Tony Castles, Slowdance, The Sanctuaries

Tony Castles


The Sanctuaries

Golden Isles, sami the great

Sat, January 7, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Tony Castles - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Tony Castles
Tony Castles was born in August 2008 in Brooklyn, NY. Paul Sicilian and Gabriel Wurzel first crossed paths as freshmen in high school. The two soon began playing together in bands and ended up attending college together continuing to write music throughout. During this time they were introduced to fellow student and musician Willie Miesmer. Within a year after graduation all three moved to Brooklyn where they reconnected and began playing together in loose free form sessions, often swapping instruments and experimenting with loop pedals and samplers. The chemistry was instant and they continue inventing, deconstructing and reinventing their sound all the while clinging to a shared adoration for both strong vocal melody and open space. - LastFM
Slowdance - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
Slowdance bring keyboard and guitar and a rhythm section that can flip from a new wave throb to a spaghetti western rumble as easily as it delivers punchy indie-pop, all anchored by vocalist Quay Quinn-Settel's demure cheek and soprano dramatics. She recalled France Gall, and they did Stereolab, because language still counts (even the set-closing cover of New Order's "Consent" was not without its tie to France). Says Quinn-Settel: "I learned how to read in French before learning in English. It's half of me, it wouldn't feel right to sing in English alone. Plus the way the language shapes the mouth changes the timber of my voice, so it's nice to have both."

Other formative reference points Slowdance cite include Blondie, the Raincoats, and '70s synthwave, which help contextualize the tracks here for you to sample (the spaghetti-soaked "Spell," the coy "Sweetness," "Slashed Tires"' airy angst). Those are below, along with a mixtape playlist we asked the band to compile as the perfect primer to the aesthetic of Slowdance. Dig in. - Stereogum
The Sanctuaries - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Sanctuaries
NYC's the Sanctuaries, recently rebooted, is the continuation of bandleader David Stern's singular vision. Rounded out by drummer-luminary Tim McCoy (Darwin Deez, Ski Lodge), bass virtuoso Will Salwen, and avant-jazz organist/keys player Wade Ridenhour, the outfit delivers a fitting musical hybrid that consists of psych, punk, power-pop, shoegaze, folk, and utter noise.
Golden Isles - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Golden Isles
March fifteenth, 1989, Yael Shamir birthed a healthy golden son. Nourished by the the eternal groove of the universe, he was brought forth into the light of day, bound to a covenant requiring him to seek out his true soul brothers. Seventeen years later, his golden brothers appeared and together they swore to abide by the aforesaid covenant, promising to risk life and limb on their journey towards that one and eternal sound. The universe is the meter, and these six brothers are rhythms, accenting the love and misery and sonority of existence. Though they exist in physical form, their true form as golden light has allowed them to tap into the past and the future, pasting together shapes, textures, and rhythms, thus creating their own time line of sound. Every second is a new incarnation, a new realm of divine sound, the sound of everything all at once; of life and death; of longing and of satiation; of motion and of rest. They are and will forever be the unmoved movers of love sound. Make haste and join in. Listen, love, and live forever.
sami the great - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
sami the great
Sami Akbari, known musically as sami.the.great, is driven by her overwhelming desire to write and play music. She frequented open mic nights in college, often taking home cash prizes for her highly anticipated performances. She moved to New York City two weeks after receiving her degree in 2005, and quickly began landing gigs at local venues, including The Living Room, Joe's Pub and Mercury Lounge as well as other venues around the country.

Her latest EP, "Nothing Left to See", features five original songs written by Sami and a cover of Sting's "Roxanne." The disc not only reveals the trajectory of Sami's songwriting career, but also her deft combination of emotion and wit, of melancholy and humor. Like her live show, the album reflects the notion that great things come in small packages and showcases a small-framed singer whose impassioned voice fills the spaces and lives around her.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002