JJ Gerber, who is book-ended by MoZayic (5:00pm) and Jessica Speziale (7:00pm), has qualities to his voice that faintly remind me of Finley Quaye. Gerber is still maturing as a singer-songwriter but his potential is undeniable.
Hailing from Tel Aviv, Israel, the band Bill and Murray blend alternative, electronic and pop with hypnotizing vocals. (They perform tonight and tomorrow.)
Painted Lady has a strong night of rap and Hip Hop. But it’s Cecy B that got me dancing the minute I heard her. She’s the first hip-hop/rap artist to make my must-see list. I don’t know if it’s the Mexican beats she rhymes over or just how good she is, but when I start dancing automatically, you got me.
Lili Kendall has one of those pop R&B voices along the lines of JoJo, and after a few listens of her track “The Unknown” I woke up with it in my head. Looking forward to hearing more of her sound tonight at Czehoski.
Hoodlem is described as an “anonymous project blending pulsing experimental beats, soulful vocals and crisp production.” The anonymous part reads a bit gimmicky but their sound does not. The pretty vocals of the mysterious lead singer backed by the production does make you curious to know more.
Astr’s sound is sexy. The New York duo have a cool sultry nightlife vibe that is perfect for tonight, and perfect for Tatto where they’ll be performing at.
I figured the hip hop would end with Cecy B but then came Kayo. Love his sound. Love his lyrics. Bound to be a great show.
I have an agenda — I want to be the 5th member of Random Recipe. How would an introverted writer fit into this wild bunch? I have no idea. Anyway, I wish the band was doing a second show on Saturday — at an earlier time. But, since they are not, they’re my night owl pick for Friday — gotta catch this Montreal group while I can.