Sunday, November 09, 2008

Preview of a Show that Happened 2 Months Ago

Just for people who like to read my writing...just for posterity...just because I've been lazy for the bulk of the semester...

On Saturday, September 20, Hurley's is hosting a triple bill of extremely talented musicians from New York City. Franz Nicolay, Emilyn Brodsky, and Emily Hope Price will take the stage in Hurley's for several hours of diverse entertainment. The show is sure to appeal to both those interested in indie songwriters as well as those who currently study music and are curious to see what versatile results a music degree can inspire.

Franz Nicolay is currently the keyboardist for The Hold Steady, a critically acclaimed rock band that has recently performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Late Late Show. The multi-instrumentalist tours year-round with The Hold Steady-playing over 200 shows annually-but still finds time to dedicate to performing his solo material. His set on Saturday will consist of original songs performed both on guitar and accordion, part of his trademark style. He trained in New York University's jazz composition program and brings his own twist to both traditional and avant-garde songwriting.

Emilyn Brodsky is a sharp-tongued ukulele-playing cupcake punk. Her songs are smart and witty, filled with complex emotions, and, depending on the personnel, tight vocal harmonies. As a "cupcake punk" she is a strong believer in the Do It Yourself (DIY) ethic, and brought that consciousness to her new album, which features the combined efforts of her musician friends, producers and artwork designers. Emilyn Brodsky's Greatest *its boasts full band arrangements of many of the catchy, fun, and emotionally tumultuous songs she will perform in Hurley's. When she isn't playing originals, her repertoire of covers includes songs by The Mountain Goats, The Long Winters, The Magnetic Fields, and 60s girl groups.

Emily Hope Price is an extremely versatile musician, popular in the Anti-Folk scene in New York City. Although she received a master's degree in classical cello performance from Carnegie Mellon University, her true interests lie in improvisation and composing. She brings new depth to cello performance by adding many effects such as looping, distortion, sampling, and improvising on the spot.

Hurley's is clearly branching out into booking more diverse and talented musicians this semester. This show will appeal to even the most critical listeners. Check it out if you enjoy: The Hold Steady, Billy Bragg, Mirah, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, or Belle & Sebastian.

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