The Special Pillow, Linus The Moon, Dream Version, Oakland Rain

The Special Pillow

Linus The Moon

Dream Version

Oakland Rain

Sat · August 6, 2016

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

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Special Pillow
The Special Pillow
For the past two decades, the Special Pillow have stealthily operated beneath the underground of their Hoboken hometown, mining a unique vein of string-driven, psych-flavored pop. In 2015, Yo La Tengo shone a light on the Pillow’s shadowy demimonde with their cover of the band’s “Automatic Doom.” Now, the Special Pillow have surfaced again, bringing At the Earth’s Core, their fifth fabulous album, into the light of day.

Since the dissolution of indie cult heroes Hypnolovewheel, songwriter and majordomo Dan Cuddy has played bass with such notable combos as Sleepyhead and XL Kings, but has reserved his own distinctive compositions for the Special Pillow’s collective thaumaturgy.

Featured players on At the Earth’s Core are charter Special Pillow member Katie Gentile (Run On, Mad Scene) on violin and viola; longtime collaborator Peter Stuart (Headless Horsemen, Tryfles) on a staggering arsenal of guitars, basses, and other stringed instruments; and Eric Marc Cohen (Fly Ashtray), making his recording debut with the group, on drums and percussion. Everybody contributes vocals, with Katie taking the lead on two tracks, and the celestial choir is enhanced with the dulcet tones of folk chanteuse Debby Schwartz (of P.G. Six and solo renown).

At the Earth’s Core is the band’s second project with engineer Mitch Rackin, recorded and mixed at Brooklyn’s scintillating Seaside Lounge recording studio. It encompasses the Special Pillow at their most melodic and most chaotic; sweet subterranean sounds haunted by the ghosts of the Monkees, the Velvet Underground, and the Jurassic Period, waging a never-ending battle against overwhelming odds, irreconcilable differences, and the goddamn PATH train.

Praise for The Special Pillow

“A marvelous blend of ’60s psychedelia and ’90s space-rock textures . . . a fanciful, dreamy set of low-key, jangly/droney pop nuggets, with literate, impressionistic lyrics, highly recommended.”
—Amplifier

“The psych-minded quartet skillfully contrasts the jangly and dreamy with the bitter and hard-driving.”
—Time Out New York

“An extraordinary agglomeration.”
—Ptolemaic Terrascope
Linus The Moon
Linus The Moon
Linus The Moon is a Philly based band. Compared to British bands like the Kinks, Roxy Music, and David Bowie,

Linus are four talented musicians creating melody driven original songs with a unique touch. Now brought together through serendipity to form a new and exciting hard driven sound that must be heard. Their high-energy live show cannot be denied and is a must see.
Dream Version
Dream Version
Dream Version are a Chicago indie pop band, influenced in equal parts by punk, surf, girl group, and dance music. They are Eric Brummitt (guitar), Ned Harkness (electronics), Alec Jensen (vocals, bass), and Michael Kunik (drums).

The four gentlemen of Dream Version met as teachers at a Chicago elementary school. One way their day jobs have influenced their music is through their desire to make the complicated seem simple. Dream Version songs follow a labyrinthine path through choruses, bridges, and chord and tempo changes, but arrive in an agreeable, immediate, compact pop package. The listener's first reaction might be a sugar high, but this band offers far more to sustain the appetite.

Dream Version songs are about making mountains out of molehills. They find psychological drama in activities as simple as walking a dog, getting in a car, or watching TV. Their protagonists struggle, sometimes feebly, sometimes mightily, against their own petty neuroses. The result is alternately frustrating, inspiring, and funny.
Oakland Rain
Oakland Rain
Oakland Rain is a duo consisting of two 19-year-old redheaded twins from Norway. Similar in looks and voices, they harmonize like only sisters can. During the past two years, the band has established itself as one of the newcomers in Norway. Their debut- EP was released in March 2015, and the band gained a lot of attention with critics calling their music and performances «sensational». Now working on more material to release, FVN, a Norwegian newspaper, predicts that the sisters will be worth following this upcoming year.
Their sound moves within the pop genre, with folk and electronica influences. The sisters have very similar thoughts (not surprisingly) around expressing themselves musically. As young adults in a fast-changing society, Oakland Rain is a band inspired by writing about things that involve more than just themselves. They believe in music as a way to express feelings and opinions. The duo has a heart for nature in it`s pure beauty, and they want to remind their peers that trying to be perfect by following pressure rarely turns out well. Additionally, social engagement is an important inspiration for their music.
While building a steady home market, they`ve performed at major festivals alongside Kygo (NO), Hozier (IR), AURORA (NO), and D’Angelo and The Vanguard (US). They`ve also performed at half time shows at major football stadiums, played support for Lissie (US), and have had a lot of press coverage on the radio, on TV, and in the newspapers. This fall, Oakland Rain has been on a tour, including shows in Norway, Finland and England. Their single «Shotgun» is played on English and American radio, and with more material to release, they are playing at one of the biggest Showcase-festivals in Norway; Trondheim Calling 2016.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/