Midnight High

TurnStyle Music Group Presents

Midnight High

Wandering Downhome, David Baron, Cosmonaut Radio, UME, CYMBALS

Fri, July 18, 2014

7:00 pm

Pianos

New York, NY

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Midnight High - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Midnight High
Midnight High is a hard-rocking, high-energy rock band from Astoria, NY. Live performance is their forte, with a strong take-no-prisoners attitude on stage. The music is heavy but with a distinct groove and urban mix. All members are heavily influenced by classic rock, hip-hop, reggae and 90’s metal and grunge. They bring the best of both worlds, the old and the new, and their sound has been compared to Pink Floyd, Sublime and Alice in Chains simultaneously.
Wandering Downhome - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Wandering Downhome
Through folklore and a delta blues pulse, these two songbirds captivate audiences with their chilling harmonies. Wandering fluidly through genres, their sound appeals to any ear. Grounded in Downhome roots, they'll put you at ease, inviting you to be a part of their musical camaraderie. Welcome along their journey.
David Baron - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
David Baron
A passionate singer, gifted pianist and insightful songwriter, David Baron has caught the ear of audiences across the globe with his soaring vocals, confessional lyrics, and powerful piano pop/rock sound.

David Baron has sold out numerous venues across the country as both a solo artist and lead singer of the Bryan Bros Band featuring David Baron. After the release of his self-titled debut EP, Baron completed a nationwide tour that included opening slots for Jonas Brothers, David Archuleta, and Brandi Carlile, as well as headlining performances at notable venues such as Great American Music Hall and Slim’s (San Francisco), Mercury Lounge (New York), The Viper Room and Hotel Cafe (LA).

In between selling out shows across the U.S., Baron has toured internationally with the Bryan Brothers (#1 world-ranked men’s doubles tennis team) as the lead singer of the Bryan Bros Band featuring David Baron. Their debut album Let It Rip reached #12 on the New Releases – Pop charts on Amazon.com, and for his work with the Bryans, Baron has been featured in such media outlets as The New York Times, The New Yorker, 60 Minutes, CBS Early Show, and the Los Angeles Times.

A native of South Florida, David Baron graduated from Stanford University and Columbia Law School. While at Stanford, Baron was the lead singer and songwriter of The Spins, a San Francisco-based rock group that won Best Music Video in San Francisco for the Baron-penned song “Tell Her Something”. Baron currently resides in New York.
Cosmonaut Radio - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Cosmonaut Radio
American music for & from Mother Russia
UME - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
UME
For Ume, music is the embodiment of contradiction. The Austin band's powerful rock songs contain a multitude of opposing juxtapositions, balancing elegance with brutality, strength with fragility, ferocious metal and sweet melody. These paradoxes resound through the trio's new album, "Monuments," a collection of songs that reimagine heavy music and is as beautiful as it is massive. When the musicians began writing for the album, after touring over 200 dates in support of their acclaimed debut "Phantoms," the emphasis was on translating the impassioned force of Ume's momentous live show onto a recording. Rarely has the platform for women in rock been updated as authoritatively as it has been with this band and this new album.

"There's always been a complete lack of inhibition in our live show," Lauren says. "I don't know if that's necessarily been captured the same way on our recordings. So with this record we tried to embrace that sense of abandon and emotional catharsis in the studio as well. We didn't hold anything back."

Recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Kasper (Queens of the Stone Age, Cat Power, Foo Fighters, Nirvana) at Robert Lang Studios and Studio X in Seattle, WA, "Monuments" is Ume's most colossal sounding recording yet. The recording process was about "just playing the songs and letting the sounds unfurl in an honest and true way," Lauren says. For the band, the process was as much about self-understanding as it was about tangible creation.

"Adam gravitated toward a lot of my demos that I was unsure about and he helped me see myself as a songwriter for the first time," Lauren says. "I felt we could take more risks, because we could be free from all preconceptions and ultimately focus on the songs. So one moment we're drawing inspiration from a Dionne Warwick record I found at an estate sale, and on the next track I'm trying to channel my inner-Iommi."

"Monuments" emphasizes the intense power for which Ume has earned live acclaim, but also urges stronger variety of sound and greater emotional range. The album equally contains the heaviest riffs the band has written and their most vulnerable sonic moments, connected by an overarching tone of honesty and freedom. From the first blast of the opening track "Black Stone," there is no doubt this is a record driven by one of today's most ascendant shredders, and one that is also not afraid to subvert rock conventions. Cohesive but unorthodox, the album deftly balances the propulsive, surging rock of songs like "Too Big World" and "Chase It Down" with the raw, acoustic introspection of "Barophobia" and "Within My Bones." At the record's emotional epicenter is "Gleam," a dedication to Esme Barrera, one of Lauren's fellow Girl's Rock Camp volunteers who was murdered during the writing of the record.

"'Monuments' began as an attempt to deal with loss, yearning, and struggle," Lauren says. "But it became a process through which I learned to really embrace this life, loved-ones and this chance to make music."

Lauren and Eric began making music together after meeting at a skatepark in highschool. Shortly after forming Ume, Lauren moved on to attend graduate school in philosophy, but eventually traded in the PhD pursuit to follow her guitar heroine dreams. Driven by a desire to share how they felt as kids the first time they saw Fugazi, Lauren and Eric have logged tens of thousands of miles together on the road, moving from basements and dive bars to major festivals like Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and Paris' Rock En Seine.

Since welcoming new powerhouse drummer Rachel Fuhrer, the band has shared the stage with The Smashing Pumpkins, Warpaint, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Franz Ferdinand, Helmet, Wu-Tang, and Foals, and were personally called by Perry Farrell to open for Jane's Addiction at their Lollapalooza afterparty. Ume appeared on the 2012 Season Premiere of "No Reservations" with Anthony Bourdain, who celebrated the band as "a shitload of rawk in a tiny little room" before taking them to dinner during SXSW. The band's name -- pronounced "ooo-may" -- was taken from a Japanese plum blossom that they later learned symbolizes perseverance and devotion, a moniker that aptly reflects the musicians' tenacity and passion.

"I'm a pretty stoic person, but when I heard this new record I actually cried," Lauren says. "I think it expresses the story of what brought us here, and is in a lot of ways a celebration of not giving up. It sounds like who we really are."
CYMBALS - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
CYMBALS
The long-awaited new album from CYMBALS is named after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T. Rodgers, which addresses the fragmentation of ideas towards the end of the last century and how collective meanings have become uncertain. Singer and guitarist Jack Cleverly writes: "It hit me that I often feel paralysed by the feeling that everything is 'too complicated', and that many people I know feel that paralysis. I realised that this way of thinking can be traced through these songs."

Produced by Dreamtrak (Swim Deep, Chad Valley, Hot Chip) in his Hackney studio and written collectively over the last 12-months, the group have taken their time to carefully piece the album together, song-by-song, in sequence. The album was completed following a final mix from Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Everything Everything) and the result is testament to the band's attention to detail: a cleaner, brighter sound than their brattier early recordings, edging towards the European sophistication of the end-of-the-century French house Jack grew up around. Singles 'Like An Animal', 'The End' and 'The Natural World' are characterized by an upbeat disco cool and all push the 7-minute mark, whereas 'Winter 98', 'This City', and 'Call Me' are brooding, stark synth-led numbers reminiscent of early-New Order, with some lyrics sung in Jack's native French.
Venue Information:
Pianos
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.pianosnyc.com/