BRBRCK, (pronounced Berberock) is Mike Berberich, the Scranton-born, Brooklyn-based MC with the kind of lyrical talent and ardent wordplay that’s hard to come by these days. Honest talent isn’t the only thing that sets BRBRCK apart from other hip hop artists. His genius is matched with a live band that definitely adds a jazzy bass line to his music. This “rapping white boy from Brooklyn” also writes and produces all of his own music. How rad.
He just released a music video for his new single, “Hood High”. This track has everything; Jazz, Blues, Rock ‘n Roll, and Hip-Hop, all in one song. It probably has the catchiest refrain that I’ve heard in quite some time: “We gettin’ hood high, we gettin’ hood high, we gettin’ hood high…”. It will have you cruising on another level. Just as the video portrays, it’s a tune that will perfectly accompany the activity of sitting on a stoop in Bedford Stuyvesant and *smoking*. It’s a song that will have you feeling supa fly, even if you’re totally not supa fly.
BRBRCK has performed at numerous live music venues in New York City including Arlene’s Grocery, Tammany Hall, and The Delancey. He’s super passionate about his live performance. In a video interview, he says, “I wanna turn it into a party-I wanna push that energy to the back wall.” He doesn’t care if you’re a Hip-Hop fan or not, “if you like energy, if you want to feel something you haven’t felt before, check out BRBRCK.” I don’t know about you, but all that sounds pretty enticing. Who doesn’t like a concert-party?
For those of you who like to feel energy vibes from a live Hip-Hop performance, you’re in luck. BRBRCK will be performing at Tammany Hall on Friday, March 14th, with Midnight High, Justin Henry and B&X. You can buy half price tickets in advance HERE.
On Wednesday, May 22nd at Brooklyn Bowl everything was funky and the Frizzy Blonde was there to catch it. If you weren’t dancing your ass off (like I was), you had to have been trying pretty hard not to. The much-anticipated TurnStyle show was a part of the 2013 Grolsch #ChooseInteresting Music Series, a year-long program dedicated to bringing up-and-coming indie rock talent to the forefront. And that’s just what happened Wednesday night.
Upon entering the show, each member of the audience received a #ChooseInteresting Playlist drop card, in which they could download an exclusive selection of songs from TurnStyle bands. I’ve been rockin’ out to mine, have you?
We started the night off with a lively seven-piece from Boston (raised in NYC), Every Flavor Weather Machine. The crowd seemed super into the summery sounds. But it wasn’t just your typical jazz/rock collaboration; they threw a little R&B/hip-hop in there too, which only made everyone feel it even more. An entertaining mix of genres started and everyone seemed delighted by it.
The perfect start to a TurnStyle night, a seven-piece turned into a ten-piece. It was King Holiday’s time make everyone dance. And boy did they do a good job. They describe themselves as “psychedelic soul”. I think what makes every song so goddamn delicious is each member’s unique contribution to the band as a whole. In talking to the audience, I found that most were blown away, not having heard Kind Holiday before. I got high ratings from all corners of the room.
Next came TurnStyle’s freatured act of the evening, The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut, the trio banged out an incredible set, which featured several new songs from their upcoming second album. With it being their first New York show of 2013, they started off with a humbling “we’re so excited to be here!” But I’m pretty sure the crowd was more excited – I met several huge Stepkids fans who were thrilled to be there. I also met some newbies who had never heard them before.
New to this soul crew or not, everyone was into it. The Stepkids’ performances are always super unique. Clad in all-white attire with all-white instruments, they perform in front of a rad light show, created by the lighting designer, and considered a crucial fourth member of the band, Dave Pond. This psychedelic trio doesn’t have a sound I can re-create for you. They aren’t this band mixed with that band; they’re something no one has ever heard before, combined with an array of complex sounds that would make any true musician’s jaw drop.
The trio made fans out of everyone there, ending the show with not one, but two encores. The crowd brought them on again for a cover of “Suit and Tie” originally by Justin Timberlake, and then again for Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. Both renditions seemed to enthuse the audience even more.
Check out an epic moment from the night (my personal favorite) when The Stepkids jam out “Lottery” into the Bee Gees’, “Jive Talkin’” into “It’s All About the Benjamins” by Puff Daddy.
All in all, I would say it was a successful night of funk at the Brooklyn Bowl. Until the next show, stay groovy.
Get fixed up to the nines, or don’t. Either way, come down to Brooklyn Bowl, tomorrow night (5/22/13) and get hot just like an oven with The Stepkids. Here’s another flawless cover of a current pop smash, “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake. If this doesn’t get you excited for the show, you must be a Norwegian black metal purist, or something. Take a listen below, and get your tickets for tomorrow night’s show here. Oh, and don’t forget that every attendee will be automatically entered to win 2 passes to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival!
This snazzy trio can’t be defined by any one genre of music. They’re folk, neo/classic soul and 20th century classical with punk and jazz all rolled into one funky band. And I’m sure you could throw in some other varieties as well. This is what they pride themselves on. They prefer not to have a specific, singular sound. How do The Stepkids define “The Stepkids”? “Psychedelia for the 21st century.”
The three dashing members, Jeff Gitelman (guitar), Tim Walsh (drums), and Dan Edinberg (bass and keyboards) have had much experience in the music industry, specifically with R&B and Hip-Hop, before the creation of The Stepkids. They toured with the likes of Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, and Lauryn Hill as a backing group.
Just as they don’t have a singular sound, they don’t have a singular “lead” singer. They are constantly emphasizing the importance of each member contributing equally. They all write the lyrics together and they all sing together, as a whole.
To get the full experience, you really need to see them in person. Watching this video of their live performance for “Suburban Dream” is getting me stoked for their Brooklyn performance. They also have a number of hilarious, mind-tripping videos that are worth checking out, but they just don’t do the trio justice. Come see them for yourself. LIVE. You won’t be disappointed. Plus, one of my all time favorites is opening for them, so get there early!