The Brought Low are a hard rock power trio from New York City who formed in 1999. They released their self-titled debut record on Tee Pee Records in 2001. In 2006 they released their long awaited sophomore effort, Right On Time on Small Stone Records (Dixie Witch, Sasquatch, 5 Hose Johnson). The record was hailed as an instant classic by The Boston Phoenix, Lollipop, Roadburn and Stonerrock.com among others. Third Record, their last album for Small Stone, was produced by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Scissorfight). The band is known for its live show and has shared the stage with Them Crooked Vultures, Supersuckers and Nebula among others and has performed at the Emissions From The Monolith and South By Southwest music festivals.
King Missile is a spoken-word/alternative-rock band based in New York City. They recorded three albums for Atlantic Records and one on Shimmy Disc. Earlier and later incarnations of the band have released several recordings on various independent labels, including Instinct, Important, Manifatture Criminali, and Powertool.
Over the years, King Missile released a string of singles — and albums — that were resoundingly embraced by American college radio, including "Sensitive Artist," "Jesus Was Way Cool’, "Martin Scorsese," and the hugely popular "Detachable Penis" just to name a few.
NYC pop band Bubble — formed in 1994 on NYC's Lower East Side, out of the legendary anti-folk movement that spawned everyone from Beck to the Moldy Peaches — are celebrating 25 years of making music. Founding members Dave Foster, Russ Alderson, Tommy DeVito and newer members Rembert Block, Charly Roth and Mike Fornatale, are finishing Bubble’s latest album, recorded with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu). They will also release a career spanning set of live tracks recorded in the studio at WFMU this year.
Singer/songwriter Jessie Kilguss released her fourth album, The Fastness, in June 2018. In 2015, she sang harmony and played the harmonium with Freddie Stevenson, opening for the Waterboys on the European leg of their Modern Blues tour. Also in 2015, she played a featured show at the Sundance Film Festival. Kilguss is a former actress who made the switch to songwriting after performing with one of her musical heroes, Marianne Faithfull, in London and Sydney in a musical written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs, directed by Robert Wilson. She also acted in the film adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.
Uncrossing was formed in Brooklyn in 2016 by longtime friends Kristin Flammio (vocals) formerly of Forts, Jared Drace (guitar) and Sanal Leejean (drums), both from metallic-hardcore scene veterans Activator. The sound is a metal alternative amalgam with elements of classic-rock, indie-pop and stoner-doom. Scott Meyer (bass) completed the lineup in 2017 for the band's first local performances. They've since gone on to play NYC loud music havens like Saint Vitus, Lucky 13 and Mercury Lounge among others. The band self-released a thee-song EP in February 2018 on digital and cassette that received coverage from Brooklyn Vegan's metal outlet Invisible Oranges as well as horror site Dread Central. The EP was recently picked up by Off The Record in The Netherlands who will release and distribute CDs in Spring 2019. In the meantime Uncrossing is in the studio working on a new batch of songs to release by end of year.
Glamorous jazz chanteuses and gutsy blues shouters front New York City's Empire Beats, a five to nine piece show band that explores an expanding book of old-school Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Pop music ~ familiar and forgotten hits from the past and funky new originals. Empire Beats' energetic music revue recalls showcases of another era but is firmly rooted in the right now. Since 2011, drummer/band leader Mark Boquist's well dressed gentlemen have been playing behind some of New York City's most talented young singers and presenting their showcase in niteclubs, dive bars, lounges, and halls at festivals, funraisers, private events, and public parties earning themselves a solid reputation as a rocking dance band playing songs from every side of the love equation.
A plan was hatched in a bar in Washington Heights in late 2013. To bring high-energy, catchy, punk-rock and roll tunes to the masses of NYC and beyond was the mission outlined. The inspirations were many. Ramones, The Who; The Replacements, and Husker Du. The Jam, The Rolling Stones; The Velvet Underground, and The Undertones. The Beatles, The Clash; Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash. Just to name a few. The list goes on...
Guy knew how to rock the stage and studio from his years with The Figgs. Chris had rocked the cities of the USA and Europe doing Kowalskis gigs. Great songs, energy, and coolness: this was the Three Legged Stool of Rock that the endeavor was to be founded on. Blockhouses was born.
During the next few years, the plan came together. Recordings were made and gigs were played. The line-up of this trio was finalized. A joyful noise was raised. A hiatus was taken. Then, in 2018, at long last, the band's first official album was completed. Guy Lyons, Christopher Peifer, and Jim Balga were ready to bring their collective decades of on-stage pop, punk, and rock and roll experience to the stage once again. Gentlemen will raise their fists and bang their heads. Ladies will dance and swoon. Children will shout with joy. The world shall be right again!
