Jew York. The big Jewish apple. The center of the world, both secular and Jewish (yeah I went there Jerusalem, deal with it). Presenting our final installment of our HJs @ SXSW 2013 series – Jew York City.
Self proclaimed ‘negative Jewish girl‘ Marnie Stern is as New York as one can get. Marnie’s Stern tans formation from singer-songwriter to modern day rock and roller…well it can be well summed up in her song ‘Transformer’.
“I never want to become that bitter musician who is pissed but there is a part of me that is just like, Motherfucker! Put some effort into it!” She says. “I want to hear effort. You can tell when something has been slapped together in five minutes.”
Marnie sighs and let’s out an “Oh God” so nasal and drawn-out she sounds like Fran Drescher. “I’m very comfortable in the underdog position,” she sheepishly admits. “I don’t know how to be anything else.”
Up and coming band from Brooklyn. The video below says it all.
Allison Weiss is a five-person band under the moniker of the 25 year old Brooklynite front-woman Allison Weiss. Her best solo credit is when she toured with Lou Reed in Europe this past summer. Listen to her indie-pop below.
This folk-rock duo, comprised of Talia Osteen and Dov Rosenblatt live in LA but were originally from NYC. Their biggest credit to date is a song that played on House, below.
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman is the leader of this musically beautiful group. Below is a soft, sad song ‘Thank You‘, which is the perfect way to end this unpredictable winter. Winter blues, good bye and fuck off!
Michael Gerner hasn’t written a a raucous album since 2007, which is why their next album, An A.merican D.ream, coming out sometime in 2013, should be delightful and should be on your radars. Welcome to My Room, off of their 2007 work, is an indie-rock, foot stomping indie rock anthem.
Ravens and Chimes
Ravens and Chimes are a bunch of NYU grads who decided to form a band in 2005. Asher Lack, the singer, is the son of artist Stephen Lack. They’ve opened for lots of great acts, including The band Dan Deacon, Frightened Rabbit, and Sondre Lerche at SXSW 2011.
Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several worlds in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.
Andy’s musical journey began early, when he was a child in Queens, not far from his current home in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Born into a family with a long line of cantors and some well-known professional musicians in the family tree, Andy grew up singing hasidic melodies in the afternoon Jewish school his parents sent him to, and listening to show tunes, klezmer, and classics – along with every other variety of music playing within earshot.
Below is Andy Statman playing the Chuppah March. Mazel tov.
Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science formed at Princeton, but is now resides in Brookyln. They play a lot of antique instruments. Below is an awesome video of theirs, covering She Drives Me Crazy. No idea how it doesn’t have tens of thousands of views.
Trummors are from Jew York, but they aren’t city folk. Hailing from West Saugerties, their music reflects their country lifestyle. These folks aint masquerading folksy hipsters. The real deal.
Holy shit there are a LOT of Israeli bands playing at SXSW this year. Is cultural BDS worth it? After listening to the bands below, I’d have to say ‘no’, but I’m a Jew silly!
This Israeli dubstep duo, 3421, happens to be my PIN number. (Don’t worry I haven’t changed it, I’ve sent them a cease and desist because I’m pretty sure mine was first.) Coming out of Haifa, signed to Anova music (a favorite Israeli label of ours), they are the only dubstep that I wont turn my Hipster-nose at.
If you missed them the 13th or 14th, catch them Friday the 15th at the Brooklyn Vegan Showcase, at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop @ 8pm.
This electro-disco Israeli dance pop duo is blowing up all over the U.S. Paste, MTV, NYPost have all mentioned them. Hank & Cupcakes are electrifying, giving you all the pop music you can handle without feeling guilty about its mainstream appeal. Not sure how these two haven’t become fucking huge, but maybe all good things take time.
Just crazy Israelis with crazy face paint. This is how all Israelis put on makeup, right?
Borgore is obscene. Just ridiculous dubstep/electronica. The song below, Nympho, is the type of song that you love ironically, but then begin to actually love and then you have to live with your music decisions for the rest of your life.
If that song somehow didn’t do it for you, see him in a music video with Miley Cyrus about how ‘bitches eat cake and want it all so they get it all’.
The Young Professionals
The Young Professionals are another Israeli pop/electronic band. Because, let’s be honest, when I first think of Israel I think of catchy dance-y pop music. The video below is definitely my favorite of theirs (what can I say I’m a sucker for a man in drag). The duo is pretty much Israel’s Justin Timberlake and DJ Dangermouse (sure, that sounds good). Ivri Lider went gold or platinum 6 times, and Johnny Goldstein has produced with Hadag Nahash, Avishai Cohen, and others.
