MANCIE (as Joan Jett), Xylofaux (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Bridges and Powerlines (as The Cure)

Valentine's Day Masquerade & Comedy Show

MANCIE (as Joan Jett)

Xylofaux (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Bridges and Powerlines (as The Cure)

Carolyn Castiglia (comedy), + DJ Alex Flash spinning all night

Friday, February 15, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Free

MANCIE (as Joan Jett) - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
MANCIE (as Joan Jett)
MANCIE is a garage rock band led by Andrea Montgomery. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They've enthusiastically been called "The Runaways meet Black Sabbath" at a recent show on the up-and-coming New York concert circuit, and the comparison is clear when they bring their gritty distorted guitar parts and emotionally-driven rock sound to the stage.
Xylofaux (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience) - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Xylofaux (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
Xylofaux's dynamic sound is deeply rooted in the heart of the midwest where this indie rock trio began nearly ten years ago. Kyle Tigges (guitar/vocals), Blake Carr (bass/vocals), and Andy Ross (drums) united as teenagers to create their unique brand of heartfelt rock music. After two records and countless shows, the band parted ways to follow different musical paths. Kyle moved to New York City in 2008 where he released a single solo effort titled "Xylofaux." Soon after, the three childhood friends reunited in Brooklyn and re-formed as the band Xylofaux which then included the soundscapes of Jon Neal.

"Xylofaux's brand of groovy indie rock features a steady pulse, moving melodies and brilliant (at times moving) lyrics." - Texs Bluesman

As a four piece, Xylofaux made it's presence known in the heart of New York's vast music scene. The band recorded and released a self-titled EP in 2009 and a full-length album ("Likelife") in 2010. In 2011, Jon split from the band and is currently collaborating on an instrumental effort with Chris Wigger of the band Glissade.

Xylofaux, the trio, continues to write and perform in New York and will be announcing recording and touring plans later this year. Keep your ears tuned in to this band and they will be sure to pull at your heart strings and push buttons in your head.
Bridges and Powerlines (as The Cure) - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Bridges and Powerlines (as The Cure)
In the decade that has followed 2001, the tone of life in New York City, and largely everywhere else, is often linked to a singular day. Bridges and Powerlines, a NYC based indie pop band, has been a bit obsessed with that lately. To start, their existence is largely due to that event; as four post-2001 NYC expats, Andrew Wood (keys/vocals), David Boyd (guitar/vocals), Keith Sigel (bass/vocals), and Mason Ingram, of Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas respectively, they were all drawn to the city out of the nostalgic goodwill that developed as the nation recovered. For four musically ambitious college radio devotees it didn't hurt that the city was beginning a rapidly blooming indie pop renaissance.

In the last two years, however, the band has begun to think more about how life had changed after 2001, and devoted much of their energy to writing songs about their memories of the late 90s -- remembrance of a confident, prosperous, naïve and ultimately unsustainable America. Their music is equal parts grandiosity and intimacy: psych-informed, experimental songs with chamber pop strings and horns, gospel-influenced percussion, dense backing vocals, looped guitar riffs and propulsive bass lines.

Citing indie forefathers the Zombies, Guided by Voices and the Elephant 6 Collective as a starting point, the band lovingly terms their music 'optimist fuzz pop'. Meeting in New York City in late 2005, the members of Bridges and Powerlines realized a common love for intricately arranged three-minute pop songs.

The debut EP that followed met with critical acclaim, described as "an exhilarating racket," (sixeyes) and "a taught example of why [Bridges and Powerlines] should be added to your list of bands to watch." (IGN.com) The success of their EP attracted producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, The Walkmen, White Rabbits), and the band spent much of 2007 writing and recording their debut album "Ghost Types". The album then enjoyed a seven-week run in the CMJ top 200 and received favorable nods in multiple influential outlets from Pitchfork ("Now that's power") to Yahoo Music ("Incontrovertibly fun") to Popmatters ("A solid, catchy debut").

The lead singles from the record, "Uncalibrated," and from their self-titled debut EP in 2006, "Carmen," have been downloaded over 100,000 times. This was followed by several successful tours, two appearances at SXSW, and annual appearances at CMJ. Bridges and Powerlines has also played high-profile shows supporting friends The Antlers as well as Drink up Buttercup, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's and many others.

For the last year, however, they have been recording their follow-up album 'Eve', the culmination of their thoughts on life prior to the changes of 2001. With producer Kieran Kelley (known best for his work on Sufjan Stephens' 'Illinois') and a host of guests including members of Antony and the Johnsons, indie troubadour Will Stratton, and even their friend Steven Harris of 80s arena-legends the Cult, the band spent 3 months painstakingly creating the record "they wanted to make their whole lives."

The band is now heading out on tour prior to the February 1, 2011 release of 'Eve' on Stunning Models on Display records.
Carolyn Castiglia (comedy)
Carolyn Castiglia (comedy)
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian, writer and hip-hop superstar. You may have seen her on Comedy Central's Atom TV, NBC's Last Comic Standing, Nick-at-Nite's Funniest Mom in America 3, The Maury Show, ABC World News with Charles Gibson and heard her on Sirius/XM Radio. She is best known for her appearances on VH1/ego trip's The White Rapper Show and Miss Rap Supreme as the lovable and hilarious Miss CKC. Her funny freestyle has won her numerous championship titles at The BEATdown, a monthly showcase at New York's UCB Theatre.
+ DJ Alex Flash spinning all night
DJ Alex Flash will be spinning Indie, Electronic, Hip Hop and Electro. Favorites and deep cuts will get this party started!