Date: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:00 pm
Duration: 2 Hours
SUNDAY, JULY 17
Beach Party featuring
Xray Eyeballs with
Frankie and the Outs
Free | 3 p.m. (Doors at 11:30 a.m.)
Beekman Beer Garden
Northside Pier 17
Beekman St. at South St.
Xray Eyeballs is the brainchild of O.J. San Felipe, a fixture in the underground Brooklyn punk, noise, and indie scene, who has played in numerous bands including Golden Triangle (Mexican Summer, Hardly Art). While Golden Triangle is known as an all around party band that bashes out garage pop tunes, O.J. had something else in mind for Xray Eyeballs.
O.J. creates pop songs that one remembers after leaving the party - songs filled with dreamy hooks and melancholic melodies, covered in a spooky haze. Initially a solo project, Xray Eyeballs now includes OJ's fellow Golden Triangle band mates Carly Rabalais (bass, vocals) and Jay High (guitar), plus Rop Style (synth, theremin, beats), and Allison Press (drums).
Drawing comparisons to the frantic pop of Jay Reatard and the Urinals, and the moodiness of Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain, Xray Eyeballs twist it all into a danceable pop concoction that when experienced live, is a frenzied party.
Frankie and the Outs
As a founding member of Vivian Girls - she wrote the biggest hit "Where Do You Run To" off the band's 2008 debut - and a drummer/vocalist in both Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose has been an integral part of Brooklyn's music scene for years. Signed to Slumberland Records, she now fronts Frankie and the Outs. The band makes spooked melancholic dream pop with echoes of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, The Aislers Set, and Black Tambourine. In 2010,Stereogum dubbed the Brooklyn group as a "Band to Watch," along with the likes of Best Coast, Cults, Givers, Dom, and Wild Nothing, among others.
When Brooklyn roommates Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls frontwoman) and Kevin Morby (Woods bassist) began writing songs together, they realized they missed the DIY days before the success of their respective super groups. What resulted was too good not to share with the world. Not merely a one-off side project, the two paired up with drummer Justin Sullivan and bass player Nathanael Stark to form the lo-fi band The Babies. Those lucky enough to have seen The Babies live, have fallen "in love with the band and their pop-punk hooks, off key harmonies" and energetic, fun sets. The breezy garage pop sound is perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
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