Pancakes and Whiskey’s and Defalco Presents‘ weekend double-header at Brooklyn Bazaar opened up strong on a cold Friday night. The four-act set featuring Nadia Kazmi, Idgy Dean, Woodsman, and JAVELIN all took their unique and powerful styles to make for a pretty damn good night of music.
Nadia Kazmi’s set that opened the night was the only ‘traditional’ rock band that fans would see. Her powerful style of singing meshes perfectly with her backing rock band, which features a guitar player who could pass as a middle school science teacher, but charismatically rips on guitar. Throughout their early bird set they not only introduced a slowly arriving audience to their own original tunes, but also displayed some interesting covers of Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’ and ‘I Am The Walrus’.
Idgy Dean’s one-woman show featuring her weapon of choice looping machine, saw the highly energetic and musically talented singer, drummer, guitar player power through psychedelic garage rock songs all by her lonesome like few performers can. Her ability to create her own unique rhythm sections helps give birth to her impressive guitar playing. Anyone with any kind of musical talent can get on stage and play their songs, but it takes real talent to get up there and draw people in with an energetic and one-of-a-kind show like she did.
The grungy jam band known as Woodsman featured a drummer and two guitarists. While their elongated jams seemed like the same lines and chord progressions over and over for fifteen minutes straight, to the keen ear you could pick up the subtle orchestration amongst the distorted madness. One could think of their sound like a darker, louder, chaotic version of Explosions in the Sky.
Headline night one was the electronic duo JAVELIN, who capped off the night getting everyone dancing into the early hours of the night. The bass playing/drum machine wielding group had their own unique sound that easily stands out in the over-saturated much of the electronic music genre.
Article by: Tom Shackleford
Photos by: Adrienne Batra