Benefit for PS 154

A Benefit for PS154 in Windsor Terrace

Benefit for PS 154

White Collar Crime, Maplewood, Charles Bissell of The Wrens, Palomar, The Big Bright, Emmanuel May Pazavekmi

Fri · June 19, 2015

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime
White Collar Crime’s new record, “Wars Undeclared” possesses an eerie, uncommon beauty. It is a new form of punk rock haunted by organ and piano textures, forlorn love songs, and cocky up-tempo manifestos that urge you to leap from your seat and occupy reality. Vocalist Sander Hicks channels equal parts Jim Morrison and Jello Biafra, while the rhythm section--the dexterous Nick Colt (Hootch, The Cabinetmakers) on keyboards, percussion inventor Dale W. Miller (Palomar, Atlantic/Pacific) on drums, and the wiley Jon Berger (Earshot, The Mercantillers) on bass--moves between aggro, driving punk riffs to somber and melodic jazz passages. All to create a sharp, signature sound: catchy, smart, artful punk. It’s minimalist, high-voltage, emotional, hard-driving, and world-changing.

White Collar Crime started in 1996 as a pit band for the musical play “Sealove, Manager” in Soho, NYC. Playwright/lead singer Sander Hicks is best known as the indie publisher from Soft Skull Press who republished “Fortunate Son.” With his band backing him up every step of the way, Hicks and team took on George W. Bush and Family, from 1999-2001. This was all documented in the award-winning film Horns and Halos, on HBO/Cinemax, and White Collar Crime provided much of the sound-track.

They have played throughout the US, on both coast, including the Warped Tour (DIY Fest stage), Punk Island, the Soft Skull Press/Chicago Book Expo party at Fireside Bowl, and nearly everywhere in New York City including the legendary CBGB’s. After a hiatus, White Collar Crime reformed with its original line-up in 2013. The band got to work playing several successful shows, including a coveted spot opening the NYC tour of the Alternative Records’ super-group Ultra Bide. White Collar Crime have just wrapped up third full-length album, Wars Undeclared. Engineered by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield) at Nuthouse Studios, Hoboken, NJ. The band will be soon following the release with a national tour.
Maplewood
Maplewood
"Maplewood are like a summer breeze, makin' yah feel fine" -- Village Voice

Maplewood has released two albums. . .

Maplewood (2004)
Yeti Boombox (2009)

When Maplewood released their self-titled debut in 2004, it was as if a Santa Ana wind had blown through New York’s indie-rock scene. Here was a Brooklyn band that cast its eyes westward, toward the golden shores of California and the laidback legacies of the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Flying Burritos, Bread, America, and, God forbid, CSNY. Pop Matters declared Maplewood the originators of a 21st-century canyon-rock resurgence—“one toke away from the cosmos and harbingers of a movement already afoot. [Their music] makes you want to hit the highway and fly on the ground past the outer limits.” Paste found their first album, which featured guest appearances from members of the Hold Steady and Sparklehorse, to have “a gorgeous, pot-smoking melancholy that perfectly recaptures the easy, breezy sound of vintage FM radio.“ Newsday anointed Maplewood one of New York’s top 10 rock bands. And the indie-rock bible Magnet ranked their follow-up, Yeti Boombox, the #2 Americana record of 2009.

Members of Maplewood also play in Nada Surf, Two Dark Birds, Champale, and Bambi Kino. This is their first NYC show since 2010.
Charles Bissell of The Wrens
Charles Bissell of The Wrens
The Wrens are an American indie rock band from New Jersey. The group consists of Charles Bissell (guitar/vocals), brothers Greg Whelan (guitar) and Kevin Whelan (bass/vocals), and Jerry MacDonald (drums). They have released three albums so far, although a combination of problems with their former record label and having to fit in writing and recording with the daily pressures of home life and full-time jobs means that only one album has been released since 1996. The band have gained a reputation for their intense live shows - following a gig at the University of London Union in London in March 2006, The Guardian declared that "on this form the Wrens are surely one of the best live bands in the world"

Palomar
Palomar
Palomar is a three-lady and one-man outfit that hails from Brooklyn, where it was one of the founding bands of the aughts New York sound along with the likes of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Walkmen, and The Strokes. Over the last decade, Palomar has released four albums while playing shows with indie rock staples such as Luna, Mates of State, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Spoon, and The Wrens. Pitchfork described Palomar’s last album as having a “delicate balance between adorability and raw power.”
The Big Bright
The Big Bright
The Big Bright is the new musical collaboration from Glenn Patscha and Fiona McBain of Americana band "Ollabelle", and Liz Tormes, critically acclaimed, neo-noir singer/songwriter.
Formed around a shared guilty pleasure—vintage New Wave and ’80s Brit-pop (think Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, The Cure)—
The Big Bright finds the beating heart in the melodies, lyrics and frailties hidden in the overblown, overly-familiar period arrangements of retro-pop favorites, translating them into smart, dreamy—and original—contemporary pop soundscapes. -
The Big Bright's recording "I Slept Thru the 80's", is a collection of these New-Wave Nocturnes. Lullabies for parents and children alike.

AND, Glenn and Fiona are both parents of PS154 students!
Emmanuel May Pazavekmi
Emmanuel May Pazavekmi
EMMANUEL MAY PAZAVEKMI is a 3-piece rock 'n' roll outfit w/ a lotta hutzpah, a dash of alternative, a smattering of pop, some country, and a whole buncha howl! Maybe you've seen 'em around Brooklyn...

Jason Cottle: guitar/vocals
Katy Stone: bass
Will Kastner: drums
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/