Posts Tagged Long Island Guitars

Long Island’s Victory Garden Release New EP

April 18, 2019:

The six-song EP is titled Madeleine and is available for download:

Sound Garden - Long Island band

If some of these musicians look familiar, there’s a good reason: Victory Garden actually consists of musicians from other Long Island bands: Chris and Danny Smith, who play guitar in Victory Garden, also play in Backtrack.

Mike Smith, Victory Garden’s bass player, also is a member of the band Hangman. Rounding out Victory Garden’s lineup are two members from the band Capital – Joey Saccente and Duncan MacDougal. MacDougal sings for Victory Garden, which surprisingly, is something he hasn’t done since his time in early-2000s – when he was with another Long Island hardcore band – Thieves and Assassins.

According to Mike Musilli, writing for “The demo absolutely pounds with melodic hardcore and punk foundations. Victory Garden pulls from so many of the best aspects of hardcore and punk while still creating a cohesive and original sound for themselves. There’s something for everyone in this first batch of songs from Victory Garden.”

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In case you missed any of Under the Radar’s recent blogs

April 11, 2019:

Check out these stories and a lot more:

under the radar - undiscovered musical talent from Long Island

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Long Island’s SWIM Releases a New Song

April 8, 2019:

The Indie pop rock band’s new single, “The Chase” is available on many digital platforms:

Long Island Band, SWIM

The recoding, according to is “a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band”. Additionally the website added the song “blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. ‘The Chase’ is quite nostalgic, speaking of personal doubt in a relationship, while also piecing together each band members’ instrumentation to create a sleek, cool fusion.”

According to the band, “The Chase” was written by all members of the band, slowly coming together as they wrote each section of the song. What started as a pretty simple chord progression would be recorded and polished over the course of a year to morph into the version that was just released (video is below).

SWIM is an indie pop-rock band originating in Stony Brook. They were voted one of the Top 10 bands on Long Island during the summer of 2017 in Newsday’s Band Battle.

SWIM has been active at venues across Long Island since 2015, following the release of their first, self-titled EP, even performing at notable local venues like 89 North (Patchogue), Revolution (Amityville), and the Rainbow Stage at Heckscher State Park.

Here’s SWIM’s video – “The Chase”:


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45 RPM – A Long Island Treasure

March 26, 2019:

This incredible band is like a time machine – transporting listeners back to the 70s:

45 rpm long island band

If you haven’t seen 45 RPM at one of their many of their local appearances, than what are you waiting for?

Just about every weekend the band can be found somewhere on Long Island, pumping out those well-known songs so many of us grew up listening to.

The band members are: Danny Calvagna – lead vocals, Linda Mackley – drums and vocals, Michael Barberich – guitar and vocals, Simon Walsh – bass and vocals, Tony Tallarico – keyboards, and Michael Hack – keyboards, guitar, and vocals.

With five outstanding vocalists, this group can nail just about any song, however they shine on those classic 70′s hits that don’t get much air play anymore.

Recently Digital Journal had this to say about the band that promises and delvers fun: “Overall, 45 RPM delivered a noteworthy opening set at Mulcahy’s. Their songs were eclectic and they took their audience back to simpler times. 45 RPM is worth seeing in concert whenever they come to town. One thing is for certain: songs from the ’70s will never go out of style, and it is great that 45 RPM breathes fresh life into them. Their set garnered two thumbs up.”

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  • 8th Annual NY Guitar Expo Returns to Long Island

    March 18, 2019:

    The Freeport Recreation Center is once again the place to be in April if you’re a guitarist or bass player. Here’s a photo from a couple of year ago:

    2019 Long Island guitar expo

    The 8th Annual NY Guitar Expo is proud to announce their return to the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E. Merrick Rd) Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2019.

    “Everyone can participate at different levels. Guitars are sold for $300 to $100,000,” says expo founder and organizer Richard Johnson. “We even encourage people to bring guitars to sell to each other one-on-one or to the dealers.

    Johnson works tirelessly to assemble exhibitors of all kinds, and I haven’t missed a show since he started this yearly event.

    This guitar show is one of the largest shows in the northeast, and this year’s Expo features new, vintage & used instruments & amps, local dealers/music stores, custom builders and major manufacturers along with the return of the Les Paul Exhibit curated by Jim Wysocki!

    A longtime friend of Les Paul’s, Wysocki will have several guitars and inventions from Les Paul’s actual collection. Photographs with the guitars will be allowed and you’ll be able to plug in and play. The exhibit will have one of the first reel to reel tape machines from Les Paul’s 8 track machines.

    Richard Johnson said, “It’s an honor to have Jim and his exhibit back at this year’s show. We missed him last year (wedding) and Jim’s personal relationship with Les Paul only adds to the knowledge, humorous background and anecdotes Jim has on Les and his fabulous life!”

    Guitar players / enthusiasts have their chance to buy, sell, and trade with a wide range of dealers, other attendees and collectors including Taylor Guitars, Homestead Amps, Gbase, Guitar Center, My Generation Guitars and others. Gear manufacturers to custom builders, everyone attending can participate and enjoy everything the Expo has to offer in some way. With guitars, gear, and a private pedal & amp room it is the place to be for serious players or those just getting into their groove!

    “This show has become a fan favorite because of our well-rounded guitar show with vintage gear & guitars, retailers, manufacturers, private collections etc., so anyone walking through the front door can participate in some way large or small.”

    The Show Hours:

  • Saturday, 4/27 – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, 4/28 – 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • Adults: $10

  • Children under 12 are FREE when accompanied by adult

    For additional information about the expo, please visit their website:

    Hope to see you at the Guitar Expo!

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