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What To Do This Weekend (12-08-10)

In Concerts,What To Do This Weekend on December 9, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bad Rabbits, Gabriel The Marine, Secret Secret Dino Club, Night Fevers & Dussel Has Friends @ Broadway Bar (Amityville, NY)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Friday night you’re going to have the chance to start off your holiday season with a bang.

Before I tell you why, I just want to clarify that in an effort to avoid any potential labeling as narcissistic, I won’t be talking about the fact that my band Dussel Has Friends is on this bill.  That being said, by now hopefully you know I would never steer you wrong when it comes to how to spent the precious few hours you have over the weekend to enjoy yourself.  So I give you my word, it is with only mild self-interest that I recommend this show to you.

Here’s a little bit about who’s performing:

Bad Rabbits
I saw Bad Rabbits at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year, and have been itching to see them again since.  They blend Hip Hop, Funk and ridiculous musicianship into one nice little package.  For some reason, they give me the feeling you could have easily switched them for Parliament Funkadelic in the house party scene in PCU and it would have been just as epic. Trust me,  you’ll be hearing a lot about these guys in 2011.

Gabriel The Marine
On the one hand, if I give Gabriel The Marine any more praise on this blog I could probably start charging them PR fees.  On the other hand, I might get accused of having a little bit of an ‘unhealthy’ obsession with them.  So in hopes of not achieving fanboy status before they even sign a record deal, I’m just going to give you a link to a review of them I wrote for examiner.com.

Night Fevers
Still wrestling with the question of  whether or not blow is right for you?  Fear not, this is your answer.  Night Fevers is sonic cocaine.  Even better, they won’t kill you or end up making you dress like 1970s David Bowie.  Be forewarned though, bring your own glo-sticks.  These guys may pass them out at shows, but they packed Arlene’s Grocery so full a couple of weeks ago that the cops had to come shut the place down. Translation, they might run out before you get there.

So come down Friday night; drink, dance and be merry.  I promise you this will be one hell of a shindig, especially if you stick around for the after party.   Because once the rock and hip hop portion of the night wraps up, GRVRBBRS is gonna keep the rager going with a good ol’fashion dance party (Hint: save the glo-sticks from Night Fevers set!).

Lesssss goooo!!!

Happy non-denominational holidays!

-Rich

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What To Do This Weekend (10-21-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on October 21, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2010 CMJ Festival

Every October, the music industry descends on Manhattan and Brooklyn to determine who’s going to be the next big thing.  It’s about that time of the year again, and this weekend’s ‘What To Do’ post will give you a heads up on some performances that will be worth checking out.

Friday

  • Me First and the Gimme GimmesA collaboration of pop punk legends covering ridiculous songs in a deceptively appropriate pop-punk fashion. (7 PM – Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series).
  • This ConditionInfectious pop rock in the vein of the All American Rejects.  You’re guaranteed to leave this show with a smile on your face and a slightly more positive outlook then you walked in with. (7:50 PM – The Delancey).
  • Bad RabbitsBoston Hip Hop funksters.  I caught these guys in Hoboken last year and have been spinning their Stick-Up kids EP ever since.  Parliament Funkadelics meets Travie McCoy. (8 Pm – Purevolume House).
  • Atomic Tom – Watch this video.  Enough said. (10 PM – Arlene’s Grocery).
  • Bear Hands – Brooklyn hipsters that are more concerned with writing catchy tunes than being cooler than you (which in turn probably makes them cooler than you).  Been diggin’ on these guys for a couple of years now.  (12 AM – Bowery Electric).
  • Nada Surf – Indie rock royalty that somehow managed to keep their street cred despite how popular they got. (1 AM – Mercury Lounge).  Forgive that pun please…

Saturday

  • HelmetRemember these guys? (8 PM – Gramercy Theatre).
  • The KickDrums – Rza approved indie kids from B(c)rooklyn.  A lot better than that description makes them out to sound. (9:40 PM – Le Poisson Lounge).
  • The TweesEqual parts The Strokes and The Walkmen.  This is currently one of my favorite bands (mostly because they remind me of sneaking into the city to go see those bands 10 years ago). (10:15 PM – The Charleston).
  • Surfer Blood – Florida low-fi kids make a stop in NY before heading to Europe.  Great way to end your CMJ weekend (1 AM – Bowery Ballroom).

– Rich

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What To Do This Weekend (08-26-10)

In Concerts,Rich,What To Do This Weekend on August 26, 2010 by Two Barbers Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Envy on the Coast @ Irving Plaza (8/28 & 8/29)

I seem to find myself writing about the Long Island music scene quite often these days.  It could be excitement over a new generation of local bands that keep creeping up my itunes most played list or just me falling into the old trap of “write what you know”, but for whatever reason when I sit down to write, some variation on this topic seems to keep leaking out of my fingers on to the screen.

This week’s recommendation for the weekend is no exception.

I like to refer to 2005-2008 as the dark ages of Long Island music.  Once Taking Back Sunday and Brand New made their way into the mainstream, it seemed as though every band coming out of LI was either a doppleganger of one of those two bands or straight forward pop rock trying to ride the buzz swirling around the “Long Island Emo Band” concept.  During this time there were very few bands that I considered proper ambassadors of Long Island music, and only two garnered national attention.  One was The Sleeping, the other, Envy on the Coast, will unfortunately be playing their farewell shows this saturday and sunday at Irving Plaza.

I suggest you do your best to make it to at least one of these shows.

Not only is Envy on the Coast’s live performance like riding the boat from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory through the annals of Long Island rock, but the support acts they chose are all bands I would pay the ticket price for even if Envy wasn’t on the bill.  If you go Saturday, you get to see The Sleeping, who I mentioned in the previous paragraph and Neighbors, a LI band with a clear EOTC influence and a bright future. If you find yourself at Sunday’s show,  you’ll catch Gabriel The Marine (who I blog about probably once a week here) and the Bad Rabbits, a hip hop funk band I was lucky enough to see at the Sons of Modern Holiday Party last year.  What this adds up to is if you do decide to go to either show, make sure you get there at doors.  One more pre-game beer is not worth missing any of these acts.

EOTC might not have had a long career, but they definitely had a significant impact on a very influential music scene.  I give them a huge amount of credit for the quality of music coming out of Long Island at the moment and it’s a shame to see them go. They are all ridiculous musicians, and I’m sure whatever they move on to next will be awesome, but EOTC has become an institution on the Long Island Scene.  I’ve probably seen them 10 times in the past 4 years, and it’s kind of sad to think this weekend will be the last opportunity to do so.

If you’re still unsure if you want to check one of these shows out, here’s a live video of EOTC last performance at Irving Plaza.  It should clear up any doubt of whether or not this will be worthwhile.