Arc Waves, Young Harbor, Nathaniel Bellows, Ricky Stein

Arc Waves

Young Harbor

Nathaniel Bellows

Ricky Stein

Sun, May 28, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Arc Waves - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Arc Waves
“A Brooklyn band breaking the mold...that offers something refreshing to the music scene” - Huffington Post

"a glowing tapestry of mesmeric vocals and shoegaze-y guitars" - Consequence of Sound

“forging a texturally layered sound, merging droney distorted guitars, ethereal vocals and electronic elements with new wave and shoe gazer influences” - The Deli Magazine NYC

Arc Waves crosses sonic boundaries to craft songs that blur the lines between indie, classical, punk and electronic music. The result is a cavernous and enveloping sound that is driving, beautiful and mysterious. Arc Waves has played Northside Festival, CMJ Festival, Hypnocraft, Rooftop Films, SoFar and WFUV’s 'Dark Night of the Soul’. Their 2015 Self Titled EP is available on Bandcamp. Currently they are working on their first full-length LP at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn (Deerhunter, Wye Oak, Wild Nothing, War on Drugs) with producer Gabe Wax (Beirut, Palehound, Here We Go Magic).
Young Harbor - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Young Harbor
Young Harbor is a hard hitting Alternative Rock band from Long Island, NY that is quickly grabbing the attention of the tri-state area. Although they fall under the genre of Alternative Rock the band truly has their own unique sound. On July 22nd, 2016 Young Harbor released their first album titled "Better Off Alone". The band was formed when Guy Amir met Brandon Malave while studying music at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY. Young Harbor has played all over Long Island, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, and Connecticut.
Nathaniel Bellows - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Nathaniel Bellows
Nathaniel Bellows is a writer and artist living in New York City. He is the author of two novels—ON THIS DAY (HarperCollins) and NAN (Harmon Blunt)—and a collection of poetry, WHY SPEAK? (WW Norton). His writing—fiction, poetry, and non-fiction—has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Boston Globe, Narrative, The American Poetry Review, The Best American Short Stories, and many other magazines, journals, and websites.

In January of 2016, Bellows released The Old Illusions, a critically acclaimed collection of 8 original songs with additional arrangements by David Garland, Alex Sopp, DM Stith, Aaron Roche, and Julie Lee & Dan Burns.

Selected Praise for The Old Illusions:

"The Old Illusions is a very intimate, earnest album. Bellows' vocals are piercing, and very distinct; perhaps the best comparison would be that of Marcus Mumford, but more refined. That's not to say this lacks in any emotional capacity, for it's the intensity of Johnny Cash or Leonard Cohen that lives within Bellows' ability to tell a story and focus squarely on the lyrics. And it really is the vocal performance here that stands out; Bellows bears the unmistakable mark of a haunted, introspective artist. This is the perfect tool to enhance the lyrical, poetic and vivid imagery of the lyrical content...The Old Illusions is a perfect title for this record; Bellows is indeed a throwback and progressive all at once. This isn't a showy or flashy album, but it is full of imaginative vibrance. A complex and interesting songwriter, Bellows has fashioned an album that requires more than a single listening to appreciate everything happening in the arrangements and lyrics."
- Heidi Drockelman, Indie Music

"In [The Old Illusions] there's a wild delight in the sensual quality of language. In closer "The Calm," Bellows cartwheels through lines like, "In the calm and the psalm and the salt that's thrown over the shoulder of the saddest of soldiers who's carving a doll from the soap in the stall of his horse." The Old Illusions is a moving record that reconstructs the past through what was handed down and, more, what we still tell ourselves. There isn't a wasted note, inflection, or moment here. Indeed, there is no time for showy virtuosity when there's so much to say". - Richard Sanford, The Agit Reader

"Unconventional low fi recording and years of finesse have worked a treat on The Old Illusions. There is a warm through line that channels through these songs [and]gives it s a unique olden sound, which when mixed with the homemade recordings gives it added depth and flavour. Folk fans – your first essential album of 2016 is here." - Simon Smith, Higher Plain Music
Ricky Stein - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Ricky Stein
Austin-born, NYC-based singer/songwriter Ricky Stein peddles a fresh brand of Americana and the laid-back traditional/progressive vibe of his hometown. Since moving to New York in August 2016, the guitar-and-harmonica player has been booked at many of the city's premier venues while expanding his ever-growing catalog of original compositions. Already with three critically-acclaimed albums to his name (including the latest, Long Summer, hailed as "among the best country sounds to come out of Austin this year" by the Austin Chronicle), Stein has proved himself to be a keen observer of the world we live in as well as a natural entertainer with a good-humored stage presence. Whether performing as a soloist with a blues harp and a J-45 or going full-throttle with a rock and roll band, Stein consistently delivers a set that is soulful, uplifting, and one that speaks to the present moment.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002