Kids From Nowhere
Kids from Nowhere is literally a band like no other. Not because they’re a multi-national band that plays Texas country/rock. Because the band members come from everywhere. Singer Zach from Texas, drummer Yves from Côte d’Ivoire, bassist Elad Avni from South Africa, and an Israeli guitarist.
Not sure why this band isn’t approved by the UN, but I expect it to happen soon?
Catch them March 14th at 11pm @ Rebels Honkey Tonk.
The West Coast (mainly LA and Seattle) have a shit ton of indie-rocking tat-wearing Jews. And we’ve compiled the best of those who will be at SXSW this year. Presenting SXSW 2013 – West Coast is Best Coast.
Let’s start with Seattle, a town built on grunge but sustained on Indie.
Guitarist, keyboardist, and flutist Matthew Reid-Schwartz is the powering force behind Kinksi. They’ve definitely got the grunge/industrial influence, and as a Rhode Island native, I’m partial to their song Rhode Island Freakout. Sabbath fans, behold some heavy fucking rock!
Catch them March 14th, midnight @ Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room.
Telekinesis is a one-man wrecking crew, reminiscent of other Washington natives Death Cab for Cutie. Michael Benjamin Lerner is a man that every nerdy Jewish girl would want to marry. It’s not just his rugged, boyishly charming good looks.
Catch Telekinesis March 14th, midnight @ The Parish.
Now for the LA bands.
A group of four musicians, two of them the Goldsmith siblings, Dawes in an Americana band LA. Little known fact, The Duckman smoked next to them at the 2010 Xponential music festival. They have a new album coming out April 9th that you should buy before everyone else because you NEED to introduce your stupid friends to them. Although I will be unable to attend, they will be performing in super fucking cold northeast, and you should see them live if you can, at your local indie record store.
They are playing 9 fucking shows, so look them up here and make sure you see them before all your friends do.
Gliss played SXSW last year, and it’s great to see them return for a second year. Their shoegazing music has taken a Beach House-y turn, and it’s change in direction is certainly enjoyed. Here is a song called ‘Weight of Love’ off their new album.
If you go to Home Slice Pizza on March 14th you can catch Gliss at 1:35, and if you stick around you can catch Telekinesis AND Psychic Friend (below). Three Hipsterjew bands in one show? It’s a Hann-fucking-kah miracle.
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Are you a hipster who enjoys the finer music in life? Like 1930s gypsy jazz? Do you need something a little lighter, after being blackout drunk for the past 3 days? Then this is the mellow band for you.
Catch them at the Elephant Room, March 14th @ 10:10pm.
Kisses are the type of 70s-inspired dreamy duo that will always make your day feel better. Oh wait. No, I mean they’ll make you feel sad, in that remorseful/nostalgic way about love. Ah, as a 70s-loving Hipster, I do recommend them.
If you wanna feel a little sad, see them March 15th, 10:30pm at The Old School.
The South isn’t known for the Jews that live there, but two bands outside of Texas at SXSW are proving those twangy Jews have musical skills. Presenting SXSW 2013 – The southerners.
Julia Kugel of the Coathangers is a Georgia girl who knows how to fucking rock. The all-female band (no, I will not call them a grrlll band, because they transcend that stupid label) know how to fucking rock out like it’s 2013. Seriously, their music will be timeless, like the Pixies. Quote me on that.
The Coathangers played SXSW in 2010, they played last year, and they return again. Don’t miss them, and don’t be afraid to bang your head like you’re back in high school and have only discovered ‘good’ music a few months ago. Go wild.
Catch the Coathangers 4 different times, below. And check out another song of theirs, Go Away, here. This is a band you definitely want in your iTunes when your record player breaks from over-usage.
Hurray for the Riff Raff
The band was started by a young woman named Alynda lee Segarra. She plays dainty folk music with the help of fiddler Yosi Perlstein. (How Jewish of him!) From New Orleans, they’ve toured the country and are signed to a UK label. Needless to say, you should put this song, Junebug Waltz, on the next mix tape you send to a girl/boy/animal. It’ll totally get you laid.
Catch Hurray for the Riff Raff 6 times (so you don’t have an excuse to miss them…do more coke if you’re really worried about it): - March 12th, 7pm at Blackheart (Newport Folk Fest SXSW Show) - March 13th, 1pm at SXSW NEXT Stage in Convention Ctr. - March 13th, 1am at The 512 - March 14th, 130pm at The Stages on Sixth - March 14th, 3pm at Yard Dog - March 14th, 515pm at Willie Nelson’s Ranch (Heartbreaker SXSW Party)
The lonesome crowded Midwest has some Jews – as does middle of no where Canada! Who would have guessed that music exists in ALL parts of the country? Presenting the Hipster Jews @ SXSW – The Midwest.
