On December 9th and 10th, BUST will be a hosting an indie craft fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn NY. NYC's longest running indie craft fair, The BUST Craftacular celebrates DIY culture by featuring an array of eclectic handmade and vintage vendors from all over the United States. There will also be music, food, delicious cocktails, and DIY activities for all ages. The music we have planned for you is all female-led and happens to be some of NYC's most beloved acts:
Haybaby are a power trio and one of Brooklyn’s hardest working bands. Their music, self proclaimed “sludge pop” and “slop rock,” is adept at dynamics, blending loud and violent guitars with soft and enticing pop. On their song “Yours,” they keep the balance of loud and soft under perfect control. They are grooving and still unapologetically punk, music with driving bass lines, catchy melodies, and guitars that oftentimes sound like they are on the edge of disintegrating into madness. Their first full length album Sleepy Kids was featured on Stereogum’s 50 best albums of 2015, and they are currently releasing more music under record label, Tiny Engines.
2. New Myths
Another Brooklyn-based power trio, New Myths is a culmination of Synth-Pop, New Wave, and Grunge. They layer synthesizers with rock guitars, like a punk rock version of disco—all fuzzy and distorted. The music is artfully rhythmic and guaranteed to get you dancing. The vocals are unique in that they are treated like another instrument in the band as they seamlessly weave in and out of the arrangements. New Myths have opened for major acts such as Metric, Warpaint, and Cindy Wilson (B-52s), and their hit, “False Gold,” was featured by Lou Reed on his XM radio station, Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle.
3. A Deer A Horse
A Deer A Horse is a beloved up-and-coming local Brooklyn band that the Village Voice described as “searing guitar rock.” Their newest EP Backswimmer is proggy, dark, and heavy as f***. Their lyrics are extremely clever and have poetic hooks that are bound to make you stop in your tracks. This band is smart, well practiced, and obviously has chops. In “Once Or Twice,” front person Rebecca Satellite declares “Once or twice/I’m right.” The drums are skillful and the bass is heavy in its attack, relentless, and always coming back for more.
4. Sic Tic
This Brooklyn power trio are admirable lo-fi indie rockers. Staying true to lo-fi and garage rock aesthetic, this music is no bullshit in the sense that what you see is what you get. The guitars are crunchy, noisy, and full of surprising hooks. “In Our Stillness,” the opening track from their self titled EP, begins with a melodic line reminiscent of Eastern scales.The repetitive guitar riffs and lyrics have the ability to lock you into a trancelike state. “I fall into you/You fall into me” repeats over a guitar line that doubles the melody. This band clearly stretches what it means to play in this genre, continuously leaving you guessing what’s next.
Parrot Dream is self proclaimed “dream pop from Brooklyn by way of Santiago Chile.” They were named one of the “Best New Bands” by Argentina’s Mute Magazine and “Best New Bands from NYC” by The Deli Magazine, and their debut EP Set Sail Someday was released on Chilean label Beast Discos. Parrot Dream is synthy and ambient, creating a dense landscape driven by seductive guitar arpeggiations. On their song “Sound & Light,” reverb soaked vocals wrap you up in a warm blanket. The ambiance creates a pleasant listening experience heightened by a tension, which creates a feeling of transcendence.
6. Fiona Silver
Fiona Silver is a singer-songwriter who is a modern day throwback. She draws on the nostalgia of classic rock n roll, invoking strong imagery that is timeless. Her video “Smoking Gun” takes us through a desert scene calling on the nostalgia of the great West: the leather, bikes, cactus, all reminiscent of California rock n roll. Silver’s confidence and sex appeal is unmistakable. Her music demands attention with soulful vocals, meaty guitars, and choruses that you can always return to. She was nominated for GO! Magazine’s Nightlife award for Best Performer and her songs have been featured in many publications including Paste Magazine, Glamour, Galore Magazine and many more.
7. Kino Kimino
Kino Kimino are the songs of front woman Kim Talon. Reminiscent of The Julie Ruin, it is off kilter, a little angry, punky, and topped with strong female vocals. The guitar riffs are catchy with frantic rolling drums. It is hip but doesn’t take itself too seriously. The album Bait Is For Sissies is an extremely tight and well produced record which features Sonic Youth members, Steven Shelley and Lee Ranaldo.The live band currently consists of Tara Thiessen (Sharkmuffin, Ex-girlfriends) and drummer Jordan Blakely.
Lea is a throwback to 80’s New Wave with a strong R&B spine invoking influences such as Fiona Apple and Sade. Her arrangements, which feature synths and keys, are sparse but complex, seamlessly cycling through surprising changes. Her deep and sultry voice soars over skillful compositions that are moody and sensual. Lea recently released an EP titled Fever Dream and has shared the stage with acts such as Jakob Dylan and India.Arie, as well as garnering writing credits with some of the industry's top professionals.
first photo by Cortney Armitage
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