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Hopscotch Kick Off Featuring: Black Taxi, Hank & Cupcakes
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
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BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious.
BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines. They debuted on the CMJ Radio 200 at #180 and quickly rose to #110, putting their 2012 release "We Don't Know Any Better" the #2 spot for self-released albums. Their music video "Shoeshine" was an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards, and their most recent video "Hand" debuted on AOL Music.
BLACK TAXI's first full-length offering Things of that Nature received strong reviews in publications throughout the country. For their second full-length album they returned to The Bunker Studio to record with Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with Grammy nominated acts like The Black Keys and Danger Mouse.
Hank and Cupcakes
For fans of Yeah Yeah Yeah's, The Gossip and Ting Tings.
Brooklyn’s Hank & Cupcakes are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers. Hailing from Tel Aviv, the duo consists of powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes and bassist/pedal board magician Hank. Named in reference to Charles “Hank” Bukowski and one of his real-life lovers “Cupcakes,” the two are known for their explosive live performance, which finds the mesmerizing Cupcakes standing to bang on her drum kit, only breaking the beat to catalyze a wild dance party with the crowd. Fresh off of a US tour, the duo has kept busy spreading their infectious energy across the country.
"Hank and Cupcakes are, as the name implies, two people, Cupcakes, a charming girl and Hank, a handsome guy from Israel-by-way-of-Australia. When they get onstage, and she starts commanding her drumsticks and shimmying her shoulders, presiding over her drum kit like a Greek temple goddess, they become so much more. Their records pluck up handfuls of good-time soul and darkened ’80s pop, stringing them all together with Cupcakes’ ribbonlike vocals and Hank’s masterful manning of bass-gone-electro, creating so much sound you wonder just how they pull it off." BrightestYoungThings
"And if you haven't heard the band's infectious blend of electro-pop goodness, then look no further than their latest video. In the trippy performance video, the duo jam out to their new record while decked in super sick outfits. As colorful lights flash and fill the space, Cupcakes bangs on a freestanding drum, Hank does his thing on the bass, and the pair truly "dance like no one's watching". And yes, like you, we've always thought that phrase was kinda cheesy, but just watch this video and TRY to tell us that line doesn't directly apply." MTV Buzzworthy
"Perched behind her drums, Cupcakes let out the pop-rock beats and lyrics with husband Hank handling bass and sample duties. It's pretty thick music for only two people and it works fantasically well. Catchy choruses, energetic performances with Cupcakes sometimes standing on top of the drums and Hank roaming into the crowd." Vibes Music
"When Hank & Cupcakes take the stage, their infectious energy dominates the room, generating a fierce groove that immediately has the crowd up and moving. First time fans may find themselves scrutinizing the stage, looking in vain for the guitar player that seems to be filling out the band's sound, but it's just Hank & Cupcakes." Flavorpill New York
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