DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Performances by:
Black Hippy, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, Palma Violets, Royal Teeth, Beach Fossils, Teengirl Fantasy
Lower East Side
New York, NY
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Downtown Events is excited to announce the launch of the first date of the 2013 Downtown Music Festival. Taking place over May 10th and 11th, Downtown will take over the New York’s Lower East Side, with new, influential artists playing shows at intimate venues like Element, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Angel Orensanz, Pianos, Cake Shop, Tammany Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and more.
DT:NYC PERFORMANCES BY:
FRIDAY MAY 10
ANDREW WYATT (OF MIIKE SNOW)
KINGDOM FEAT. KELELA
D'EON + MORE!
AUTRE NE VEUT
MR. MUTHAFUCKIN EXQUIRE
WOOLY AND THE MAMMOTH
THE LOOM + MUCH MORE!
LIKE & FOLLOW DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL:
Black Hippy is a Hip-Hop group comprised of rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Schoolboy Q. The group is based out of South Central Los Angeles, and is currently signed to Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records. While they have yet to release an official collaborative album, all of the group’s members have built impressive followings as solo artists, and frequently contribute to each other’s respective solo projects.
Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known by his stage name, Earl Sweatshirt, is a Los Angeles-based rapper, songwriter, producer, and member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future. His first self-released album, Earl, was issued in 2010, and named the best album of the year by Complex. Only 19-years-old, Earl Sweatshirt has gained much success as a solo artist, and has also performed on tracks by other artists including Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis & The Alchemist, Flying Lotus, and MellowHype.
Los Angeles native Sky Ferreira is only 17 but has already been working with some notable names in the business- Paul Epworth, Bloodshy & Avant, and Dallas Austin, just to name a few. Her debut album is to be released in 2010 but her debut single "17" already released on May 17, 2010.
Her next single is "One" and was produced by Bloodshy & Avant.
For a long time if you wanted to hear the most exciting new band in Britain, you knocked on a tall black door off the Lambeth Road. An aging British Rail building - part art studio happening, part squat – Studio 180 was where south London’s Palma Violets were gestating, away from sunlight and the world at large.
A thrilling rock'n'roll four piece channelling The Clash, the Mysterians, and the Bad Seeds, from September 2011 they were holed-up here writing songs "their friends could dance to" and occasionally putting on celebratory, ecstatic parties about which word quickly spread.
The opposite of the last significant development in English guitar music when the Arctic Monkeys became the first "MySpace band", harnessing the power of the internet and prompting BBC documentaries and convulsions in major record labels, the Palma Violets’ rise has been notable by their total avoidance of the worldwide web.
In fact until a couple of months ago, they had no online presence, no music recorded, and no press team working for them, this wasn’t the product of some fiendishly counter-intuitive marketing strategy, it was because all they cared about was playing shows.
“We didn’t want to put ourselves on Facebook, Youtube or the internet because we hadn’t recorded any songs,” explains singer Sam Fryers. “We were making this noise together in a room for fun and that’s where you had to experience it.”
“The best way to see a rock’n’roll band is to go and see them play live,” elaborates bassist Chilli Jesson. “That’s all we wanted people to do.”
“And of course, we hate being in recording studios,” laughs Fryer.
It’s not hard to see how word of mouth spread about the band. If you got through the door in that early period, what greeted you was an intoxicating sense of chaos. Beer being sold out of a dustbin in a makeshift kitchen, experimental artwork protruding from every wall, kids milling about, seemingly all friends, just waiting for the moment the band would start to play, normally around 11 at night, but sometimes a whole lot later.
In an airless basement that could hold 50 people, the band would finally appear in a hail of feedback and organ noise, before blazing their way through a short, incredible set: their sound a primitive, wild rock’n’roll music offering echoes of ‘60s garage and soul but with a defiant Englishness at its core, the band themselves radiating a ferocious energy, encapsulated in the tense and tactile interplay between Jesson and Fryer but driven forward by the incessant beat of Will Doyle’s drumming.
