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Crazy & The Brains

NYC Antifolk quartet Crazy & The Brain announces video release show - May 16th @ Shea Stadium

Like many successful antifolk acts, Crazy & the Brains have spent the last few years building a following outside of the fertile, yet insular scene where they first got their start in 2009 (you guessed it, NYC). Their other foot has remained firmly planted within: "All I Really Want" is a Barry Bliss cover, and the band plays regular gigs with scene alumni like Hamell on Trial, Jeffrey Lewis, and Toby Goodshank of the Moldy Peaches. Singer/guitarist Chris Urban is an ideal frontman, dishing out well-crafted Ramones sendups. Cofounder Jeff Rubin is the secret weapon, however. As essential as a hype man, his xylophone bashing and backing vocals help give this endearing party band a distinct sound. Look out for an upcoming video release for "NYC" on May 16th @ Shea Stadium in Brooklyn. In the meantime check out their latest single "All I Really Want" below.


Deli CMJ Anti-Folk Stage at Sidewalk Cafe 10.19


Those looking for a little escape from the craze of the CMJ week will find an ideal refuge at the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe, where on Friday, we'll be showcasing seven local singer/songwriters and anti-folk outfits for a free evening of intimate performances and sharp-tongued poetry. We' ve got the funny, quirky ones like headliner Mal Blum, Luke Kelly & acolytes, a.k.a Kung Fu Crimewave, with their far-fetched stories, Crazy & The Brains, self-defined party-punk four-piece every bit as frantic as the name suggests, and Ben Pagano who touched at a true contemporary issue in one of his latest releases - yes, hipsters. We've got the emotional performances, courtesy of St. Lenox, and Bird to Prey who will be releasing her 'Saved By The Storm' album, and finally, we've got Go Love, eclectic collective of artists revolving around Ray Brown and whatever/whoever may tickle his fancy. Literally most everything we could file under 'Anti-Folk' - that is, expect some acts that may change your perception of this fairly versatile label. In the picture: Crazy & The Brains.


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