So amped about shows! Next: 12/9 @ Silvana NYC

Okay so it seems lately that all I post about are show announcements! I didn’t even really realize it, but looking over my last few blog posts and tweets, it’s just one show after the next! I guess you can see where my head is at these days. Playing live music. I LOVE it. And December is full of shows that I am super psyched about. How did I go¬†from being someone who was sure that they had some form of paralyzing performance anxiety, to someone who craves playing shows all of the time?! The trick that I realized is this: It’s all about having fun and experiencing each moment ūüôā

Next on the list is this Tuesday, Dec 9th, at Silvana in the upper west side NYC. It is a middle eastern restaurant and I’m almost as excited about having dinner as I am about playing. Here is the FB event.

 

Rockwood Music Hall 10/17

Our last show in NYC was a good two months ago and it is about time to hit the stage here! Come out to our next gig on Friday, October 17 at Rockwood Music Hall 1am. Rock with us¬†because we’ve got some new songs to introduce!

Mandy will also debut some stellar new dance moves.  Think Blue Steel meets Gangnam style with Beyonce like booty action and Este Haim bassface. Is the world ready for this? Be there to find out!

 

Rungs at Rockwood 10/17

Happy Hour at Hazlitt

Hazlitt Winery on Seneca Lake hosts a¬†happy hour every Friday from 5-8 where folks can sip on delicious wine while enjoying the beautiful view of vineyards, the lake, and live¬†music by local bands. Even though we moved out of Ithaca, I still feel¬†local to the finger lakes region, and I was so happy when we were invited to play the Hazlitt Happy Hour last weekend. We blended a mix of Rungs songs with Diwas’s Nepalese songs and a long list of our favorite covers. It was quite refreshing to play a nice long set. After playing so many of those ‘hurry up and get on stage you have 5 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to play and then you gotta breakdown fast!’ it felt really nice to be able to just keep playing. The happy hour takes place in a large covered outdoor deck called ‘The Oasis’ which houses a bar, seating area, restrooms, and a place for bands to set up. Having grown up in Florida, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on a beach deck that somehow landed¬†in the middle of upstate NY. It was awesome.

Here is a pic our friends caught of us, thanks guys!

The Rungs at Hazlitt

Rockwood and Leftfield

I don’t know what I like more about being in a band, ¬†playing shows, writing music,¬†recording songs… I love it all!¬†Recently we’ve been playing more shows than anything else.¬†The show a few weeks ago at Rockwood was a lot of fun and we had the pleasure of meeting up with some of our¬†out-of-town friends who happened to be in NYC that night.

Last weekend we returned to  the lower east side to play a gig at Leftfield joined by our friends Beloved Binge on tour from North Carolina. They are another guy girl duo and like us, they are married! They had such a powerful energy in their performance of songs about their own personal life experiences, the aging of relatives, eating a vegan diet, and funny life lessons.  Find their music here: http://belovedbinge.bandcamp.com/album/pockets-2

Every¬†new venue we play here has its own charm. ¬†Getting to experience that is something I love about shows and I really like the crazy music filled lower east side. We’re trying to stick to one show a month right now, but finding it hard to resist playing more! ¬†I was not able to get video from the past two, but¬†we do have pictures! ( thank you friends for taking these ūüôā )

 

the rungs at rockwood 7/25

rungs at leftfield 8/8

Upcoming Show: Friday 6/20

Cameo Gallery

We’re opening for¬†our friends coming all the way from North Carolina,¬†Schooner! We played with these guys last year¬†in Ithaca and¬†became instant fans. With¬†combined influences¬†of grunge, pop and indie, Schooner produces an inventive sound, yet still maintains a familiarity that instantly drew us in.¬†And their¬†live performance is rippling with energy. Bam. Instant fans! Come on out to Cameo Gallery 6/20 to catch the show!

Here is a link to the Facebook event, and line up below:

Schooner (10:30)
on Neighborhood Veins:
This gauzy, blown-out, beautiful pop record is the crowning achievement for Schooner and singer-songwriter Reid Johnson…an album that doesn‚Äôt ignore the past, doesn‚Äôt ignore the yesterdays good and bad that brought on today, but it also never falls into over-sentimentalizing loss and avoids the all-too-obvious trap of nostalgia. Pop Matters (8 out of 10)
http://schoonermusic.com/

Air Waves (9:30)
Critics have labeled Air Waves as everything from sparse pop to folky punk, a sign that Air Waves does what every great band in their time has managed to do ‚Äď find a way to be both comfortable and compelling in being themselves while creating a body of work beyond genre classification. Already in a short time span Air Waves have not only made a name for themselves in Brooklyn, but elsewhere by touring extensively down both the East and West coast sharing the stage with such notable acts like Cat Power, Songs: Ohio, Beach House, Dan Deacon and The Rapture to name a few.
http://airwaves.bandcamp.com/

The Rungs (8:30)
A duo you won’t want to miss, The Rungs bring you sparkling synth pop, unique guitar play and feel good vocals. Reminiscent of synth bands from the early 80’s, and with a discernible reference to Southeast Asian instrumentation, it is catchy, inventive, and bright!


