Grolsch & TurnStyle Music Group Presents
Back to School Special Final Exam ft. Body Language (CMJ)
Rocket & The Ghost, TECLA, Psychobuildings, Fishdoctor, DJ Allison Kinney, ODMARK, DJ Good Goose
152 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Fresh off the success of last year's Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and "CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band"— Body Language is ready to release their sophomore album, "The Grammar LP". Like Social Studies, this sophomore release embodies the band's restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.
Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, "Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we're just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble's about to pop." As evidenced in "Lose My Head"—a floor-filler that's driven by late '70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys to the wobbly synth lines and Motown inspired chorus of "I'm a Mess", versatility and collaboration is the core of Body Language's creative process, which often starts in the home studio Grant shares with singer/fellow producer Matt Young, only to be fleshed out even further with drummer Ian Young and singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess.
"Everyone has their part," insists Matt. "In fact, certain people come to our shows to see different performers. I kinda like to think of it as a circus." Body Language's outside projects make that circus even more interesting, from Ian's live drumming for Matthew Dear and Angelica's vocals on Sepalcure's "Outside the Lines", which was featured in the critically acclaimed film 'Black Swan' to Grant and Matt's co-production/writing credits for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer; a recurring collaborator Matt Young describes as "like Body Language if you stripped the R&B and soul parts out, took it down 30 BPM, and gave it a Mai Tai on the beach."
Body Language has long proven they are more than just a synth dance band. Live they keep you on the dancefloor and word of mouth spreads fast as they are now known to sell out most NYC venues. They have played shows with Sia, Janelle Monae and The Hood Internet. Their most recent tour with Vacationer was a blow out that included a sell out performance at New York's Brooklyn Bowl. With spring and summer dates lined up and numerous DJ sets sprinkled in the pipeline the band is sure to turn it up in 2013.
Rocket & The Ghost
Rocket & The Ghost are set to bring their explosive brand of rock n' roll to the masses with their upcoming EP. With influences that span from Johnny Cash and Led Belly to Jack White and The Cold War Kids, there's no doubt that their customized version of rock n' roll storytelling will blow you away.
“We Are The Lucky Ones" explores the past, present, and future of music and culture. Reflecting on my past, I realize that I, in fact, am extremely lucky to have been born into a time where a biracial woman can explore her creativity and gain respect without having to sell herself short. Following in the footsteps of Josephine Baker – it is rare but it has happened in this album for me, a modern day Tragic Mulatto. I am attempting to abolish the notion of genre by exploring various sounds within this album. A woman should not be limited to simply one talent, I write, compose, produce, and sing on every song on the album."
-TECLA on her new album “We Are The Lucky Ones”
NYC sonic renegade TECLA released her second full-length studio album, We Are The Lucky Ones, on March 19th via Mayimba Music. We Are The Lucky Ones is a kaleidoscopic album that evinces the spectrum of Tecla’s life and musical journey from a child piano prodigy to years singing, rapping, djing, and producing in New York’s underground. We Are The Lucky Ones’ was entirely written by Tecla. The album’s genre-defying sound infuses Tecla’s uncompromising songwriting and rap lyricism with tropical, Caribbean, pop and funk elements.
TECLA is a first-generation New York City (Hell’s kitchen) native-born of Italian and Haitian immigrants. She has gone from being a classically trained child pianist prodigy to versatile performer in hip-hop, reggae, punk-rock, electronic, & funk bands. She has toured throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe, and Asia with Chrisette Michele, Das Racist, Gordon Voidwell, Chairlift, and more.
Exploring her talents on a variety of synth keyboards she discovered and developed her own modern musical sound.
TECLA is understood and known for her genre-mixing melodic compositions, danceable afro/funk/caribbean/tropical/pop production style, and boundary-breaking songwriting and rap lyricism. TECLA has been described as “the new freak Lauryn Hill”, “SWV on acid”, “the Rocktronica Black Cinderella”, “Ritchie Valens meets Pagliacci”.
It is hard to think of anything that TECLA cannot do as a pianist, composer,producer, DJ, singer, and rapper. As the most un-apologetically complicated gender-boundary-breaking female in the pop music circle today, TECLA will only continue to rise to a place where no one has gone before. Stay tuned.
Blending jam based punk aesthetics with a laser focus on beat and melody, Psychobuildings recalls an era of music, when pop, rock, and disco began fusing together to stir up new club sensations.
Frontman, Peter LaBier, complements percussive vocal deliveries with angular and spasmodic dance moves. Despite the clean pop structure of the songs, the end result manages to sound both abstract and loose.
Psychobuildings are currently in the studio working on their first full length with producer Peter Wade. Their last EP "Hearts" was released in July on WonderSound Records.
FISHDOCTOR is a band that evolved from a Greenpoint, Brooklyn bedroom studio project, into a whimsical group of musical prodigies. Using an array of sounds, their songs contain elements of surf, synth and alternative rock with heavy bass/drum driven anthems. Currently, FISHDOCTOR is touring the lower east side circuit in NYC and gaining popularity among fans and blogs. With one EP under their belt, they are in the process of releasing a full blown studio album and a music video.
DJ Allison Kinney
Female DJ living and spinning in NYC. A hip-hop hipster est. in the private event scene, and an up-and-coming club rat.
A Brooklyn resident hailing from Washington DC, DJ Allison Kinney studied Music Industry and got her start as a DJ while living in Virginia. She began by hosting weekly Progressive Rock and Hip Hop/R&B radio shows on WXJM 88.7, and soon moved on to become the resident DJ at Wintergreen Ski Resort. Meanwhile, she was employed as a sound engineer for events in the Shenandoah Valley. This opportunity gave her insight into the “behind the scenes” world of the music industry, a helpful asset during her musical collaborations at Ravensworth Studios, where she has been both in front of the mic and behind the mixing boards. This variety of experiences assisted her in becoming a sought-after DJ in Virginia at various club venues, including for JMU’s official Homecoming.
Allison takes pride in being knowledgeable about many genres, particularly Hip Hop, Nu Disco, House, Indie Dance, and Electro. During her years as a DJ, she has had high-energy performances at clubs in Virginia, DC, and now New York City, where she has held residencies at Open House, Brooklyn Stable, Union Square Lounge, and the Flatiron Hotel. She has been featured at high-profile venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Goldbar, Pink Elephant, Soho House, Hotel Chantelle, WIP, the Mandarin Oriental, the New York Palace, the Plaza Hotel, Tribeca Grand for one of 2012’s official Governor’s Ball after-parties, and many more venues. Allison has had the fortune to perform at several Today Show and NBC events, including at the X Factor premiere party in 2012. In addition to being a featured act, Allison has also had the opportunity to open for several celebrity DJ’s in New York City, including indie dance duo The Knocks. Her knowledge of the club scene has translated to corporate events, and she has entertained for brands such as Absolut, Folli Follie, Lucky Magazine, Birra Moretti, and more. As music and fashion often go hand in hand, she models for Busted Tees and was recently interviewed in AMMO magazine. She also recently headlined CMJ 2013, alongside other up-and-coming artists. Allison knows how to get people on the dance floor, and recognizes DJing as an art form that can transform any event into a memorable experience.
Progressive House DJ based in NYC. Performed at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival festival in NYC.