Posts tagged with "poetry"

Thomas Guttman, 360 MAGAZINE

Artist To Watch: NYC’s Finding Thomas Releases Debut EP

There is a new artist on the rise in NYC, and they go by the name of Finding Thomas. Founded by singer/songwriter Thomas Guttman, the band has just released its debut EP, which you can listen to now via HERE.

Distinguished by a sense of songwriting craft, Thomas Guttman creates music which hovers above genres, marked by a refusal to be pigeonholed. Born and raised in New York City, Finding Thomas performs regularly at downtown clubs like The Standard, East Village, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Bowery Electric, where the fresh sound of the new never fails to surprise. With deep roots in the past, and a sensibility finely to the present, one hears the lingering roar of the previous century colliding with the madness of the current century – yet it’s still fundamentally rooted in bass, guitar, drums, and laced with a biting, lyrical poetry. 

Finding Thomas’ EP is cohesive and complex, with each track showcasing a different side of the band. Influences are as varied as they are nuanced, resulting in a timeless suite of songs. The international ensemble of musicians on the recording conjures a surprisingly straight up rock & roll record, with enticing hooks and brutally honest lyrics.

The EP opens with “Better On My Own,” which was recorded during a summer session with Israeli-based producer Eran Tabib. Featuring a tender guitar hook, paired with a tale of a heart shattered into pieces so sharp that they cut, Thomas sings with an intimacy that feels like he’s confiding in the listener.

“It was amazing to be working with Eran in Israel,” said Guttman. “We had been working together for a few years in New York, as a vocal coach. Luckily the stars aligned and we were able to set up a session very last minute in Tel-Aviv . The timing was perfect, as I had just written ‘Better On My Own’ after a rough breakup in December and the fresher the better.”

Watch the music video for “Better On My Own” via YouTube HERE.

Taken as a whole, the EP presents a fresh, personal, authentic new voice, marked by a taut, musical tension – between loose and tight rhythms, romantic and caustic tones, and past and the future sensibilities.

For more information on Finding Thomas please visit HERE.

Ben Zaidi, 360 magazine

Ben Zaidi

‘Sultry singer performs with perfection.’ 360 MAGAZINE

Ben Zaidi‘s music combines the lyrical sharpness of spoken-word poetry with the soft lushness of electronica. Written and produced by himeslf in his bedroom, his songs bleed with the intimacy of a private journal.

Growing up in Seattle, Zaidi was surrounded by the natural serenity of the Pacific Northwest. While still in high school he began writing songs that caught the attention of local record labels and, ultimately, Harvard University, where he enrolled to study music and poetry. In his dorm room he honed an individual sound that blended the confessional songwriting of Blue-period Joni Mitchell with the sonic minimalism of James Blake.

He developed a following online, relocated to New York City, and within months had sold out back-to-back shows at Rockwood Music Hall. The independently released single ‘Like It Was Nothing’ soon followed and shot to #2 on the iTunes Electronic Charts. Doors began opening, and Zaidi soon found himself in the studio with artists and producers he’d dreamed of working with, and headlining a packed show at Baby’s All Right.

As his music has expanded outward, Zaidi’s pen has turned inward––examining the self and its relationship to the outside world with unflinching honesty. His meditations on love, loss, and solitude in the digital age often point to the paradox that the more connected we have become, the more isolated and lonely we can feel. But, whether listening on headphones or at one of his intimate live shows, it is the familiarity of these feelings that pulls us right into the bedroom alongside him.

Ice Culture

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture

Art, Music & Lit from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture explores the beauty and mystery of our world’s ice, and reveals the necessity of ice to our human survival. The project explores the traditions and cultures of people connected to ice from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and raises vital concerns about climate change that can no longer be ignored. As climate change affects the weather and composition of our planet, our ice continues to melt. This reality affects all of us, regardless of where we live.

Black Coffee & Vinyl Presents: Ice Culture, a website and literary magazine publication, features art, music and literature by artists living and working in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Canada, Germany, US and more. Mixing poetry, essays, interviews, visual art and sound art, the project explores the myriad of ways ice touches our lives.

Ice Culture celebrates the physical and spiritual nature of ice. Ice has soul. It has a song. Ice radiates; it glows. It’s precious. Ice is a resource. Ice Culture showcases ice in all of its forms, from majestic glaciers to ice-carved musical instruments.

