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Two Feet at Brooklyn Steel

by Katie ZepfTwo feet 1
Hailing from Harlem, Two Feet (a.k.a. Zachary William Dess) merges both indie rock and electronic, with a heavy focus on the bass. I had previously seen a short set from Dess at the Governor’s Ball in June, and so was excited to see him headline his own show at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Steel last Saturday (10/27).

Playing to a crowd dressed in Halloween costumes, Two Feet was joined on stage by Geoffrey Hufford, who played both keyboard and percussion. Dess' set featured songs from his new album A 20 Something F*ck, along with popular singles from his EPs First Steps and Momentum. While most of Dess’ songs place a focus on instrumentals over lyrics, fans still knew every word to every song he played. Mid-show, Dess put his own take on Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”, infusing electro beats into the soulful song.

Compared to his set at Gov Ball, I could see how Dess’ confidence as a performer has grown. He was much more interactive with the audience, and wasn't afraid to move around stage and take risks with his setlist, spontaneously adding in a few tracks that he admitted he had never played live.

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Brockhampton at Terminal 5

By Katie Zepf

Abstract (left) Champion (right)
Last week (10/24), Texas hip hop collective
Brockhampton swept through NYC, selling out three shows at Terminal 5 and making a guest appearance on The Tonight Show. Calling themselves the ”best boy band since One Direction”, the collective is comprised of 14 members including producers, designers, and no fewer than six vocalists (Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Russell “Joba” Boring, and Ciarán “Bearface” McDonald) each of whom brings a unique sound to the group, whether it be through rapping, singing, or both.

Brockhampton started their set on a relatively subdued note with “WEIGHT” from 2018's iridescence, their first release on RCA Records, then continued with more upbeat selections from their 2017 albums SATURATION, SATURATION II, and SATURATION III. Gushing enthusiasm throughout the two-hour show, it was clear how passionate both group and the fans are about this music.

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4th Annual BRIC JazzFest

by Steven Pisano and Pete Matthews
181018 BRIC Jazz Fest Thursday - 6The 4th Annual BRIC JazzFest returned this past weekend to the BRIC House in downtown Brooklyn, with some 24 musical acts over three "marathon" nights, each lasting more than 4-1/2 hours. With their biggest lineup yet, all three nights were completely sold out, leaving people begging tickets at the door. Acts included everything from cabaret to big band, from horn-heavy ear blasting to quiet introspective noodling. And, with three stages going more or less simultaneously, if the music on one stage wasn't doing it for you, you could just go next door.

Thursday, Oct. 18

One of the best things about the BRIC JazzFest is getting to know new faces in the jazz world, and such was the case with alto player Lakecia Benjamin (pictured above), who kicked things off on the mainstage Thursday night. Benjamin is an extremely capable musician, known for her work as a side-woman with Gregory Porter, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys. But with her own group, SoulSquad, Benjamin's outsized, ebullient personality hits you square in between the eyes. Blending James Brown-style funk with straight-up jazz, she had the whole room clapping along.   

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Car Seat Headrest at Brooklyn Steel

by Katie ZepfCar Seat Headrest 2
Seattle's Car Seat Headrest played two sold-out shows this past weekend at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Steel. The band is known for their unique lo-fi indie rock sound, which started out as the bedroom project of frontman Will Toledo, who built a following after putting his tracks out on Bandcamp. They started off their 12-song set with covers of Lou Reed’s “Waves of Fear” and Neil Young’s “Powderfinger”, continuing with originals from their albums Twin Fantasy, Teens of Denial, How to Leave Town, and Teens of Style.

Opening was Philadelphia's Don Babylon, which had a heavy-rock sound, and Seattle-based trio Naked Giants, playing a longer set of indie-infused songs. Both openers had an upbeat sound, starting the night off on the right foot.

For their encore, Car Seat Headrest was backed by Naked Giants, with Toledo sporting swim trunks as he danced around the stage. After a 14-minute version of “Beach Life-In-Death,” Naked Giants drummer Henry La Vallee brought a fan onstage to play cowbells during “Destroyed by Hippie Powers.” I must say, the GA pit at this show was the most intense one I’ve ever been in (including those at music festivals), as the fans were VERY passionate about their love for this music - despite it not quite being mosh pit material.

Car Seat Headrest will be playing a few more shows in the States before touring in Europe this fall. They return to New York on February 16 to open for Interpol at Madison Square Garden. More pics below. 

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