5 Bands From Brooklyn You Need To Check Out
Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, is now known as the new, hipster part of the city. With more than two million residents, Brooklyn has turned into the hotspot for media. TV shows and movies are filmed within the city, but what about the music scene? Check out these five artists, who not only originated in Brooklyn, but encompass Brooklyn’s trendy vibe.
1. THE VEEVEES
The VeeVees are a rock & roll band consisting of guitarist/vocalist Garrett Cillo, vocalist Sophia Urista, drummer Andrea Belfiore, and bassist Artur Novoselsky. The band has an older beat, but interesting, fresh vocals. Urista, with her powerful voice and presence, makes the audience go wild, wanting more.
Their latest EP, Cream of Heaven, which was released in June 2015, includes four fast-driven tracks that is definitely head-banger worthy. “Cream of Heaven” starts off the EP with a versatile sound between rock and a little mix of R&B. Urista’s raspy voice reaches incredible pitches and brings back a classic ’80s vibe combined with an original hard rock tone. The band is set to play Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on April 10.
Paperwhite is a dream pop and synthpop duo consisting of siblings Ben and Katie Marshall. Katie is the singer/songwriter while Ben, who also plays the drums for Brooklyn band Savoir Adore, is the co-writer and producer. After releasing their 2014 EP, entitled Magic, the duo became known as “The Most Blogged Artist” twice in a row. Singles “Get Away” and “Unstoppable” have been released off of their latest album, set to drop this Spring.
This duo provides a feel-good song with a dance along melody and hypnotic beats. Their music has the ability to transport listeners to another world with catchy synthesizers and lyrics that could be played on repeat. Paperwhite will play at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, New York on April 30, the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 24 and Cafe Nine in New Haven, Connecticut on May 25.
3. SHINOBI NINJA
Shinobi Ninja is a rock band with a twist. The band has a very eclectic sound and mixes hip hop, funk, metal, punk, electronic and rock genres together to form a variety of different songs. The band includes members Duke Sims and Baby G on vocals, Maniac Mike on guitar, Alien Lex on bass, DJ Axis Powers on the turntables and Terminator Dave on drums. Over the past few years, Shinobi Ninja has released three albums and an EP, Artistic Visions, in 2015. This past March, the band had the chance to go to South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
Since Shinobi Ninja is not a “typical” rock band, their sound is very inviting and intriguing. They are known for high energy performances and their originality pertaining to lyrics and beats. With over 278,000 Twitter followers, 16,000 Facebook likes and 11,000 Instagram followers, Shinobi Ninja is moving on up in the music scene.
The alternative rock band, Teen, formed in 2010 with members Teeny Lieberson on guitar, keys and vocals, Lizzie Lieberson on keys and vocals, Katherine Lieberson on drums and vocals, and
Boshra AlSaadi on bass guitar and vocals. Their sound is extremely unique, with a little swing and ’80s old school attitude.
Last year, the band had the opportunity to tour with Will Butler of Arcade Fire, and this past February, released the LP, Love Yes. This EP delves into the perspective of a woman, offering exemplary messages. Teen will perform in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right on April 8 and at Cake Shop on April 23.
Looking for an indie band that’s different from the rest? Cultfever has it. Duo Tamara Jafar and Peter Durniak blend well together with Jafar’s smooth vocals against the intense background beats. Her voice is melodic and unique enough that it may not be admired as much as it should be on a first listen. Jafar sings with an interesting approach, making the band stand out.
Cultfever released a self-titled album in 2011, and since then, recorded the EP Animals and released singles “Gloria” and “Youth.” The duo has a capturing sound and personality, making listeners crave more content.
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