Radar Fiction, Collectible Few, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, New Beard

Radar Fiction

Collectible Few

Thomas Wynn & the Believers

New Beard

Tue, July 3, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Radar Fiction
Radar Fiction
Born in a sweaty Brooklyn kitchen during the fever pitch of an Alaskan Governor's run on the White House, Radar Fiction has yet to cool down. While the stage antics may have simmered a bit from the smashed Mic stands and torn clothing of 2010, the band has been strong enough and smart enough to channel that desperate energy more deeply into their performances and more honestly into their offering. Which is to say the shows are better than ever—even if you're not as likely to see Vonn escorted from the club by security. The song writing continues to evolve and the band is looking forward to recording their first full length LP this autumn to be followed by regional touring in the North East throughout the fall and winter.

RADAR FICTION is Mick Vonn (vocals), J. Wise (guitar), Mick Simone (guitar), James Steady (drums), and D. Kade (bass). The band has released two EPs, 1.1.2.3.5 (2009) and DANGER LADY (2010).
Thomas Wynn & the Believers
Thomas Wynn & the Believers
Known for their powerful LIVE performances, they have headlined 100+ shows this year alone and have additionally shared the stage with national acts Gov't Mule, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Medeski, Martin & Wood, just to name a few. TW&TB personifies rugged, yet uplifting spirited rock, sprinkled with southern soul R&B. As a songwriter, Thomas' tunes are brutally honest and heartfelt. The themes of the band go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks and hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope. TW&TB radiate a southern charm that is all their own and have quickly become a Florida favorite.
New Beard
New Beard
NEW BEARD is a real band from Brooklyn. A really good, rockin’ creative band, with beards and a tuba. This band cannot be put it into one specific box. It just wouldnt be right to do that to do that to a prog-master drummer, a mysterious blues guitar wizard, a junk-loving girl, and a hobbit with the voice of an angel. And a tuba.

Led and fronted by counter-tenor singer and composer Ben Wigler, this band is the sequel to his previous band Arizona which achieved significant success after relentless touring with bands like the Band of Horses, Derek Trucks, The Slip, Dead Confederate, and the Indigo Girls.

After Arizona, with a more focused lens, Wigler teamed up with his childhood friend and drummer phenom Tony Waldman to get his new project rolling. Some friends from an adjacent avant-garde group suggested they invite notorious tuba-rocker TubaJoe Exley to be the low end instead of a more predictable electric bass. At the band’s sold-out debut in Manhattan, the trio met the kind, hairy, soulful and single-named lefty guitar shredder Yazan and asked him to join them. This freaky Brooklyn-stew of bearded characters then took immediate refuge in a cellar under a dive bar in Williamsburg and tirelessly cooked up an epic LP called NEW BEARD CITY.

A sequel to their successful and radio-friendly EP “Moment of Peace”, “New Beard City” picks up where Arizona’s acclaimed “Welcome Back Children” left off. With influences from Elliot Smith to Megadeath, this massively orchestrated album was tailored by Gustav Ejstes of the Swedish band Dungen. Ejstes and New Beard crafted a beautiful and powerful record which delightfully rolls from Indie rock to prog metal to swing to Japanese folk music with joyous fluidity. After summoning the backing presence of an entire orchestra of the most diverse and creative instrumental voices from the Brooklyn scene (including New Beard’s newest member, the sax-blasting Maria Christina Eisen), Shoulder Tap records’ New Beard City now sets the scene for their live show as they hit the road and trip the heavy fantastic with this powerful and unique debut LP.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com