CBGB Music Festival, which was in the news today for the stabbing at Webster Hall (making the violence at the McCarren Pool seem like kiddie's play).
Zulu Wave from Tampa (yay!) at the south stage
Upper West from the West 70s and 80s (also home! yay!) at the north stage.
"lead guitar with A Small Band of Zionist Hoodlums, which recently played CBGB."
We miss Florida.
If it's possible to be both serene and dynamic -- getting to Times Square with $665 (from a $500 goal) on Kickstarter, Zulu Fest accomplished that today, in what must have been a very surreal atmosphere. Michael Barrow's lyrics introduce subject matter that ranges from shape-shifting African monsters to opressive government regimes.
Tampa Bay Times wrote (last year, when the band had a somewhat different membership):
Zulu Wave is a cool name for a group from Tampa, but it fits in a way you might not expect — singer-guitarist Mike Barrow actually hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. The group — Barrow, bassist Stephanie Adamo, keyboardist Ariel Cortes and drummer Dan Sullivan — has a thoroughly modern and polished indie-rock sound that calls to mind anyone from Silversun Pickups to Arcade Fire to the Airborne Toxic Event. The group has a three-song EP at the moment, but is working on a full slate of material for a full-length, which could come in 2012.
Cortes is the only member who hails from Tampa. The rest were all in bands around the East Coast (and the world, in Barrow's case). The lineup solidified about six months ago, right as all the members moved to the Tampa Bay area. . ."It just all clicked," Adamo says.
there, too, only in the 1980s, living around the corner from Dougie's parents. We hope Upper West gets a bigger audience.
Upper West's new mixtape has earned a slew of positive reviews, and the group already has over 7,500 "likes" on their Facebook page. With the tracks on the new release, the duo pays homage to their roots: "Grew up on 72nd / moved up to 87th ... Grew up on fields of grassy gravel down on Riverside" are a few of the opening lyrics to "West Side Story," the first of the nine songs.
Listeners of the mixtape may feel a bit of déjà entendu: several of the tracks have hooks from familiar songs playing beneath the rap lyrics. "What We Do," for instance, is an adaptation of Beirut's "Elephant Gun," and "Slow Down" is a new take on Death Cab's "Marching Band of Manhattan." Most creative, perhaps, is the fifth track on the mixtape, "Seasons," which is an adaptation of the song "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. And children of the 80s and 90s should be sure to catch the intro to the track "Pride" ("I see pride! I see power!"), which features a recording from the best movie about any Jamaican bobsled team ever created. (Yes, it is Cool Runnings).
Upper West's "Slow Down" [is] a sure-to-be hit off their new mixtape (go ahead and skip to 1:06 for our favorite part). They say they're not "just another frat rap / More dudes with tank tops and snapbacks" in "What We Do," but after watching the video from their earlier single "I Won't Grow Up" (second video below), we're ...not too sure about that. What is certain is the fact that these guys are talented and will be sure to win the hearts of female first-years across the country.