Desert Stars

Desert Stars

Desert Stars is a 5-piece band from Brooklyn, New York formed October 2008. Built on the creative output of classically-trained violinist Janelle Best, the band dispatches its own brand of shoe-gaze psych-pop with intricately-layered instrumentation, lush harmonies and atmospheric guitar topped by Best’s dreamy tenor. The effect is reminiscent of the album we only wish Phil Spector had produced for The Jesus and Mary Chain: infectiously melodic, pop-eccentric, and deliciously lo-fi.

The band’s origins weren’t particularly auspicious: front-woman Best was going through a major life change and came across a keyboard in the trash. Locking herself in her room for three months, she started composing what would become Desert Stars’ first songs. Friends, many with minimal musical background, came over and, compelled by the material, began to play.

Three years later, Best’s outfit has evolved to include Carrie Ashley Hill, Gregg Giuffre (Hunters), and Eric Altesleban (x touring keyboardist interpol, mofo)


No longer the bedroom folk duo of their early years, the Brooklyn quintet is slowly revealing their new identity as a sonically adventurous band. The inspired songwriting and lyrical storytelling of Carl Creighton remains a central focus for Howth while the surrounding sounds created by Blake Luley, Neil Acharya, Aviva Stampfer and Jeremy Duvall continue to grow into a a swelling, dynamic force.

Indulging on the melodies and sentiment of 90’s indie rock, Howth also reaches for the soaring heights of classic ’70s rock while adding in dynamic ambient textures inspired by Eno and minimalism.

Within Howth’s new songs, Creighton gives a voice to the soul-searching outsider attempting to find a place within claustrophobic environment of the urban landscape. Like a weed pushing through a crack in the sidewalk, their music reflects the perseverance of organic over artificial.


Kickin' it old school.


Pinegrove is a fourpiece rock hard at work in the promotion of introspective partying! We are a band living out their dreams in a reflective lattice of flavor and strength!! From the glass-lined tanks of old latrobe... we tender this premium aural experience!!!


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Cameo Gallery


Desert Stars with Howth, Carroll, Pinegrove

Thursday, May 23 · 8:00 PM at Cameo Gallery

Tickets Available at the Door