Robert Francis @ Mercury Lounge – 7:00 PM – folk, indie
Born in Los Angeles in 1987, Robert Francis grew up surrounded by music. His father is a classical music producer and eccentric owner of one of the largest collections of sheet music in the U.S. One of Francis’ earliest memories is his father “blasting music at full volume in his cluttered office under fluorescent lights until 4 a.m. while I was trying to sleep in the room next door.” His mother, one of nine sisters, grew up in Mexico in a town so small that “it’s just dirt, clay huts, boarded-up buildings…
Lindsey Stirling @ Starland Ballroom – 7:00 PM – violin
Lindsey Stirling (born in September, 21, 1986 in Santa Ana, California, United States) is a violinist, dancer and composer based in Utah. A former member of the rock band Stomp on Melvin, Stirling began releasing videos on Youtube in 2007 and in 2010 competed on “America’s Got Talent”. Her appearance on “America’s Got Talent” gained the attention of cinematographer Devin Graham, with whom she has collaborated on several videos since 2010. Her YouTube channel has become extremely popular and has received upwards of 100 million views.
Fall of the Albatross are an experimental/progressive metal band formed in the spring of 2007 in Queens, NY. The current lineup consists of guitarist/keyboardist Harold McCummings, guitarist Colin Ruhwedel, drummer Anthony Wong, and bassist Robert Anderson. The band incorporates a variety of styles including smooth jazz interludes, Latin rhythms, rock and mathcore riffs, and a mix of clean and screamed vocals. Fall of the Albatross manage to create metal that is eclectic and enjoyable for the open-minded listener.
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Brandy Clark @ Highline Ballroom – 7:30 PM – country, acoustic, americana, singer songwriter, female country
Wildfire fighter, blueberry picker, Christmas tree topper and chainsaw maker were just a few of the job hats that Brandy Clark wore growing up in Morton, Washington (Pop. 900). Brandy first picked up the guitar at nine years old and made her singing debut in school musicals. Her passion for music brought her to Nashville, Tennessee’s Belmont University where she studied commercial music and was chosen to perform in the school’s prestigious “Best of the Best Showcase.
Little Dragon, Lawrence Rothman @ Terminal 5 – 8:00 PM – trip-hop
Little Dragon is an electronic music group formed in 2006 and based in Göteborg, Sweden. The band is made up of Yukimi Nagano (vocals), Fredrick Källgren (bass), Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards) and Erik Bodin (drums). Their new album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’ was released on May 13, 2014 on Loma Vista. Prior to this, they released three studio albums: Little Dragon (2007), Machine Dreams (2009) and Ritual Union (2011).
Stromae @ Best Buy Theater – 8:00 PM – electronic
Paul van Haver, better known as Stromae (born March 12, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium) is a singer-songwriter from Belgium. Of mixed Belgo-Rwandan descent, he distinguished himself in both the hip-hop and the electronic music. He first became famous with the song Alors On Danse which remained at number one for several weeks in numerous countries throughout Europe. He was born to a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven Paul van Haver already showed an interest in music and attended ‘l’Académie Musicale de Jette’, where he studied music history and learnt to play the drums.
Kaiser Chiefs, Streets of Laredo @ Webster Hall – 8:00 PM – britpop
Kaiser Chiefs are a post-britpop band which formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in early 2003. The band consists of Ricky Wilson (vocals), Andrew “Whitey” White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), Nick “Peanut” Baines (keyboards) and Vijay Mistry(drums). Nick Hodgson is the band’s former drummer and main songwriter but left the band in December 2012 to focus on other projects. The band has released five albums as of 2014 and have released 16 singles, including the hits I Predict a Riot, Oh My God, Ruby and Never Miss a Beat.
SALES, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Florist @ The Paper Box – 8:00 PM – lo-fi
Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard @ State Theater – 8:00 PM – soul
Lalah Hathaway is a contemporary R&B/Jazz singer and the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway. After studying at Berklee, Hathaway signed with Virgin Records and released her self titled debut, Lalah Hathaway, in 1990. The set spawned 4 R&B Hits, including the Top 5 smash Heaven Knows. Her 1994 follow up, A Moment, did less well, and Hathaway parted ways with Virgin. She went on to work with many other established artists, including Take 6, Mary J. Blige and Marcus Miller, writing, producing and doing background vocals.
Ought, The Yum Dee Days, Tiger Dare, Savants @ Rough Trade NYC – 9:00 PM – indie rock, post-punk
Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal in 2012. Holed up in a shared apartment that doubled as their rehearsal space, the four band members self-recorded a first EP then busted out into the city’s loft circuit, and into the city streets during the Printemps d’Erable Quebec student general strike, in the spring of 2012. Guitarist/vocalist Tim Beeler, who previously had been writing poetry and folk music, drew new energy from electrification/amplification and from solidarity/protest alike.
Brett Saxon, Gregory Smith and The Broken English @ Union Hall – 9:00 PM – folk, singer-songwriter
Brett’s new song “Our Bodies Are Lawn Chairs” is off his upcoming album “Review of the End” Brett Saxon is a singer/songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. His music is reminiscent of musicians such as Andrew Bird and Wilco. If you haven’t had a healthy dose of Brett yet, you can also find him here:
Japan Soul @ The Bitter End – 10:00 PM – indie pop (pictured)
Constantly evolving, Japan Soul is a wandering vacuum of ideas influenced by styles as diverse as art rock, sophisti-pop, electronic dance music and funk. Japan Soul is the music collective of Jason Paul—vocals, guitars, bass, programming, David Rozner—percussion, arrangements and guitars, and DaVe Lipp—saxophones, bass, guitar and eclectic instruments. Japan Soul seeks to create transcendental music that synthesizes art, dissent and euphoria through popular music.
Lil Jon @ Pacha – 10:00 PM – crunk, rap
Jonathan Mortimer Smith (born January 27, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, actor, producer and member of the crunk group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. Lil Jon formed the group with friends Big Sam and Lil Bo, and they released five studio albums and have had many hit songs. He’s prehaps best known for his iconic single “Get Low“, which featured the Ying Yang Twins and reached #2 on the Billboard 100. He released his debut solo album, ‘Crunk Rock‘, in June 2010.
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