John Hugo, Alexander Howard

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John Hugo

Alexander Howard

The New Velvet

Wed, October 5, 2011

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

John Hugo - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
John Hugo
Jon Hugo loves pianos really really bad.

He was born in piano. Piano in the previous sentence means Chicago. He started to learn the instrument at the age of piano. Ok, in that last sentence piano represents the number five, and not the word piano, and definitely not Chicago.

Piano describes Jon Hugo's songwriting as having the "lyrical tone of a twenty-something Woody Allen." Woody Allen is a wry and sarcastic writer and director. I totally forgot to tell you that piano in the sentence before last means the Miami Herald.

Jon Hugo's piano-driven sound is influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John, Leon Russell, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, and Michael Jackson. When I say "piano-driven" I mean piano as in the instrument and not as in the Miami Herald newspaper. Jon Hugo has also been influenced by musical theater, and is finally comfortable admitting that.

Jon Hugo calls his music Indie Pop Piano Rock. Piano means an inescapable undying lust of determination and dedication to playing his heart out every single show with unbridled passion and charisma pumping through his blood so he can fully live his life in true expression and artistic rejoice.

Jon Hugo is constantly redefining the piano.
Alexander Howard - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Alexander Howard
The inspiration behind Alexander Howard’s solo debut came out of a songwriting trip to Los Angeles, Recording in a sweaty Hollywood studio, the singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist dialed in on writing and recording upbeat, pop rock songs with undeniable melodic and lyrical hooks and he found himself constantly wondering—“Where are the guys playing this breed of pop on the radio?” Returning to his hometown of New York, he immediately set to work honing in on the songs and sound that would become his first solo release with the production team ROBOPOP (the masterminds behind the new Gym Class Heroes x Adam Levine single “Stereohearts”). Written and co-produced by Howard, the songs take inspiration from all walks of pop, ranging from sixties Motown to Top40 indie pop. Woven together by Howard’s pop rock vocals and his visual and thematic songwriting, this diverse offering is one of the most relevant debuts in a time when most male solo pop rock artists are few and far between.

Off-stage and outside the recording studio, Howard is a highly involved in New York’s fashion community—designing clothing for New York based men’s brands as well as writing up collections and profiles for Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol in the late sixties.
The New Velvet - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
The New Velvet
"The New Velvet is a band consisting of four friends, who've been playing and performing together since high school. The band consists of Dustin W (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Robby Tal (Guitar/Keys/Vocals), Ben Antelis (Drums/Vocals), and Sheep (Bass/Keys/Vocals). Their self-titled album, released in August 2011, has already been featured on popular websites like, Sonicscoop, and Gobbler. They are currently setting up shows around the US, preparing to solidify their presence in the music industry. Only a year and a half ago, all four members were in a rock band, touring around the US, and sharing the bill with artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Plain White T's, Evan And Jaron, Brand New, Talib Kweli, J. Cole, P.O.S., and Max Bemis of Say Anything. In addition, they have played at festivals such as, Bamboozle and RutgersFest. Using the knowledge and experience they have acquired from years of playing alongside national acts, recording and traveling together, and being a self-contained writing team, they are finally ready to create the music they were meant to make and be The New Velvet. With their dreamy pop sound, lush four-part harmonies, chest-pumping grooves, and songs that induce feelings of hope and love, they give profound insight into their lives'.

2012 is the year of TNV, and everyone is invited to the party. You can find everything TNV on,, and on Twitter - @TheNewVelvet."
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002