The collection features literature that includes poetry exploring Sami cultural traditions and the effects of climate change by Vivian Faith Prescott and an essay detailing the experience of a scientific mission in Antarctica; original musical compositions by Jósep Gíslason (Iceland) and a DJ mix inspired by Langjökull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland, curated by FM Belfast drummer Ívar Pétur Kjartansson (Iceland); interviews with indie singer/songwriter and star of the AMC show “The Terror,” Nive Nielsen (Greenland) and ice musician and co-founder of the annual Ice Music Festival, Terje Isungset (Norway); as well as interviews with artist residency programs in the Arctic Circle and Antarctica.

YUNGBLUD × TIN PAN BOY

UK ARTIST YUNGBLUD SHARES VIDEO FOR “TIN PAN BOY” TODAY

WATCH IT HERE

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES SET FOR SPRING

UK recording artist YUNGBLUD shares the video for “TIN PAN BOY” today. Watch it HERE. The song is available HERE via Locomotion/Geffen Records.

Self-directed by Yungblud, the video for “Tin Pan Boy” is, in his own words: “my opportunity to create a visualization of the shit I saw in my head when I wrote the song. I wanted to show the high energy, angry, yet slightly mad side of my personality. It’s the first time I’ve directed anything and I had such an insane time. It was amazing to watch a mental idea I had come to life.”

The massive redevelopment of Denmark Street in London’s Soho neighborhood and the subsequent eviction of independent businesses inspired the song.

Emerging from the gritty north of England 19-year-old YUNGBLUD brings to the stage an explosion of raw energy and thought-provoking lyrics. He has created his own blend of alternative rock: poetry, guitar-hooks and break-beats with a fierce determination to make a dent in pop-culture.

Check out YUNGBLUD on the road with K.FLAY:

March 13  Buffalo, NY  Town Ballroom

March 14  Detroit, MI  Magic Stick

March 15  Toronto, ON  Danforth Music Hall

March 16  Montreal, QC  Corona Theatre

March 18  Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer

March 19  New York, NY  Irving Plaza

March 21  Boston, MA  Royale

March 23  Charlotte, NC  The Underground

March 24  Atlanta, GA  Variety Playhouse

March 25  Cincinnati, OH  20th Century Theatre

March 27  Tulsa, OK  Cain’s Ballroom

March 28  Dallas, TX  Granada Theater

March 29  Austin, TX  The Mohawk

March 30  Houston, TX  WOMH Downstairs

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Yungblud

UK ARTIST YUNGBLUD SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR “I LOVE YOU, WILL YOU MARRY ME” TODAY

WATCH IT HERE

“…poised to go stratospheric. We might have seen the future, and it looks like Yungblud” – NME

“Yungblud scores a stone-cold banger right out of the gate” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“start expecting big-things from this Northern newcomer. We’re certain we’ve not seen the last of him…” – WONDERLAND MAGAZINE



UK recording artist YUNGBLUD shares the video for “I LOVE YOU, WILL YOU MARRY ME” today. Watch it HERE. The song is available HERE via Locomotion/Geffen Records.

Emerging from the gritty north of England 19-year-old YUNGBLUD brings to the stage an explosion of raw energy and thought-provoking lyrics. He has created his own blend of alternative rock: poetry, guitar-hooks and break-beats with a fierce determination to make a dent in pop-culture.

2017 has already seen Yungblud perform numerous shows and festivals across Europe and the US, including sets at Communion’s monthly Notting Hill Arts Club night, a slot at LA’s “School Night,” as well as acclaimed festival performances at The Great Escape, Lowlands Festival in Holland and Reeperbahn, Hamburg.

The video footage was filmed during his recent Propaganda tour of the UK.

Check out YUNGBLUD:

November 4 Kansas City, MO Riot Room   

November 7 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café

November 9 New York, NY Berlin

2018 dates

January 4 Munich, Germany Muffat Winterfest

January 19 Groningen, Netherlands Eurosonic (Huize Maas – main)

January 21 Nijmegen, Netherlands Merelyn

January 22 Cologne, Germany Blue Shell

January 23 Berlin, Germany Musik und Frieden

January 25 Rotterdam, Netherlands Rotown

January 26 Hamburg, Germany Molotow Skybar

January 27 Utrecht, Netherlands Ekko

January 28 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg OZ

January 30 Norwich, UK Waterfront Studio

January 31 Birmingham, UK Sunflower Lounge

February 1 London, UK Thousand Island

February 2 Manchester, UK Jimmy’s

February 4 Sheffield, UK The Harley

February 5 Dublin, Ireland Whelans

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