DTF: NYC::MORE NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED
We have more new acts playing at each venue this weekend! Highlights include SZA, Cities Aviv, and The Orwells.
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SZA was born Solana Rowe in 1990. She was raised an Orthodox Muslim and lived in St. Louis, Missouri until she was ten, at which point her family moved to Maplewood, New Jersey. SZA was sheltered from culture until her teenage years, when she and her friends would sneak out. She attended an Ivy League school where she majored in marine biology. After university, she became a bartender in a strip club.
SZA began her music career in May 2012, and released her first EP, See.SZA.Run on Oct. 29th, 2012. On April 10th, 2013, SZA released her S EP, one of three releases that will spell out SZA. Her music has been described as electro-soul, haunting, and dreamy, and as similar to Purity Ring and The Weeknd. SZA personally describes her music as “glitter trap”.
Underground Memphis producer/rapper Gavin Mays lays down hazy beats in his solo project Cities Aviv. Influenced by left-of-center rap groups like Three 6 Mafia, 8-Ball and MJG, and Black Moon, at 22 years old he released his 2011 mixtape, Digital Lows. Pitchfork and Spin gave the album glowing reviews, calling it one of the best underground rap releases of the year.
For The Orwells, Remember When will be an introduction of sorts—the 12-track rat-race shows the band’s repertoire of pranging riffs and sneering, snot-nosed vocals. The tracks are a walloping war-cry from a generation that up until this point has only offered bubblegum pop—the animus of The Orwells. It’s quite clear early on the in listening to the LP that the band is well aware of the past, the homage rings through the record, using the ghost of punk’s past as their musical sprit guide. However, the band straddles the thing line between their influences and their originality, ripping riffs and smashing drums in a fashion that their age into being just another fact mentioned in their bio.
The Orwells are made up of five dudes from Chicago, Illinois. They play rock n roll music. Their names are Mario, Grant, Henry, Dominick and Matt. They write songs — scratch that, primitive teenage battle cries — about girls and America and being suspended from high school. Although one might categorize The Orwells’ distinct brand of the blues as garage or punk, they would be wrong. The Orwells sound comes from a deeper, different place–a place both long forgotten and also timeless.