Death Blues, Group of the Altos, Christopher Paul Stelling
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 21 and over
The Loom is a Brooklyn-based indie rock band. Formed in New York City in 2006, the band consists of six members playing a variety of instruments including guitars, mandolin, French horn, trumpet, banjo, ukelele, percussion, keyboards, and male/female vocals.
The band released their debut EP "At Last Light" in 2008 and subsequently went on tour and played Pop Montreal and CMJ Music Festivals. In early 2010 they completed their first full-length album entitled "Teeth", recorded at Maverick Studios in Chinatown, New York, with producer Allen Farmelo and mastered at Masterdisk Studios, with album artwork by Asthmatic Kitty artist DM Stith.
The Loom played 8 shows at SXSW Music Fest 2010, including the Muzzle of Bees Backyard Barbecue with Rural Alberta Advantage, The Love Language, and others. They were featured in Paste Magazine's "Best of What's Next", and of their live show The New Yorker said, "The beloved Loom...have lately been guiding their chamber-folk sound to decidedly louder sonic territory."
In summer 2010 they toured the Midwest, Northeast and Canada, and they have planned more touring through the fall and winter including CMJ to promote their unreleased album. They were recently called "The Next Big Thing" by the New York Times.
As a drummer and percussionist, Jon Mueller has performed throughout North America, Japan, United Kingdom, and Europe, and has released recordings on labels such as Table of the Elements, Polyvinyl Records, Type Recordings, Jagjaguwar, Hometapes, and many others. Over the past 25 years, he has increasingly focused on recognizing the dialog between sound and the situation it’s presented in, often bypassing standard approaches to percussion and considering acoustics and concepts surrounding the work in order to create a larger experience for those listening.
Group of the Altos
2006. A band was born out of the likeminded musical interests of five friends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (including Collections of Colonies of Bees & Volcano Choir’s Daniel Spack), first introducing avant-leading, metal-tinged compositions to Milwaukee under the name ‘Thunderpaw’. Three (sometimes four) guitars, one drum kit and a trumpet set the foundation with core members Spack, Tom Duffey, Todd Ringe, Ken Palme and Shawn Stephany.
Desiring even more introspective compositions, the five-piece brought about the addition of Erin Wolf on piano, Nathaniel Heuer on bass/upright and Adam Krause on saw and auxiliary percussion. 2009. The band reassembled and renamed (Group of the Altos) gaining even more speed on their more classical and progressive tendencies by adding viola (Amelinda Burich) and violin (Marielle Allschwang). A second trumpet player (Brendan Benham) and eventually a third (Heather Hass) rounded up the instrumental collective to create what Group of the Altos now tags as ‘a surly high school orchestra’—twelve in all. 2011. Going with newly-added and freshly-penned vocals and well-worked songs in arm (and simply going by ‘Altos’), the collective took to northern Wisconsin to lay to tape the love, horror, hope and anger and quiet worry in their hearts and on their minds for nearly five years.
Christopher Paul Stelling
"There is a reverence in and of Christopher Paul Stelling that is immediately perceptible. It's striking and it's powerful. It's a draw. It's a magnetism that sucks you right into the landscape that he sees. You see, Stelling has these eyes and a way with his motions that let's you know that not a second goes by him without it plucking all of his strings, without it setting off the alarms in his ears, without it caressing him on the leg, rubbing up against his cheek, rummaging through his hair, whispering, kissing and holding him just a little bit, even if it's for the shortest time. He doesn't stare. No, it may feel like that at times, but it's more intense than a stare. It's an actual, compassionate engagement with whomever he's with, whenever and wherever they are at the time. It's a sensation that makes you feel as if you're submerged within his own private hot well, down in the sensational darkness where the eyes and mind can work overtime, where they can connect through unshared experiences and figments." - Daytrotter
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