Posts tagged ‘Funk’

A Look Back at The Stepkids at Brooklyn Bowl

By | June, 21, 2013

Author : Mary Tsoules

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.


The Frizzy Blonde

Get Lucky with The Stepkids

By | May, 20, 2013

Check out this incredible jazz version of Daft Punk‘s instant disco funk classic, “Get Lucky”, as re-interpreted by The Stepkids! Their version has actually made it to the Wikipedia page for “Get Lucky”. Check out paragraph 2 in the ‘Release’ section. Make sure you come out on Wednesday (5/22/13) night to Brooklyn Bowl, so you can see the band live for yourself. Who knows, maybe they’ll do a full out electric version of this cover…I wouldn’t want to miss that! Just like I wouldn’t want to miss the chance to see the band, and many others this year at Bonnaroo. Every attendee will be automatically entered to win 2 passes to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival!

Get your discounted tickets for Wednesday’s show, in advance here.

Meet The Stepkids

By | May, 9, 2013

Author : Mary Tsoules

May 22nd. Brooklyn Bowl. BE THERE. Because these guys are playing. And they’re not your average band.

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!

Get Out of My Memory

By | July, 7, 2012

For the last three months, I haven’t been able to get these girls out of my memory. Once again, I’m a little late to post, since they released their first official video for the single “Forever” a month ago. With a guitar riff that calls to memory Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, this song should definitely be in the discussion for song of the summer. Many critics have likened the band to a cross between Fleetwood Mac and En Vogue, but I’m getting more of a cross between MJ and The Pretenders. Watch the video below, and make sure to check out my previous posts about Haim, here and here.

Open Your Mind

By | April, 2, 2012

To pick up where I left off two weeks ago, and a nice follow up to Friday’s jammy post is another feature on LA based jazz wizard Thundercat. I did a promo piece on him back in January, when he headlined SOB’s in NYC. Well here is the lead single of his amazing debut album, The Golden Age of Apocalypse. The song is “Daylight”, and this video was filmed live at The Echo on September 5, 2011 for his album release show. Watch as Thundercat and his band absolutely tear it up.

Don’t Forget

By | March, 5, 2012

Toro Y Moi is the stage name of Chaz Bundick. The 25 year old is a native of South Carolina, and has been credited, along with fellow luminary and friend Ernest Greene a.k.a. Washed Out for starting the chillwave movement. Greene is from Georgia, and it may be the slower pace of life and southern hospitality that bred the style both of them happened upon back in 2009/2010, but it appears that especially Bundick has evolved past that ambiguous tag to create something a little more complex than the soundtrack to a “Life of Leisure” spent wasting away at the beach. Check out the single “New Beat” from his sophomore album Underneath the Pine. Bundick has incorporated much more funk and disco into his sound, which already drew from a strong foundation growing up listening to R&B/Soul music. The bass line, which is mimicked in a synth, sounds like a variation on the motif in Michael Jackson‘s “Baby Be Mine”. Any homage to the King of Pop is welcome in my book.