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Average Girl

Average Girl is a gritty, country punk band based in New York City that injects the swelling angst of young American living into the raw, boozy twang of alt-country. According to Time Out NY, "If Springsteen had spent his twenties going to scuzzy Todd P gigs, he might've sounded something like Average Girl." The band has also drawn comparisons to Modest Mouse, Lucero, The Replacements, and Titus Andronicus. Known for their barn-burning live shows, Average Girl attracts crowds of raucous fans, eager to be drowned in their whiskey-soaked riffs.

Cary Kehayan and Matt Benjamin began writing indie-folk tunes in 2008 and, soon after, recorded their debut EP, "In These Parts", self-distributing the album using DIY methods. After drummer Burton Frey joined the band in early 2009, they began to play slew of live shows in the New York City area, garnering a heavy dose of praise in the blogosphere. Their sophomore EP, "Last Call for the Living", retains the DIY aesthetics of their first, but is heavier, louder – a bitter gospel, culled from the restless memories of their youth.

The band's sound owes a great debt to their roots: Kehayan grew up in indie punk breeding-ground, Glen Rock, NJ, playing frequent basement and house shows with longtime friends Titus Andronicus, while Benjamin and Frey hail from the backwoods of Mountaintop, PA, surrounded by the desolate grit of nearby hardcore hub, Wilkes-Barre.

Average Girl embarked on a 2009 U.S. tour, beginning with a record release show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. Their performance at The Basement (Nashville, TN) was broadcast on Music City Arts Television and their energetic live shows earned them a "Band We Like" recommendation from Oh My Rockness. Since touring, they have continued to play frequent east coast dates with acts such as Real Estate, Julian Lynch, The Babies, and Titus Andronicus.

In May, Average Girl opened for MGMT in New York City. They are currently at work on a new 7" record to be released later this year.

Cosmonaut is a four-piece indie-rock band from New York City. Formed in 2009 by classmates John Paul Manley and Daniel Quinn, Cosmonaut blends shoegaze influences with alternative rock and pop, to create a unique, mesmerizing sound.

The band came together after Manley and Quinn met at Fordham University. Both Manley and Quinn share vocal and guitar duties, and enlisted longtime friends Brendan Picone (bass) and Tom McIntyre (drums) to fill out the rhythm section. Cosmonaut is currently completing their debut EP with producer Kyle "Slick" Johnson (Wavves, Modest Mouse, Cymbals Eat Guitars). Cosmonaut has also appeared on Occupy This Album alongside numerous other artists including legends such as Patti Smith, Yo La Tengo, and Mogwai.

The band's sound has been characterized as "somewhere in between Kevin Shields and Stephen Malkmus" (Aural Wes). "Their resonant compositions are offset with clear melodies and a natural intensity," according to Fordham University's "The Observer." Weezer's videographer and unofficial fifth member, Karl Koch, has described Cosmonaut's sound as incorporating "shades of My Bloody V, early New Order, and Pavement," (Karlophone).

Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria is quoted as saying " Cosmonaut has found a way to embody the classic rock and roll elements that have been all but forgotten in contemporary rock while keeping intact their indie music footing. Cosmonaut is my favorite new band. Here's to the future."

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Friday, December 6 · 8:00 PM at Cameo Gallery

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