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06/28/2010

MEN: Sweat Off Our Backs at Knitting Factory

After Friday night's ragingly-rad MEN show at Knitting Factory BK, there's really no question or denying why the three-piece is one of my most oft loved and raved about bands you need to know. Performing on the second eve of Northside Festival, and headlining a night that saw CREEP open the festivities, JD Samson, Michael O'Neill and Ginger Brooks Takahashi cemented a memorable night of music and emotions, as well as a lasting footprint within these pages.

 

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The social relevance (and timeliness) of music has never been more evident than within the lyrics and arrangements of MEN's songs. With a penchant for tightly-crafted electropop, the trio's compositions speak volumes of their combined talents, as well as the importance of their cultural and personal devotions.

 

Powering through a 45 minute set balanced on the material we can't quit (Off Our Backs, Credit Card Babie$ and Simultaneously), along with Make It Reverse (which we'd only heard in some early demos), MEN also welcomed audience feedback, a guest speech from Emily Roysdon and a thoroughly-deserved encore, in which they performed a cover of Bronski Beat's Smalltown Boy. As the show fell on the eve of NYC's Pride Weekend festivities, we couldn't have been prouder to share in MEN's fascinating display of music and passion.

 

Video of Make It Reverse is below a few images, in which the full gallery can be viewed here. You can also catch my 2-minute clip of Simultaneously here. I was too busy swoon-dancing to film it all.

 

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mp3: MEN - Simultaneously (Live Version) (HQ)  

 

 


CREEP: Dark and Daring at Knitting Factory

Known in many circles and on countless dance floors are Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, the two disc-spinners have been prepping everyone's ears for their latest project, CREEP, by tossing out teaser vids, remixes and blasting the digitial world with previews of their live debut. As part of Northside Festival, the pair took the stage on Friday night at Knitting Factory...cloaked, colored and ready to creep us out.

 

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Shrouded in black hooded robes with face paint to match, the duo soared through a journey of lights and imagery, soundtracked by their spooky blend of trip-hop and cinematic tones. There's an indefinably touching quality about what you hear throughout their set...something best experienced live and not done justice by my words.

 

Chalk it up to the gals' vast musical talents, but this is the perfect way to get bone-chillingly freaked the hell out.

 

Live footage from CREEP's set is below a few more pictures, of which the full gallery can be viewed here.

 

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mp3: Baghdaddy - Hot Shit (CREEP Remix) 
 

   

 

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