Around for nearly a decade, the Philadelphia-based experimental rock band mewithoutYou remains musically unclassifiable. Aaron Weiss stands apart with his half-sung, half-spoken lyrics about spirituality and philosophy. The band's fourth full-length album It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright released in 2009 was well-received by critics, threatening to break one of the underground's best kept secrets.
The mood last night at BB King's was celebratory. The evening was billed as Funkmaster Flex's Birthday Extravaganza, and the line to get in when doors opened at 11 PM (on a Wednesday night) had run all the way down the block with excited guests. For the most part, the night did feel like party, energy high and plenty of birthday hugs for the guest of honor. But it was also billed as part of BB King's ongoing Hip Hop Legends series, a celebration of hip hop's key players, a playing out of its most memorable story lines. The curious misspelling of DJ Premier, Sheek Louch and Joell Ortiz's names on the physical bill outside the venue aside, it was this celebration "legends" that left the most to be considered.
Bluegrass, meet the Brooklyn hipster; Brooklyn hipster, Bluegrass. For the Williamsburgundian (or anyone else) that doesn't already enjoy this old-time, country-style music, the Infamous Stringdusters could be the perfect band to change that. The six-man group, hailing from Nashville, charmed a surprisingly hyped-up crowd at Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Street Tuesday night.
Last night, the weather could not have been more perfect as SummerStage celebrated its 25th year with an enchanting and brilliant dance performance. With the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, "On Holiday," there was no doubt that the night was going to be a spectacular one. However, before this highly acclaimed dance troupe came onstage, we were treated with the two winning dance groups of the Dancin' Downtown at The Joyce Theater competition.
It's been two years since the release of Cut Copy's hit sophomore album, In Ghost Colours, and the band's popularity is rising still. Their set at the Williamsburg Waterfront this Sunday was extremely well-attended and turned out to be, by all accounts, a wild success. Cut Copy's energy onstage was infectious, and their songs sounded balanced and crisp. The audience was jumping, sweating, smiling and singing along to almost everything they played.