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...due to lightning

UPDATE: I think it's already at capacity, but here are the new set times:

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DOWNLOAD: The Chain Gang of 1974 - Don't Walk Away (MP3)

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Denver's Kamtin Mohager is The Chain Gang Of 1974, a one-man band whose retro synthy music is well represented in the atmospheric "Don't Walk Away", the closing track on his recently-released album "White Guts". Download it above.

I also couldn't think of a better first-of-three opener for this Friday night's free show on Governors Island which is being headlined by Caribou and also features Phantogram on the bill...

Caribou & Phantogram
with The Chain Gang of 1974
Converse Presents "Gone To Governors" Live Music Series

Location: The Beach
Date: 7/16/2010
Notes:
* All ages
* 6:00 pm Doors
* 8:00 pm Show
* The Beach opens at 10am
* Come early and enjoy the day
* FREE!
* Please note: Because this is a free show, there is a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE policy in regard to capacity.

If you miss it, Chain Gang of 1974 can also be caught one night later at Brooklyn Bowl. It's a late show that is also being billed as an "MIA CD Release Party".

All dates and a video for another song on the album, below...

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HEALTH @ Bowery Ballroom in June (more by Erez Avissar)
HEALTH

""Well, of course, we were really busy with Talking Heads and our singer, David Byrne, said that he was going to do a solo album and that ended up being called The Catherine Wheel but that he didn't know how long it was going to take. Then Jerry Harrison, our keyboard player, said, 'Well, if David's going to do a solo album then I'm gong to do a solo album!' So those two guys told us that they were going to be doing solo albums.

"We had just come off tour in 1980 for Remain In Light with the expanded line up and it had really been a great tour and very exciting but it was expensive for us so at the end of the tour our accountant said, 'Well, you've gotta do something because you've only got a couple of thousand dollars in the bank!' So Tina [Weymouth] and I looked at each other and said, 'What shall we do?..." [Chris Frantz]

Tom Tom Club have added another NYC show to their previously-announced tour. Two days after their October 14th show at Santos Party House (tickets still on sale), they'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets for the October 16th gig go on sale Friday at noon.

And speaking of Santos Party House, HEALTH have been added to the July 22nd Midnight Juggernauts show there. Tickets are on sale.

@ a 2009 Pool Party (more by Tim Griffin)
Pool Party

I don't know what Veoba is either. The press release explains it though...

For the past 4 years, JELLY has hosted over 200,000 people for what has become one of the most groundbreaking FREE concert series in New York. Summer Sundays in Brooklyn have become synonymous with The Pool Parties and in the series' 5th Anniversary year, Pool Parties promises not to disappoint.

This year, The Pool Parties are again on the Williamsburg Waterfront for 7 dates from July 11th--August 29th. Due to scheduling conflicts, our August 1st date will be moved to a "Block Party" in and around Brooklyn Bowl making it 8 total "FREE Pool Party Sundays".

In celebrating our 5th Year Anniversary, JELLY also would like to give a big thanks to Senator Chuck Schumer and Phillip Goldfeder from the Senator's office for all of their support ensuring JELLY'S return to the Williamsburg Waterfront. JELLY owners Alexander Kane and Sarah Hooper state that, "It has been a long hard road this year to bring this series back to Williamsburg and it 100% could not have been done without Senator Schumer's efforts. "

The Pool Parties will be co-presented by VEOBA, an online resource for artists, managers, and record labels. Based in Chicago, but with global reach, VEOBA provides the music community with select services to progress and maintain their livelihood. VEOBA launched in May 2010 as a collective made up of music industry veterans, writers, managers, artists, and cartoon characters. From co-founder Jay Parkin, "More often than not, musicians rely on others to take their careers to the next level. We're here for those who care enough to do it themselves." Sharing Jelly's values of creativity and innovation, the people at VEOBA are thrilled to be involved in this summer's production. Parkin concludes, "For the independent and the like- minded, VEOBA facilitates the next step."

