Paul Josephs and Metrosonics, Keeping Riley, In Ohm, IAMEVE

Fri, August 26, 2011

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Dujeous - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Dujeous. Pronounced doo-jee-us. But it's not about their name, it's about who they are: a seven-man band, raised in the ways and days of old New York. Friends since elementary school, the Dujeous crew blew up through the NYC underground, selling out clubs, throwing monthly showcases that featured the best MCs in the Northeast, and burning up the airwaves of the legendary Stretch Armstrong radio show. Fast-forward a few years and see who they are now: explosive live performers, feared MCs, in-demand musicians, and well-established producers set to unleash their sophomore album Day In Day Out. If you don’t know, now you know.

But it's not about who they are; it's about what they've done. The Duj graduated from hustling demos from streets and stages in 2004, when they sold 20,000 units of their debut album, the acclaimed City Limits. The record reached No. 6 on the CMJ charts and got spins at top stations like NYC's Hot 97 and LA's KCRW. Critics jumped on the bandwagon, calling Limits "groundbreaking" (allhiphop.com) and "a producer's dream" (Time Out NY). Urb named the band one of their "Next 100," while The Source featured them in its venerable Unsigned Hype column. The buzz propelled songs from Limits to the big screen, in movies such as Half Nelson, Blue Crush, Lift, and Kings & Queen, and the small screen, in TV shows such as Entourage, Saved, and Crank Yankers.
Paul Josephs and Metrosonics - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Paul Josephs and Metrosonics
"Soulful and smart music, bouncing along on bluesy guitar and a rock/reggae beat. This record would be at home in any record collection that stretches from Santana to the Clash to Arcade Fire. Paul Josephs and MetroSonics pack a small world into each tune."- Chris Smith, New York Magazine

This is a rock band with sophistication and raw soul. Think, "Jimi Hendrix meets the Police at a Cee Lo concert and Led Zeppelin is playing the after party." Playing live as a quartet, Paul Josephs forwards the charge on vocals and guitar, Yako 440 holds down 2nd guitar and triggers samples, Travius Sharpe rocks the bass while the electrifying Frank Spencer does things to the drums that bring to mind the legends of the set like John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Steve Gadd (Paul Simon, Steely Dan). The quartet expands to a septet for bigger shows featuring a three-piece horn section, and Paul Josephs also has a solo version of the set where he plays with his guitar, voice, and a loop pedal.
Keeping Riley - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Keeping Riley
Keeping Riley was formed in 2004 by a group of high school seniors in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City. Originally called A Life of Riley—a phrase popularized in the 1950s referring to a carefree existence—the band consisted of five close friends strumming guitars and playing bongos at house parties. In 2005 Keeping Riley released its first album, Loud Underneath, to an enthusiastic audience of hometown peers. For the band’s second independent release, The Resolving Note (2007), KR added a drumset, saxophone, trumpet, and keys to the instrumentation.

In the summer of 2007 Keeping Riley began touring in earnest, focusing on the New Jersey / New York City scene. With the addition of three members came a progression in style for the band, and their new blend of pop, rock, and funk both surprised and enthralled audiences. The group played a full schedule of gigs during the summer of 2008, culminating with their victory in the Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands. This title gave KR the opportunity to sign with indie label Rock X Records. Upon graduating from their respective colleges in the Spring of 2009, the members returned home and committed themselves to writing their first label-backed release. They recorded their record with producer Michael Seifert (Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Colbie Caillat, Lifehouse) at Ante Up Audio in Cleveland, OH, over winter 2009-10.

Keeping Riley officially released its third studio album, Welcome Fire, in June 2010 at Sullivan Hall in New York. That summer the band toured extensively and filmed the music video for their first single, “60 Days,” which debuted in October. During the fall and spring semesters, KR paired up with nonprofit fashion company Of Rags, playing over fifteen universities in support of sustainable practices in Sub-Saharan Africa, an area of the globe that has ignited the group’s empathy. Currently, KR is in the studio working toward their next EP release. Armed with acoustic rhythms, electric melodies, lively percussion, a versatile horn section, and powerful, harmonious vocals, Keeping Riley offers a truly unique listening experience.
In Ohm - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
In Ohm
In Ohm is not only a musical group, it’s a symbol of a prolonged friendship between good musicians. Ever since High School when they won their first Battle of the Bands, they haven’t stopped since. Every show they’ve played has had real energy that has brought together friends, family, and who ever happens to be their on that paticular night. They’ve earned themselves a strong following to date. Kyle Mita the front man for In Ohm has been a singer songwriter for a good six years now and has kept his fans on the edge of their seat with the evolving maturity in his music. Matt Celiecki and Mike Mills have both been drummers for the band. Nothing is written in stone with In Ohm, anyone who puts in the most time and energy plays the shows. Justin Barry, the bassist for In Ohm, has been a backbone for the band from their early years till now, bringing a sense of humor, good looks, and overall funky style to the sound of the band. It’s a commitment and bond that makes this band achieve their goals. From Incubus to The Dave Matthews Band, In ohm has covered all the base’s in terms of arrangements and dynamics. There is no genre they’d like to be placed in. The versatility of the band offers opportunity to play with various artists of a different genre.
IAMEVE - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Described by The Huffington Post as “if Alice took Ziggy Stardust’s hand and followed him down the rabbit hole to a world guided by the twists and turns of Randol’s ethereal and colorful vocals” and Death and Taxes Magazine as "one of those earworms that gets stuck in your brain from morning until night."

Songs from the debut album The Everything Nothing have been featured on ABC’s The Lying Game and MTV, recently profiled in LAWeekly and lovingly spoofed by friend, Fred Armisen, on his TV series Portlandia. Tiff has shared the stage with Moby, Semi Precious Weapons, Matt Caws of Nada Surf, DJ Spooky, and has over 100 TV/film placements.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002