Featured Shows of the Week! July 30
Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell formed The Big Pink in 2007. Although both of music stock, their debut, A Brief History of Love, was the first collection of songs that either were really able call their own. Both from London, the genetics of The Big Pink are not incidental. Milo, the son of 1960s producer Denny Cordell, is behind the celebrated Merok label, instrumental in unleashing the mutant soul of Crystal Castles, Salem, and Teengirl Fantasy upon the world, while Furze first made a name for himself playing with industrial behemoths Panic DHH and Alec Empire. Such disparate roots speak loudly of the ambitions of The Big Pink, as they pull unexpected and marginal forms into the spotlight of a wider audience.
Bombay Bicycle Club are an English indie rock band from Crouch End, London. The band is composed of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Ed Nash (bass) and Suren de Saram (drums).
The band were asked to play the opening performance of 2006′s V Festival after winning Channel 4′s “Road to V” competition. Following the release of two EPs and their debut single “Evening/Morning”, the band recorded their debut album, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. The album was released on 6 July 2009.
The Brooklyn-based funk army known as Turkuaz “is like tossing a lit match into a dumpster full of fireworks” (bestnewbands.com). Their stage show combines influences from Sly and the Family Stone to Talking Heads into an explosive auditory and visual circus, a full-frontal assault on the senses. After multiple residencies at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl, two blowout performances at Bear Creek Music Festival, and tours spanning the east and west coasts, Turkuaz has developed a reputation from NYC to San Francisco as the band that plays louder, faster, and harder than all the rest.
Born as a side project by co-founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell, Turkuaz was formed in Boston in February 2008. Unbeknownst to Dave and Taylor, a demo of theirs had been submitted to Berklee College of Music’s Heavy Rotation Records by a friend. Heavy Rotation immediately added Turkuaz to their annual showcase at the Berklee Performance Center, and the spark was lit. Dave and Taylor formed the current funk monstrosity from amongst their musician friends. Turkuaz’s first show was to 1,000 people at the BPC and was met with rave reviews. After 8 months in the Boston music scene, the band migrated as a whole to Brooklyn, with the intention of bringing their brand of funk to New York.
With two independent album releases, tours up, down and across the country, a solid and ever-growing NYC fanbase, and the desire to only get bigger, Turkuaz keeps on perfecting their brand and continuing their upward trajectory at concerts and festivals across the country.
Civil Twilight brings a perfect blend of atmospheric sound and hazy storytelling that transports you to another place. Although Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew and Richard Wouters hail from South Africa, their sound is incredibly epic and their powerful song “Letters From The Sky” has provided the soundtrack to your every waking moment since its release. Written as an abstract concept by three lifelong friends, the song, along with their debut self-titled album, takes you to a time where it’s not quite daylight and not quite darkness.
Drop Electric is an experimental rock band based in Washington D.C. and NYC. Based in melody and distortion and deeply inspired by cinema, their live show is a combination of evocative music, unique vocals and narrative film.
In July 2012, they signed with Pusher Music, a specialized crew of artists creating music for trailers based in LA. They joined a roster of artists that includes DJ Shadow and Orbital.
Originally from Philadelphia, Nicky Egan spreads her love for music through a sound that blends elements of soul r&b and rock. With her influences ranging from Candi Staton, Sarah Vaughn and Janis Joplin, to James Brown and Joe Cocker, Radio Boston describes Egan as having “a voice that sounds more soulful and world weary than her 23 years might suggest.”
Egan formed her band in 2007 while attending school in Boston at Berklee College of Music. They’ve toured all over the U.S. in support of her debut LP, Good People, including stints at the famed
Whiskey A Go-Go, sharing the stage with other soul acts like Boston’s Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and New Orleans’ Charles Neville.
Dubbed a “soul songstress” by Phillyburbs.com, Egan is an accomplished songwriter and keyboardist and always commands the stage with captivating energy.
Egan is now based in Brooklyn, NY where she continues to write, record and tour.
Full circle: a theme that eagerly resonates with each member of multiplatinum survivors, Our Lady Peace. As the band approached the release of their seventh studio album, a feeling of renewal and excitement washed over Toronto’s favorite sons in a manner not felt since their earliest days.
Bear Hands is a post-punk/experimental/indie rock act hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Forming in 2006, the band consists of Dylan Rau, Ted Feldman, Val Loper and TJ Orscher. The band recently released a 4 song EP called Golden EP. Tracks include Golden, Long and Lean, Sickly Brunette and Bad Blood.
In 2009 Bear Hands joined the Too Pure Singles club and released “What a Drag” on a limited edition 7” vinyl. In early 2010 Bear Hands signed with Cantora Records and released the single “What a Drag” with the B-side of “Can’t Stick ‘em” as well as a free download of both tracks and a “What a Drag” remix by Aloha drummer and fellow Brooklynite, Cale Parks, on the newly formed Bear Hands website. “What a Drag” also has two music videos, one done in part by bassist Val, and the other done by guitarist Ted.