Hank & Cupcakes

Late Show

Hank & Cupcakes

Charlene Kaye, The Kickback

Sat, December 8, 2012

Doors: 10:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Hank & Cupcakes
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.
Charlene Kaye
Charlene Kaye
It’s been all systems go for Hawaii-born, New York-based Charlene Kaye since releasing her sophomore album “Animal Love,” which reached #15 on the iTunes pop charts upon its release this May and has been hailed as “a tour de force of Kaye’s songwriting talents and her voice” (the Pop Stereo) and “fluent in classical piano as [it] is in glam rock” (the New Yorker). In addition to touring relentlessly and playing CMJ and SXSW festivals, the ambitious songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has earned enthusiastic reviews from PopMatters, VH1, Huffington Post, NPR, The Atlantic, the NY Deli, the Village Voice and more for her commanding voice, deft guitar playing and electrifying live shows. She has shared a bill with the likes of Big Boi, Minus the Bear and Holly Miranda and has over a million views on her YouTube channel. This past November and again in May, she went on two national tours supporting musical theater/internet sensation Team StarKid, earning her thousands of new fans. Her single “Dress and Tie” featuring good friend Darren Criss of Glee was featured in a promo for NBC’s Chuck, had extensive play on radio stations nationwide, and was selected as official boarding music for Delta Airlines. With a rapidly growing fan base and more touring on the horizon, Kaye shows no signs of slowing down, picking up steam even before she leaves the ground.
The Kickback
The Kickback
The Kickback wants to be the Zombies listening to Jeff Buckley listening to a moderately-talented church choir listening to The Beatles in the "back to basics" stage of their career who would stay together long enough to be influenced by the Sales brothers who wound up backing Iggy Pop in the "Berlin Era."" OR: A band trying to use chord changes from Muppet movies in innovative and gratifying ways
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com