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Cosmonauts Play the Late Show Tonight at Mercury Lounge

April 3rd, 2014

Guitarists Alexander Ahmadi and Derek Cowart first met through a mutual friend in Orange County, California. They began jamming together before adding drummer Cole Devine and James Sanderson to form Cosmonauts. Inspired by the likes of the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth, the four-piece began making loud, droning guitar jams with a healthy dose of reverb. They’ve released three albums since 2011, New Psychic Denim (stream it below), then If You Wanna Die Then I Wanna Die (stream it below), followed last year by Persona Non Grata (stream it below), about which AllMusic reports: “fans of the current garage-psych scene will want to check it out.” They appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday, but tonight, Cosmonauts (above, performing “What Me Worry” for the HoC) hit the Lower East Side to play the late show at Mercury Lounge.

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Quentin Stoltzfus’s New Band, Light Heat, Plays Mercury Lounge

June 26th, 2013

We haven’t heard much from Philadelphia musician Quentin Stoltzfus since his psych-pop project Mazarin released We’re Already Here in 2005, prompting Pitchfork to rave: “For real, it’s hard to find a track on this record that isn’t at once impressive in its craft and deeply lovable on a sensual level; you don’t even need to skip around to sing its virtues, you can just go down the track list in order.” Fortunately, in the eight years since, Stoltzfus found time amidst building studios and producing albums to write and record (and even record again) a batch of new material alongside friends like Matt Barrick, Peter Bauer, Paul Maroon, Walter Martin—better known as four-fifths of the Walkmen. (“It’s great to have good friends who are incredibly competent and who support and understand your ideas,” says Stoltzfus.) The end result is a band called Light Heat (above, their video for “And the Birds…”), and their debut self-titled album (stream it below) just came out on Tuesday. Interview calls it “a profound work that radiates a hip pop classicism, as much Dylan as it is Velvet Underground.” So don’t miss them tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.