The Bowery Ballroom
Low Cut Connie

Low Cut Connie

Shilpa Ray, Karikatura

Fri, December 2, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

Pre-Show (7pm-8pm) & Post-Show Happy Hour in the Lower Level Lounge

Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie is a Philadelphia-based rock n roll act, fronted by piano-pounding firebrand Adam Weiner. Their song "Boozophilia" was on President Obama's Presidential Playlist, and the New York Times recently said "their live show is a phenomenon." Their three records (2011's Get Out the Lotion, 2012's Call Me Sylvia, & 2015's Hi Honey) have been acclaimed by many, including NPR, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Huffington Post, and Sound Opinions. Legendary music critic Robert Christgau, aka the Dean of American Rock Critics, famously wrote "Low Cut Connie rips shit up."
Shilpa Ray
Shilpa Ray
Nobody grows up wanting to be an artist's artist. Appreciated by the sub sect of the sub sect is like being the beauty queen at the leper colony. Hell, anybody who claims they grew up wanting to even be an artist rather than an astronaut or a Cthulhu is probably lying or was a corny kid. Art is hard and degrading and generally bullshit. Your friends will find you irritating and your parents will certainly not throw you a parade. But if you're an artist you're an artist; the soul will fuck you every time, what can you do?

Shilpa Ray is, through no fault of her own, one of our unsung great artists. Having made her bones with the gothic Sturm und Drang of Beat The Devil and moving forward to the blues erosion of "…and The Happy Hookers" Shilpa Ray has been, armed only with an incomparable voice and harmonium haunted by the ghosts of dead lovers, perpetually crying in the wind, hoisting both middle fingers in the general direction of god. It's not a life a wise man would choose. Shilpa Ray kicks against the pricks but the pricks keep coming. But, again, what can you do?

Well, that's been the narrative until now. With Last Year's Savage (maybe a nod to Leonard Cohen maybe a nod to Barrence Whitfield) Shilpa Ray has taken the pain and dark funk of earlier sounds and made explicit the sublimity that was always there just below the surface. The conversation has become less a break up with doors ripped from their hinges and more the last pained pillow talk before parting. The obsessions with sex, death, bodily functions, and betrayal (not necessarily in that order) remain but Shilpa has expanded the palate to convey the resignation, the simmering discontent of an artist disenfranchised and held down. This is a quieter rage than the music Shilpa Ray has made before, more plaintive and considered, even if it's the quiet of a hand gripped tight on the axe handle. The music remains gorgeous and stirring in its directness while Shilpa herself remains, thankfully, entirely and inappropriately threatening.

Shilpa Ray has, up till this, point, yes, been an "artist's artist." Just about every musician in New York City, who doesn't hate her, loves her. Nick Cave sings her praises to all with the ears to listen (he brought her along a European tour as an opener and as a backup singer in the States). Obviously there are some who will always prefer lesser versions of the Shilpa Rays of the world (as if there could be more than one), preferably with blue eyes and On Brand Waifishness, but the truth will, eventually out. Talent this big can only be kept down for so long before the sky cracks and we all drown in the blood of angels. Either way, this is Shilpa Ray's year.
Karikatura
Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. While the band has toured everywhere from Japan to Brazil, New York City is home. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and booty-bouncing beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and genre. An organic synthesis of all the music heard blasting out of car windows and shops onto the streets of NYC, Karikatura lives where cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets afrobeat. Neither purist nor revivalist, this is music of the present, for the future. The band released its debut full-length album, Eyes Wide, on Ropeadope Records, following up two EPs and DIY tours of Europe, Asia and South America. The new EP Speak Now is out on Ropeadope Records April 15th.

Karikatura sounds like a mix of cumbia, hip-hop and balkan brass, with original songs in four languages. They've toured the world from Japan to Brazil, including five tours of Europe, and after a month-long run to SXSW 2016 and a month playing clubs and festivals in Europe they've been touring regionally while writing and recording their sophomore album. Their debut full-length Eyes Wide came out on Ropeadope Records in June 2014, topping the iTunes world-music charts on release day. They released a new EP Speak Now on Ropeadope Records in April. Check out “Ghost Town” ft. Akil B Strange, premiered by Relix.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/