Hoots & Hellmouth, Darlingside, Tall Heights

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Hoots & Hellmouth

Darlingside

Tall Heights

Fri, May 25, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Hoots & Hellmouth
Hoots & Hellmouth
Philadelphia's Hoots & Hellmouth blend the twisted roots of American music in a fierce and fiery alchemy. Soulful three-part harmonies co-mingle with stringed things and foot stomps to build a synergy that bursts from both stage and speaker with aural aplomb. It's city and country. It's rock and soul. It's bleeding, sweating, crying, rejoicing…It's alive! Ask anyone who's seen them perform, from Portland, ME to Portland, OR, and they'll tell you the same.
Darlingside - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Darlingside
Under one roof in New England’s Pioneer Valley, Darlingside came together with five songwriters, a mandolin, a cello and violin, guitars and drums, a chorus of voices, and a van named Chauncey. Holed up in their home between a cornfield and the Connecticut River, they forged a seamless, exhilarating sound at the intersection of rock, classical, and folk music. The band is currently rolling out an innovative subscription album, Pilot Machines, and shaking rafters along the eastern seaboard with their vibrant live shows.

Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Harris picked up the cello at age six, and appeared twice on NPR with his classical piano trio. Auyon spent a year-long travel fellowship studying the traditional music and instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland. Don toured nationally as a boy alto, and later worked as a singer-songwriter on sunset boat cruises in Maine. Dave began singing and arranging music in college, then spent two years learning guitar as a street musician in Boston and abroad. Sam took up drums at the age of seven and developed an intricate style that draws on his rock, celtic, and jazz backgrounds. Together, the five close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.

Following 2010’s self-recorded EP 1, Darlingside teamed up with producer Nathaniel Kunkel (Sting, Crosby/Nash, Maroon 5) in 2011 to turn their house into a hi-fi recording laboratory and playground. The result was Pilot Machines, an insistently melodic collection of new songs that feel both familiar and ground-breaking. The band is now in the midst of an ambitious release, with three 7″ records and a string of exclusive pre-release events ramping up toward the full-length album in Summer 2012.
Tall Heights - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Tall Heights
In the summer of 2010, Tim and Paul were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In two short years since, Tall Heights has performed alongside national acts like David Wilcox, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle, and Barefoot Truth, sold over 2,000 copies of their debut record, headlined packed houses across New England, and toured down to Austin, TX and back to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival.

Tall Heights released a completely independent follow-up EP, Rafters, in September 2011, and sold 700 copies in the first 7 days. While many artists in their genre have of late retreated to the wilderness to record, Tall Heights stayed in the city. These five tracks were recorded over a few sweltering months in a small bedroom of their Boston apartment with an SM58 microphone, an iMac, a guitar, a cello and their voices. And, although there was neither cabin nor lake, Rafters is already spreading across their Thoreauvian folk scene like brushfire.

“Every once in a blue moon you get blown away by an act you’d previously not heard of. Fans of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, fans of great music and art in general need to be aware of Tall Heights. What an incredible duo.” –Ryan Montbleau
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com