4th of July, For the Birds show 7/11

I still don’t think I’ve quite recovered from last week’s 4th of July Woodsist/Captured Tracks festival to edit and post all my pictures, but Brooklyn Vegan and Rearhouse.blogspot.com had many really great ones from it.


Sadly, your intrepid reporter’s fear of Port-O-Potties combined with bad bladder timing had her stuck in the bathroom line at Mr. Kiwi during my much anticipated Brilliant Colors so I only caught their last song. I was sad but they were awesome! From all accounts of trusted sources Brilliant Colors were one of the great hits of both days.


My personal favorites from day one were caUSE co-MOTION whose bassist Liam was so energetic he literally stomped a hole right through the stage and The Mayfair Set debut, with Kristen Dum Dum haunting us in the sweltering Market Hotel heat with her stage presence and sweat-inducing outfit.

Day two was a beauty all around: outside, sunny, breezy, the Vivian Girls, the aforementioned much lauded Brilliant Colors set, Frankie drumming for the Dum Dum girls, and Todd P’s loudspeaker voice hovering over it all like God on a Sunday. It was a damn good 4th of July, hope you were there.

Ali. All Vivian Girls photos by Cathy Hsiao.

This weekend a scene of a different sort is worth supporting: the For the Birds Collective show at the 1087 Broadway loft.

For the Birds is a Brooklyn collective supporting women in music that’s been around for a couple of years now with members from the ashes of the beloved feminist Jane Doe books out on Montrose avenue. You might have seen them tabling at the Tom Tom benefit at Death by Audio and they put out zines, comps, and a yearly all-ages all-day event called The Big She-Bang (8/15) with “workshops, panel discussions, visual art, and music by and for women and women-identified artists & community members.”

Saturday’s show features all women bands, including Zombie Dogs. Zombie Dogs played two weekends ago with another Tom Tom featured drummer Gina Marie of Ina! Ina! and their myspace description is pretty accurate: like if Minor Threat and Excuse 17 had a beautiful zombie baby. Multi-talented guitarist Krista (who was also the drummer for the now defunct Carnal Knowledge) plays off Kathi’s muscular drumming with sweet intensity.

The dynamic duo.

The 1087 Loft itself is a feminist space that hosts plenty of great shows often put on by the Strength in Numbers Collective in addition to For the Birds. So show some sisterly pride and take the J train down Kosciusko way this Saturday! Cathy.

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