Featured Shows of the Week! October 8
Tennis is an American indie pop band from Denver made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. During their first tour, James Barone joined the band on drums.
RZA is the Wu-Tang Clan’s chief producer. Also known as the Abbott, Prince Rakeem, Rzarector, Bobby Steels and Bobby Digital he was born as Robert Diggs. RZA first surfaced in the rap game during the early ’90s as a member of the rap group All In Together Now, a group from Staten Island, New York which also contained fellow Wu-Tang members such as GZA/Genius and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
First off a note of warning: Matt and Kim aren’t a typical band and this isn’t going to read like your average biography. For example, although Matt and Kim know they met while taking classes at Pratt Institute in New York, Kim’s not sure what year she graduated, let alone when they decided to start playing music as a two-piece. What they do know is that when Matt and Kim started out approximately four years ago, they had no idea how to play their respective instruments—a fact that makes the band’s success story almost as unique as their distinctive brand of synth-and-drums dance punk.
Inside the Windup Space on North Avenue, Amy Cavanaugh of the local instrumental rock quartet Yeveto steps from behind her cello and hops off the stage. Ben Hoffman, in a black dress shirt and slacks, rests his drumsticks on the snare and joins her. Keyboardist Russell de Ocampo (also the Windup’s proprietor) and guitarist Gregory Rago, each with beards—Rago’s of most impressive length, obscuring his mouth—walk up from the opposite direction and take seats with the others on the edge of the stage. It’s a Sunday afternoon in late October. The band has been getting ready for the release show for Remote Unelectrified Villages, its third record since forming in 2004. Together, they appear in a hazy, placid happiness.
Miles Midnight is a Washington, DC based pop music project started by Matt Corrado and Sean Gaiser in 2007. The latest addition of good friend and fellow musician Jarrett Nicolay rounded the group out and the threesome just finished tracking it’s second record, “Superphonic” which is due out in the Fall of 2012.
Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay are the two halves of the recently formed D.C.-duo Astra Via. This pairing is not the first go-around for either artist; both have two other musical projects under their belts. Mancini has released tracks as a solo artist and as part of the band Olivia and the Mates. Nicolay has his solo project, My New Mixtape, and is also a founding member of the band Virginia Coalition. While they’ve informally collaborated on each other’s music in the past, their seven-track debut EP Folie à Deux, released earlier this month, makes their team-up official.
Torche is a band from Miami, Florida, whose sound is often described as stoner metal, or sludge metal. They formed in 2004 and have released three full-length studio albums, four EPs, two split albums, and three singles. Their most recent release was Harmonicraft, released in 2012.
Calexico is a Tucson, Arizona-based Americana / Alternative country band. The band’s two main members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group Giant Sand.
Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2002. The band comprises Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao and Joe Lester.
“In the months leading up to my college graduation, I did not know what I was going to do for a career. What I did know was that I love to write and rap. I had been rapping all through college but it wasn’t until my senior year, when our school was hosting a battle of the bands, that I decided to put together a live group. We called ourselves “A Cool Stick” (a play on one of my favorite words; acoustic). We won the battle! Our reward was that we got to share the stage with Citizen Cope at our spring Palooza. After stepping off of that stage in the Spring of 2009, I had a career plan; Music.”
Boston’s Passion Pit is the brainchild of Michael Angelakos with live band consisting of ian hultquist(synths), ayad al adhamy(synths, samplers), jeff apruzzese(bass, synths), nate donmoyer (drums). Michael is a songwriter’s songwriter drawing from a variety of influences, from the classic pop of Randy Newman to the synth work of Giorgio Moroder.
Tilly and the Wall are an indie rock group which formed in Omaha, Nebraska, United States in 2001. The band consits of Derek Pressnall (vocals, guitar), his wife Jamie Pressnall (tap dancer), Neely Jenkins (vocals, bass), Kianna Alarid (vocals, recorder, bass) and Nick White (keyboards). The band has gained notoriety for having a tap dancer provide percussion instead of a drummer (although drums and drum machines are occasionally used on some of their recordings, and Pressnall is usually complemented by Alarid and Jenkins stomping on the floor). To date they have recorded three albums: Wild Like Children, Bottoms of Barrels and O.