JELLY as well wants to give a shout out to all of their partners this summer from the new faces to old friends. Special thanks to AllSaints and Vans. As well as Amp Energy, vitaminwater®, SESAC, ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, ZYNC from American Express^(SM), Spin Magazine, KEXP, and Main Drag. Along with OSA sponsors: Time Out New York, Brooklyn Brewery, and Heineken.

Now onto our official Pool Parties 5th Year Anniversary lineup! Check back soon for surprise guests we cant announce yet, the official DJ lineup for The Pool Parties 2010, and more fun things that are SURE to make the 5th Year Anniversary series one you will never forget!

The Official After-Pool Parties, presented by Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, will be held at Brooklyn Bowl following every Sunday's Pool Party!

They didn't announce who is playing the Brooklyn Bowl block party on August 1st. One complication might be that one of the bigger bands cancelled.

The only difference between the leaked lineup and the official lineup is the addition of another "SECRET SPECIAL GUEST" and the listing of some curators. You can see the full list of confirmed free shows, below...

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photos by David Andrako

Fela! party @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fela

"The musical "Memphis" emerged as the early leader in the Tony Awards on Sunday night, while the film actress Scarlett Johansson won the first acting award: best featured actress in a play for her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller's "View From the Bridge."..

...Two rivals with "Memphis" for the best musical Tony, "Fela!" and "American Idiot," won two Tonys a piece before the telecast -- "Fela!" for costume and sound design, "Idiot" for lighting and scenic design. The "Idiot" winners each profusely praised the director of the show, Michael Mayer, whose lack of a nomination surprised many in the Broadway industry...

...None of the four nominees for best musical, for instance, have been hot sellers at the box office; the one that tied for the most Tony nominations, "Fela!," about the Afrobeat sensation Fela Kuti, has even struggled to cover its weekly running costs." [NY Times]

Fela! unfortunately didn't win Best Musical, but its choreographer Bill T. Jones did take home the Best Choreography award Sunday night at the Tony Awards.

On Monday (6/7), BrooklynVegan co-sponsored a free Fela! Original Cast Recording release party at Brooklyn Bowl. The event was hosted by Fela! stars Sahr Ngaujah & Kevin Mambo and featured various performances including a DJ set by Questlove (who opened for Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu at Roseland that same night).

Jay-Z was rumored to be making an appearance at Brooklyn Bowl, but unlike at the Tonys (which he went to one night after performing at Bonnaroo), he did not show up. Many others did - the free event was "sold out" by around 9pm and went all night. More pictures from that party below...

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JP Chrissie and the Fairground Boys

"J P, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys - Biography by Chrissie Hynde I first met J. P. Jones in London, November 2008. I was propping up the bar on my own at a party at The Double Club in Highbury.. I was about 5 screwdrivers in when some scruffy boy-band looking guy sauntered over to the freebie bar.. He was pretty hammered too, but we managed enough of a conversation for me to ascertain that he was a musician; recently gone solo after his band 'Grace' split, and grew up on a fairground in Wales... [stuff happened].... The Fairground Boys are, Patrick Murdock on guitar, Vezio Baccio , bass, Geoff Holroyde , drums and Sam Swallow on piano /keyboards. Chrissie Hynde , January 2010
Their first gig was in April in LA. Their next gig is in Brooklyn TONIGHT (6/2)...

Continue reading "JP Chrissie & The Fairground Boys = Chrissie Hynde's new band (playing a free show in Brooklyn tonight) "

Fela!

The previously mentioned BV-co-presented Fela! cast party/album release show is happening at Brooklyn Bowl on June 7th. DJ Questlove, Fela drummer Tony Allen (who also has another show coming up), OP!, Dhundee and cast members from the show will be in the house for the free event. There will even be an invocation, libation, and performance by Yoruban priest Baba Ola Jagun.

The Fela! show continues on Broadway and we have another two tickets to giveaway for that. Details below. The album is the original Broadway cast recording, and can be streamed HERE (it's officially out on June 8th via Knitting Factory Records).

The flyer for the Brooklyn Bowl event with more information and video spotlights on the show's 11 Tony nominations, the soundtrack tracklist, and the contest details, below...

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DOM @ Mercury Lounge in May (more by Andrew Frisicano)
DOM

If you missed the recent Mercury Lounge, can't wait until the Northside Festival, and like a good bargain, DOM will be playing a free show in NYC Tuesday night (June 1st) at Brooklyn Bowl. Grab some MP3s above. A video and all dates below...

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Gumbowl

Marnie Stern will be one of the bowlers (but not one of the performers) at a Stereogum "Gumbowl" charity event tonight at Brooklyn Bowl. You can't watch her bowl yet, but you can go to the concert afterwards (that she is not playing)....

"While the doors have to be closed during the tournament in order to film it all for charitable posterity -- and be sure we'll present you with the footage -- we're celebrating afterward by throwing open the gates for a FREE CONCERT, headlined by Woods, and featuring an opening set from the 'Gum-beloved rising sextet Effi Briest, DJ magic from Ms. St. Vincent Annie Clark, and loitering by our celebrity bowlers, who may or may not still be wearing the sweet-ass bowling jerseys we're throwing on them. We want you there (if you're 21 or older (sorry, kids!))." - Stereogum
They had an RSVP for the concert part, but now they just say "THERE WILL BE SOME "TICKETS" AT THE DOOR! COME EARLY IF YOU WANT IN. DOORS OPEN AT 9PM". Brooklyn Bowl is a big place. The flyer is below.

Other charity bowlers include The Blow (who has a show coming up at Joe's Pub), Nick Islands Thorburn Diamonds (who has 3 NYC shows coming up), Alan Neon Indian Palomo (who has multiple NYC shows coming), and Tim Les Savy Fav Harrington (who has a scheduled Brooklyn show too). The full list of bowlers is also below.

If you want to catch Marnie Stern play live, her next show will be at Glasslands on Friday, June 18th along with White Hinterland, Anni Rossi, Translations and True Womanhood. It's not free, but you get a discount if you RSVP to that here.

Anni Rossi will also be playing Pianos the night before (6/17).

More info on the Gumbowl and flyers are below...

Continue reading "Marnie Stern bowls tonight (before the free Woods show), plays in June w/ Anni Rossi who has 2 upcoming shows"

photos by Adam Macchia

Yo Gabba Gabba & party hats @ Brooklyn Bowl
Yo Gabba Gabba

Onsale to General Public
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Gabba Party Package
Start: Wed, 05/26/10 10:00 AM EDT
End: Thu, 09/02/10 05:00 PM EDT

Internet Presale
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American Express®
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American Express® Gabba Party Package
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the above list of dates and times describe when Yo Gabba Gabba tickets go/went on sale for the upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall and other venues.

Also in this post: more pictures from the kid-filled, invite-only Yo Gabba event held at Brooklyn Bowl last week (sent in by the photographer after he saw I only posted one), and a just-released-to-YouTube official Yo Gabba Coachella recap video recap featuring appearances by Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Devo, Yeasayer, Ra Ra Riot, Danny Devito and many more. That video with the rest of the pics, below...

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zany & unpredictable Martha Stewart grabs a bowling ball
Martha Stewart

"I Went Bowling in Brooklyn!" [Martha Stewart]
Grandmaster Roc Raida is celebrated at the bowling alley tonight.

The Brothers Macklovitch

Tonight, May 4th, they're DJing at Brooklyn Bowl. Flyer below...

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Fiery Furnances @ a Pool Party in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Fiery Furnances

The Fiery Furnaces will be playing a late show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday, June 26th. The night before that they'll play much larger Brooklyn Bowl as part of the Northside Festival. Tickets for both go on sale Friday at noon (Mercury Lounge, Brooklyn Bowl). You can also get into the Brooklyn Bowl show with your Northside Badge which is on sale now (capacity permitting).

Those two shows are exactly half of the band's currently scheduled shows, the others being in the UK this May. A pair of recent-ish videos from the Friedbergers and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Fiery Furnaces schedule shows in NYC & the UK (dates)"

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello played a last minute sold out show at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/27). Pictures and the setlist from the show continue below...

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Gogol Bordello @ Webster Hall (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Gogol Bordello

Currently on tour with Devotchka, Gogol Bordello will use two days off to play Jimmy Fallon (tonight, Monday 4/26) and Brooklyn Bowl (tomorrow, Tuesday 4/27). Tickets for the Brooklyn Bowl show go on sale at noon. The new show will coincide with the physical release of Gogol's new Rick Rubin-produced album, "Trans-Continental Hustle". They'll perform new song "Pala Tute" from that album tonight on Fallon. All tour dates below...

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words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals

The Thermals completed a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/21). I was at the irst night, Tuesday, when they played a great set to a sold-out crowd. The band's two show run at the venue was the last stop of their two-week East Coast tour.

The Thermals crowd came ready to sing along, and got more and more riled up as things progressed (the band's "Pillar of Salt," "No Culture Icons," "Returning to the Fold" run at the end was particularly spectacular). There was a kind of girls vs. boys thing going on, with plenty of female fans belting out the words while the guys threw their bodies into it.

The hour-plus set covered the band's catalog, from the power-punk of More Parts Per Million to the cleanly cut songs on Now We Can See. The new material showed promise for Personal Life, their fifth album, due in September. Those tunes stayed intense even as the band slowed down the tempo. "Seperate" - from their Record Store Day split with the Cribs - is one new song with a different, more calculated edge (see it in a video from an earlier show on the tour, below). Here's hoping the new album will match The Body, The Blood, The Machine for lyrical sharpness and replayability. After the 20-ish song set, the band came back for a gracious encore, and repeated cries to play their Olympics anthem "Canada" went unheeded.

Spazzy punk band the Coathangers opened, with all four members taking turns at the mic as they swapped instruments. Other opener Past Lives played grungy rock that didn't really keep my attention (Tony Castles subbed for the Coathangers on the second night).

More pictures and a few of those new songs from their Baltimore tour stop are below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played 2 nights @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Coathangers (pics) "

photos by Tim Griffin

Snoop Doggy Dog

Last night (April 19) Williamsburg's expansive new venue, Brooklyn Bowl, was filled to the brim with Snoop Dogg fans. Dressed in a Yankees bomber jacket, the West Coast legend and his Dogg Pound ran through an hour-long set of their greatest hits.

Snoop opened up with his classic track "Murder Was the Case" and kept the momentum going with explosive performance of "Gin and Juice."

Towards the middle of the show The Doggfather held a tribute to hip-hop's beloved fallen soldiers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G, leading the crowd in a sing-along of the rap icons' biggest songs, including "Hail Mary" and "Hypnotize," respectively.

The show then took a smooth turn as the D-O-double G went into "Sexual Eruption." Surprisingly, Snoop's band transformed the laid back cut into a cover of House of Pain's "Jump Around," whipping the audience into a frenzy.

After finishing off his set with his funkdafied banger "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)," Snoop reminded everyone of the three most important things to do everyday--brush your teeth, be thankful for another day...and you know the rest.

Snoop Dogg's new album, More Malice, is in stores now.
[Claire Lobenfeld]

DJ Fancypants (aka Paul Banks from Interpol aka Julian Plenti) opened the night.

Snoop follows that up with a 4/20 show at Irving Plaza in NYC tonight (4/20). More pictures the full setlist from last night (4/19), below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

"There never would have been a White Stripes or Black Keys without Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Dude is killing it at Brooklyn Bowl!" - Todd Goodwin

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

NY Press: Over the course of this year, all of the band's albums are going to be re-released, but what about new material?

Jon Spencer: Not all of them, but a lot of them. We started with this compilation, which is an overview of the first 10 years of the band. In a couple months, we'll release Now I Got Worry and Contro Negro and a couple months after that will be Year One, all of the records released in the band's first year. All in all, there will be six albums.

NY Press: You're also releasing a best-of compilation. Is that the material we can expect to hear at the Brooklyn Bowl show?

Jon Spencer: We'll definitely be pulling from all six albums, all of the albums really, and maybe some new stuff. I've been meaning to think about what's on the compilation and maybe hit those songs. We never use a set list, we just get up and do it, so what we're going to do is not know until we get there.

The above-referenced Brooklyn Bowl show took place Friday night with Golden Triangle. This summer you can catch the band again if you're in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival.

Meanwhile, one of Jon's other bands, Heavy Trash just kicked off a tour that will hit The Saint in Asbury Park on April 28th and then Mercury Lounge in NYC the next day. All dates and more pictures from Brooklyn Bowl, below...

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Toro y Moi @ Brooklyn Bowl - 3/26/10 (by Anna Hiort)
Toro y Moi

Toro y Moi is currently on tour with The Ruby Suns. Last night (3/26), was their NYC show at music venue and bowling alley Brooklyn Bowl (where the Grates play tonight). The show went as planned until later in the night after Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) packed up his car and was ready to leave. Still needing to get paid or use the bathroom or attend to some other matter (I'm not sure exactly what), he went back in to the club before taking off. During that short time, someone broke the lock on his car door and stole his clothes, passport and laptop!

That sucks so bad, though at least they didn't get his guitar which was also in the vehicle. Regardless, his laptop is essential to his live show so he was forced to cancel the next four dates including tonight (3/27) at The Middle East in Cambridge, and Vermont and two shows in Canada. He'll use that time to regroup, get some ID, get a new computer and meet back up with the Ruby Suns in time to play the March 31st show at Schubas in Chicago. Hopefully Chaz doesn't hold this against Brooklyn where he'll return to on May 7th to kick off a tour with Caribou. If you happen across any of his stuff, contact him. A video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...

Continue reading "Toro y Moi robbed after last night's Brooklyn Bowl show w/ The Ruby Suns - 4 shows cancelled "

by Gabi Porter

Black Lips & fan @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Black Lips

On Tuesday night (3/23) Atlanta's Black Lips played Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. One night later they played Bowery Ballroom. For a band as well known for outrageous stage shows as their scuzzed out garage rock, it's disarming how charming they are in person. From the outside, watching the Black Lips (the band and the audience) might seem like nothing but an exercise in violent eruptions of chaos, but if you stop to actually see what's going on, there's something more. These are four friendly guys who seem really passionately committed to a DIY aesthetic, building on fan relationships, cooperation and support for other bands and delivering really kick ass rock shows. And there's a sense of joy and family out amongst the fans. On stage, the guys seem perfectly content to stir up chaos with compact precision - they don't actually do all that much more than play - but there is a sense of something unpredictable hovering right on the edge of whatever they're doing. Even though they've been playing together for close to ten years, they still seem like those guys I knew in high school who drank too much, acted up in class, and threw the best basement parties. But before this gets too sentimental, let's first remember that these are guys who still hock loogies several feet in the air on stage and catch them in their mouths.

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I have heard you guys described many times as Southern gentlemen, and then in the same breath people will talk about how crazy you guys can be on stage. How do you reconcile that?

Cole: I think we kind of have like a bratty reputation, but it's not really - to me - being bratty. We're just having fun, sometimes that gets us in a little trouble, but it's just in good fun. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, we're just having fun. We're pretty light-hearted.

interview continued w/ pictures from Brooklyn Bowl below...

