BADASS MOTHER FUZZERS (France) THE PIGGIES • PARTY LIGHTS • THIGH HIGHS
The Badass MotherFuzzers are a garage band from Toulouse, France. The band was founded by three members of Los Jamones (Ramones tribute act who played the US in 2013 and 2015) and The B-Sides. They have in common their love of rock'n'roll, garage-rock, punk-rock, The Ramones, The Sonics, Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, The Jim Jones Revue and Lords of Altamont. The band played their first show in New York City in April 2015 and recorded their first 4-track EP, Gotta Stop in 2015, and are in the process of recording their first LP.
THE ROCKSTEADY 7 Play the Roland Alphonso songbook Plus: DJ 100dBs on the wheels of steel
Saxophonist Roland Alphonso was one of the major figures of early ska and reggae on several fronts: his recordings as a soloist and bandleader, his work as a member of the Skatalites, his prolific log of session appearances on 1960s Jamaican recordings, and his role as arranger for Studio One. (The Skatalites backed everyone from Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe and Toots and the Maytals, to Lee Perry, Marcia Griffiths and Bob Marley and the Wailers.) Although his roots were in the jazz he played as a teenager and young man, he adapted to the emerging Jamaican popular music so well that he became one of its defining innovators. Certainly he was one of reggae's most accomplished instrumentalists — Alphonso's tone was in a league with American jazzmen and R&B players. His versatility allowed for a wide scope of recorded material, from up-tempo ska novelties and ballads that showed his skill at jazz improvisation to numbers with an R&B/soul base. Alphonso died in 1998 when a blood vessel burst in his neck just after he had completed a solo while playing live with the reformed Skatalites.
The Rocksteady 7 is an influential American ska and jazz band from NYC. Since the early '90s the group has consisted of tenor saxophonist and band leader David Hillyard (of Slackers fame) as well as percussionist Larry McDonald (Afro Jamaicans, Bob Marley, Taj Mahal, Gil-Scott Heron). In live performances, they are supported by a rotating cast of musicians, including drummer Eddie Ocampo and Dave Wake on keys among others. Given reggae's globally reaching influence, the Rocksteady 7 holds true to the genre's roots and the self-described "Jamaican Jazz" sound combines ska, rocksteady and reggae with extended jazz improvisation, intricate melodies, and complex harmonies. The group incorporates many diverse elements of world music with rocksteady rhythms, including ska, jazz, calypso, as well as early African and American jazz influences.
100dBs is a producer and DJ living in Brooklyn whose signature style blends performance and selection: astral echo pedal on a wild crate-digger's chase through the genealogy of a tune. He came up listening to Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, thanks to the bootleg cassettes his mother managed to bring with her from Cold War Romania. An adolescent encounter with a Lee Perry record flipped his whole world and led to formative dub experiments on an old four-track. He got his start spinning hip hop nights on the Lower East Side and has toured the world since. He's rocked parties for burners, breakers, Berlin artists and Brooklyn's reggae revivalists.
Punk Island (P.I.) is led by a collective of artists, curators, musicians, and educators whose goal is to bring the vitality, diversity, and intensity of the NYC punk scene into the light of day. We are a community of punks who love music, musicians and the fans, friends, and family that participate throughout the year to keep our culture true to the lives we want to live. We aim to support a philosophy of creativity, rebellion and work to feed those who are hungry for a world where passion is valued over profit. We promote a counter-culture through our collective, art, music, writing and events. Punk Island's efforts culminate annually as a free, all age's Music Festival, as a not for profit organization we are funded by Make Music New York, the collective and the community
Hank-O-Rama is coming to Hank's Saloon — celebrate Hank on the 64th anniversary of his death with all yer fave country/rockabilly artists from the NYC/NJ country scene! Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers start things off with their Honky Tonk Brunch from 12:00-3:00, and then The Lonesome Prairie Dogs and special guests take the stage until 6pm.
