Slark Moan Record Release Show with Ok Cowgirl, Quinn Devlin [Ages 21+, Doors Open 9pm, $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show]
Slark Moan is the New York based, indie rock band conceptualized by multi-instrumentalist Mark Sloan, Jr. His music is a nod to the dry drum sounds and pop sensibilities of the 1960s and ‘70s, infused with the lyrical experimentation and low-fy rebelliousness of indie bands of the 90s and 2000s. The music is a stiff cocktail, one part Harry Nilsson, one part Pavement, with a dash of Albert Lee for good measure. It reaches out to an alternate universe, where George Harrison and Jeff Mangum spend their weekends together hunched over a four track in a basement.
Sloan spent the last decade as a hired gun guitarist in Nashville and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the Americana and country music scene. The hot telecaster guitar style that Sloan developed during those early Nashville years seeps into his live show, complimenting his melodic intuition and the colorful harmonic landscape of his songs. Sloan’s debut album “Superstition For the Consumer Romantic” released in late 2019, received praise from American Songwriter Magazine and NPR affiliate KCRW. Slark Moan’s sophomore album, “Four Horses”, will be released in early 2022.
The music of indie rock four-piece Ok Cowgirl exists at an intersection of lyric-driven catharsis and dreamy, guitar-centric ecstasy. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Leah Lavigne and backed by Matt Birkenholz on drums, Jase Hottenroth on bass, and Jake Sabinsky on guitar, the Brooklyn-based project draws upon a wealth of experience playing and working in bars, clubs, and DIY spaces across the New York music scene. Ok Cowgirl’s studio output reflects the outfit’s genesis as a live band, crystallizing around instrumental and vocal passages that spurred genuine reactions from crowds past. The end result is a thunderous, triumphant, and ultimately honest blend of lyrical candor and raw electric performance — music that the band describes as “a place for reprieve and release.”
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“There is only one Van Morrison. Everyone who knows a lick of music would agree with this statement. But…maybe an exception can be made because newcomers Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings are not just channeling the great singer-songwriter but reinterpreting his sound for contemporary audiences. The handful of songs that we have heard have been fantastic with the stand out being “Deep In Your Heart”. The number blends classic ’70s rock with a Motown groove, giving this rock ‘n roll number a funky vibe. Not since Foxygen has a band come along and brought back the music our parents and grandparents listened to and made it sound fresh and exciting. The song is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.” – Ben Yung (The Revue)
“He [Devlin] knows when to push and pull and has a lot of emotion in his voice…Emotion, soul, musicianship you can’t ask for much else.” – Ted Rogen (No More Division)
“Some earthy-yet-ethereal blue-eyed soul that carries that Van torch forward. Also there’s some Hall & Oates in there? I mean that in the most positive way possible. You know what, ignore all that. It’s just a great song.” – Stephen Carradini (Independent Clauses)
Quinn Devlin & The Bridge Street Kings are a soul outfit out of Columbia University. Led by singer/songwriter Quinn Devlin, the role of acoustic guitar accompaniment is swapped in favor of a gunslinging R&B orchestra ready to take anyone in a cutting contest. In the fall of 2013, he was a little boy lost, runnin’ around Columbia University with a notebook full of songs trying write like Dylan, play like Brother Ray, sing like Wilson Pickett, and grow a beard like Springsteen. But, ya see, it get’s lonely out there singing songs to yourself at 3 a.m. coming down again. Fortunately, while wasting his life away at that piano, he’d run in to the core of the eventual Bridge Street Kings. Countless fleeting and disjointed jams in lounges, friendships forged, a botched summer recording session, and a full year later the Bridge Street Kings emerged as a 4 piece folk outfit intent on transcendence. Well 2 more years gone by, hundreds of songs, dozens of gigs, 6 additional cats to hip ya to their horns and guitars, a successful adventure to New Jersey, one Fender Rhodes piano, and here they are with more than pocketful of soul.
Please Note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry. Masks are strongly recommended.