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Thursday, August 09, 2007


Last night at Park Slope's Union Hall a diverse collection of Brooklyn musicians helped create an introspective, yet thoroughly entertaining night of folk-oriented music. The headliner was THE SECRET LIFE OF SOFIA, a four-piece band who play moody, experimental rock. These guys have the potential of evolving into an expansive, opus-driven band along the lines of say MERCURY REV or even DEERHUNTER. The sound was solid and was successfully accompanied with gorgeous projections by Jeremy Helton and flickering flourescent lanterns. Their self-titled EP is available to purchase on IQ Records.

STREAM - The Secret Life of Sofia - Various Demos

-Kyle Wilson of The Secret Life of Sofia

My apologies to the San Francisco band THE DRY SPELLS, as I completely missed their set. Friends told me it was very good though.


Sebastian Krueger's INLETS played an extremely brief and quietly intimate set. Krueger's method and diverse usage of strings (and in other incarnations, woodwinds) puts him in the league of artists like BEIRUT and FINAL FANTASY. I look forward to hearing and seeing more from Inlets in the future.

STREAM - Inlets - Pictures of Trees

For an idea of the stylings that are Inlets, check out LaBlogoteque's Take Away Show, featuring Krueger and Marla Hansen performing in a rowboat on the lake in Central Park. Make sure you get past the 'Row Row Row Your Boat' first, as that is not what I'm referring to.

Inlets w/ Marla Hansen - You Are An Effigy (Take Away Show)

You can download Inlets' entire Vestibule EP for FREE at

-Hawk & Dove

And the main reason I caught this show was to check out my friend Joe's folk-duo project HAWK & DOVE. Little is to be known about these guys as of yet, but that shouldn't undermine the beauty of their music. The guitar work called to mind the weighted atmospherics of COCTEAU TWINS and YO LA TENGO, with beautiful vocalizations and harmonies. Keep an eye out for these guys if you like singer/songwriter types.

All in all, this was an inspiring night of eclectic music. I love nights like these when you discover a whole new array of interesting artists on the scene. I need to do this more often.

-All photos by Scot Bowman

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