Songs and Shows Roundup 12.16.13
Tonight, the electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene headline Glasslands. Also on the bill are Pool Cosby, Sanura, and DJ Mursi Layne. Doors at 8:30, $10 tickets here. Your other dance party best bet is Dynasty Electric at the Studio at Webster Hall with Joygo and Rhythm & Stealth. Doors at 8:00, $10 tickets here. Dynasty Electric regularly hosts parties at Greenpoint Gallery and this track “Supersonic” is a bluesy dance jam.
On Tuesday, you should definitely go see Greenpoint resident Melaena Cadiz at Pete’s Candy Store. She goes on at 9:00 and like most shows at Pete’s, it’s free. I’ve become a big fan of Melaena this year through her ambitious and excellent Singles Project. Each month, she released a new song. She collaborated with visual artists to make a unique piece of artwork for each track. The styles vary from song to song, but all are good. You can hear the latest, “Bright Center of Heaven” here. Also, she was recently featured on the BreakThru Radio’s “Hear and There” series playing March song “Silver Hours.” Watch below:
On Wednesday, Bushwick-based Hillary Barleaux will play the Ella Lounge at 10:00. It’s a free show, and also on the bill is Lydia Fischer. More information here. Hillary just released her self-titled debut album, which is quite good. You can probably expect to hear many of the songs at the show. It is a collection of nine songs united by Hillary’s impassioned voice and strong writing. The main musical textures are piano and acoustic guitar, but there is variety from track to track. For instance, “South” is sparse and blues and “July,” which follows feels epic and sweeping. Some songs are upbeat and peppy, others are soulful ballads. It’s a debut that signals a strong talent, so if you can’t make the show, you should still check out the album. You can listen to her latest single “The Other Side,” here.
Friday, you can catch Hello Phones playing their release show for their new work Future City at the Gutter. They go on at 10:00 and share a bill with Le Boum and Mindtroll. It’s $5. This band straddles the line between electronic and punk quite well, which should make for an energetic live show. You can get Future City here. Here’s a cool track, “Hey You.”
Lastly, Saturday night you’ll have the chance to see the self-described “gypsybilly” band Butcher Knives headlining at Piano’s. I’ve never seen them, but I’m really intrigued. Their sound blends punk, Eastern European folk, rockabilly, bluegrass, and Flamenco and is performed by seven members. They go on at 11:00 and the $10 tickets are available here.
Closing out with a few tunes. The members of Conveyor no longer all live in Greenpoint, but they will always have roots in the neighborhood and are a great band in general. They just put out a new 7″ record of songs “Mammal Food” and “Pushups.” Sample it below and then purchase here.
Another cool track from a Greenpoint artist is “Man Overboard” by Seasick Mama. It comes from her recent EP called Tip Top Shape. The song has a nice reggae and pop vibe, and the video plays with perspective and surveillance in interesting ways.