Jay Gonzalez, Michael Shelley Band, Marvelous Toy

Jay Gonzalez

Michael Shelley Band

Marvelous Toy

Sat · July 2, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Jay Gonzalez
Jay Gonzalez
Jay Gonzalez is best known as keyboardist and guitarist for Drive-by Truckers. He has also released two solo albums, Mess of Happiness and The Bitter Suite, both influenced by 70’s A.M. gold pop and power pop. When not touring with the Truckers, he frequently plays solo and full band shows around Athens and the East Coast and is the inventor of the Acoustic Keytar (patent pending.)
Michael Shelley Band
Michael Shelley Band
In addition to being a much-acclaimed recording artist and multimedia renaissance man, Michael Shelley is a true believer who's acutely aware of a catchy, perfectly crafted pop songs capacity for conveying human truths both small and profound. The New York-bred songwriter’s five solo albums, the latest of which is the all instrumental “Jimmy’s Corner,” have been widely praised, both at home and abroad. Although many have tried to categorize his music - he’s been labeled Power-Pop, Sensitive Singer/Songwriter, Alt. Country & even Folk - the only qualities consistent throughout Shelley’s varied catalog are an ear for melody and an obviously love for a great variety of musical inspirations.

His much-loved 1997 debut “Half Empty” (which Bucket Full Of Brains called "A non-stop joy... the sort of album you'll treasure for a lifetime"), began a string or releases that brought Shelley fans around the world and kind words from the music press. In Britain, Q magazine observed, "...he sounds like Nick Lowe fronting The Replacements," while Mojo noted that Shelley "wryly celebrates love and loss with tongue placed firmly in cheek and Telecaster turned up to 11." The Onion stated that "Shelley finds common ground between teen angst and grown-up heartbreak." No Depression wrote, "His adventures feel like your adventures presuming that you've survived first loves, sunburns and faulty relationships." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette opined that Shelley "writes about relationships with intelligence, wit and a Beatlesque way with a hook that puts the singer in a class with only the best of the new pop revivalists." With longtime admirer Francis Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub fame, Shelley formed the transatlantic super-group Cheeky Monkey, whose “Eight Arms to Hold You” is now regarded by many as a cult classic.

When he’s not writing witty, deeply-felt pop songs, Shelley can be heard cracking wise and trying to test the definitions of “pop music” (and interviewing a who’s who of music history) most Saturday mornings on legendary freeform station WFMU, or scouting talent for his indie label Confidential Recordings, whose catalogue includes new and old music by the likes of Shonen Knife, They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo, The Waco Brothers and The Wildweeds. Confidential recently released “Leftovers” a 27 song compilation that culls Shelley’s b-sides, demos, live tracks & covers.
Marvelous Toy
Marvelous Toy
Founded in 2008, Marvelous Toy is a Los Angeles/New York-based rock outfit led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jordan Hudock. Their music has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, and Elvis Costello. Their album, Not Moving, was produced, mixed, and recorded by Raymond Richards (Local Natives) and mastered by Jeff Lipton (Bon Iver). The track “El Infiél” was featured in the season one finale of FX Network’s American Horror Story. They just recently released an EP entitled “Verona.”

"If there was one new act who, I believe, can shake the confines of the L.A. scene and make some ripples elsewhere it's Marvelous Toy.“
— I Guess I'm Floating

"[Not Moving’s] piano-based songs are about as supercharged as piano-based songs can get. Just imagine Billy Joel, far less mawkish, tasered into the new millennium.”
—Buzzbands

“Pounding piano lines are front and center with various percussion and orchestral accompaniment helping round out the sound… No matter what your flavor, Marvelous Toy can abide. Raucous? check. Down tempo? check. Emotional? check.“
—The Muse In Music

“If Bob Dylan made indie rock music he would be in Marvelous Toy. Frontman Jordan Hudock has a bravado that makes MT’s live shows a can’t miss experience.”
—We Listen For You
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/