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photos by Bryan Bruchman

Vivian Girls @ Club DeVille
SXSW

"Brooklyn Bowl is gearing up for round two of Local X Local featuring Brooklyn's own indie chick-rockers Vivian Girls, with support from the German Measles. This monthly celebration of Brooklyn art and culture showcases local artists, musicians, food, entertainment and anything else that defines Brooklyn. As the borough continues to emerge as one of the nation's fastest growing culture capitals, Local X Local allows New Yorkers a free, monthly opportunity to sample the fruits of Brooklyn."
The above described free (but 21+) show takes place at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday March 28th. Vivian Girls also have an April show coming up at Maxwell's, and they'll be at ATP NY this year.

Brooklyn Bowl will be Vivian Girls' first hometown show after returning from a tour that started at SXSW where they played a bunch of shows. One of those was the Insound Party at Club DeVille where they went on after Small Black and before Liars (who we interviewed that morning). Another one of those was an intimate show at Todd P's location, Cheer Up Charlie's (ex Ms Bea's). Cassie was celebrating a birthday that day and the crowd sang for her. We got it on video which you can watch below with other videos of the band playing that venue with all dates and more pictures from Club DeVille....

Continue reading "Vivian Girls played SXSW w/ Small Black (pics, video), playing free Brooklyn show w/ German Measles Sunday & other dates"

Snoop Dogg has announced two notable/WTF and/or who-cares shows, one in NYC and one in Austin. First, he'll be making an appearance at the annual Perez Hilton SXSW party on Saturday (3/20). Second, he'll play a Brooklyn venue that definitely seems small for the big star. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon (not today as originally announced by Bowery Presents) for an April 19th show at Brooklyn Bowl.

U2

Brooklyn Bowl continues to twist typical concert venue conventions, offering a screening of U2 3D (the first ever live-action digital 3D film, originally released in 2008) on St. Patrick's Day, Wednesday, March 17th at four screenings - 5PM, 7:30PM, 10PM and midnight.

Doors will open at 3PM. Admission is free. 3D glasses will be priced at $5. Bowling will be free throughout the day starting at 3PM. Minimum four people per lane in two-hour blocks. - Brooklyn Bowl

Info continued below....

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The Thermals

The Thermals have added a second NYC show to their upcoming tour. In addition to their already-announced April 20th show at Brooklyn Bowl, they'll play again at the same venue on April 21st. Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 25th at noon (and tickets are still on sale for the first night too).

The Thermals' new record and Kill Rock Stars debut, now officially called Personal Life, is still quite a ways off, with a release date of September 7th. A bit sooner, the band is planning, (like Fucked Up) a Record Store Day 7-inch split with the Cribs, which'll include new song "Separate." And a few weeks ago, the band dropped a brief pre-Olympics ode, titled "Canada," that was inspired, so the story goes, by a bad gig in Buffalo (and we're guessing the inevitable dinner at Mighty Taco). Stream that track, available on iTunes, below along with their their updated tour dates...

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VV Brown

Beatweek: When I listen to Travelling Like the Light, there's two things that immediately jump out at me. One is that it's got this old school, throwback feel. What inspired that in you?

VV Brown: For a long time I was repressing the music that I really loved, cause when I was a kid I was a very deep kid, I was into classical and jazz music, and it wasn't very cool. So from the age of thirteen to like nineteen, I kind of suppressed the love of it and was trying to be cool and listened to not songs that I loved. And then I went to LA and I was signed to a record deal which was different from this one, and they were trying to make me into an R&B diva, and I was still suppressing all of the music that I really liked, but I never said anything about it.

When I came back to London I didn't want to suppress it anymore. I wanted to be true to what I wanted to do. So I went to a record store and I bought loads of vinyl and started to listen to old music again, like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and mixed the two, my love of pop music and then my love of old school music, and try to create a fusion of both.

Brit singer VV Brown plays a free show at Brooklyn Bowl tonight (2/15) with future funk singer Gordon Voidwell.

UPDATE:
She's also playing again for free Wednesday at Hiro Ballroom. RSVP here.

Brown's Travelling Like the Light came out last year in the UK and earlier in 2010 in the US. An acoustic version of her song "Crying Blood" and all tour dates (a few more on this short US run) are below...

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