Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria), Laura Stevenson & The Cans, The Shondes, Alina Simone

CMJ Music Marathon 2011:

Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)

Laura Stevenson & The Cans

The Shondes

Alina Simone

+ more!

Fri, October 21, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

FREE WITH CMJ BADGE *** Media support by BITCH Media

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Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)
Caithlin De Marrais (ex-Rainer Maria)
Caithlin De Marrais is a torch singer for a novel kind of heartache. She channels Emily Dickinson, telling truth at a slant. It’s no surprise, De Marrais has twelve full length and ep length recordings under her belt as lead singer and bassist with indie rock band Rainer Maria (’95-’06).

The first song she ever wrote as a solo artist was recorded by Rainer Maria and became an NPR “Song of the Day”. The song was “Terrified”.

Leaving Rainer Maria was just the beginning of a sea change for De Marrais. Over the next three years she got married to photograper, Spencer Heyfron, had a son, started an artist run record label with three other musicians and released a solo record. My Magic City, was recorded in the style of Van Morrison’s, Astral Weeks in a Brooklyn church and a cottage in upstate New York. Her former RM band mate, Kyle Fischer, produced.

De Marrais kept MMC close to her heart, (touring a mere 10 days to support it), leading one reviewer to call it, “The best record of the year that no one has heard of.” Best of 2008 —Heartache with Hard Work

In 2009 De Marrais released a split live record with fellow End Up Records label mate, Seb Leon.

De Marrais spent the better part of 2010 recording a full album of demos in her basement until she raised enough funds in a Kickstarter campaign to walk into the studio again. At Saltlands studio in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn she collaborated with long time friend and Rocketship Park front man, Josh Kaufman, and The Poison Tree’s, Steve Salett. Using the sonic map De Marrais had made with her home spun demos, they recorded a record which sounds unlike anything De Marrais has previously released. “We made things hard that could have been easy. And things easy that could have been hard. Just to suit our insatiable curiosity.” De Marrais notes.
Laura Stevenson & The Cans
Laura Stevenson & The Cans
Laura Stevenson got her start as a pick-up player in the Long Island punk rock collective Bomb The Music Industry. During her tenure, Stevenson began privately composing songs on the softer side of indie rock and traditional folk. With the addition of Mike Campbell and Alex Billig began playing out as Laura Stevenson and the Cans. Their first full-length LP A Record is a available in the pay what you want format from Quote Unquote Records. The band has toured the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western Europe for the better part of the past year.
The Shondes
The Shondes
The Shondes (taking their name from the Yiddish word for "shame" or "disgrace") are a Brooklyn-based band whose dramatic brand of rock music has been compared to Sleater-Kinney, Patti Smith and The Raincoats. Their instrumentation includes drums (Temim Fruchter), bass (Louisa Solomon), guitar (Fureigh) and violin (Elijah Oberman) and vocals (Solomon).

The Shondes are known for their unique, melodic rock sound and a live show that explodes with energy. Their music draws from feminist punk, classical and Jewish music, which combine to create songs that are often both heartbreaking and hopeful. They bring an infectious urgency to their live performances that gets audiences on their feet and singing along.

They have shared the stage with the likes of Electrelane, Rasputina, Erase Errata, Amy Ray, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Mecca Normal and Lesbians on Ecstasy. The band also organizes events and benefits, often in partnership with activist organizations.
Alina Simone
Alina Simone
I was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine and grew up in the suburbs of Massachusetts. I never sang in public until I moved to Austin, Texas where I started playing in the doorway of an abandoned bar near the corner of 6th and Congress. My music is about people that bring you to the brink of joy and despair and about having epiphanies in the most ordinary places. THE NEW YORKER: Alina Simone, a Ukrainian-born singer with a potent and ethereal voice, writes wistful songs laced with spare guitar playing that have a Cat Power-like quality. MAGNET: The six songs on this beautiful debut obsess over capturing minute physical details. sulfur lights glare down on a romance as it unfolds in a parked car ("Louisiana Song"), and white church spires pierce the sky behind the local pawnshop where lovers converge ("Cash America Pawn"). The instrumentation -- spare guitar and cello with minimal drums -- leaves Simone's aching Rebecca Gates-meets-Chan Marshall voice exposed and vulnerable. PITCHFORK: Simone rejects the generically folksy strum that keeps many talented singers stuck on the coffee-shop circuit, choosing instead to wrap her smoldering voice around dark, fractured arrangements that tremble on the verge of vanishing entirely