Caged Animals / Ben Pagano & The Space Machine (Album Release Show) / Kung Fu Crimewave

Late Show

Caged Animals / Ben Pagano & The Space Machine (Album Release Show) / Kung Fu Crimewave

Sun, April 23, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

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Caged Animals - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Caged Animals
Caged Animals is the musical moniker for Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter/producer Vincent Cacchione. With a long history in the boro's DIY music scene, Cacchione emerged from his roll fronting Soft Black (a psych-rock group who's members included DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith) to form Caged Animals in 2011, alongside his sister Talya, partner Magali Charron, and childhood friend Patrick Curry.

Promptly signing to London's Lucky Number Music, Caged Animals delivered two LP's of their tune-forward and sometimes noir-tinged music. Described by The New Yorker as a "hip-hop influenced Velvet Underground" and The Guardian as the perfect band to re-soundtrack Blue Velvet, Caged Animals defend the line between the timeless and the cutting edge, while remaining direct, soulful, and uniquely unguarded.

Alongside his work with Caged Animals, Cacchione has begun to make a name for himself as a producer, helming the forthcoming musical debut of acclaimed author Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Stubborn Heart, an LP which afforded Cacchione the opportunity to work with lifelong heroes Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, and John Cale.

On their forthcoming third LP, Escape Artist, an album which features avant-alto-saxophonist Chris Aiello and includes a ghostly guest, singing saw, appearance by Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel/The Music Tapes), Caged Animals have distilled their musical vision into it's most focused and razor-sharp form, balancing their intimate song craft with a sonic journey that whispers, howls, and remains consistently engaging. Throughout the LP's twelve tracks a through-line begins to emerge that pushes gently against the insurmountable and knocks it clean over.
Ben Pagano & The Space Machine - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Ben Pagano & The Space Machine
From his first piano lessons at age seven, Ben Pagano has been following the artist’s path. Hailing from suburban New York, he moved to the city in 2006 to study method acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Now based in Bushwick, the actor and songwriter is rarely stuck for inspiration, which may explain the broad themes and eclectic musical styles covered on his second album, Forms. Named for its conceptual focus on the spectrum of human emotion and forms of being, the album boasts as broad a sound as any would expect the wide-ranging concept to require. The album is extensive in its genre coverage and displays an impressive blend of jazz, pop, folk, soul and rock whilst maintaining a cohesiveness that defines Ben Pagano & The Space Machine. Add to that a theatricality borrowed from the singer’s pursuits in acting, and the result is a collection of six loaded songs that would be as at home in a Brooklyn DIY scene as they would in a Broadway musical. He will be joined by his band, "The Space Machine" featuring Michael Benham, Madeline Gioia, Tom McCaffrey, Ethan Meyer, and Marco Sanchez.

" Ben Pagano’s soulful, funky, and downright beautifully bonkers compositions will hit you like a ton of rainbow-colored bricks when you first hear them, to say nothing of that voice." - Arthur Ivan Tiny Mixtapes

"His solo compositions have a classic-rock vibe, propelled by a powerful tenor and fun, ironic lyrics."
- The New Yorker
Kung Fu Crimewave - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Kung Fu Crimewave
“Kung Fu” Luke Kelly assembled Kung Fu Crime Wave in 2006 after dismantling the Mondays, the band he formed when he was fourteen. KFCW now contains three fourths of the Brooklyn Kelly family including older sister Joanna (of Current Ex), bass player and vocal harmonizer, and older brother Neil (of Huggabroomstik) who became a drummer for the occasion. The eldest, Beth, is not in the band, but Preston Spurlock plays a mean keyboard. Matthew Roth of Schwervon! described the band as, “Playful apocalyptic rock that’s kind of psychedelic with a healthy dose of moody.” Using wit, aptitude, virility, and crescendo, Kung Fu Crime Wave plays anthem ballads that tell a story, be it about how a merry-go-round was built on a burial ground, robot warfare, monster combat, or the anxieties of growing up.

Their second album, "Guerillas in the Midst" is out now on Baldy Longhair Records.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002