Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Rockets & Cars

Tis the last day of drinking illegally. Come midnight tonight, I will order my pint without hesitation and under my own name. It will be glorious.

Tomorrow, watch your mailboxes for the online release of Underrated Magazine. Make sure you find all the mistakes that I glanced over at 4 AM while editing. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And while I am eagerly awaiting the print versions to arrive (god help us if they don't), I honestly think I will take one glance at it and that will be all. This one was a painful process, and although I'm extremely proud of all my writers and the magazine as a whole, I can't bring myself to look at it anymore.

But you are excited, because you have yet to see it! You can come back here tomorrow for the link to download as well. Seriously though, I would appreciate any feedback: good, bad, and yes, even the ugly. And do come out on Thursday, because it's going to be an incredible show and I'll be drunk. So what else do you need in life?

After an acoustic set by Dave Lear and a riveting performance by This Radiant Boy, New York's own Rockets & Cars will take the stage. I hear there may be go-go dancers, and a bunch of other surprises. So watch out, these guys will rock it...and hard.

Excerpt from their feature in Issue Six:

Both rockets and cars evoke images of fast-paced action and energy – just like the band. Their clever lyrics and catchy tunes have landed in the United States and internationally, and are not looking to slow down.

In 2004, New York’s own Rockets & Cars headed over to the UK, a move that kicked off a whirlwind of critical praise. The UK-based publication, Black Velvet Magazine, told Europe to “keep your eyes and ears open for these guys.” It was exciting and enlightening – though hundreds of miles away from home, the band was starting to take off.

For new artists, radio stations in the UK condition the audience to be more receptive. This is unlike the commercial radio in the States, where the playlists are comparatively smaller and fewer new artists are featured. Rockets & Cars, which consists of TJ Rosenthal on the rhythm guitar and vocals, Dominick Leon on the bass guitar, Jeremy Stephens on the lead guitar and Gary Calzaretta on the drums are beginning to realize that there’s a world of difference between the two countries.

“People [in the UK] seem so much more open and receptive,” said bassist Dominick Leon. “Even if they don’t know you, they are willing to listen and give you a chance.”

“More chances are taken on the radio and the range seems wider in the UK. Listeners get more of a chance to hear brand new bands and are more apt to be patient in a club with an act whose songs they’ve never heard before,” said Rosenthal.

Rockets & Cars has played shows in the UK, and here at home. Shows at Mercury Lounge and the Manhattan Room have helped crowds catch on to their sound. The band recently played at Arlene’s Grocery for the Tsunami Relief Benefit, which was a band favorite, but they are still waiting for the big night.

“We haven’t had our best show yet. We have been building up to something and it’s coming,” said Stephens.



Rockets & Cars take the stage at 9:30.

MP3's (right click, save as)
  • Rockets and Cars - The Protest
  • Rockets and Cars - Johnny's Just A Kid
  • Rockets and Cars - Was That You Laughing

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