Rasa Rasa, Melissa Czarnik, Sunken Meadow, Hollands, Ben Cady

Rasa Rasa

An Avant garde moment with Kenny Wollesen, Jonathan Haffner and Dalius Naujo with band and choir!

Melissa Czarnik

Melissa Czarnik's (aka MC) latest album, Non Merci earned her recognition from Deli Magazine as one of New York City's #1 Emerging Artists in Hip Hop. Her live show fuses elements of jazz, poetry and hip hop into an intimate performance that is reminiscent of Lauryn Hill, the Roots and Ani Difranco.

Sunken Meadow

Sunken Meadow is a rock/grunge trio. A throwback to 90's alt. and metal music, Sunken Meadow captures the essence by utilizing memorable vamps, haunting melodies and varying time signatures. The sonic pallet of heavy distortion, alternate tunings and complex song forms set them apart from most rock groups currently performing. From house parties to larger venues, Sunken Meadow has created a niche in the underground sludge rock scene.


In the long line of emerging bands from Brooklyn this year, Hollands are no stranger to the crowd. Made up of multi-instrumentalist John Paul Norporth and violinist, (Jannina Norpoth) the duo blends folk music with classic rock riffs like you’ve never heard before. Fresh from releasing their second EP titled Mother (Self-Released) the group is on the up and up.

Kicking off the record is “Air Conditioned Heart,” that sets the tone for the whole record with spacey violin sounds that echo throughout and haunting double vocals. “Cheerio!” takes the EP down a notch and is written in a style similar to that of Jon Brion. With humming guitars, sad but catchy lyrics, and just enough harmony to suit your needs, this is the standout track on the record.

“Just Like Them” brings the album back up to speed and Norpoth’s voice is soulful with just enough scratchiness to it, as “Lungs of Steel” and “Jackie” provide an alt-country tone to the record with twangy guitar strums and blissful vocals. Closing the record is the dreary yet unforgettable “Dirty Rum,” which is simple yet beautiful with the main focus on (Norpoth's) vocal and guitar. What a perfect and peaceful way to close this near brilliant EP.

Ben Cady


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