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Back to School Special Kick Off Review

By | September, 13, 2013

Author : Mary Tsoules

Let’s be real, going back to school after an awesome summer kind of sucks. On the other hand, great new music rules. Last Thursday night(9/5/13) kicked off TurnStyle Music Group’s Back To School Special. The series involves a collection of emerging artists from New York City’s underground music scene.

The Frizzy Blonde was on site to report on the successful series launch.

The night started off with soon-to-be-soul-star, MEKIA. We all watched, wide-eyed, as the multi-talented, four-piece ensemble created an eclectic mix of genres on stage. There’s nothing like being delightfully impressed at a live show. I arrived at the venue not knowing what MEKIA would sound like. Even the band describes itself as an “experience that will always elude description.” And it’s so true. One song had some gospel undertones, one, a bit of country, and another, some tribal drums to really get you baffled. Without any recorded songs yet, tonight was the only time you could experience this “six-layer nacho dip that is piano, violin, drums, bass, guitar, and vocals.” But keep a close eye on these guys. After a quick chat after the show, Mekia herself told me they’ll be solely focusing on recording for the next few months. That means more “nacho dip” for us. HELL YES.

Next up was string composer duo, Charly and Margaux. You might be thinking: what are classical composers doing in a line-up like this and at a venue like DROM? Or at least that’s what I was thinking. Their title sounded more like it belonged in a symphony hall or a ballet. But I was certainly mistaken/delightfully impressed, yet again. For those in the audience who knew nothing about these talented ladies, they were about to experience a real change of perspective. The violinist and violist (respectively) describe themselves as “metro-classical, cinematic chamber rock.” This will either confuse you, or, when you hear them, blow your fucking mind.

The two performed along with three other gifted Berklee College of Music alum: DJ Ginyard (bass), Andy Berman (guitar), and Justin Tyson (percussion). Charly and Margaux are a phenomenon that must be seen live. Their stage presence is remarkable. Everyone could see that the smiles on their faces and the tears in their eyes were absolutely honest. And all because they are just so insanely happy to be doing what they’re doing. The performance itself can only be described in one word: passionate. Check out this picture below capturing Charly’s heart-felt expression as she literally feels the sweet melodies.

After some more emotional pieces, they broke into Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, for which the duo originally composed the string arrangement. They understand that their compositions are defying the status quo, and that their distinct sound may take some time for their audience to truly understand. Charly voices this in an interview back in 2012: “No one knows who we are right now, but we understand that what we want to contribute is going to take a lifetime to get across. We’re starting small and laying huge bricks in our foundation.”

Once the audience recouped from such an intense performance, it was time Frances Rose. Another duo, this time sisters Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose, took to the stage. Both were dressed the part, one in a glitter top and leather shorts, the other in a floral bodysuit and neon cap. They had everyone snapping pictures. They saved the best for last. Their hit electro-pop single, which was included on Kitsuné‘s AMERICA compilation for 2012, “Vampire” was accompanied by a dancer and all three of them broke into a choreographed dance. Being surrounded by music since they were born, these two ladies certainly know how to entertain an audience.

RIP stress, it’s been real. TECLA‘s about to get on stage and we all know what that means. LET GO. Let loose. And let that body move to the groove however it wants to. No one’s watching anyways. From the moment the audience meets her, in her amazing white silk boxing robe, they’re in love. You can catch right on to her quirky, fun personality. Her down-to-earth attitude relaxes the audience and gets everyone moving. How can we not? Her “danceable afro/funk/caribbean/tropical/pop” is insanely addicting. The coolest part? TECLA writes everything herself and it all comes from the heart. She’s inspired by her own life and musical journey. She started as a child pianist, and then soon added singing, rapping, DJing, and producing to the repertoire. After her set, an audience member described her music as “contagious”, and I completely agree. She loosens up her family of fans, new and old, by adding a “you better twerk!” and we eat it right up, busting out into another set of dance moves. After covering Robin S.‘s, “Show Me Love”, she humbly reminds the audience to “say five thank you’s every morning when you wake up.” Hell, a person can’t get more awesome than this.

So there you have it, the first show of TurnStyle Music Group’s Back To School Special. I would say it was a complete success, and I’m positive all of its attendees would agree. Does this sound like a fucking good time to you? Well, it was. So don’t miss the next one! Clementine and the Galaxy play at Pianos on Friday, September 20th. Read up on the event and get tickets here.

Stay tuned for more Back To School Special concert reviews! In the mean time, check out my Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages to hear some more cool new music.

XOXO Frizzy Blonde

Future Us’ NYC Debut

By | July, 19, 2013

Acoustic/electronic duo, Future Us, will be making their first NYC appearance on July 27th at Ella Lounge in East Village. Presented by TurnStyle Music Group, Future Us will be promoting the release of their first EP, “We Are Future Us.”

Future Us combines the singer/songwriter subtleties of Megan Heavlin Ochoa, and the imaginative, electronic soundscapes of Daniel Durrett. Future Us aims to sculpt a sound that is engaging and downright dirty by combining live instrumentation with looping and hard driving beats. The end result is a pulsing EDM show with a ‘live music’ element that leaves listeners musically and visually satisfied.

For photos and music please visit: http://www.wearefutureus.com
To see live footage of Future Us: http://www.youtube.com/wearefutureus

Future Us will be in New York City July 24-28th, 2013 and is available for interviews and appearances. Please contact for more information.

Penguin Prison End of Summer 2012 Mix

By | September, 7, 2012

Hey guys, here is the latest mix from Penguin Prison to help you forget that summer has come and gone. Give it a listen and make sure to head down to Ella Lounge next Wednesday, September 12th to catch a very intimate DJ set from Penguin Prison. Advance tickets have already SOLD OUT, but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door the night of the show.

Happiness, Is So Hard to Find

By | May, 10, 2012

To continue the electro pop theme, is the 1986 smash hit “I Can’t Wait” from Nu Shooz. This is a good reference point for the music of Passion Pit and MGMT we’ve explored in the last few weeks. Brush up on those tracks by clicking here, here and here. Watch the fantastically 80s style video below.

Passion Pit to Release New Album in July

By | April, 27, 2012

More than three years after the release of their critically and commercially acclaimed debut album, Manners, the Boston based Synth-Pop heroes Passion Pit will finally unveil their sophomore album, Gossamer. Get the full story from Ben Anshutz over at The Wild Honey Pie. Watch the video for “The Reeling” below to whet your appetite for the new material.

Burnt Beneath The Rising Sun

By | April, 17, 2012

Here is a track that is over two years old now, but comes from some former members of Dirty Projectors as I noted in the previous post last Friday. Vampire Weekend broke out in early 2008 with a really complete statement for a debut with their self titled album Vampire Weekend. Their self-proclaimed “Upper West Side Soweto” style mixes chamber pop, 80′s new wave/reggae and African hi-life to produce what at the time seemed like a truly new sound. Their 2010 follow up, Contra, took the sound the band had created and expanded upon it just enough to satisfy old fans and win new ones. All the same familiar influences were there, but the songs seem more fleshed out and the added touches of electro throughout the album do not detract from their sound, but add just enough of a twist to make the album a definite step forward, instead of a retread. Watch “Giving Up The Gun” below, and take note of the protagonist’s opponents, the umpire and her coach.