5.31.2010

North Highlands Kick off Sound Bites Music Series

North Highlands


With scenic views and a breezy tempo Sound Bites, Bill Pearis kicked off his curatorial gig booking bands for the South Street Seaport's festival summer season. Every Wednesday in June starting at noon, Pearis will put on his DJ hat for an hour of tunes followed by the scheduled band. It's formal title is Sound Bites Lunchtime Series and it's free!

This Sunday during Memorial Day weekend North Highlands a Brooklyn quintet fronted on keys and lead vocals by Brenda Malvini, graced the stage. They played accessible and contagious music that is bouncy, poppy and dreamy. The folk instruments like the mandolin and violin were delightfully integrated into an orchestral mix of keys, drums and electric guitar. The drumming was especially awesome.

Brenda's voice has a smooth tonality with playful breathy aspects that are immediately endearing. When the band revs up in intensity her voice and mannerisms animate to engage the audience. North Highlands is a tight and spunky band that has lots of heart. I loved them.


The line to buy North Highlands EP "Sugarlips" were longer then I expected. It was nice to see random passersby willing to shell out dough for an unknown band.


If you can, don't miss: June 2nd, Air Waves, June 9th The Austin McCutchen Quartet, June 16th Ribbons, June 23rd The Beets and June 30th Toys and Tiny Instruments Band.


Flickr Set HERE

5.19.2010

Director Features Hop Along, Song "Sally"

Hop Along

Back in September Frances Quinlan of the Hop Along (the band) formally known as Hop Along Queen Ansleis (her solo effort), gave me her beautiful vinyl record Wretches released on Salinas Records. 



5.16.2010

Jive Grave, Geo Wyeth's current project Live @ The Rockwood

Jive Grave @Rockwood Music Hall

I will follow the talented Geo Wyeth and any name, project or direction he chooses to create. Going it solo for the past two years as Novice Theory, Geo has currently assembled a line-up of talented musicians to bring his ideas to fuller fruition with Jive Grave. His incredible skill as a solo performer is not lost with collaboration.

Weyth is an accomplished pianist but has taken up guitar with remarkable results. Hitting the strings instead of the keys and combining notes and chords with original results. The night at the Rockwood Music Hall on april 28th the guitar was featured. Bravely he coordinated looping and also brought out the nylon string guitar and harmonica for a folk song dedicated to his father.

The band of sax, flute, bass and two drummers created a dynamic mix of Wyeths original songs with a fusion of Jazz, rock, and folk. It was the unexpected that made the set such a delight to hear.
Don't miss Jive Grave at Arlene's Grocery this Tuesday May 18th and other NY dates listed HERE.