


Juan Calle & His Latin Lantzmen’s
Mozeltov Mis Amigos

If you think your ears are playing tricks on you while listening to Juan Calle & His Latin Lantzmen’s album, Mozeltov Mis Amigos, then you’ve got another thing coming...(more)
A Camp's New Album, Colonia

A Camp released their latest, Colonia, on April 28th of this year in the United States and on February 2nd everywhere else...(more)

Pool Party With
Health and The Black Lips
July 26, 2009

Sometimes it is just not meant to be. Sometimes the forces of nature conspire against you, and in the eternal battle of man against nature, nature usually wins...(more)

Black Moth Super Rainbow,
Blank Dogs, and Dan Friel
July 24, 2009

Let’s get straight to it. This was the seaport’s most adventurous offering yet. They did not play it safe, and they should be rewarded and commended for it. ...(more)

Richie Havens
Castle Clinton
July 23, 2009

Such mind associations, of course, constitute the wonder that is Richie Havens, who has always possessed the unique ability to instill a duality of emotions in his listener's (among a slew of other soulful sentiments)...(more)


Mean Creek's The Sky (or the Underground)

In the spirit of “If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything,” I called my editor after listening to the Boston foursome Mean Creek's latest, The Sky (or the Underground), to ask if I could just pretend my iPod ate my homework...(more)

Dirty Projectors
Magnolia Electric Co
Crystal Antlers
JellyNYC Pool Party
July 19, 2009

It’s Sunday, July 19, and we are on the banks of the east river. It’s a perfect day for a show. We had come down to see our friends Jelly NYC...(more)

South Street Seaport
American Express River to River
July 17, 2009

It’s Friday, so we must be at the seaport again. Thank goodness for river to river. With the state of my budget these days, free shows are about the only one’s I can afford...(more)

Scott Hardkiss' New Album
Technicolor Dream

Technicolor Dreamer, Scott Hardkiss' long awaited debut album is one album that was, arguably, well worth the wait...(more)

JellyNYC Pool Party
Fucked Up
Mission of Burma
July12, 2009

JellyNYC has done an admirable job the last few years with their pool parties. With the news of the pool was to reclaim its original purpose, everyone was all atwitter with worry. Where would they spend their Sundays?...(more)

River Rocks
July 9, 2009

On July 9, we checked out River Rocks first Pier 54 show of the summer. The line up consisted of Team Robespierre, Flosstradamus, and Matt and Kim...(more)

Anonymity Is The New Fame

I want to put the songs from Anonymity is the New Fame in a hybrid car--a vehicle streamlined in design with lots of bright graphic effects on the digital dashboard, and a "life is precious" bumper sticker...(more)
Jenny Lewis and
Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band
Battery Park
River to River Festival
Sponsored by American Express
July 4, 2009

233 years ago, the founding fathers decided to take a break from fighting the British. They grilled some hot dogs...(more)
Here We Go Magic
July 3, 2009

We started our summer music outings with a Friday at the Seaport. It’s a good location for shows, and on a nice day with a breeze coming off the river, it can be quite a pleasurable experience...(more)

Elizabeth and The Catapult
Joe’s Pub
June 11, 2009

Main act Elizabeth and The Catapult has come farther recently and as a result has smoothed out more rough edges. Even though their orchestra has near seven to ten highly proficient instrumentalists (at anyone time), Elizabeth kicks off with the front-woman herself...(more)

Art Brut
Mercury Lounge
June 4, 2009

I caught Art Brut on June 4, 2009, the last date of their five-day residency at Mercury Lounge. In an air thick with the fumes of nice shampoo and fragrant soap...(more)

Flotation Wall's

Nature, the debut album from Ohio four-piece Flotation Walls is a record that is impressive on first listen, but handsomely rewards repeat plays as well...(more)

The Americans'
The Americans EP

The Americans, in a fashion befitting their name, are a vintagey collective of earnest-looking multi-instrumentalists...(more)


The poet T.S. Eliot said a funny thing about tradition when invoked in criticizing individual work: “Seldom, perhaps, does the word appear except in a phrase of censure.”...(more)

Shout Out Out Out Out’s
Reintegration Time

Shout Out Out Out Out’s 2nd album, Reintegration Time, kicks off with “Run”, a slick synth groove over a light high-hat...(more)

Coachella Music Festival
Empire Polo Field
Indio, California
April 17 - 19, 2009

New York Cool Music Editor/Photographer Amy Davidson is at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, just outside of Palm Springs....(more)


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