CROSS-POLLINATION CLXI - TUES OCT 2ND - 7:30-10 PM
KAGERO
JOHN MCGREW AND THE SIT BACKS

KAGERO is a Japanese gypsy rock band based in NYC with tendrils reaching across the globe. To the perennial question "what kind of music do you guys play?" KAGERO struggles for a long time before offering nomadic world rock. Is this accurate? The debate rages on... the following terms are also under consideration: urban-gypsyphonic, border-jumping feelgood rock, kazrockistanian and international debtor's prison tunes. But, by whatever name, they hope you enjoy listening as much as they enjoy playing. Music without borders!

Amelie Poulin would have loved John McGrew. So would Jeff Buckley. McGrew makes songs for mix tapes, red wine, and skeletons. Live, his Sit Backs bring the dark carnival. A soundtrack to a life. This book, that film. Trumpets, guitars, piano. And a voice that will break hearts and start fires.

"McGrew describs the group (which included Nate Weida on piano, the Real G Fisk on drums, Emil McGloin on guitar and Martin Stam on bass) as 'Brooklyn meets Manhattan' and to this observer, it was hard to fit them into any genre. If I had to try, I'd say they were a combination of Panic! at the Disco, Cake, Michael Buble and the cast of Jersey Boys. I've rarely seen such a level of theatricality in a stage show, but it felt fun rather than forced.

"The group's music was so good that at times it was hard to differentiate their original stuff from the standards, and songs included folk, funk, a cappella, gospel and rock components. At various points during the set, McGrew's bandmates would yell, laugh and 'ooh' to emphasize a facet of the song, and their performance created something akin to the atmosphere of a Prohibition-era speakeasy (I imagine)." - theLAist.com

LISTEN TO KAGERO LISTEN TO JOHN MCGREW AND THE SIT BACKS
CROSS-POLLINATION CLXI ::: Tuesday, OCT 2ND
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - KAGERO | kagero.com | myspace.com/kagero
8:45 - JOHN MCGREW AND THE SIT BACKS | johnmcgrewmusic.com | myspace.com/johnmcgrewmusic
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft KAGERO & JOHN MCGREW AND THE SIT BACKS!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero