Phebe Starr with Clementine & The Galaxy, Bob and Martha
17 Meadow St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Phebe Starr isn’t just emerging onto the Australian music scene – she’s shooting high and above it like an asteroid. That is, of course, if an asteroid could fly through space, crash into the moon and instantly grow a garden of peonies.
Sydney-based Starr hails from a small country-town on the Australian east coast. After finding a part-working keyboard at a junkyard, Starr started sampling the local classical radio station’s music to create her own original compositions. And so began a cosmic romance with music. Already compared to the likes of Lykke Li, Florence Welsh and Sia – Starr’s voice has that touch of stardust that makes it both accessible and stratospheric. It’s no wonder that her debut single ‘Alone With You’ has grabbed the attention of highly regarded national broadcaster Triple J, who has had it on high rotation since its release in early 2012.
Starr’s shows have also managed to grab the attention of the world’s music industry elite, gaining a reputation for her intimate and otherworldly performances, ethereal costumes and atmospheric synth pop
Recently, Starr has been honing her craft by playing numerous shows across the globe, supporting a string of Australian buzz bands, and was a clear highlight at this year’s Big Sound Music Conference.
Starr is currently working on her next single and an EP to be released in early 2013. Next year looks set to hold something very special for the girl with the broken keyboard who became the woman with the galaxy at her feet.
Don’t take our word for it though…
“intimate yet stratospheric” – Dom Alessio (Triple J’s ‘Home & Hosed’)
“A young lass named Phebe Starr may well have the pop anthem of the year on her hands with Alone With You. This is a monster of a ballad, thumping through your speakers with crystal-clear kick drum marches and a swelling arrangement that outclasses many of Starr’s soon-to-be-peers such as Lykke Li, Florence Welch and Sia”. – Dave Ruby Howe (The Age, Melbourne) “Phebe Starr is the latest pop starlet from down under to make our collective heart skip a beat. You’re about to seriously fall head over heels for Phebe Starr, but it’s ok, we’re all in this together.” – (Neon Gold, NYC)
“With so many illustrious female singer/songwriters going around, it takes something special to grab my attention. Young Sydney-Sider Phebe Starr has done just that.” Hugh Mcclure (www.indieshuffle.com)
Clementine & The Galaxy
Clementine & The Galaxy's whirling blend of soaring vocals and synth-driven electronic pop has earned them a reputation as one of indie music's fastest rising acts. The NYC-based duo of vocalist Julie Hardy and producer Mike MacAllister have only released a handful of Internet singles – original tracks Crying My Whole Heart Out and Complication and a captivating cover of Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box – but already critics such as Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, AOL Spinner and The Deli Magazine (which ranked the band one of their top Emerging Artists for 2012 and 2013) are taking notice. With the band's self-titled debut EP set for release in April 2013, Clementine & The Galaxy is poised to become one of the years' breakthrough artists.
The duo formed when Hardy, an in-demand session vocalist, and MacAllister, a composer for film and TV, worked together on a commercial project. During their collaboration the two discovered a shared musical sensibility and creative chemistry that eventually took shape in the form of Clementine & The Galaxy.
"We were in the studio working on a few of Julie's songs," explains MacAllister. "They were pretty firmly rooted in an indie-pop/singer-songwriter kind of place. When we started working on Crying My Whole Heart Out a whole new set of possibilities for our collaboration opened up. The song seemed to demand a treatment that was much more electronic than anything we had done before and soon after we finished recording the track, it was clear that this new direction was far cooler than our other material (which we quickly scrapped)."
Hardy continues "Clementine & The Galaxy is where Mike and I get to experiment, we get to cross lines we don't usually get to cross and take the music to a stranger place. We've both done a lot of commercial work, which is great, but it's for someone else. This music is wholeheartedly ours. We make it to please ourselves, and we hope other people enjoy it too."
Front-woman Julie Hardy is a professional singer who has performed live with Ellie Goulding on Saturday Night Live, St. Vincent on David Letterman, and in countless television commercials and films. A jazz vocalist by training, Hardy is a successful solo artist who has received rave reviews from the New York Times, Time Out New York, Downbeat and Jazz Times. In addition to her work as a performer, Hardy also teaches Vocal Jazz at New York City's prestigious The New School.
Clementine & The Galaxy owes its crisp and ethereal sonic architecture to producer/composer Mike MacAllister. MacAllister's music has been featured in ads for XBox, Nike, and Levis, and has scored multiple films including "Freakonomics: The Movie" and "The Spirt of Laxmi," which were selected to premier Tribeca Film Festival.
"Spacey, playfully proggy art pop in the Bowie lineage" – Time Out New York
"[Clementine & The Galaxy] knocked it out of the proverbial park" – Huffington Post
"This duo project between pitch perfect vocalist Julie Hardy and producer/guitarist Mike MacAllister is set to blow up." – The Deli Magazine
Bob and Martha
Psychadelic gothic pop! We are kind of romantic, kind of enchanting, but mostly really fun and exciting.
"This EP is full of good ideas and the grit of the recording also gives it some kind of lo-fi charm. If this pair sticks together, interesting things might happen!" - The Bandcamp Diaries
"This EP was exceptional and I am really excited to see what else this band will offer us in the future. In the meantime I have it on repeat."- Indie Music Album Reviews
"The whole EP gives off a feeling of Modest Mouse circa- 2002. This is the ‘Moon and Antarctica.’ A gorgeous everlasting epic, in this case, dialed down to six songs that are all fleshed out and complete ideas." - The Levity Ball
Bob and Martha was formed in the summer of 2012 in an explosive firework of creativity and kittens. Self-described "old souls" from Brooklyn, NY, Aparna Muralidharan and Dan Bonsignore found each other on the internet before meeting at the Zombie Hut in Gowanus, BK. After a few beers, these two kindred spirits bonded over a mutual love of loop pedals (also kittens). After several hours spent in a basement rehearsal space, Bob and Martha emerged, executing poppy yet haunting melodies over complex and multitudinous guitar loops. The sound has since been described as psychedelic pop or experimental meditation-rock, and evokes similarities to Bjork, the Doors, and Modest Mouse. Bob and Martha is currently an active force within the Brooklyn music scene and is planning a small tour of the Northeast in the spring.