After a period of parching drought in British guitar music, this was akin to stumbling across the oasis in the desert just before you and everyone else died of dehydration.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for record labels to catch on and in the first few months of 2012, Palmas Violets were courted intensely. From the outset, though, they only ever wanted to sign to one, and that was Rough Trade.
As Jesson recalls:“When Rough Trade came down, it was so special. It was like they restored our faith in music. I mean they actually talked about music for a start. Geoff Travis was the only person who picked up on the fact that we were doing a cover of The Riveiras’ ‘California Sun’. The other guys talked about supermarkets and shelving and how we were going to penetrate the market.”
The feeling was mutual.
Royal Teeth is a Los Angeles-based indie dance pop group founded in 2010. Filled with delightful vocal harmonies, the music they create is catchy, light, and sure to get anyone moving. The group claims they “make music for adventures”. Members include Joshua Wells, Gary Larsen, Nora Patterson, Josh Hefner, Stevie Billeaud, and Andrew Poe.
Beach Fossils began in 2009 as the solo project of Dustin Payseur. Before and after the 2010 release of the S/T debut LP and 2011’s What A Pleasure EP, they performed around the world with a lineup that once featured Cole Smith (DIIV) and John Peña (Heavenly Beat). They quickly became known for their highly energetic stage show, bringing the recorded work to a volume and tempo that would make even the indie-est of crowds wind up in a frenzy. With the exception of drummer Tommy Gardner, that lineup dissolved to pursue their ambitions with the aforementioned projects. Wanting to bridge the gap between the live and recorded aspects of the band, Dustin began writing Clash the Truth determined to capture the urgency, human flow and spontaneity of the live performance.
Now with a full time drummer (and co-writer of two tracks on the LP) Beach Fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer Ben Greenberg of The Men. Instead of merely going from a “bedroom DiY” project to a “better fidelity studio project” the deliberate decision to work with Ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of punk and aggressive music in general. To ensure that dynamic, the drums were recorded live in a room with Dustin on bass to give the album a driving and energetic force. Consider the titles “Generational Synthetic,” “Caustic Cross” and “Burn You Down,” it’s easy to see how the record, while not a punk or post-punk record by strict definition, certainly nods to the first major influence of Dustin’s creative spark. The first two notes of the title track that kick the LP off are a clear indicator of where his head was at.
The LP also sees Dustin stretching his songwriting muscles, with the acoustic Lennon-esque “Sleep Apnea” and the dreamy “In Vertigo”, which features the vocals of Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead). During the recording period, the studio was flooded and destroyed by hurricane Sandy and the band had to relocate to another studio to finish the LP in earnest. It all came together when the work of legendary video artist Peter Campus was finalized to be featured throughout the release and on the striking cover. Clash the Truth marks a clear progression in the ongoing story of Beach Fossils. Drawing from the previous works’ melodic strengths and uncanny guitar textures emboldened by a sound closer to their energetic and cathartic live set, it’s the clear next step in the trajectory of the band and the dis-association from the home-recording boom from which it originated.
Boasting an almost Google-proof name, Teengirl Fantasy is the project of Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi. Weiss and Takahashi, who craft an atmospheric yet driving sound -- borrowing from deep house, shoegaze, and other styles -- that makes critics coin terms like 'dream-beat,' met during orientation at Ohio's Oberlin College and began making music together a few weeks later. They put up a MySpace page for Teengirl Fantasy, but it was when their songs were featured on the blog 20 Jazz Funk Greats that they gained an audience. Remixes of artists including tourmates Telepathe and a radically reworked version of Mariah Carey's 'Touch My Body,' along with the downloadable EP TGIF and singles on Dick Move and Merok, furthered the buzz around the band. Takahashi and Weiss moved to the Netherlands to study at Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academie for four months, but returned to Oberlin for 2010's spring semester. Teengirl Fantasy's full-length debut, 7AM, arrived in September of that year on True Panther/Merok. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi