Dent May, The Orwells, Tashaki Miyaki, Foxygen, Calvin Love, Murals, Rafiq Bhatia

CMJ Aquarium Drunkard: No Jacket Required

Dent May

The Orwells

Tashaki Miyaki

Foxygen

Calvin Love

Murals

Rafiq Bhatia

Mondo Boys DJ'ing

Tue, October 16, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Dent May - (Set time: 1:00 AM)
Dent May
Jackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy powerpop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU's film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a countryrock band called Cowboy Maloney's Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital E.P. of cheeky lofi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May's home, a doublewide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloney's Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.
The Orwells - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
The Orwells
For The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts-the 12-track rat-race shows the band's repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals. The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop-the animus of The Orwells. It's quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk's past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thing line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in a fashion that their age into being just another fact mentioned in their bio.

The Orwells are made up of five 17-year-olds from Chicago, Illinois. They play rock n roll music. Their names are Mario, Grant, Henry, Dominick and Matt. They write songs - scratch that, primitive teenage battle cries - about girls and America and being suspended from high school. Although one might categorize The Orwells' distinct brand of the blues as garage or punk, they would be wrong. The Orwells sound comes from a deeper, different place-a place both long forgotten and also timeless.
Tashaki Miyaki - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Tashaki Miyaki
"Menace and mystery surround this female Jesus and Mary Chain, whose vocals cut like honey-coated razor blades" - The Guardian

"Tashaki Miyaki has a sound to them that is both very old and new at the same time, with a haunting beauty that fascinates me. Listening to their music brings to mind something of a mix of David Lynch and the Cowboy Junkies, but not because of a comparable look or style, but because of the emotional resonance of their unique sound." - CBS News

"...so pretty I'm afraid saying anything else might diminish it." - FADER

" [Tashaki Miyaki] are being touted as the female Jesus and Mary Chain thanks to dreamy songs like "Somethin' is Better Than Nothin,'" and we're not about to argue." - NYLON magazine

" It has that heavy, heavy, sullen feeling at the start.. and once the sullen vocals kick in I'm totally won over, every single time." - NME
Foxygen - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Foxygen
Foxygen is the bi-coastal songwriting duo of Sam France (vocals, Olympia, Wash., 22 years old) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards, NYC, 22). They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. They create a sometimes-impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times. Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the manic, freewheeling qualities of an artist like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Their albums are love letters to vinyl collections. Jagjaguwar is proud to share with you Foxygen's bedroom masterpiece, Take the Kids Off Broadway.
Calvin Love - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Calvin Love
This is Calvin Love: He started a punk band in the northern Canadian city of Edmonton at the age of thirteen. The oppressively long, dark, and cold winters kept him indoors making madcap music while summer nights found him tearing up the sleepy streets with rock ‘n’ roll fueled adrenaline. Friends would say he was born with a rebel heart.
After the early years, he left town and has been on the road for the last five years touring dive bars and clubs throughout the US, playing in various bands in and out of Los Angeles. During this time, he managed to create a collage of visions, sounds, and scattered tracks while writing and recording in his bedroom studio, motels, bus stations, or wherever the road happened to lead.
This is Calvin’s first foray into a solo career. Armed with a 4-track, mics, computer machine, keyboards and guitar, Calvin has laid down his debut record New Radar, due to be released this fall on Autumn Tone Records. With backing influences of pop and dance music of the 50’s and 60’s, as well as the punk/electronic/new wave of the late 70’s and 80’s, Calvin Love’s music is a sonic escape into psychological mysteries and enlightened tales of love and death.
For what it’s worth, Calvin’s interests lie in photography, aesthetics, the paranormal, technological adaptations, pirates, The Goonies, zombie apocalypse, Jarmusch, strange states, dancing girls, sleepless nights, D.I.Y., Iggy, Bowie, tombs, hitchhiking, black & white, and the space-time continuum…
Murals - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Murals
Following high school graduation in 2006, the band Murals dug their act out of the basement and planted it onto stages and into minds across Louisville, KY. Founding members Evan Blum (bass), Rob Monsma (drums) and Jacob Weaver (vocals/guitar) dreamed up a musical fruit jam, blending art-rock and psychedelic proto-punk. The addition of Hunter Presnell on guitar in 2009 completed the bands line-up.

On July 1, 2012, Murals are releasing their self-produced album "On a Passing Cloud", which was recorded off and on over the past two years. The project started in late 2009 with the band sifting through an unconscionable amount of cassette demos and session recordings. Curious about constructing a latticework of familiar and disparate sounds, Murals relocated to a warehouse space in downtown Louisville.

The band taught itself to record, and songs “Thief” and “Lunar Love” were selected respectively for the ninth and tenth installments of the Louisville is for Lovers compilation album series. As a result, Murals grew more serious about a release of their own.

Eight songs were chosen, finalized and mastered for the On a Passing Cloud album, which is to be released on the July 6th. With the bulk of a second LP already committed to tape, plans for a summer tour, and a current musical residency at the Monkey Wrench in Louisville, Murals is a band with eyes facing forward.
Rafiq Bhatia - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Rafiq Bhatia
The music of American composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (pronounced rah-FEEK BAHtia) defies easy categorization. Regardless, groundbreaking artists from different corners of the music world are taking notice. According to jazz drum legend Billy Hart, Bhatia's combination of driving, glitch-inspired beats, blistering improvisation, and expansive production holds "the true potential of the future." In the words of Grammy nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, "his music is innovative and fearless." Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has produced recordings by Björk and Feist, remarks that working with Bhatia "felt like learning a new language." And, speaking about Bhatia's forthcoming debut, Antipop Consortium emcee and producer High Priest proclaims, "this is the type of joint that can exist in both beat and jazz canons successfully."

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2010, Bhatia "has wasted no time grabbing wider attention" (Time Out New York), collaborating with an array of forward-thinking artists including Billy Hart, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer, Alexander Overington, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA, and others. He has toured extensively across the eastern and midwestern United States with his quartet, which features Jeremy Viner (woodwinds, processing), Jackson Hill (bass), and Alex Ritz (drums, processing). His performances have been recommended by publications including Time Out New York and The Boston Globe.
Mondo Boys DJ'ing
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com