@hilleye, @magneticband and @quietloudly made me swoon with their mad skills, but the guitarists stole the show.
Lisa Liu and Magnetic Island in particular blew my face off with their awesomely tight set which sounded just as amazing live as their new EP recording. Lisa womped on her guitar and really demonstrated great stage-presence and grace, commanding her 30-minute fiefdom in a presidentially-badass way. If you like alternative, experimental indie rock with layered guitar stylings in the vein of Sleater Kinney, Warpaint, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, then buy this album.
Amy Klein of Hilly Eye continues to be the guitarist I want to be when I grow up. I love the riot grrl that escapes from her shy exterior, a dragon-slayer with a guitar.
Max Goransson, vocalist and guitarist of Quiet Loudly, made me fall back into a mad crush again with his incredibly dexterous and insanely awesome performance, both as a musician, but also as a showman. Their song, “Lift This Mountain” continues to be one of my all-time fave songs. Ever.
Check out some of the photos from the show.
Words and photos by Shanda Boyett. Copyright 2012
Show Recs: Everything I’d See This Week If I Had Unlimited Time and Money and Hermione’s Time Turner
2/19 DJ Krush at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn - Trip-hop daddy. Sold out tho.
2/22 Basement Batman at Glasslands in Brooklyn - Cute little boys with soul
2/23 Quiet Loudly, Magnetic Island, Hilly Eye and Passenger Peru at Cakeshop in New York - What an Ah-Mazin’ lineup! Seriously, I would not miss this!
2/24 Clouder at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - Cloud-on with the sounds of Babyshambles and David Bowie
2/24 Dustin Wong at La Sala in Brooklyn - Amazing dream-pop guitar
2/24 EULA, Shark?, Indian Rebound and Lost Boy at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn - Get your punk on.
2/24 Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson at Casey’s in Canterbury, UK - So much emo and electronic rock goodness.
2/25 Des Ark at La Salamandra in Durham, NC - Best songwriting ever!