#IndieOverEverything with:, Small Axe

Small Axe

Formed as emcee Roch's backing band for his solo material in September 2010, Small Axe played their first gig ever on the Van's Warped Tour in the summer of 2011 in the company of Shinobi Ninja and Green Jelly, among others. Since then they have blown away unsuspecting audiences around Bed-Stuy and elsewhere in Brooklyn/NYC at The Gramercy Theater, The Paper Box, Sullivan Hall, Cameo Gallery, FreeCandy, Trash Bar, and Legion, as well as various parties and weddings(?!?) Small Axe will be performing at the upcoming 2013 AfroPunk Festival at Cmdr Barry Park in Fort Greene, thanks to their hard-hitting show-stopper of a performance in the semi-finals of the 2012 AfroPunk Battle of the Bands. Presently writing and recording for their debut LP with new drummer Sydney Driver (John Forte, Blitz the Ambassador, etc) this band WILL BE HEARD.

Small Axe's influences range from Bad Brains and the Deftones to Tupac and Outkast to Bob Marley and Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix. Unlike most bands who say they are influenced by great artists like these and then sound like whoever's charting in the L Magazine, you can actually hear these sounds in Small Axe, colored with their special boot-in-the-eye distortion. Maybe it's because they are two Bay-Area natives, a guitar-slinger from the island of Guam, and a no-nonsense born-and-raised barber from Bed-Stuy, but it's impossible to pin these guys down. "I've never heard a band like this and I LOVE it" is becoming de rigeur feedback after shows.

The Paxtons

In an industry where perception routinely trumps reality, it's easy to confuse instantaneous buzz with enduring success. Deriving their name from the block on the south side of Chicago where they were born and raised, The Paxtons strive to create timeless, genre-bending music that innovates without regard to the latest trends. Since officially forming as a group in 2008, childhood friends, Chris and Dave have expanded as producers and songwriters, to create visual, feel-good music that defies conventional rap templates.

Inspired by their move to NYC earlier that year; 2010's The Manhattan Project garnered more than 10,000 downloads in just over three months, a return to SXSW, and performances on each coast. Following what The Smoking Section called one of 2010's top 20 mixtapes of the year, The Paxtons began work on the Avenue series, releasing parts A and B just four months apart. The resulting fanfare spearheaded The Block Party; a series of self-produced monthly events showcasing the South Shore Social Club collective in their present home of Brooklyn. With the arrival of September's Avenue: C & D, The Paxtons show no signs of slowing down.

When you hear the word Bangladesh in hip-hop, you expect the ever-present "a milli" beat to follow. However, to hip-hop's newest recruit, Anik Khan, (fka K-Prime), Bangladesh is more than a producer's signature drop, it is his birth country. Moving from Dhaka to Queens, New York at age three, Khan was immediately introduced to music and politics by his father who was a poet and a political representative in his home country.

Despite his political consciousness, east coast style and use of soul beats, Khan is not the type of artist who can be boxed in by a specific genre. "I am what people need me to be," says Khan, which is a trait that is shared by only those destined for greatness. Growing up listening to jazz, oldies and blues, Khan idolized legends such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. Hip-hop would later become a major influence on Khan, adding hip-hop legends Jay-Z and Nas to the list of those he would craft his art after. When one listens to "City Lights" and "Roll Up," Khan displays a smooth and coherent flow, allowing listeners to experience the music rather than simply hear it. Since the age of sixteen, Anik has been performing and appearing on mixtapes in New York, Philly, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Texas. He even earned a degree in recording arts engineering from the Orlando based Full Sail University, where he also appears in the school magazine ads.

Khan has worked with Rell (formerly of Rocafella Records) and Robbie Pardlo of the group City High. He has the kick-science-no-nonsense attitude of old school rappers, mixed with the fresh swagger a new school artist. With lyrical potency, head nodding beats and catchy hooks, Anik Khan is just what the game has been missing!

The Oxymorrons (DJ Set)

Exploding onto the scene with their fearless approach to sound, this eclectic trio is a force to be reckoned with. The Oxymorrons, a name which plays off the all around musical and personal steez of each member, form a paradox of hip hop titans. Oblivious to boundaries while successfully stewing genres like hip hop, rock, alternative, R&B, and even classical, the triad has formed their own vibrations known as the Klasher Music "Sounds good, feels good!"

With their colorful music palette the Oxymorrons have been comparaed to N.E.R.D and Outkast. Emerging from Queens, New York, the group has worked with Boston's own Bad Rabbits and is currently working their debut Album, Indigo Plateau. After recently dropping their Mixtape, Better than McDonalds, otherwise known as the appetizer before the main course.

Girl Vs Machine (DJ Set)

DJ, Stylist, Blogger, overall dynamic woman everyone wants to know.



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#IndieOverEverything with:, Small Axe with The Paxtons, Anik Khan, The Oxymorrons (DJ Set), Girl Vs Machine (DJ Set)

Sunday, September 1 · Doors 8:30 PM at Glasslands Gallery