Tonight dressed in my best at-work-til-8:30-today attire of a black J. Crew pencil skirt and a silk rayon tangerine top, I met up with Salvador, who was having an absolute ball of a day without me, at a friend's New York City concert debut. While I like to pretend I hang out with rock stars all day, it was one of Salvador's fraternity brothers from Georgia Tech playing with his band Asherel (who just got signed last year with Columbia Records) at Piano's in the Lower East Side.
Walking in, Sal and I looked like part of a "one of these things is not like the other" game. Luckily, we ran into another friend Charles who helped minimize how completely yuppie we looked. Clearly, Piano's (a great venue for cheap, great rock and indie folk bands) attracted crowds of a "hipper" variety, and less so of the finance consultant variety. In any case, the bands playing highlight one of the things that I love most about New York -- loud, amazing rock music at low, low prices ($8 tickets to see 4 bands? Yes please!). Rushing over from my office in Brooklyn, I made it for the last two songs of their set and they KILLED it. If the Foo Fighters and Bob Dylan had a baby, that would be Asherel. According to Graham, one of the guitarists, the band will be releasing their debut album later this year.
|The Kingston Springs|
Despite heckling me for the secret hipster that I am, Salvador was kind enough to let me stay a little longer and catch the next act, the Nashville-based band The Kingston Springs, who had a very Alabama Shakes vibe about them. You could clearly tell by the dress and the music, these guys were from the South, but their sound was an mixture of old school folk mixed in with some blue grass and indie rock. Eclectic is a good word for them. Unfortunately, we got pretty hungry, so we missed out on the very last band, The Weeks. All three of the bands are probably going to make it into my work-music rotation some time this week. Check them out, and let me know what you think.
Also, if you're into loud, crazy amazing indie rock music and are in the Lower East Side, check out Piano's and its next door neighbor, the Living Room. It'll make for an interesting weeknight.