Oh My Rockness is putting on a party!

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Oh My Rockness is putting on a party!

March 3, 2008
Before Oh My Rockness heads down to Austin to do our big SXSW show with our Oya Festival friends, we thought it would be nice to do a show with some of the bands here in NYC too. So we've hooked up a good one for you. On Monday, March 10th at the Knitting Factory come out and get good and rocked by Videohippos (11pm), Shining (10pm), Hanne Hukkelberg (9pm), and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (8pm). All four of these bands slay in their own way (more on that in a minute).

Advance tickets are $12 and your money will help the bands fund their trip down to Texas. So essentially if you come to our show, you'll be buying the bands their beef jerky and bottles of Jolt.

Here are the furious four that you'll hear:

Videohippos - Videohippos are one of Baltimore's best experimental-gadget-art bands. And perhaps that description of this instrumental duo might make you think of another Baltimore experimental-gadget-art guy right off Cal Ripken's bat. And you'd be correct in correlating Viddeohippos to electro-gear-head Dan Deacon (Deacon is perhaps more "party" than "experimental" though). Videohippos are not only good pals with their wacky Wham City neighbor, but are also brothers in sound to Deacon's technological debauchery. These two eclectic dudes have a phenomenal album out on mighty Monitor Records (Oxxes, Yeasayer). Their live show is full sensory experience and is something to behold.

Shining - Oslo's exceptional experimental band, Shining, blend post-rock with jazz and psych to create something that has drawn comparisons to The Mars Volta, John Coltrane, and Slayer. Sweet! This strangely cinematic band full of modern musical composers explore all sorts of tuneful terrains when the play, and their melodies often sail far outside the scope of traditional "indie rock." Yet their songs always build (often very dramatically) to some sort of logical conclusion that is highly-satisfying to an "average" listener. So Shining is experimental, but easily accessible. On stage, they often employ three bass players in addition to their four regular studio members to make an explosion of surround-sound that will blow your mind.

Hanne Hukkelberg - Norway's Hanne Hukkelberg (pronounced Who-kel-burg) has been making a name for herself in Scandinavia and beyond for her prosaic indie-pop. Hukkelberg's seductive croon has often been compared to Feist, and the imaginative orchestration (pianos, gentle string plucks) and electronic experimentation (scattered glitchy-clicks, synths and sparse field-recording sounds) of her songs draw the inevitable comparisons to Bjork. The ruler of them all, Billie Holiday, is a name often thrown about when speaking of Hukkelberg, too. Hanne Hukkelberg may perform under her own name, but this is no solo act on stage. Live, she has an impressive backing band of six (give or take a few) to help realize the grandeur of this cerebral listening experience. This is slow-motion music made for mellow fellows who like to veer towards the fanciful.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Brooklyn's The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are a sweetly swirling shoegazy guitar/bass/keys trio that taps into the layered "college-rock" lushness of 1991. Think a more saccharine version of Jesus & Mary Chain (minus their feedback freakouts) meets a more delicate version of My Bloody Valentine (ditto above) meets the jingle guitar jangle (and name appropriateness) of Sugar. The Pains play nice indie-pop that taps into nostalgic feeling. The songs from their self-released EP could easily be the soundtrack to your old locked, and now lost, diary. The music just may take you back to that first time you ever held a boy or girl's hand at the roller skating rink, or were ever dumped like a sad sack of potatoes your sophomore year. And if you've never been dumped, well, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not the band for you. Jock Jams would be more up your alley.


Videohippos, Shining, Hanne Hukkelberg and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play the Oh My Rockness/Oya Festival pre-SXSW show at Knitting Factory, on Monday, March 10th, at 7pm.


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