HIJK are an Indie Rock band from Oakland, trafficking in “hyper late 90’s-style rock, full of addictive hooks and complex riffs”. Their art forward style hinges on angular guitar work that simultaneously references the Post-Punk sound, as well as, Alt-Rock staples like Superchunk. Check out the stop motion video for their brazen song “Paper Boat”.
The band is looking to “take your TV set” this Friday, February 28th, in a cool double bill with Autocomplete, at The Connecticut Yankee. Getting robbed never sounded so good…
Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here!
Autocomplete are a group of “rudderless kids” based in San Francisco, grinding out a brash and punky brand of Garage Rock. Their sound has more in common with The Stooges and former SF band, Thee Oh Sees, than other California contemporaries like the Allah-Las, or The Fresh & Onlys. Check out their captivating video for the gritty song “Fish” below.
Autocomplete is performing this Friday, February 28th at The Connecticut Yankee in support of HIJK. Make sure to get your half price tickets in advance here.
Jacob Jeffries is a young Singer/Songwriter hailing from Florida who has some notable accolades to his name already. Besides being signed to Warner/Chappell for a publishing deal, he has also won the Florida Grammy Showcase for Best New Artist, and has opened for Allen Stone, Eric Hutchinson, Sister Hazel, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, and Dashboard Confessional. Following in the rich tradition of storytellers who have a knack for spinning their tales in the catchiest way possible, Jacob Jeffries is on the path to building a dedicated fan base founded on substance rather than hype.
Check out the video for “Highest Bidder” below, and see what Jacob is selling his soul for. Once you know, make sure you come see him perform live tomorrow night at The Connecticut Yankee, with support from local San Francisco bands, The Whiteboards and Hidden in the Sun. For more details and half price tickets click here.
Hidden in the Sun is a San Francisco band, that mines heartfelt songs, from the rich well of American storytelling and roots music. Lead singer Lizzie Clapper divulges personal experiences in poetic phrases, grounded by the beautiful folk, blues and rock piano stylings of Ciara McAllister. The style is steeped in tradition, which seems to be losing ground in today’s musical landscape, which is heavily over saturated by cut rate DJ’s remixing lowest common denominator pop hits. It is refreshing to see that some acts are holding on to what makes music so special to everyone, the ability for the sound, the voice and lyrics with substance to move the not only the body, but the mind and the soul as well.
This music was the basis for the style and sound that put San Francisco on the map back in the ’60s. Here is some press from music writer, John Wooley, who obviously felt that same energy.
“To my ears, Hidden in the Sun sounds a lot like the San Francisco psychedelia that came along in the late ’60s and really kind of started that whole album-rock/FM radio thing. All four songs from the EP Smoke Signals — and especially the first two — have the kind of vibe that first knocked me out back then, when radio started playing bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and, of course, Big Brother and the Holding Company. In fact, Lizzie’s phrasing and vocal approach reminds me at times of both Janis Joplin and Grace Slick in their primes.”
Watch the band perform “Three Flavors of Five” below, and make sure to come out this Saturday, February 15th to The Connecticut Yankee to see them perform! It is sure to be a bright spot in what’s been a foggy streak over the last week plus. Show up by 10pm to see Jacob Jeffries Band and The Whiteboards. You can purchase half price tickets, for $5, in advance of the show here.
Author : Erica Schultz
Joseph Campbell, a giant in the field of comparative mythology, boiled down the wisdom of the ages into his directive “Follow your bliss”.
It’s not every rock band that takes its mantra from academia, but frontman Phil Robinson isn’t just a rising rock star; he’s a soul-gazer and a Fulbright scholar who takes Campbell’s advice to heart. His material brings a mystical, intelligent bent to an otherwise straight-up, playful classic-rock sound.
When Robinson rebooted his pet musical project, The Bliss Jockeys, in early 2012, it was as a folk-style acoustic ensemble, with brother Josh Friedman joining him on jazzy guitar and a small cadre of backup singers anchored by long-time NY songbirds Ellen Weiss, Valerie Gomes and Leyla Mesic. But it took the March 2013 addition of a full rhythm section – with complex fills from drummer Casper Paludan and the driving electric groove of bassist Merter Yildirim – to bring to life the high-energy repertoire of Phil’s dreams (and start filling rock venues around New York City)!
