"Based in Brooklyn, J.Viewz is a multi-genre, multi-media music project with revolving band members. Electronic-music producer Jonathan Dagan (from Tel Aviv, Israel) first formed the group in 2002, and has since produced two albums under J.Viewz: Muse Breaks (2005) and The Besides EP (2008).
The SoHo Journal had the pleasure to attend The Shells album release party, and we were blown away. The fierce female trio who define themselves as "cosmo country" won an MTV nomination for the Best Breakout Artists in New York City— a nod that is well deserved.
3rd Ward is one of our favorite companies for its bottom line commitment to support the arts. This miracle of an organization seems to understand how difficult it is to be a young artist in a big city and offers encouragement and, more so, opportunity.
Yeasayer is one of our favorite New York bands in recent years. Coming onto the scene in 2007 with popular tracks such as "Sunrise" and "2080", their self styled “Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel" is experimental to say the least. Their musical mixture of unrelated sounds somehow comes together into a harmonious tye-dye of beautiful tunes. Producing true blue experimental world music is hard (it’s even hard to write) but the Brooklyn-based band has done it well.
Music and moving images, in a better world, would be like chocolate and peanut butter: an immensely satisfying no-brainer. Yet anyone who has seen what passes for music videos these days (VH1 still plays them weekday mornings) could tell you that they're more like too much sugar in burnt coffee: lots of unhealthy distraction from a main ingredient that isn't even worth consuming.
Fortunately, not everyone is trying to be the next Hype Williams.
This Saturday bring your little ones to the Early Stages Storytelling Benefit. Activities include face painting, storytelling and music, and raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to the Early Stages Organization.
Want to see a legend? Tonight Stevie Nicks will be attending a listening party for her new CD, The Soundstage Sessions. It will be an evening of music and complimentary cocktails, all to celebrate Stevie and to raise funds for Lifebeat, an organization set up to fight HIV/Aids.
Robbi K is a renowned children’s musician who has performed with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn and Aretha Franklin. With her husband, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, they will present a show of storytelling in multiple languages and singing that will move children and adults alike. For an added bonus, their performance is interactive getting the young-ins to sing, clap and giggle with joy. Your kids will beam.
They Might Be Giants is an adult band with a child’s soul. Their lyrics display thematic depth while their pop sounds make it all seem surreal. They are whimsical and wonderful, and remind me very much of The Little Prince. Thus, it is completely understandable how they are tailor-made for a children’s concert.