Modern Needs is listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held the third Friday of every month. The May edition — the first at Banter, our new home — features special guest DJ JONNY QUEST (SPQR). Jonny, and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, MR. LEE (Going In Style Sound System) will be spinning hip-shaking, foot-stomping, vinyl sounds until the wee small hours!
"Masters Of The Obvious' (aka M.O.T.O.) sound is that of one would be a 100% appropriate heard searing over an AM station on a weather beaten drive-in theater speaker some place in the midwest that time forgot. A time when Kiss, The Four Tops, Sweet, Olivia Newton-John, Black Sabbath, Lou Rawls and Boston could be packed tightly next to each other across the tinny mono frequency. A couple of acres of customized vans, big block engines and paneled station wagons with teens inside clutching such bottles as Richard's Irish Rose or Sloe Gin and Mountain Dew inside. The humid summer air is snarled with the scent of snack bar grease and smoldering homegrown. The projectionist for 25 summers had seem films about surfing student council members, sadistic bikers, reckless auto thieves, cheerleaders possessed by the devil and magic Volkswagon's come an go. But the station they played through the speakers before the previews started at dusk always stayed the same. In his twenty sixth summer the Flavo shrimp rolls and the cheap whiskey finally caught up to him and stopped his heart. The guy that took his place declared that AM radio was for squares and little kids and started piping the Ramones through the speakers. All hell broke loose and M.O.T.O. is what was left standing in the ruins." -Smashing Transistors
Spurting out simple, to-the-point lyrics that harken back to say, well… If The Archie’s had gone punk and were fueled by a pounding Ronettes “Be My Baby” musical vibe, you would have a good idea of the The Recordettes' sound.
The brain child of art school animation buddies Andy Kennedy and Alan Foreman, Mission Drift writes and records catchy, riffy, guitar centric indie-pop gems.
The Lost Riots are very much of-the-moment in their urgency and originality but also hearken to the roots of '70s punk. You can say it's like Dead Boys meet the Heartbreakers if you want, but if you're talking about a Johnny Thunders sound you're really also talking about a Chuck Berry sound.
Fatal Film's unforgetable collection of driving rock conjures the sonic storm of Dinosaur Jr, The Seeds and Buzzcocks alike. Their album Thrill’r is an unholy brew of chemical riffs, incendiary space bass jams & pornstar politic.
Bully Me Down is an interweaving play combining the stories of three characters who are both victims of bullying and bullies themselves. One story thread follows real life privateer, Captain William Kidd who was framed and hanged as a pirate even though he had legal recourse to capture enemy ships. A second imagines what lies ahead for Edward Snowman, a former NSA employee who has leaked secret documents and is being pursued by the vigilante President of the United States, Breck O'Banana. The third story line centers around teenage Bobby Culliford who, in order to deal with the grief of his dying mother, ends up bullying his best friend into dire consequences. In the end, the three characters are untied via interviews with Barbra Walters, portrayed as an actor manipulated puppet.
Letter Of Marquee (LOM) is an ensemble theater company run like a pirate ship, sailed to challenge the status quo of apathy and set on making theater accessible to every generation.
Gina Harlow and the Cutthroats were icons in the hey-day of Punk and New Wave, in New York City. Their shows at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s, Trax, Heat, Hurrah’s, and The Mudd Club were legendary. They shared the bill with The Heartbreakers at Max’s Kansas City, at SNAFU’s they shared the bill with the Johnny Average Band featuring Mick Ronson, they headlined the Beacon Theatre to a sold out audience, and performed at the original Copacabana several times. The group disbanded in the 1980, Gina Harlow continued to perform in New York, until 1985. Then, she disappeared... it was reported that she lived in an undisclosed location, with wild and savage head-hunters, until 2011, when Elvis is came to her in a dream... Well, she answered his call and she’s back, watch out, she’s wild.
"The throwback honkytonk tunes of Ruby Rae [are] darker than your usual singer-songwriter fare, with noir-ish and Southern gothic influenced lyrics." –Washington Post
Ruby Rae’s debut release title Double Feature could easily be mistaken for a night at the local drive-in when rock'n'roll still flirted with its honky-tonk roots. Her songs "It Came from the Swamp" and "Invisible Man" showcase country inflected instrumentation paired with heartfelt and sinister stories of guns, love, and loneliness. Backed by a full band on her second EP The Outskirts, Ruby Rae's explores the outsider element of a small American town.
Bunnie England And The New Originals are NYC's hardest-working and hardest-partying live rock'n'roll karaoke band, and were the house band at Magnetic Field (R.I.P.). From The Replacements to The Ramones, from Cheap Trick to The Cure, from the Stooges to the Stones, they've got over 175 songs in their catalog for you to sing and turn yourself into a rockstar!
Celebrate and skewer the Easter/Passover season with the Gorgeous Ladies of Bloodwrestling! Hidden in the shadow of the Barclay Center, under the fabled Full Blood Moon, it's bloodwrestling time at Hank's Saloon! GLOB are live lady warriors, with ridiculous characters and vendettas, wrestling in fake blood to punk-rock! Adding to the night's debauchery... Brooklyn's Sky Captains Of Industry play post-apocalyptic, cannibal-mutant-eating space rock. Jessica Delfino is the Lower East Side's reigning 'Queen Of The Obscene' (she was publicly denounced by the Catholic League!), and the writer of timelessly brilliant and demented dirty folk-rock ditties. Baby Erection play spine-tingling rock'n'roll influenced by Lon Chaney Jr., Lon Chaney Sr., & Betty Boop.
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.