Formally with the Harpoons, Ezra Furman is on a musical solo mission of greatness. He’s returning to SXSW for a second year, and this time he’s dropped a bit of the Dylan. He’s emotional, his voice is shaky, guitar chords sharp and short. It’s fucking wonderful.
Coming out of Chicago, this brother/sister duo is the next band you want to know about first. Elliot and Natalie Bergman just came out with their first studio album, and it’s better than most band’s second or third albums.
They totally ‘get’ retro. See them March 13th, 8pm @ Haven.
Straight out of Winnipeg (it’s like Canada’s Midwest!), Royal Canoe is a 6-piece band using pop music and every other type of musical influences to craft some music that could be described as ‘Animal-Collective-y’.
Catch them: - March 14th @ 2pm at Burnside’s Tavern, 4:30 at Friends, 10pm at Club Vice - March 15th, @ 1pm at Brew Exchange, 3:45 at Homeslice Pizza
Let’s not forget that SXSW is not just about wonderful indie bands, lots of drunk people and hipster dudes and ladies. It’s also about the local Texas musicians – the ones who deserve the spotlight at SXSW, the ones who allows so many guests into their home. Presenting SXSW 2013 – Texas Locals.
Since Sarah Jaffe performed at SXSW 2012, she has performed on Kimmel Live. Still just a bitchin’ babe.
Jess Klein is a folksy singer-songwriter, originally from Rochester but now livin’ and lovin’ in Texas. She’s been playing for 10 years, has performed around the world, and has been to several previous SXSW showcases.
Catch her twice: March 12th 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency with the full band, and March 16th 1 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn.
We fucking love Jeff Klein and My Jerusalem. Don’t believe us? Check out all the posts we’ve written about them in the past couple years. They’ve played SXSW 3 out of 4 of the past years. They came out with a new album that we gave 4.5 Halls out of 5 Oates. Jeff Klein is the type of man that your mother could love but who you could still get too many whiskeys with.
You have 3 chances to see My Jerusalem, and they’re the type of band that you better see before they’re in SPIN or Pitchfork or whatever magazine is ‘hip’ these days:
3/13 10pm at Maggie Maes (Modern Outsider Management)
3/14 11pm at Hickory St (The End Records)
3/16 9am at the Four Seasons (KUTX/NPR Live from Four Seasons Ballroom)
IF there is only one band you see because of these posts, make it My Jersusalem.
Little New England, rich in liberals, somewhat heavy on the Jews. The perfect place to find some HJs @ SXSW. While many this year hail from Israel or NYC, let’s not forgot those little states in the northwest corner of the country. I happen to live in one New England state and was born in another, so these bands make me extra happy. Presenting SXSW 2013 – The New England Contingent:
David Wax Museum
David Wax Museum has musical roots in Mexico, the group hails from Boston, MA. They played SXSW 2011, and they’ve toured with the Avett Brothers and around the world. They’ve played PBS, NPR, and are comprised of David Wax, Suz Slezak, & Greg Glassman. Their fusion of Mexican folk and Americana pretty much make them NPR’s ‘next big thing’. And I can see why. Their song ‘Harder Before it Gets Easier’ is divine.
You have 3 chances to catch them: March 15 @ 2:30 p.m. at The Tap Room at Six, March 16th at noon at The Broken Spoke, and March 16/17th at 1 a.m. at the Victorian Room in the Driskill Hotel. If you don’t make it to one of these three shows, you are probably a hater of music.
Chris Cohen is a transplant from LA to Vermont. This is odd, mainly because most of the Jews up here in Vermont hail from Massachusetts, NYC, or somewhere in the Jerz. So it’s nice to see some more white people in this state. Chris Cohen is an incredibly talented musician with an incredibly long resume. His music contribution includes, as he states on his site: “The Curtains, Cryptacize, Deerhoof, and Natural Dreamers, he released 10 full-length albums between 2002 and 2008. Along the way, Cohen was also a touring player with White Magic, Cass McCombs, Haunted Graffiti and Danielson”. Cohen has done everything, and is now a man of solo musical means.
Below is Cohen’s delightful song ‘Monad’. He’s play March 14th at the Flatstock 38 Stage at 4pm, and the Urban Outfitter’s backlot March 16th, and The Parish also the 16th.