The other surprising yet classic element in the BJ’s mix is a full gospel-style all-female choir, now comprised of 7 women, filling out the over-the-top sound. In August, The Bliss Jockeys took over Ella Lounge for an intimate 45-minute set highlighting new material, from the sunny “99 Days” and “Transcendental Cowboy” to the brooding “Looking for Someone” and “Through the Middle”. But the keystone of the set was an innovative cover of Steely Dan’s “Bodhisattva” (in case you’re missing the theme here of the path to enlightenment), showcasing the band’s exuberant instrumentals atop the tight, spirited harmonies of the choir.
The Bliss Jockeys, live at Ella Lounge, NYC on August 10th, 2013! (photo by Brian Lin)
Upcoming shows include a Nov 23 triple bill at Tammany Hall (with Victor V. Gurbo & Co. and Myriam Phiro’s Swing Party). After that, they’ll be opening for the Villalobos Brothers at the prestigious Mercury Lounge on January 15. Check it out!
Author : Mary Tsoules
TurnStyle continues to bring us the best new underground acts for their third show of the Back to School Special series. The kickoff party was pretty dope. If you missed it, catch up with my review here.
Friday night (9/20/13) was one of those perfect nights to go out. You know, absolutely clear, just the right temperature, etc. It seemed like everyone was totally feeling a break after the long week and the streets of the Lower East Side were packed. So the crowds didn’t surprise me when I walked into Pianos.
I made it just in time for the start of Indie electronic duo KNTRLR. The pair performed an eclectic range of tunes for us. The majority of the tracks held true to their Indie/Alt rock style, which is always pretty rad to see live, especially with the musical talent of these guys. However, they added an electronic element to the performance as well. Mixing beats along with a live band makes things all the more interesting to the ear. In the background played a sort of promo video that seemed to be made especially for this occasion, which was cool.
The headliner for the evening was next: Clementine and the Galaxy. Another eclectic duo making savory sweet tunes. This pair’s focus is on electro-pop and they sure do it well. Before even seeing them live, they had me replaying their entire debut EP, Clementine and the Galaxy over and over again.
The pair file themselves under what they call “art pop”, a genre totally new to me. Apparently the likes of Kate Bush and Björk are classified under the same genre (no it’s not just the title of Lady Gaga’s new album…). Art Pop is defined as “a genre that blends the melodies of Pop music with unconventional or experimental elements.”
Julie Hardy (Clementine) and Mike MacAllister (the Galaxy) are the two masterminds behind this contagious Pop music. The two met while doing a commercial project in which Hardy was hired to sing and MacAllister was the recording engineer. These two are the kind of collaboration that take music very seriously. They both have unique talents to offer in the music world and their endless accomplishments listed in their bio show it. Impressive as they may be, they are both extremely down to earth, and humble, as can be seen in their TurnStyle interview that was conducted just before the show.
Electro-pop (or Art Pop) can sometimes be a hard genre to pull off live (in my opinion). When every sound isn’t organically created, (i.e. the use of synthesizers, loopers, and samplers) it can be hard to keep the audience focused. But with compelling dance music and honest talent like Hardy and MacAllister, you’ve got one hell of an entertaining show. Clementine dressed the part, in a futuristic get-up and black mask. They played all the songs on their EP, which was fun to hear live after just hearing the recorded versions. But the best part was when they broke out some of their new songs. One of my favorites was “Lazer Gunz”; definitely going to be a winner in my book. Their energy was so great for the entire show, at one point asking, “Are you guys gonna dance?!”, and we certainly did. How can you not?
So far, TurnStyle’s insider genius proves to be accurate. So stop missing out on all these fabulous up-and-comers in the industry! The final show in TurnStyle’s Back to School Special series is happening tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at Tammany Hall, and is a part of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. Buy tickets here! This means there’s no excuse to not tweet about the wonderful Body Language first. The show also features notable support from TECLA and Psychobuildings.
You know the drill: keep checking back for more concert reviews from the Series and in the mean time, check out my Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages to hear some more cool new music.
XOXO Frizzy Blonde