Happy Monday! From open ’til 7:00 PM tonight we have rad happy hour specials: $3 wells, $3 draughts and dollar off all bottles and cans. Brother Paul presides. But don’t stop there! We have a fantastic show tonight, with acoustic country acts and electric indie acts, and it’s free! So prepare to lose some sleep or call in late to work tomorrow.
- 10:30 PM— Oceanographer is a Brooklyn five-piece featuring our own bartender, Jeremy, on guitar and main vocals. Metromix New York had this to say about them: “Deftly bridging the gap between the lovely French electronic movements of Air and the touching classic American soft rock of a Gerry Rafferty or Michael Murphey—all the while including the subtle rancor found within the products of such otherwise grandiose bands as Coldplay and U2—Oceanographer arises from the BK indie pile as a singular, wonderful delight. Led by the sad, steady vocals of Jeremy Yocum, this group can easily aim for levels of midlevel major success, and if the right ears find them… well, let’s just say Oceanographer could very well end up a band you’ll want to be able to brag that you saw back when they were only playing the little stages in town.” Listen here.
- 9:30 PM— Autumn Bells is a newer band, fronted by ex-Hula drummer Alex Beard and featuring some of NYC’s best indie veterans. Autumn Bells would like you remain quiet as they play, please, or else you’ll miss the gorgeous subtlety of what they’re doing. There’s only drums when they’re absolutely needed, and if a song doesn’t need to reach a climax then it doesn’t need to reach a climax. There’s a meloncholic country twang injected into Beard’s previous band’s reinterpretation of Bedhead. There’s no Autumn Bells site up yet, but you can listen to one of their tracks at their previous website, from when they were called The Bottoms of our Hearts. Just click here and it should start playing.
- 8:30 PM— Chase King is one of the singers and songwriters in Brooklyn’s Slow Country, one of our favorite NYC bands. He’ll be playing tonight backed by a few of Slow Country’s members. This is a place where Mojave 3 meets The Clientele, and all vocals are languid and verbed-out. Perfect for a drive through the countryside on a rainy day when the last thing you want to think about is your destination. Listen here.
- 7:30 PM— Jeff Malinowski (of Basement band, Ghost Gamblers and other projects too numerous to list here) will be joining his wife Amal Bouhabib, also of Ghost Gamblers, to unveil their newest project Wilderlands. While still minimal Americana folk, their music lacks the melancholia of the rest of tonight’s acts, instead tugging at the heart with a gentle contentment paired to a slight yearning for sunny fields and fresh lemonade. Philip Sterk will be joining them on pedal steel. They don’t quite have a site up yet, but you can hear an acoustic porch-front performance in Maine on the video here.