Monday, January 13, 2014

Black Taxi w/ Violent Mae @ BAR 1/15

Smooth, smoky Violent Mae is playing a free show at BAR on Wednesday, Black Taxi is headlining!

From the Facebook Event Page

BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious.

BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines. They debuted on the CMJ Radio 200 at #180 and quickly rose to #110, putting their 2012 release "We Don't Know Any Better" the #2 spot for self-released albums. Their music video "Shoeshine" was an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards, and their most recent video "Hand" debuted on AOL Music.

BLACK TAXI's first full-length offering Things of that Nature received strong reviews in publications throughout the country. For their second full-length album they returned to The Bunker Studio to record with Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with Grammy nominated acts like The Black Keys and Danger Mouse.

VIOLENT MAE (Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg) was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership, VIOLENT MAE. Their self-titled, full-length debut record is due on November 19. Becky, singer and guitar player, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. It was in North Carolina where she honed her songwriting. A friend invited her to live and work on an organic farm in Connecticut where she met Floyd, a multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer. The two began recording at Casa de Warrenton Recording Studio in Hartford, expanding Becky’s songs with Floyd’s arrangements and parts. Together, they ultimately formed VIOLENT MAE after making a record, playing all the instruments on it and opening for Nels Cline and Julian Lage at one of their first live performances. VIOLENT MAE won Best New Band at the 2013 Connecticut Music Awards. Just back from a tour through NYC, Philadelphia and North Carolina, VIOLENT MAE has also shared the stage with Cymbals Eat Guitars, Brad Corrigan of Dispatch and The London Souls.

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