Hollywood Blanks, Ricky Stein, Above the Moon

Hollywood Blanks

Ricky Stein

Above the Moon

Jun 23 Fri

7:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Hollywood Blanks - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hollywood Blanks
Hollywood Blanks is an indie-rock quartet from Baltimore. The band formed in Winter, 2012, released their first EP in May, 2013, and are releasing their first full length album Summer 2015.

Hollywood Blanks grabs the audience with an infectious energy and spontaneity that has bled into the fabric of their freshman album, Projections. Each song builds upon deliberate and thoughtful lyrics with a strong sense of melody that often features ambient bass and synth tones, retro organ sounds, sonorous drums and a characteristically dark and gritty electric guitar.

The band takes inspiration from woodstock era music, nineties grunge, and atmospheric psych-rock while also dipping into swing, punk, folk, and low-slung country. They combine these elements to push the antes of genre and feel, with furious dynamic shifts, bold harmonies, and sweeping textural changes along the way.
Ricky Stein - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Ricky Stein
Ricky Stein's music vies for equal footing between two of his strongest influences: traditional roots-rock/Americana and progressive indie-rock. A reverence for music history combined with the desire to create something different and new drives the Austin singer/songwriter to make music that reflects the spirit of his hometown, both past and present.

A lifelong Austinite, Stein got his start playing opening sets for Calvin Russell and J.T. Van Zandt (son of legendary Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt) at East Austin's Long Branch Inn. A weekly gig at the Hole in the Wall soon followed, and before long Stein and his band were performing at some of the best venues in town, including the Saxon Pub, the Continental Club, and the Cactus Cafe. In 2009, Stein released his first album, Crazy Days, produced by Matt Hubbard and recorded at Willie Nelson's Luck, TX headquarters. A national tour followed, along with strong reviews from the Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News.

Following the success of Crazy Days, Stein went in to the studio and cut the four-song EP In the Red with his backing band, the .44. He spent the summer of 2010 touring as a solo, playing coffee shops and bars from San Francisco to Long Island and practically living out of his beat-up 15-passenger van. This laid the groundwork for his next project, the full-length album Something in the Night, credited to the Warm Guns (a re-branding of the .44). Another national tour followed, along with solo tours of England and Japan.

In 2013 Stein turned his attention to writing, authoring a short history of the Austin music scene for the History Press. The book, titled Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s, received full-page write-ups in the Austin Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, further elevating the writer/musician's profile in the local scene.

Stein's latest album, Long Summer (set for release in June 2016), represents the culmination of two years spent developing an increasingly distinctive songwriting voice. Songs range from somber ruminations on love and death ("I'm a Stone," "Pawnee River") to upbeat rockers celebrating inner growth ("I Must Be Dreaming") and love of the open road ("Heaven Is a Highway"). A prolific writer with a singular voice and an endearing stage presence, Stein continues to build his following throughout the underground circuit of the United States and beyond.
Above the Moon - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Above the Moon
Based out of New Jersey, Above the Moon is a four-piece that melds indie pop melodies with 90’s rock intensity.

The group has pulled from their individual experiences, years of playing in multiple bands in various clubs, bars and basements, to develop a sound that is reminiscent of the greats they grew up on, but still remains new and exciting.

The band is fronted by Kate Griffin on vocals and rhythm guitar, in collaboration with Shawn Murphy on lead, Chris Mangin on bass and John Gramuglia on drums. Together they create a powerful collection of songs that continue to push the boundaries of modern rock music, yet feel familiar at the same time. Above the Moon’s melodies will get stuck in your head all the way to the last feedback note.
Venue Information:
Arlene's Grocery
95 Stanton St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.arlenesgrocery.net/