Scrappy Connecticut upstarts Jacques Le Coque rattled their way through eight years of fast and loose head-bopping, hip-shaking tunes with a keen pop sensibility and their new record Positively... Jacques Le Coque shows no signs of slowing down. With a couple of albums, Jacques Le Coque, Hooky, and the Tip of My Tongue 7" under their belt, this expertly home recorded band tightens up and battens the hatches to show a sharp capital-R Rock & Roll band stepping out of the garage and into your hearts. Killer hooks, hyped-up good vibrations and wild eyed smiles both live and on record are a guarantee these gentlemen Positively... deliver in full.
Holy Tunics is a Brooklyn rock'n'roll/power-pop band started in late 2014. In 2017, Holy Tunics opened for Teenage Fanclub and Gin Blossoms locally, recorded their debut full length LP Butter Dish, released April 2018 via Madrid’s Meritorio Records, and split a single with Hamish Kilgour (The Mad Scene, The Clean) via Brooklyn label GP Stripes. In 2018, Holy Tunics went on multiple tours, including one with classic indie act Dumptruck. Covering their debut Hot To Trot EP The Big Takeover Magazine wrote: “Although several tunes date to 2015’s rougher-recorded Notes From Captivity Pt. 2, Holy Tunics have streamlined them with energetic, smoother yet punchy production and playing that reinforces their hooky guitar-pop heroics.” They are currently working on a new album entitled Hit Parade Lemonade Supersonic Spree produced and engineered by Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices / Built to Spill) due out June 2019 via Meritorio Records.
Greg Farley was born in Highland, NY, a small town on the Hudson River. His dad was a teamster who drove tractor trailers and his mom worked at the A&P. In 2006 he began touring out of his car playing house shows, small bars, and on the street, burning CDs, wrapping them in road maps, stamping GF on the front. From the east coast to California and back, he saw landscapes and cities that most of the people he grew up with never got the chance to see. Upon returning he was lent a fiddle by a good friend, took up learning some old time, and joined The Felice Brothers. He played with them for the next ten years, working other jobs in his down time: He mucked stalls on a horse farm, waited tables at a vegetarian restaurant, worked as a carpenter, tree care, woodworker, and sawmill operator.
Through it all, his music was the only constant. Now, striking out on his own with his debut LP Taker Easy, recorded in Stanfordville, NY with producer/engineer Nick Kinsey, he mines his own history for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast.
Known for his soulful blues rock&roll saxophone sound, Freddy DeBoe has traveled the world with many acts and musicians, including Daptone Recording artists Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, and The James Hunter Six, as well as soul singers Lee Fields, Nicole Wray, Binky Griptite, Mark Ronson and many others. He continues to perform and record as a bandleader, tour around the world as a sideman for the world’s best.
This show is part of Dead Flowers Productions new free Wednesday Happy Hour series of shows at Hank's Saloon, this event is co-presented by SlamJunk.
Phil Gammage is an American musician, composer, and recording artist best known for his eight solo album releases and his work as a songwriter, singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. His recordings are used in film and television projects. His latest album Used Man For Sale features ten of Phil’s song compositions and has received great reviews and radio airplay internationally. This follows his critically acclaimed album Adventures in Bluesland in 2014. He currently performs his roots and blues based music as a solo performer (2018 European solo tour) or with his full band The Phil Gammage Quartet. He has performed recently at such noted concerts as the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, CBGB Festival, and BluesCraft Summer Festival. Phil Gammage is the consummate live performer, who brings a unique depth and drama to his music.
Butch Phelps is a songwriter, vocalist, guitar player, music teacher and music lover who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Soaking up a variety of musical influences as a kid, Butch began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. Having lived in most regions of the USA at one time or another, his appreciation for writers and performers reached new heights in Portland, Oregon. Upon arriving in NYC he became immersed in the thriving music of the East Village while cofounding the band The New Heathens. In addition to his solo work, Butch has created bands The Elevaters and The Buck Ups. Butch continues to write and perform with his bands and rowdy friends all over NYC.
From their haunt high atop the Palisades in Jersey City, Hudson City Rats serve up a healthy dose of primitive, infectious rock'n'roll. From rhythm and blues to 70’s glam; if it’s got a good groove, the Rats are sure to put their own spin on it with their raw, stripped down style. With the infamous Patrick Lally at the helm, Fred Jenkins and Jeff Feinberg provide a big beat behind Robert Boudreau's blues-tinged guitar. Their live show is a house rockin' party, so come on out and get ready to move!
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.