North Highlands

Saturday Jun 19, 2010
$10 at the door or online
The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street

8:00Doors Open
8:30Live music by North Highlands
9:00Film Begins
11:30After-party: Open Bar at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St.) Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
In case of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.


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North Highlands (Brooklyn)

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North Highlands formed in Brooklyn in the early summer of 2009. The group originally followed the vision of singer and principle songwriter Brenda Malvini. Her shy demeanor and exclusive dedication to bedroom sets for audiences of her closest friends kept her relatively unknown until friend and DIY promoter Ric Leichtung declared that he had booked her a show in little over a month. With five short weeks, in the midst of the lazy sun and the honking of taco trucks, Malvini collected a small group of musician friends to help give life to her sketches. What ensued in the weeks to follow took on a life of its own, eventually becoming North Highlands.

Though North Highlands hails from Brooklyn, their music is most easily placed among the baroque and americana indie folk of the Mid and Northwestern states. Though at the heart of the music is Brenda's swooning vocals and minimalist piano composition, the music is an amalgam of the each members' unique stylistic approaches. Mike Barron's guitar, though hinting of the twang of indie folk tradition, most closely compares to the methodical and explosive playing found in post rock. Jasper Berg and Andy Kasperbauer, on drums and bass respectively, mix traditional rock rhythms with those of South Africa and the West Indies. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Stewart adds perhaps the most important element to the music: his weeping violin and pulsing mandolin playing add the Baroque to North Highland's music, giving the music on a whole the impression of chamber orchestra versus traditional rock quintet.

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