The Hank-O-Rama party — New York’s longest-running Hank Williams tribute —was conceived by The LPD’s Heidi and Luke Lonesome as a tribute to Hank on the anniversary of his death, and has been held every New Year's Day since 2005. Hank was just 29 years old when he was found dead in the back of his Cadillac on the morning of January 1st, 1953, en route to what was to be a New Year’s Day gig in Canton, Ohio. The party is a symbolic raincheck for that show.
A supergroup nearly 30 years in the making, The Britemores is a collaborative effort featuring long-time Detroit musical allies Johnny Chan (New Dynasty 6/Split Signals), Jeff Meier (Detroit Cobras/ Compulsive Gamblers/Rocket 455/Nathaniel Mayer/Gino Washington), Jerry Barterian (Onset/Hysteric Narcotics) and Will Lorenz (aka "the kid"). Comprised of myriad styles and influences, The Britemores’ music gives a thoughtful, greasy nod to Detroit garage/punk legends through memorable guitar hooks while cleansing their audience’s musical palate with soft-spoken, heartfelt ballads that even their mothers (wouldn't) approve of. The Britemores’ debut album is out soon on Jett Plastic Recordings.
The "seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant" and "those frilly Parisian underthings," Les Sans Culottes borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen-soldiers of the French Revolution. The band's sound is a melange of Francophone '60s girl group and the Kinks... "We are the masters of the French rock'n'roll; all others are but the slave!"
"Healy’s vocals are at once potent, powerful, fragile, beckoning, vulnerable yet guarded. She writes like someone who has tasted her share of life; has been hurt; has been exhilarated; has found and lost her faith. There is a dare in this music... -BuddyHollywood
Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The December edition features special guest DJ Ursa Major (Legio SPQR). Ursa Major and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) will be spinning top-flight sounds until the wee small hours.
GREAT LAKES AMERICAN SPIRIT ARTANKER CONVOY • RAY RIZZO
Founded in Athens, Georgia in 1996, Great Lakes are a psychedelic-tinged indie pop/indie folk band led by songwriter Ben Crum. The first edition of the group was assembled by Crum and Dan Donahue, two musically inclined friends who met in high school; they began writing songs together, with Donahue concentrating on lyrics and Crum contributing melodies. The two songwriters teamed up with multi-instrumentalist James Huggins, also a member of the group Of Montreal, to form the first edition of Great Lakes. After issuing a debut single on the Happy Birthday to Me label, the band's self-titled first album was released by Kindercore Records in 2000. As Huggins was busy with Of Montreal and a variety of other projects, he soon dropped out of Great Lakes, and the lineup became something of a revolving door, with Crum and Donahue overseeing the many players who performed with the group on-stage or in the studio. Crum and Donahue relocated to Brooklyn, New York and released the second Great Lakes album, The Distance Between, on Orange Twin in 2002. Diamond Times followed in 2006, but in 2009, Donahue opted to return to Athens, and Crum became the band's primary creative voice, writing both the music and words while fronting a group that had swelled to nine members. Ways of Escape, the first album from Great Lakes' Crum-led lineup, was released by Orange Twin in 2010. Crum began work on Great Lakes' next album in 2011, but the project was set aside for several years before he teamed with keyboardist Joe McGinty, vocalist Suzanne Nienaber, bassist David Lerner, and drummer Kevin Shea to complete the recordings. The album, Wild Vision, was released through the group's own Loose Trucks label in January 2016.
THE MANIMALS BAD CITIZEN • WOODHEAD THIS CRIMINAL SOUL
Introspective but tough-as-nails, Haley Bowery is a fiery frontwoman who has a tight as hell backing group in the Manimals who channel the steady churn of new wave but with a hard rock level aggression.
Dead Flowers got its start as a celebrated music-centered online platform for its writers' passions and obsessions. It was a place to read about the classics reconsidered, the obscure brought into the spotlight, the lost re-found, and the so-called "marginal" made to matter... Those elements animate Dead Flowers Productions, an enterprise devoted to managing, booking, and promoting bands and projects that ignite those same passions.