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The Hum (Night 5)

  • House of Yes 2 Wyckoff Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

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THAO Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

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Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 1990’s.  She has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various domestic and foreign independent labels.  

Defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings, Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”

Mirah has always sought the creative company of unique collaborators, from multi-media artists and orchestral composers to dj’s, Baltic music enthusiasts, and entomologists. A partial list of some of her collaborators includes Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Tara Jane O’Neil, Khaela Maricich (The Blow), Melanie Valera (Tender Forever), Jherek Bischoff, Lori Goldston, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

Mirah lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Maia Macdonald (Kid in the Attic) 


Mickey Vershbow


Katie Von Schleicher

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Photo by M Coooper

Katie Von Schleicher rose from intern to artist on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing with Bleaksploitation, a self-recorded 2015 mini album of irreverent, fuzz-laden tunes. On her debut full-length, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to, which The Guardian describe as “Portishead meets the Beatles,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen calls “one of those constant repeat records for me.”

Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartney’s McCartney or Jeff Buckley’s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, Shitty Hits was created on a tape machine at Von Schleicher’s childhood home in Maryland. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence, growth and unflinching self-realization. Inhabiting the roles of producer and engineer, Von Schleicher cements her voice as one to be reckoned with, parsed and pored over, on an album that is “never less than beguiling” (Pitchfork).


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Sometimes it can take years to find your calling. Not for Julie Byrne; whose power of lyrical expression and musical nous seems inborn. Often what comes naturally cannot be driven by speed and time. Julie’s second album, Not Even Happiness, has evolved at its own pace. It spans recollections of bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love. Her new album vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road, and in doing so, Byrne exhibits her extraordinarily innate musicality. Some of the songs on Not Even Happiness took years of fine tuning to reach their fruition. If you asked her why the follow up to 2014’s Rooms With Walls and Windows has taken so long, you’d be greeted with a bewildered expression melted into a smile - as though the strangest question had just been asked. “Writing comes from a natural process of change and growth. It took me up to this point to have the capacity to express my experience of the time in my life that these songs came from.”


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"If you dig Alabama Shakes, there’s a good chance you’ll dig this too" (Brooklyn Vegan). In fact, her debut album 'Mirage Dreams' (2016) was recorded and produced by their collaborator Andrija Tokic. "It’s swaggering, smoky blues rock, with fuzzed-out riffs, organs, and Breanna’s attitude-fueled voice leading the way."

2017 marked the singer's busiest year yet: Breanna toured everywhere from North America, to the mountains of Switzerland, and the beaches of Italy. Her song "Nothin But Your Lovin" soundtracked Dior's Love Chain New York ad campaign. She released an official re-work of Tricky's "When We Die" before joining his touring band as the lead female vocalist. Barbara also performed at Bryant Park Emerging Talent, Meltasia, and Seaport Festival, and opened for Deer tick, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Delicate Steve to name a few. She received nods from V Magazine ("her smoky quartz voice is one in a million"), Bandcamp Daily ("fans of Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude will find plenty here to love"), and Paste who hosted her for an intimate performance session.


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Photo by Ziv Sade

New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled has a particular talent for storytelling. Whether it be a jazz standard, a scorching blues Instrumental, an old country ballad, or a heartfelt original “Dida sings in a voice sometimes playful, warm, resonant, no frills. She sings the words, giving them their meaning, their weight, with perfect diction and charm." (Jazz Hot, France)


Reni Lane of Fever High 


Alix Brown


Lyla Vander of Roya

Earlier Event: May 23
The Hum (Night 4)