Bethlehem Steel – Docking

At the intersection of jumbly rock and gentle folk lies Docking by Bethlehem Steel, out on Brooklyn label Miscreant Records. Loud in all the right places, Rebecca Ryskalczyk’s voice manages to toe the line between the opposing genres, resulting in an EP that rightfully demands your attention.


– m

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Bethlehem Steel – Docking

Battle Ave – Also In Tubs

Battle Ave is good. I mean, an ‘I’m going to listen to them again and again and try to figure them out’ kind of good. The emotion in lead singer songwriter Jesse Alexander’s voice fills out their foundation of solid, unassuming rock. Their oldest album War Paint is big and anthemic, ready to fill a stadium. While their newest, Year of Nod is so held back, you have to focus to listen — but Battle Ave shows great control in both. I’m bridging the gap and posting the track that was released in between the two albums to give you a taste. Proceed in whichever direction you prefer.

 
-m

Battle Ave – Also In Tubs

Kal Marks – Life Is Murder

Where did I first see Kal Marks? Was it at Shea Stadium, Death By Audio (RIP), or perhaps the Silent Barn (rise from the ashes)? No matter the DIY venue, their music is unforgettable. The trio appears small when they pick up their instruments but they quickly dispel that notion as the viscous envelope of sound forces even the snootiest New Yorkers to undulate their bodies. Kal released an excellent 7″ in December of last year, but my heart was truly won over with Life is Murder so you should start with that one as well.

 
Enjoy,
j

Noteworthy: My roommate is currently solo-moshing as I listen/review this album.

Kal Marks – Life Is Murder