I’ve had the chance to see power-pop HJ-filled band Golden Bloom a couple times. Every time, Shawn Fogel has made me a happy man. You may have seen him once or twice as Neutral Uke Hotel.
Their newest song is ‘Flying Mountain’, and it’s another pop ballad to add to your iPhone rotation. You have four chances to catch them in Austin this year: March 9th at Rusty’s, March 14th at Hyde Park Bar & Grill at 5:00ish, March 15th at Shakespeare’s Austin, or also March 14th, TenOak at 7pm. Find the rest of their tour here.
Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes
We’re big fans of Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes, and not just because we went to high school with Roz in Rhode Island. They’re a very talented trio, headed by Roz, a tattooed sexy-voiced Shebrew vixen.
Why don’t we talk about the biggest indie bands today? Some of you ‘mainstreamers’ may need a reason to appreciate SXSW for what it is. So here are SXSW 2013 – The Main Acts:
Do you know WHY?? If you don’t then you should drop out of college and/or go back to college. You motherfucker. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, WHY? is comprised of Doug McDiarmid and the Wolf brothers, Yoni and Josiah. Their infectious indie pop tunes, along with their talking lyrics/rap have made them a hit in the indie world.
No idea when they’re playing, but if you find out, spread the word!
Anyone reading this site will know that Hipsters, even the ones who write and read this website, are split in the love/hate war about Vampire Weekend. If you don’t know Vampire Weekend, you may know their HJ lead singer, Ezra Koenig.
Here’s Vampire Weekend’s very famous song, A-Punk. Love ‘em or hate ‘em they aren’t going anywhere. They’re be playing tracks off their new album Modern Vampires of the City. Judge them in real time at Stubbs on March 16th.
Who the fuck is Simon Rex will be a common utterance, if you were not watching tv in the 90s, or shitty comedies in the 200s, you may have missed him. He was on Felicity. He was a video DJ for MTV. He showed off his wang in some masturbation porn in the early 90s. And he was Eminem’s spoof character in the Scary Movie franchise. And now he’s playing some music at SXSW as rapper Dirt Nasty. I guess you could call him a rapper. I’d prefer to call him…a…master of the arts.
What a mensch Avi Avital is, the perfect man to start off out long list of SXSW 2013 – The Israelis (of course not including the HJ rappers of SXSW 2013, which you can find here.) Avi is a world renowned mandolinist. Here he is playing for NPR Tiny Desk Series. Try not to shed a tear for the old country. He’ll be playing March 13th at St David’s Bethell Hall, and is the only HJ classical musician we know about.
Are you into international metal music? Do you need an Israeli metal group to round out your list? Then Betzefer will solve it for you. Metal. Yeah. That’s all I’ve got, I know shit about metal.
Ethiopian, Israeli and a mix of an eclectic fusion of music, coupled with a strong voice, makes Ester Rada quite the musical medley. I always say that Judaism is severely underrepresented by color, and here’s your chance to catch a very talented singer. Catch Ester at The Stage On Sixth Patio on March 16th.
Maya is a singer-songwriter in the mid-90s vein. Yes. She can be the Jewish Kibbutz-raised Alanis Morisette or Celine Deon or Jewel or whoever else was around in the 90s making emotional pop music. I just wanted to make an annoying ‘the Jewish ____’ comparison because it’s been a while since I’ve made one of those. But seriously, Maya Isacowitz’s voice is powerful and beautiful and her songs make me want to cry. Grrrrlll power!
You may have seen Sarai Givaty before. On a magazine cover. Maxim. But she’s not just a hot Israeli model. She’s an Israeli actress in the show Pilot’s Wives. Oh, AND she’s a musician. Pretty much ‘the whole package’, to speak in the parlance of our times.
Rona Kenan is the third female singer/songwriter coming out of Israel. She has more of a Beatles’ folk influence to her music. The early 70s groove.
Kol Dodi w. Mika Karni
Kol Dodi is as Israeli of a band as you could imagine. All you need is to form a group full of Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian Israeli Jews, and you have Kol Dodi. Prrrractically every Jewish group you can think of. Throw in Mika Karni, Shir Hashirim (song of songs) and it’s a fucking date. Catch them on March 13th @ 217 Congress Ave.
Ensemble Yaman is a group of Israeli musicians trying to revive and celebrate Jewish Yemenite music. Here’s a song below!
Zvuloon Dub System
“Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic.”
Weed is a universal love, man. Zvuloon Dub System is for the Jewish stoners. Here’s them playing an appropriate – titled song, Going to Zion.