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On Tuesday, June 19th at the Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan, ReverbNation produced a music showcase that was part of the New Music Festival 2012, a “meeting place for visionaries, upstarts, and disruptors— those who are building a new music industry.” The showcase featured bands that are creating a lot of buzz in the music world.
First up was Dana Alexandra, who told CHARGED.fm that she takes her inspiration from blues and dance music, though some of her songs draw influence from the West Coast ska movement. Her voice is charming and feminine, but still produces a lot of power. When writing music, Alexandra likes to think about things that aren't typical. The title track of her last album, “Wash Your Mouth Out,” is about calling people out on their bluffs. But Dana said, “It's also about calling myself out, because I do that crap too.” Dana's next big show is the XPN Music Festival in July and then she wants to go into her “creative cave” to start working on a new album.
Next, the aptly named Click Clack Boom played with so much energy that it felt like they were building a bomb on stage. The mainstay of their music is bluesy, heavy rock but they incorporate a lot of different genres into their music: folk, psychedelic, and metal. Guitarist and singer Nathaniel Hoho said they don't try to be experimental but “for me, writing for so long, it's important to do something different so things don't become stagnant.” The band's performance, which included some skillful riffing on a fiddle by Jesse Kotansky, constantly surprised. The Click Clack Boom will release their new EP at a show on July 11 at the the Public Assembly in Brooklyn; then the band will start their tour of the Northeast.
The third act was This Good Robot and it was hard not to pay attention to them. Their performance had an intensity that was both playful and daring. At one point, lead singer Michael Ragosta left the stage and sang while the crowd held him up by his ankles. He described the band's genre of music as “science fiction” because most of their songs are about zombies, comics, and superheroes. “The Human I Am” is a song about two lovers in a zombie apocalypse. Recently, they won the Break Contest, in which 900 bands competed for a spot at the Bamboozle Festival. “It's fun to do something creative that people pay attention to,” said Ragosta. To check out more of this exciting band, go to their website, where their latest EP is available and so is a short documentary about their experience at Bamboozle.
The showcase ended with a performance by The Dirty Pearls, whose concussive sound and wailing instrumentals harken back to the '80's. David S. Grant of Sleaze Roxx said that their new song, “Who's Coming Back to Who”[...] is a combination of everything this band does well together— the guitars are heavy, the timing is on, and the “pop” hook is addictive. Bands will spend their careers trying to write a song as catchy as this one, but for The Dirty Pearls this is one of several on the album.
The Dirty Pearls will play at the CBGB Music Festival, July 5-8.
The New Music Festival took place in seventeen venues across New York City. It's purpose was to bring together 150 of the next generation of artist for four nights of shows. The festival was produced by the New Music Seminar, who's mission is to give voice to up and coming musicians.