Elizabeth wrote her first song at age six, banging out melodies on an old upright in a Greenwhich Village laundry room. A born romantic, she transformed the music of Debussy, molding it to the driving rhythms of the washer and dryer. With Debussy and Bach on her left and the Beatles just to her right, Elizabeth quickly developed a sound all her own. Her baroque pop songs have frequently been compared to those of Rufus Wainright, Fiona Apple, and Laura Nyro. Elizabeth performs extensively with her band in New York and Boston (the Knitting Factory, the Living Room, the Bitter End, the Middle East, T.T. The Bears).
Crushing any preconceived notions of what an acoustic jazz trio ought to be, the Bad Plus deliver uncanny, infectious and daring reconstructions of rock and pop classics (by Nirvana, the Pixies, Pink Floyd and more) and craft bold originals of their own. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Anderson and drummer Dave King are shrewd, hearty improvisers with the ability to build, contort, destroy, rebuild and reinvent without losing grasp of the song. For this special tour in support of their new recording For All I Care, the Bad Plus are joined by guest vocalist, Minneapolis alt-rock singer Wendy Lewis.
Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear leads a one-band revolution of quiet cool. Their handcrafted songs feature dreamy, atmospheric compositions seething with tension and sweeping arrangements. Flush with heart and melancholy, the music is seductive and intimate, laced with haunting melodies and hazy-eyed choruses. Grizzly Bear began as a bedroom project for Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Edward Droste (a Boston native), who used it as a vehicle for his woozily gentle break-up songs. He joined up with multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear to release Horn of Plenty, and Grizzly Bear morphed into a full band with guitarist/songwriter Daniel Rossen (also a member of the band Department of Eagles) and Chris Taylor on electronics, bass, woodwinds and vocals. Since then, the band has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and toured with Radiohead, Feist, and TV on the Radio. Their greatly-anticipated new recording,Veckatimest, named after a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Massachusetts, is due out in May 2009.
Cafe 939 presents its lunchtime concert series the New Brew featuring Katelyn Clampett. Please join us 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at Cafe 939. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your pallette with coffeehouse fare.
Katelyn Clampett is a 21-year old singer/songwriter from North Carolina. With her "funky, fresh sound," Katelyn's songs are a collection of unique, catchy melodies. She is celebrating the release of her first EP on iTunes this March featuring 5 original pop/rock/soul tunes that are sure to make you sing along. Check out her music at myspace.com/katelynclampett.
Pitch Slapped is a Berklee student-run co-ed a cappella group. Founded in 2006 by Cate Wright and Mary Dooley, the group has performed all around Boston from college campuses to Fenway Park. Pitch Slapped is a regional champions for the second year in row in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and hopes to continue on in the competition.
Also Appearing: The Nor'easters, Northeastern University's original co-ed a cappella group. They get together and sing because quite frankly, it's fun. They share with each other not only the love of singing but also the desire for true friendships and bonding. From caroling in the quad to birthdays on the beach, there are no limits to what or where they'll sing
Soulful, young, and energetic are three defining words for Boston-based, rock infused, jam quintet Dear Havanah. With its melodic hooks, and honest, uninhibited live shows, the band is making waves around the Northeast. Its eclectic instrumentation includes vocals, acoustic guitar, keys/organ, electric/slide guitar, mandolin, electric bass, drums, and percussion. Dear Havanah's members have a wide array of musical training and tastes, incorporating elements of jazz, blues, pop, and other genres to craft something truly original.
Right Turn's Supergroup also features Teddy "Zig Zag" Andreadis, Ricky Byrd, Ace Frehley, Simon Kirke, James Montgomery, Chad Smith... and MANY more. Benefiting Right Turn: A Creative Place for Recovery.
The Spring Standards (formerly Old Springs Pike) are an energetic force of three-part harmony circling over a rock n' roll sound with an old country aftertaste. From small towns to big cities, they explode on stage with spirit, spontaneity, and a style all their own. MTV's John Norris said, "They willingly embrace dissonance, and their execution is impeccable, from their tight, CSN-worthy vocal harmonies to their wickedly intense percussive power."
The Springs Standards are currently on their first national tour, and doing their best to keep a daily road blog: leadsledsaid.blogspot.com.