Grooving with The Shadowboxers

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“Expect to be entertained and expect to party.”

That’s what you’ll get when you see Atlanta soul/pop band Shadowboxers. The band plays two shows Friday December 5 at Mercury Lounge – one early, one late, with a wardrobe change in between.

The Shadowboxers draw inspiration from 70’s funk and harmony bands like The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Their playlist is a mix of old and new, spanning Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder to HAIM, Allen Stone and Jungle. Adam Hoffman (vocals, guitars), Matt Lipkins (vocals, keyboards) and Scott Schwartz (vocals, guitars) formed the group in 2008 while attending Emory University. Since then, the trio also picked up bass player Carlos Enamorado and drummer Cole McSween. The band worked with producer Brady Blade and engineer Chris Bell on their first full length album “Red Room,” released in January of last year and since then the band has been playing live shows and working on their dance moves.

Many moons ago, I saw the band play a short set on a tiny stage at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. The venue is one of those “no talking” kind of places with lots of singer songwriter types gracing the stage. The band was pretty new at the time and there wasn’t much dancing that night. Now the band has moved on to bigger stages and wants to see the crowd on their feet.

From when I saw the band years ago to now, their sound hasn’t shifted too much. According to bandmate Scott Schwartz, they are just honing in.

“It is more potent to make a unified first stride into an audience’s ear. I think we are picking a certain aspect of our sound and going with that – pop-y sound,” said Schwartz. “All of us have our own influences, but starting to put everything in piles and pick what we want to do when.”

The group spent time this year focusing on upping their performance value and wants to get their “recording game” up to speed. They’ve been demoing a lot of new songs and hope to record a new album at the start of the year. But before they hit the studio, the band is heading back up to New York.

“Last time [we were in New York] was one of the best moments we’ve had – we had a really committed audience. We’re really excited to feel that again,” said Schwartz. “It’s nice to come back. New York is a barometer for success. If we can keep going back to New York and selling tickets, we are doing something right as a band.”

Oh yes you are, Shadowboxers. Oh, yes you are.

Tickets are going quick, so get yours here.

Brookyln Electronic Dance Round Up: Nov 21-22

Thankful there’s no lake effect snow in Brooklyn, this week ends with one last push to party before heading home for thanksgiving. Starting tonight at Cameo, Cut Mistake Music features a showcase with No Regular Play member Greg Paulus and new label signees N’conduit + Jack Fuller. At Glasslands, Kim Ann Foxman returns with disco house producer Fred Everything. On Saturday you can get things started at TBA with some real Detroit house vibes courtesy of Rick Wade. Over in Bushwick, Palisades hosts an Allergy Season x Adhoc session with Galcher Lustwerk and more. Then finally, Underground Quality presents a 10 year Anniversary party at Output with free entry before midnight. Pass the stuffing, this turkey’s done!

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INTERVIEW: Chris Malinchak

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Classically trained musicians are often the first to spout their criticisms toward the rise of EDM, and the increasingly popular laptop DJ’s of today. But take five minutes to chat with a virtuoso like 26-year-old house DJ Chris Malinchak, and I guarantee that those feelings will swiftly begin to dissipate.

Best known for his 2013 hit So Good to Me, the DJ and Producer’s talents don’t stop at his Macbook Pro. He vividly remembers learning how to play the piano, which he began studying at the ripe old age of two. “When I was in kindergarten, I would literally get up at midnight and play for hours,” Malinchak says. “I couldn’t get enough of it.” Recently, even major European and US tours haven’t stopped the hungry artist from finding time with a keyboard. “Right now, I’m enjoying messing with a Chopin Polonaise and a piece by Rachmaninoff, which are pretty heavy duty pieces of music on their own,” Malinchak says, chuckling at his own use of “messing with” when referring to some of the greatest Pianists of all time. [Read more...]

A two-story laser cat threw a party in Williamsburg last night

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Laser Cat; credit: Gothamist

Just another day in Williamsburg, only with a two-story, inflatable laser cat care of the artist collection Hungry Castle. This all went down in a lot on Havemeyer street last night:

The Laser Cat experience goes like this:
* Someone gets on stage and pushes the big red panic button;
* The overly familiar dance song suddenly switches to another, equally familiar tune;
* A piece of pop-culture-laden video art, projected onto the side of a building overlooking the lot, also instantly changes;
* Laser Cat just keeps Laser Cat-Catting along.

Here’s some video below and Gothamist has more pictures documenting the experience.

Williamsburg sports bar 4th Down is set to reopen tomorrow

4thdownAfter being forced from their North 4th street location due to rent increases over a year ago, Williamsburg sports bar 4th Down will re-open tomorrow in their new location. Their new spot is at 750 Grand street between Graham and Humbolt. From [Read more...]

Free drinks at The Good Room tomorrow — aka that spot formerly known as Europa

05C3A415-466B-471F-AD66-92F9219053ECJust passing along the good word.

Tomorrow night at Good Room, we’re launching our cocktail menu and celebrating with select complimentary Absolut cocktails and beers from Coney Island Brewery from 10pm-11pm!
Eric ‘Dunks’ Duncan DJ (Know Wave // Rub-N-Tug)
Justin Van Der Volgen (My Rules // Golf Channel Recordings)
Bad Room featuring music by Sammy Jo$15 at the door // $10 with RSVPhttp://rsvp.goodroombk.com/

 

Previously: Two new music clubs open in Greenpoint: Aviv and The Good Room

Top five shows of the weekend

DBA5) Occultation, Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, Think Tank at Palisades
In the interest of full disclosure, this one was booked by yours truly and is flying under FREEwilliamsburg’s This One Goes To Eleven banner, also written by, umm yeah, you guessed it. But rest assured, I wouldn’t splatter my name all over something I didn’t believe in, and this one—headlined by Brooklyn dark rockers, Occultation, and featuring support courtesy of local Kosmodemonic, Mountain God, and noise punk upstarts, Think Tank—has me truly hyped. Throw in Palisades, probably Bushwick’s preeminent seen-and-be-seen venue these days (FYI: I consider Shea/The Acheron to be East Williamsburg staples), and you have one hell of a Friday night rager on tap. Tickets are just $10, so come out and support your local nepotist.

Friday, doors at 8pm

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Santacon officially banished from Bushwick and seeking a new hood to puke on

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After a ton of pushback from City Councilmember Rafael Espinal and local bar owners, the drunk bros of Santacon have decided to steer clear of Bushwick:

“We’ve had interest from quite a few Bushwick bars but, after our initial exploration, the team at SantaCon NYC has determined that Bushwick does not have the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration,” the organizer, who requested anonymity as “Santa,” said in a statement to amNewYork. “We appreciate local businesses’ willingness to work with our charity event and we thank all of them for their support.” [Read more...]