The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair Trio

The Zambonis

“On paper, it sounds like a novelty: an album of songs that celebrate hockey. But in the hands of The Zambonis (a pop-rock quartet named after the ice-grooming machine), the concept is elevated to an art form that won’t melt under the heat of critics or music fans. Despite the specificity of the album’s theme, The Zambonis rock out like the best power pop units. What’s more, they have a sense of humor about themselves…A timely and surprisingly appealing release.”

--Billboard

“They’re actually funny and actually rock!”

--Time Out New York

“Their new record is as goofy, poppy and puck-obsessed as their previous two…Hockey heads and indie rock fans, you’ll love these guys!”

--ESPN Magazine

“The Zambonis may sound like a simple novelty act, but it scores repeatedly with a bunch of snappy little power-pop songs. Even if you wouldn’t know what a slapshot was if it hit you in the face, you’ll cheer.”

--The New Yorker

“The Zamboni is a massive machine used to smooth the ice at hockey rinks, but these days the name has a much cooler reference.

--Mike (“Doc”) Emrick, NHL Commentator

“I love The Zambonis!”

--Alexei Kovalev, New York Rangers

“The most insidious threat to Canadian hockey hegemony is…a quirky power pop band called The Zambonis.”

--The National Post (Canada)

“You wacky singing hockey nuts!”

--Bobby Orr

“With a repertoire comprised exclusively of hockey songs, you’d think they’re destined for a short run: A cult band singing about a cult sport…but their cult is getting noticed.”

--The Village Voice

“My day ended on a phenomenally high note. I went to see The Zambonis, who are the best power pop band ever to sing songs about hockey.”

--TheMusicSnob.com

“There’s something weirdly affable about a bunch of guys who love hockey so much, they’ve dedicated a band to it.”

--The Village Voice

“Like a beach party on ice!”

--Jonathan Richman

“Dude, I love The Zambonis.”

--Ben Kweller

Stephen Clair Trio

American songwriter Stephen Clair has been making records and touring for 20 years. The New Yorker's found love at WFUV, MTV's The Real World/Road Rules and shared stages and bandmates with artists like James McMurtry and Vic Chesnutt. Performing Songwriter Magazine calls Clair “the kind of citified troubadour that the roots songwriting world needs these days.” Now he's touring with a Rock Trio, in support of a new album that isn't quite out yet, featuring a stack of well-observed songs that push Clair's songwriting standards further, and feature the muscle of his own and his bandmate's serious skills. As we've come to know, "Clair handles a guitar pretty well," says Nashville Scene. And while the San Antonio Express rightly deemed him a fearless performer, the Village Voice summed it up: “Clair is laid-back - yet very New York, proving that's possible.”

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Saturday, June 15 · Doors 8:00 PM at The Rock Shop