Allison Weiss, Mitten

Early Show

Allison Weiss

Mitten

Jack Dolgen

Tue, July 17, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Allison Weiss - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Allison Weiss
Allison Weiss (Brooklyn, NY) is an energetic 24-year-old with an electric guitar, an avid online following, and a whole lot of feelings. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes losing a little more fun.

"I'm all about catchy, upbeat, feel-good music, but the one thing I seem to aways write about is heartbreak," she recently told Billboard.com, "I say [my songs] sound like your saddest memories sung to the tune of your happiest."

Weiss first picked up a guitar at age 14 in an attempt to impress her high school crush, and though the teenage romance died after one short month, her passion for music lived on.

After moving to Athens, GA in 2005, Weiss spent the next five years in and out of various pseudo-relationships which fueled the fire for one infectious breakup song after another. She toured the southeast relentlessly and wrote constantly, self-releasing three EPs and a fan-funded full length album by the end of 2009.

At the same time, Weiss quietly built up a dedicated internet fanbase and a reputation for shameless self promotion. She gained recognition in the music community for her effective grassroots marketing techniques and spoke on a 2010 SXSW panel about crowdfunding, all while earning a BFA at the University of Georgia.

Now performing with a full band, her live shows are louder and faster and more fun than ever, showcasing her unique brand of punk/folk infused powerpop and knack for keeping the audience wanting more. In August of 2010 she packed her bags and moved to Brooklyn, NY with plans to spend 2011 recording and touring and never looking back.
Mitten - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Mitten
In late 2009, Maia and Joanna bonded over whiskey and salt bagels.

The pair began emailing each other song ideas and soon began writing music together as Mitten. Written entirely over email, the duo completed a shimmering collection of songs, writing lyrics on buses and at rest stops between Brooklyn and Boston. See You Bye was produced, recorded, and mixed in Katcher’s Manhattan office, rising to #24 on Hype Machine’s “Most Popular” list.

Mitten has performed their energetic live set with DEVO, Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club, MEN, Sick of Sarah and The Shondes and plays to packed venues all over the east coast. Mitten has been featured on MTV and Out Magazine and their music is currently playing in stores including GAP, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Pinkberry, Vans and Puma and has been placed in various commercials and films.

Mitten was honored to be included in NPR’s guide to CMJ this year and toured the southeast in early 2012 with Allison Weiss. Maia & Joanna regularly produce video blogs for homoground.com and are currently in the studio completing their debut full length album.
Jack Dolgen - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Jack Dolgen
Jack Dolgen’s music is poppy, but not without it’s deeper roots. “I went through a terribly depressed time, back in New York and I decided to quit making music. I was barely functioning and could hardly muster the conviction necessary to sing my songs live – I wanted so badly to just waste away.” On a whim, he moved to LA, packed up his instruments and hid them away in his garage. But TV and film placements began pouring in for Jack’s first album, and it became clear that his music was the kind that could connect with people all over the world. “It felt like the Gods wouldn’t let me quit. I started to get this feeling when I would close my eyes, something inside of me saying over and over, ‘don’t cast your dreams away.’ I figured that sort of thing doesn’t happen very often; I better follow through. So, I started recording new songs - something I thought I would never do again.”
Those songs became Jack Dolgen’s new album, Wandering Times, an organic pop exploration of internal and external disconnects, and the quest to unify those divisions. Jack weaves together pop figures and hope-filled hooks that set the perfect backdrop for our own daily trials. “It’s about searching for a sense of peace and unity. We wander through, moment to moment, navigating each surprising turn, hoping to get back to some sense of oneness as we progress.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com