Featured Shows of the Week! June 11th
Mogwai emerged from Bellshill, Glasgow to become one of the world’s pre-eminent post-rock bands. Debut album “Young Team” showcased the band’s savage approach to the genre, incorporating elements from punk and metal genres to create something quite unique. The band are equally famous for feuding with fellow artists, such as Damon Albarn and James Blunt.
With the release of their first single “Be Where You Are,” Astra Via (Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay) appear to be sermonizing not only to their audience but also to themselves. Astra Via’s sound is not “here,” and not “there,” exactly, but maybe here, there, and everywhere. A bipolar marriage of past and future, where science geek and hopeless romantic meet. On the surface, the song warns us that what’s most important in life might be missed if we don’t take time to notice it. But inside the song itself is a band trying to figure out how to exist in an era that is either too late to the party or the first guest to arrive.
Two Door Cinema Club are an indie rock band from Bangor and Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland. Formed in 2007, the band is composed of band members: Sam Halliday (lead guitar, backing vocals), Alex Trimble (vocals, rhythm guitar, beats, synths) and Kevin Baird (bass, backing vocals). They are signed to French record label Kitsuné Music, through whom they released their debut album, Tourist History on 1 March 2010. It won the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2010 the following year.
Standing firmly on the middle ground between the quirky, staccato attack of Modest Mouse and the spirited, arena-ready roar of Arcade Fire, Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit Grouplove came to fruition in the late 2000s around the talents of Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin, and Andrew Wessen. New Yorkers Hooper and Zucconi, through sheer kismet, forged a friendship with the latter three members while attending an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete. Before returning to their myriad homelands, the future quintet members began hashing out plans to meet up again and put some of the music they had been working on to tape, resulting in whirlwind trips to Rabin’s Los Angeles studio, where the five friends decided to make their relationship official. Grouplove’s eponymous debut EP was released by Canvasback in 2010. While touring alongside Florence + the Machine early the following year, Grouplove managed to finalize plans for their full-length album, Never Trust a Happy Song, which appeared later that fall.
Deep into the present, there was an explosion. Bigger than any bomb the world had seen, it shook our entire universe, bent time and changed our perception of everything. CHAPPO emerged. While setting out on a quest for galactic equanimity, they came face to face with a silver synth unicorn, a pair of metallic armas, and a few dozen doppelgangers. CHAPPO is a cross pollination of INDIE-POP and SPACE-ROCK, having been compared to ‘The Rolling Stones in space,’ and untamed, ‘The Flaming Lips without gravity. They’ve got space shoes, phantasmagorical adventures, confetti, six-shooters, and diamond powder-filled hourglasses.
The Lloyd Dobler Effect (LDE) has been around for more than 8 years, having toured over forty states and thirteen countries. The band has an impressive list of accomplishments including headlining multiple international Armed Forces Entertainment tours. LDE’s multi-layered and upbeat music showcases their universal appeal to both modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences.
The name for the group comes from the main character in the 1989 movie “Say Anything” starring John Cusack, where Lloyd Dobler held a large boombox over his head outside of his girlfriend’s window and blasted “In Your Eyes” to prove how much he loved her.
JEFF the Brotherhood is a two-piece rock band consisting of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, hailing form Nashville, Tennessee. Their style has been described by music writers as containing elements of psychedelic rock, garage rock, punk and pop
New York native Nat Osborn is a restless soul. He has studied tabla inIndia, played guitar on the streets of Budapest, written songs on Spanish balconies, packed venues across NYC, and been deported from the U.K., all before the age of 25. A natural and prolific songwriter, his fluency in crossing genres creates a unique and truly original sound.
With nearly a decade of performance, songwriting, and band leading experience under his belt, Osborn set out in 2011 to assemble a seven-
piece powerhouse ensemble, “The Nat Osborn Band.” Osborn’s raspy vocals and euphoric hooks, matched with the band’s dangerously tight rhythm section and powerful three piece horn section has resulted in sold out shows at Rockwood Music Hall stage 2, Brooklyn Bowl, Cameo Gallery and many other North East venues and colleges. Having performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, Ludacris, and Marc Broussard, Osborn’s seasoned bandmates have created a completely undeniable performance unit with a truly captivating sound.
Dance for the Dying is a synth-driven dance-rock quartet that effortlessly fuses the joyful with the melancholy to craft infectiously catchy tunes. Based in Washington, DC, the group was formed after drummer Chris Link found inspiration on a trip to India that set him on a musical mission. Through the power of the internet and mutual acquaintance, he recruited guitarist Joshua Hunter and vocalist M.C. Wolfe in 2009 and the three began crafting original songs while searching for a fourth member to solidify their sound. The band found their man when Guitarist-turned-Bassist Brad Cantor joined the group in 2010. The band has a distinct sound of 80′s and 90′s goth and pop with fast paced rock rhythms. Simply put – Dance for the Dying creates songs you could roller skate to on laser night.