Monday, September 26, 2016
The Bowery Presents South: Xenia Rubinos + DANNY + Elephantastic at Gasa Gasa
8PM Doors | 9PM Show | 21+
Vocalist and composer Xenia Rubinos crafts movingly powerful songs dipping in and out of genre and structure to create a sound that is fearlessly her own. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut album Magic Trix was released in 2013 by Ba Da Bing! Records to wide critical acclaim. Pitchfork lauded the radiant singer as “a unique new pop personality” while a profile in The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”. Xenia’s energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life iconic singers she admired as a child including Judy Garland, Nina Simone and La Lupe while her powerhouse vocals recall the pop sensibility of Mariah Carey and soulfulness of Erykah Badu. Touring the US and Europe extensively, she has played more than 150 shows both as a headliner and supporting act for such diverse bands as Man Man, Battles, Coco Rosie, and Deerhoof. Xenia has been hard at work on her followup full length LP out now.
“If you’re anything like me, you like music that you can lay back and relax to. That’s why I frequently spin this disc with cocktail in hand.”
Elephantastic (Baton Rouge)
http://www.elephantastic.bandcamp.com (live set)
Elephantastic is an ever evolving entity that anchors the musical and visual musings of Justin Efferson, jazzcore band frontman turned bedroom producer. A lyricist since he learned how to hold a pencil the correct way, the last year has seen him expressing ideas via instrumentals. Balancing an avant-garde approach to performance with dance floor filling sensibility absorbed from years of DJing at clubs, the Baton Rouge native has made a name for himself in the local electronic scene. His recurring showcase entitled Sensory Impresssions has brought together artists of all shapes and sizes to revel in each other’s auras in the attempt to learn more about ourselves in the process.