Dexter's Kin

TurnStyle Music Group Presents

Dexter's Kin

Cowpatch, Battle Maiden, TENREC, Angie Atkinson, Exciteless

Thu, October 11, 2012

7:00 pm

Arlene's Grocery

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Dexter's Kin - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dexter's Kin
Dexter’s Kin, the New York City-based Alternative/Rock/Pop band formed by lead singer and songwriter Paul Benedict, touts an undeniable connection between its music and fans. The band, named after Paul’s late brother, honors his memory through its inspiring lyrics and captivating melodies. Its songs hold listeners rapt with its blend of edgy pop tunes, high energy beats, and heartfelt ballads. Paul’s soulful voice brims with honesty, inviting listeners to follow him on his journey.
Paul reflects, “Every song I’ve written has been related to my experiences with family. My brother’s death made such an impact in my life. One way or another he’s influenced my music. It’s the core of who I am saying that I’m Dexter’s Kin.”
The band recently released it’s highly-anticipated self-titled album in the fall of 2011 and was accompanied by the release of the music video for the first single on the album, “Spill Out The Lies,” which has earned well over 100,000 hits on YouTube. Unlike Paul’s solo release of the EP Metamorphose in 2009, the self-titled LP marks the culmination of the band’s permanent lineup.
Dexter’s Kin plans to perform live in the tri-state New York area before expanding to neighboring states. The band also seeks to build long lasting relationships with other indie bands who share the same drive and ambition to deliver engaging and compelling shows. Fans can follow Dexter’s Kin through its website and multiple social media outlets.
Dexter’s Kin completed its present ensemble of band members in late 2011. In addition to lead vocalist Paul Benedict, band members include Bryan Christopher (guitar), Harrison Wade (keyboards), Andrew Lynch (bass), and Jason Juliette (drums/percussions). The group has already released several dynamic videos that highlight its energetic music, spirited personality, and star-quality image. The new self-titled album combined with the band’s live performances mirror the dedicated collaboration of the artists who form Dexter’s Kin. The connectedness between them reveals itself through its impactful music. Paul reflects, “Dexter is biologically my brother, but without these four strong, supportive, and talented musicians who I call brothers, this project wouldn’t have come to light. They’re my family. We are Dexter’s Kin.”
Cowpatch - (Set time: 7:00 PM)

Like the wild and wide-open scene on a prairie postcard, COWPATCH is a breath of fresh air in America’s cluttered rock & roll landscape. The New York quartet’s swagger — steeped in FM radio classics with a modern edge — has fans of robust, vital rock music agreeing: This is something real.

Distinctions are blurred among rock & roll, powerpop, alt-rock, hard rock, classic rock, blues rock and more. Metal? Not really. Punk? Some. Americana? Pop? Twang? Country? It’s in there, in the decisive arrangements and right-as-rain lyrics, the airtight rhythm section and double-helix guitars, and the fearless, wayfaring improvisations.

Nods to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Who, The Allman Brothers, and The Beatles are evident. But beneath the surface lie flavors of Jane’s Addiction, Pink Floyd, Green Day, Small Faces, The Velvet Underground, Social Distortion, Tom Petty, Husker Du, Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters, Rory Gallagher, Foghat, Radiohead, Steely Dan, and so many others. This potent brew pours from the hands of veteran musicians with backgrounds as varied as their vast record collections.

COWPATCH laid roots in the early ‘90s at the feet of guitarist-singer Bill Hafener, then an integral part of indie-rock stalwarts The Skels. Hafener sidelined in folk-rock outfit The Children, where he met drummer Chris Olsen, and Richter scales shook when the two first played.

Soon, COWPATCH found its bassist in worldbeat artist Ted Schreiber, whose band Life Out of Balance was part of the same local scene, and whose dynamic singing and songwriting added new colors to the band’s palette. The picture was complete with the addition of Friction Wheel’s Paul DiBenedetto on guitar and vocals, and his entrance to the band belies its heart and soul — the sweet sound of vintage guitars — as he and Hafener met as regulars at a local guitar shop.

Currently the band is finishing a six-song EP of all-new material, the eternally awaited follow-up to COWPATCH’s mid-90s releases “Economy Tractor” and “Thick Slices from a Crusty Loaf.” The music visits familiar environs and plants the COWPATCH flag in new terrain as well. For longtime fans and new friends, this band is on a journey worth following.

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Battle Maiden - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Battle Maiden
Battle Maiden is a trio playing mainstream rock music from New York City. They’ve been described as “a sonic blast of passionate musicianship and energetic live shows.”

The energy of living in New York is exactly what fuels their stage act and song writing. Battle Maiden’s lyrics often refer to the glories of living in Manhattan. Their song BIG APPLE DREAMS is about exactly that.

Having just finished their first EP “Ride with Us,” the band is on a Fall/Winter release party playing shows throughout the 5 boroughs. They are playing the CMJ showcase in October in NYC and hope to play the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas in March 2015.

Continually propelling their dreams forward, Maude, the bassist and lead vocalist describes her songwriting style as motivating. “I want to energize people. I always have the female voice in my lyrics and I write about motherhood, but a lot of my lyrics get political from time to time and hopefully I’m making a statement that people can relate to; female or male.”

Joe who plays guitar comes from a classic rock background and is influenced by Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Alvin Lee. When watching Joe play you truly vibe the joy he gets from making sounds. His stage presence is real entertainment.

Roger plays drums with the style of a madman! His style is quirky, hard-hitting and raw. His influences include Tre Cool, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker, The Who, and The Sex Pistols to name a few.

Battle Maiden is a band that plays music for music’s sake and the honesty in that rubs off on their fans. This makes their rock shows one hell of a time you don’t want to miss.
TENREC - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
If ever asked, after experiencing a live Tenrec set, what or who they sounded like, the conversation would take so many twists and turns that only one conclusion can be made: the fruit of their labor can not be sonically classified by any means. Hailing from NYC (by way of Queens NY, Arlington TX, Leeds UK and Malden, MA) the four musical contrarians have effectively slammed their unique style on to the table.

The musical conundrum usually comes in the form of a beautifully blaring rhythmic guitar, a magical rollercoaster ride of a lead, a temperamental bass line and coercing drums that perfectly gift wrap the prize. On occasion, the boys will incorporate keyboard synth sounds that paint appeasing psychedelic, post-punk soundscapes. Their progressions purposely dip from lane to lane and often veer completely off road much to the aficionado’s delight. Nod of the head, slight smirk, “fuck yes”.

There’s a complete lack of fear factor in the delivery of goods. Their sound makes a bold statement: creating music in the typical fashion (trying to sell that single) is cutting off the proverbial balls of the creative monster. They seek the different and find it time and time again. A hinting influence resonates The Flaming Lips, The Feelies, The Breeders, Sonic Youth and The Gun Club. The blend, the final frame, is an exciting new sound well worth drooling over.
Angie Atkinson - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Angie Atkinson
Southern-bred and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Angie Atkinson's music career began when her marriage ended and it seemed like it was time to do something new. Angie grew up in Mississippi, a city girl at heart who brought the country with her when she moved to New York in 2009. Angie combines her metropolitan sophistication with her grassroots realness to create an alt-prairie-pop-rock sound that is uniquely her own. Whether playing acoustically on her ukulele or with her powerhouse band of incredible musicians backing her, Angie's vocals and lyrics cut through the bull malarkey and straight to the heart. Also she looks pretty damn good in her Daisy Dukes.
Exciteless - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
Excitless is a rad band from New York City. We like cats and heartache. Download all our music for free at
Venue Information:
Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St.
New York, NY, 10002