Archive for August, 2019

Long Island’s “Off Guard” Releases New Album “LOSING MY MIND WITH MY HEART”

August 26, 2019:

Off Guard is a four-piece Alternative-Punk band that formed in 2017:

Off Guard Long Island Band

Lead vocalist Matt Weiss, vocalist/bassist Tyler Embry, guitarist Matt Becker and drummer Nick Kolokathis blend a mix of alternative rock, emo and pop to make their own eclectic sound.

The band released their debut 5 track EP “Set the Scene” shortly after they formed, and quickly had major streaming success via Spotify and Apple Music.

Øff Guard’s new album “Losing My Mind With My Heart” deals with heavy topics such as how to cope with death, mental health and interpersonal relationships. The album features their two recently released singles “Lights” and “Bounce House”.

According to – “Øff Guard impresses on the 8-track collection; a sleek combination of alternative, emo, and pop elements, each track possesses its’ own distinct energy and individuality. Standout tracks “Bounce House” and “Stick Around” firmly hold their own, carving out the album’s identity early on.”

Regarding this album the band released a statement: “Our new album “Losing My Mind With My Heart” is unlike any body of work we’ve released. All eight songs describe how it feels to live with everyday mental health issues. We hope to reach out to listeners across the world who live with anxiety and depression so they can discover a safe space within our music.”

“Losing My Mind With My Heart” is available on all digital platforms.

Here’s a video from the band:

Stream the album on Spotify here:

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  • Not Everyone Who Played Woodstock is Famous. Here’s the Story of a Long Islander Who Performed There:

    August 13, 2019:

    Bert Sommer is one of the many Woodstock performers whose fame has not endured after 50 years, and that’s a story worth telling too.

    Long Island's Bert Sommer

    Sommer was the perfect poster boy for Woodstock. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island, was hard to miss. A Tim Buckley lookalike, he sported shoulder-length curly hair, a headband, bare feet and a voice like a dove’s.

    Despite being involved in two of the most famous counterculture events of the ’60s — Hair and Woodstock, and despite having a standing ovation and a 10-song set at Woodstock, Sommer’s songs were left off the Woodstock Movie, records, cd’s and DVD’s.

    However, there’s good news: In 2005, producing partners Andy Zax and Brian Kehew came across the Woodstock recordings in the Warner Brothers Vault. For the 50th Anniversary, they put together the 38-disc box set Woodstock 50 — Back to the Garden — The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive (Rhino Records). It includes every note of music played at the festival (save for three songs) — including, on the 38-CD box, all of Sommer’s songs that were previously left off.

    Here’s video of Sommer’s Woodstock performance:

    Time Magazine recently covered his fascinating story. Here’s a link:

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