Pre War (7:30)
Pre War formed at the height of the financial crisis, and the bottom of the housing market in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Fuzz rockers fresh from the exhilarating break up of their former outfit, Conversion Party, reconvened and decided to keep going, start over, write new songs.
http://prewar.bandcamp.com/

Loads of fun

Attention Ithacans! Your new music venue, The Dock, is awesome! Saturday night, Diwas and I joined Gabe Tavares and Lora Pendleton for a Rungs and Sisu Powder The Moon show. Lora opened the night with a lovely surprise solo set. I’ve seen her perform multiple times with PTM, but it was my first time seeing her originals and I absolutely loved them! Her smooth guitar playing paired with her captivating voice inspires a sense of comfort and ease. It makes me want to get in my car and drive across country with the music blasting through my speakers. As a female vocalist I’m always on the lookout for other female vocalists to listen, to learn from, and get inspired by, so this lady is definitely added to my list!

As for Diwas and me, the amount of fun we had at this show, measured in units of loads, was approximately 10 loads of fun, which is a lot!

all smiles on stage
all smiles on stage

¬†Thank you to our friends for coming out, it was so great to see everyone and we can’t wait to return to The Dock!

Not your usual Sunday night

guys versus girls

We invited our friends Linus in the Sapphire from Philadelphia to come up to Ithaca and join us this past weekend for the Chapter House’s Sunday night music series, free live music every week 7-9 pm. The timing was perfect, as it worked out to be the last stop on their one-week winter tour. Since they are also a male-female duo, we decided to make it a night of duos and invited two pals, Zac & Elly, to join the bill as well. A night of duos!!

It was great to get some friends from out of town up to Ithaca. Even in the winter, this is still such a cute place to visit and I love hosting! The local music scene always benefits from bringing in new sounds and Linus in the Sapphire are an awesome psychedelic audio chameleon. We first met them at an Elephant Talk Indie music festival in Atlantic City back in May and we’ve been talking about getting them up here ever since.

Little did I know that I would also be blown away by Zac & Elly’s performance. Elly’s voice, with no exaggeration here, is comparable to Christina Aguilara. She is a total diva! Her voice just shined through the room and immediately captured everyone’s attention. Amazing. Her and Zach are currently forming a full band in Ithaca with a bass player and a drummer. They plan to get out and start performing by the summer and I can’t wait!

The Rungs, Linus in the Sapphire, Zac & Elly

So yeah, February was kind of a crazy month and I didn’t really get a chance to update the blog ūüė¶ but the show last weekend brought us together with such good friends and such a good time! It made up for all of the craziness of February ūüôā

Through My Headphones

through my headphones

Months ago when I thought we would record and release our songs, I shared a demo recording with the writer of the music blog ‘Through My Headphones’ to inquire about a review. He gave me the most encouraging response, and when we didn’t finish our songs until 4 months later, he was still readily willing to review our tracks.

I love the thoughtfulness he put into describing our music and the effort he has made to help us get it out there. Thank youuuuu!!!! The pic he chose to share is also one of my favorites of Diwas and Me. It was taken on the beach in Florida, in my hometown, and I feel a little warmer just looking it.

Check out Through My Headphones here: http://www.throughmyheadphones.com/#axzz2qncXd7TQ

If you have twitter and facebook, do like and share the review. For both of us, the band and the blog. You get a whole bundle of sharing with just one click!

Missed Connections Lyric Video

I’m on a roll with the lyric videos!

Seems like I’m still pretty knocked out with this cold. Nothing to do but drink hot tea and make lyric videos! Since I can’t really sing at the moment, (finally getting my voice back after losing it a few days ago), I might as well make it easier for others to sing my songs instead!

Here is Missed Connections:

Festival of Music and Dance!

Well I’ve slacked a little this month on my posts, but I’m back! I’ve been busy gearing up for the 23rd annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance that took place this weekend in Trumansburg NY.

I’ve been a regular Grassroots go-er since 2005, but this year was the best yet. The Sutras, an awesome indie-psychedelic-pop rock band from Ithaca NY invited me to sing with them! These guys are true rockers and some of the most talented musicians I’ve met, so you can imagine how psyched I was to perform with them. After two weeks of fun practices, we hit the stage around 1am on Saturday night, ready to rock the late night crowd! It was a completely different experience than what I’m used to with The Rungs. My only job was to sing certain parts of the songs, (and¬†let me¬†just say that EVERY song by The Sutras is super¬†fun to sing), so I had no guitar or keys to hide behind, just me and my voice, loud and proud (or at least trying to be ūüôā ).

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The entire set was a blast. I had a funny little moment to myself when I took a look at the set list and realized we were getting towards the end, I thought,”noooo this is so much fun, not ready for it to end yet!!!!” but as the universe rules, everything must start and end. So now I am ready for the next show. Where is it at? Lets go! More music!

Diwas was there too, not performing, but manning our newest purchase, a Cannon T2i. We decided to treat ourselves to the new gadget last week and it was a great choice! Every time I looked up he was like a little spiderman getting cool angles of videos and photos. Soooo hopefully we’ll have a video from the night to share soon! In the meantime, checkout The Sutras!¬†http://thesutras.bandcamp.com/