Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Afternoon at South Street Seaport: Sound Bites presents The Hairs at the Fulton Stall Market

We were back at South Street Seaport on this drizzly afternoon to catch The Hairs, the quirky, funny, catchy band of Brooklyn's Kevin Alvir, who put on a great little show by the Fulton Stall Market on South Street, part of the four week Sound Bites series.

Alvir, formerly of the duo Knight School -- both lo-fi bands were runners-up in The L Magazine's "8 Bands You Need to Hear" issues -- was joined by his bandmates Patty Conway and Ariel Zambenedetti, and they played the sprightly songs from their new seven-inch single Kool Gawd, from Magic Marker Records, before a crowd of forty or maybe fifty people.

We really liked "Scabies Babies" and "Women's Prison," songs that manage to combine a slightly sardonic, good-natured sensibility with Alvir's delightfully weaving poppy vocals.

"Duh! x 12" made us smile, too.

We didn't mind the drizzle as we stood in a blocked-off space on South Street in front of the market stall. The Hairs were the perfect cheer-up band for what had been a sleepy, dreary pre-July 4th Sunday.

We're grateful we got to catch their set at the Seaport this afternoon.

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