DOWNTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL, Performances by:
Purity Ring, DIIV, Ducktails!, Inc., Trash Talk, Ratking, Black Dave
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:
Corin Roddick and Megan James started Purity Ring, producing catchy, chilling electro pop sounds. Their music has been categorized to fall under the genre of “future pop”. Their first song, “Ungirthed”, was released in 2011 and received critical acclaim. The duo eventually signed with 4AD Records and released their debut album in 2012.
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece.
Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it’s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith’s childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80’s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it’s earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV’s magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a US tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter’s studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP’s, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana, and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train).
The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in it’s tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.
“Sometime” hit stores on October 11th with a second single to follow November 29, culminating in an early March EP release.
Ducktails is the solo side project of Matthew Mondanile, a member of Ridgewood, NJ-based indie beach bums Real Estate. While not too dissimilar in tone from the sun-kissed pop of his main squeeze, Mondanile's work as Ducktails presents a more fragmented, mercurial version of the Garden State of mind. More synthetic, too, in its approach than Real Estate, Ducktails is all burbling analog synths, bedroom processing, and sunburnt soundscapes. The end effect acts as a sort of bleary aural Polaroid taken at a backyard party Real Estate just finished playing. Mondanile's output under the Ducktails moniker has been prolific and perhaps a tad illusory; he has released numerous ultra-rare cassettes and CD-Rs, a pair of 7"s, and a pair of "official" LPs (a self-titled album on Not Not Fun and Landscapes on Olde English Spelling Bee, both in 2009). Mondanile also plays in several other projects, including Predator Vision and the Parasails. ~ Nate Knaebel, Rovi
This week sees 4AD release inc.'s full-length debut, no world. A soulful opening statement, the eleven-track album provides a calm, inviting, smoke-filled place where voices carry, drums crack through an empty room, and deep lows envelope the air. Angelic and personal, no world is at once declarative and quietly poetic.
no world was written, recorded and mixed by Andrew and Daniel Aged in the winter of 2011. Inspired by their long-standing love for R&B and soul music, it's also rooted in the brothers' experiences with the many notable musical figures who they've worked closely with in the past. Andrew's ardent, poignant vocals and nuanced guitar are prominent throughout, while Daniel's defining contribution is in his expressive bass playing, considered production,
and deep rhythmic awareness.
inc. welcome the release of their album with a show in New York, followed by a European tour in April.
Trash Talk are a band from Sacramento, California who formed in 2005. Trash Talk began releasing a demo and 7 inch vinyl EP on Sell Our Souls Records and as well as a split with Bay Area band Steel Trap in from 2005 to 2006.
During the 2006 year, they later signed to Rumble Records to record their debut album Walking Disease. Trash Talk would later be signed to Malfunction Records
In 2008, Trash Talk went to Chicago with Steve Albini to work on their self-titled sophomore album
They self-released their debut self-titled LP on their own label entitled ?Trash Talk Collective? in 2008.
They have toured all around the world including Japan and Europe, as well as performed in many hardcore festivals in support of their releases.
Much is often made of the relationship between artist and place. A common
consideration for sure, yet it seems foolish to appraise any artist without considering the
effect of his location on everything from his unique worldview to his understanding and
use of the various elements that make up his musical vision.
Consider then what it means to make music in the following landscape: a
city famed for its fearlessness and endeavor, struck by despair and shuttered. A city in
which delicate, perfumed beauty sits aside rancid, mangled poverty. A city wide eyed
and weary, at all times both monument and bulldozer, remaining itself through constant
“de” and “re”construction.
That city is New York and the band is RATKING. Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life. While
many of their peers seem too content to inhabit the safety of mimicry and pastiche,
RATKING’s music is best understood as neither reenactment nor recreation, but
To what, one might ask?
Well, a clip from any one of their frenetic live shows provides an
immediate answer: you hear the fallout of a bloated and self satisfied hip
hop, the nihilist refrain of dead end punk and the prickly reach for
connection that befits their noise and experimental influences. Left with
the various remaining bits of all these traditions and the bum-rush scramble of modern
life, RATKING are creating a new reality in every moment, just like every other inhabitant
of New York City. While Sporting Life weaves a teeming Big Apple backdrop, Wiki and
Hak act not only as our mischievous tour guides but dual ends of our own conscious:
one sharp witted, vulnerable and seemingly anti-social, the other feral, poetic and almost
philosophical. Call it ‘no wave’ rap. Call it ‘no school’ hip hop. Call it RATKING
Black Dave is an upcoming rapper and skater from New York.