Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
This week’s edition of the NYC Scene Report features Rachel Lynn adding a little rock to her soul, the big vocals of Brooke Moriber, some indie rock from Born Cages, and the experimental electro-pop of HoneyChrome.
* Longtime readers know I’m all about encouraging people to get out there, and see live music. On any given night you can check out someone you love, or discover someone new. Last week I managed to do both in the same night at Pianos.
The late act on that particular evening was someone I’d written about in the past, soulful singer-songwriter Rachel Lynn. The last time I’d heard Lynn her sound was what I like to describe as “red wine music.” It was adult contemporary pop. The kind you’d put on for an adult-contemporary night with an adult-contemporary significant other. With the release of her latest EP, To Street & Transfer, Lynn has cranked things up a notch, adding some attitude to the proceedings by putting together a full band. This has led to rock becoming a part of her soul.
Check out Lynn’s new single, “The Claim,” which she just released a video for today. It shows her writing is just as strong as ever, and she’s unafraid to flip the script with her music.
* Earlier in the evening I saw Brooke Moriber perform. Moriber is a Broadway veteran who is embarking on a career as a solo artist, and her current sound has both rock and pop influences. Oh, and it goes without saying that with her background in musicals she has some really huge vocals.
Sometimes when an artist has a voice that begs to belt out every lyric they can overpower a band. The good news is Moriber’s band is seriously kick ass, and on this particular night they matched her in intensity, which is no easy task.
Although I don’t have footage from her Pianos performance, check out this clip of Moriber singing “In Every Song” from a previous show. The song is off of her upcoming EP, and was one of my favorites from her set.
* I’ve written about indie rock trio Born Cages a number of times, and as long as they continue to make great music, like their latest single, “Bigger Than Me,” you can expect me to keep writing about them.
OK, so I’m a little annoyed that the title of their new song is grammatically incorrect, but the music more than makes up for this. “Bigger Than Me” is off of Born Cages’ upcoming debut album, I’m Glad I’m Not Me (anyone else sensing a theme here?), which will be available on June 2nd.
Shortly after the release of I’m Glad I’m Not Me, Born Cages will be hitting the road to spend their summer on the Vans Warped Tour. So learn the words to “Bigger Than Me” now, so you can sing along when you see them live.
* HoneyChrome, with his unique brand of electro-pop that expertly toes the line between experimental and danceable, has become a regular of this column. The Brooklynite’s latest is a song about finding love in “All The Right Places.”
As HoneyChrome croons, “There’s a million beautiful faces waiting to shine through,” his positive outlook is what really shines through, and it’s something that’s ever-present in his work. Simply put, he wants everyone to find happiness, and he hopes his music can help some folks in that department.
His attitude is contagious, so if you’re looking to be taken on an audio journey that will leave you feeling great, click play on “All The Right Places.”
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.