He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Late Show

He's My Brother, She's My Sister

Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Chase King, Time Travelers

Wed, October 24, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

He's My Brother, She's My Sister - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
He's My Brother, She's My Sister
He's My Brother She's My Sister invite a broad range of colorful words to describe their sound: "flamboyant folk," "psych-acoustic," "desert pop", "estranged and glamorous". No doubt this is due to their mélange of musical styles, both modern and antique; their eccentric attire and sense of expression, both sincere and theatrical; and, their unique instrumentation, which includes a rhythm section bolstered by a tap dancing drummer.

Brother and sister Robert Kolar and Rachel Kolar split vocal duties, with Robert on guitar and Rachel on tambourine. Their voices range from boisterous to introspective, from breezy to emotive. Lauren Brown adds full-body percussion with her fluid tap-dance and simultaneous drumming. Oliver Newell plays stand up bass with joyous flair. Aaron Robinson is on lap slide, veering from nuanced psychedelia to American roots riffs.

He's My Brother She's My Sister have toured heavily over the past 2 years with sold out shows in NYC, Brooklyn, Austin, Miami, Nashville, DC, Atlanta, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. Following the recent release of their debut full-length album "Nobody Dances In This Town" on Park The Van Records, HMBSMS performed to a sold out crowd at the legendary Los Angeles venue, The Troubadour.

The band has performed at Austin City Limits, High Sierra Music Festival, SXSW, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Sundance, Manimal Vinyl Festival, Clean Air Clear Stars, Nacarubi, Lobster Fest, The New Los Angeles Folk Festival, and The North Park Music Festival amongst others. Acts they have shared billing with include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Jack White, Wilco, Florence & The Machine, The Civil Wars, The Devil Makes Three, Spindrift, Miranda Lee Richards, The Knitters, The Black Lips, The Growlers, Local Natives, Frank Fairfield, The Blow, Alexander Ebert, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's. They have also performed in Europe as the official band of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles
Take a pinch of mountain gypsy, a dash of psych-folk and a combine it with an ocean of split-open-and-melt lyricism, intricately delivered by one of the most unique voices in music, and you have Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Since bursting onto the Twin Cities music scene in 2008, the fiery five-piece have blossomed into one of the most celebrated and cherished young talents to emerge from Minnesota in recent history.
Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles' incredibly polished, yet wholly organic, sound can be directly attributed to an interweaving familial-like chemistry that has created an airtight bond among the five players. The band formed in 2007 as a result of casual jam sessions that were led by Lucy with friends Geoff Freeman (drums), Ashley Boman (accordion, bells) and Jesse Schuster (bass), at Lucy and Geoff’s University of Minnesota college flop house in NE Minneapolis. Loosely arranged social gatherings, where music was played, eventually turned into full-blown band practices and writing sessions with the additions of Eamonn Mclain (cello) and Chris Graham (guitar).
The band soon started gigging around Minneapolis-Saint Paul and quickly caught the eyes, ears and hearts of local music fans and critics alike being named City Pages “Picked to Click” Best New Band of 2008. In-studio performances on nationally recognized taste-maker 89.3 The Current followed with the station calling the group, “One of the Twin Cities most talented and endearing bands.”
With each member drawing inspiration from their own wildly eclectic musical palettes, they collaboratively create all of their songs with the Velvet Lapelles orchestrating complex, lush arrangements that dovetail with Lucy’s whimsically anecdotal and emotionally evocative story telling. In addition to releasing three critically acclaimed albums (Orange Peels & Rattlesnakes, Special Party Time for Everybody and Good of That) in three years, the band has had their songs tapped for the award winning Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 1 (2009), a featured TED documentary (2010) and an international ad campaign for Macy’s (2011).
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have performed to sold-out audiences at legendary venues like First Avenue, Cedar Cultural Center and the Fitzgerald Theatre. Having the Twin Cities official stamp of approval firmly in hand, Lucy Michelle and company have toured the United States from coast-to-coast, performing alongside the likes of Thao & Mirah, Titus Andronicus, The Head and the Heart and Trampled by Turtles. At a recent stop in Minneapolis, The Head and the Heart front man Jonathan Russell proclaimed his love for the band after they opened the show asking the audience -“Why didn't you guys tell me about Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles? They're great!”
Riding the ever-swelling wave of creative energy and recent success, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have completed work on their fourth full length release, HEAT, at Vacation Island Recording Studios in Brooklyn with acclaimed producer/engineer Matt Boynton (MGMT, Beirut, Bat for Lashes). The new record is comprised of all original material written predominantly by Lucy Michelle during the bone-chilling Minnesota winter of 2010. Many of the songs center around the feeling of being trapped and isolated while yearning to be somewhere else; physically or psychologically. HEAT showcases the artistic growth and sonic evolution of the band’s sound which translates into a magnificent record laced with scorching lyricism, hauntingly beautiful melodies and gorgeous harmonies that create an expansive, yet highly focused and cohesive body of work.
Chase King - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Chase King
New York, NY— Wonderland Archives is thrilled to announce the July 24th release of South Tropical Trail, the new full-length LP by Chase King, featuring new single "Bed of Lies". His musical chairs style is on full display on this newest release, so much so that it's hard to believe that South Tropical Trail – his second solo record and first for Wonderland Archives – was orchestrated by him, and him alone.

Chase King creates pop gems in Brooklyn, NY. With a long evolution from drummer to singer and multi-instrumentalist, he has developed a highly nuanced, handcrafted sound. Shifting with ease between driving rhythms and a textured, folksy psychedelia, his songs become so much more than the sum of their parts. King blends backwards loops, atmospheric swells, and delicate vocal harmonies to create a lush quilt of experimental Americana. Moody and earnest, his lyrics provide a contrast to the music, which richens the view- as if you're seeing opposite sides of the same coin. Tinged with the breezy feel of dark tropicalia, this is the perfect summer listen.

Wonderland Archives is a decidedly Queens based record label. Founded by Gainesville, Florida transplants Boyd Shropshire (Kurt Vile, Human Television) and Cassandra Ferland, it fosters a handcrafted sound and collaborative environment among its artists who also include Slow Country and Matt Raddick (Holopaw).
Time Travelers - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Time Travelers
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002