Hank & Cupcakes, The Broadcast

Hank & Cupcakes

The Broadcast

Mother Feather, Kitten Berry Crunch, Of the Opera

Fri, August 10, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Hank & Cupcakes - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Hank & Cupcakes
Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are everything you would not expect them to be. Named in reference to notorious Charles ‘Hank’ Bukowski and one of his lovers ‘Cupcakes’, this Brooklyn based duo by way of Tel Aviv Israel & Melbourne Australia are the coalescence of rock without guitars and pop without synthesizers. With their full luscious sound, breathtaking stage personas and the brutal honesty with which they play, Pedal board magician Hank commands an army of pedals with his bass guitar while powerhouse vocalist/drummer Cupcakes dominates the drums standing up while belting out emotive and groove filled vocals, making it difficult to believe there are only two people on stage. Pinpointing down to a certain genre of music is hard with this duo. With a recklessness reminiscent of Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, an early RHCP rawness, a fun-punk Ting Tings vibe and a ‘The Kills’ raw rock sex appeal, Hank & Cupcakes are the embodiment of all of those, creating a new hybrid of music motivated by true freedom and boundless limits.

Hailed by MTV as a “Fresh new artist with an infectious blend of electro pop goodness” by Paste Magazine as “Irresistibly Danceable” and as having a “Funky Fresh Sound” by the New York Post, the powerful duo broke away from the music industry and a BMG label contract just over a year ago in order to be free of artistic manipulation and corporate BS. Becoming a truly independent band, Hank & Cupcakes recorded, produced & mixed their second studio album ‘CA$H 4 GOLD’ on their own and are now honing their explosive live performances in front of audiences as they tour the country.
The Broadcast - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Broadcast
The Broadcast is a soul infused dance rock band formed in Brooklyn NY. The band relocated to Asheville, NC in the fall of 2010 to transition into music full time. For tour dates, music, and more log onto www.thebroadcastmusic.com

With powerful and soulful melodies, poly rhythmic grooves and an uncanny ability to connect with listeners it's no wonder The Broadcast has audiences across the country entranced. Originally formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, this young, six-piece soul infused rock band is known for their tight, high-energy performances that have vaulted them into the national spotlight.

After their relocation to the beautiful mountainside of Asheville,
NC, The Broadcast has grown into a full-time, nationally touring group. Their rise on the festival circuit has scored them press interest from such outlets as FlavorPill, VERVE and Cosmopolitan Magazine who described lead vocalist Caitlin Krisko's voice as "drenched in honey, and dripping with soul".

The Broadcast draws influences from the funky and soulful "Motown Sound" and the raw vocal prowess of singers such as Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. Platinum blonde, Caitlin Krisko, whose commanding and captivating voice has been compared to the likes of Adele and Grace Potter, fronts the band with a prowess not often found in vocalists her age.

Their powerhouse performances are not only characterized by Krisko's dynamic voice but also by the interplay of the band. The trio of Michael Davis (drums), Matthew Davis (bass) and Tyler Housholder (percussion) create rich foundations of rhythm that drive the band. Guitarist Aaron Austin and keyboardist Rich Brownstein punctuate the group's sound with their soulful solo's and deep tonal textures.
Mother Feather - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Mother Feather
"If you're feeling this you're my next victim," front-woman Ann Courtney intones with steely-eyed confidence, assuring the audience of motherfeathers of their submission to the cult.

With their ferocious and enthralling live show, Mother Feather has ignited a wildfire of followers since hitting the New York club scene in 2010.

Epic songs warrant larger-than-life costumes and dance, and a garishly bedazzled Courtney and hype-woman sidekick Lizzie Carena slither, thrust, and high-kick their way through a set that invokes Marc Bolan's cheeky swagger, Bowie's braggadocio, and the howl and shimmy of a "To Bring You My Love"-era PJ Harvey. This is pop cock-rock: anthemic riffs, now-or-never bravado, and tight dance beats bolstered by pop precision and purity of mission. "'Mother Feather' is the muse," says Courtney. "It is the embodiment of your wildest inspiration. Every song is a challenge--to myself and the audience. I want catharsis and I want it now."
Kitten Berry Crunch - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Kitten Berry Crunch
"An addictive brew of electronic pop" -URB.com
"One of the 25 Best Songs of 2012" -theburningear.com
"Mp3 of the day" -Spinner.com
"Sweet electropop" -TimeOut New York
"Deliciously sinister" -Nicky Digital
"Catchy hooks" -iguessimfloating.com
"Knock-outs for their accomplished pop construction" -feastofmusic.com
"Hyper melodic summertime songs" -Ohmyrockness.com

Kitten Berry Crunch made a lot more sense for a name when Shaun Hettinger started this 80’s-loving synth-pop band with his cat Nico in Los Angeles. Now based out of Brooklyn, KBC has transformed into a 6-person indie art-rock band. They've recently released their “Dreams EP” mixed by Eric Broucek (DFA Records, Franz Ferdinand) & have played alongside artists like Freezepop, Vito from The Rapture, and Hank And Cupcakes.

Their original chillwave/synth-pop songs have popped up on Under The Radar magazine, blogs like urb.com, spinner.com, & theburningear.com; and they’ve remixed tracks by artists like Jonquil, Wilco, Penguin Prison, and Franz Ferdinand.

Equally of note are their hilarious cat-centric music videos - like last summer’s viral hit “When This Is Over”, which featured real cats playing drums - and “Dead Kitten Dance Party!” currently buzzing on blogs like NickyDigital.com & iguessimfloating.net.
KBC is currently recording a new album set for a winter release.
Of the Opera - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Of the Opera
Of The Opera is a New York City duo that takes leanings from the darker side of 80's new wave with intricate guitars meticulously layered over an aggressive bed of synthesizers and drum beats topped off with neo-gothic lyrics, resulting in frequent comparisons to The Faint, Muse, The Soft Moon, Depeche Mode, Wild Nothing, and Bloc Party.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com