Antonie Roney, Aruán Ortiz, Luques Curtis, Robin Bell-Stevens and Will Calhoun - Jazz drummer Will Calhoun and his band perform at Ginny's Supper Club as part of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 7th May 2015
Francois HOLLANDE, Xavier BETTEL, Mars Di Bartolomeo and Harlem Désir - French President is accompanied by diginitaries from Luxembourg as he pays a visit to the Belval high-furnace steel industrial plant at Olympia Hall - LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Friday 6th March 2015
Jorge Luis Pacheco and Teresa Chumpitaz - The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 13th annual 'A Great Night in Harlem' gala concert held at The Apollo - New York, New York, United States - Friday 24th October 2014
A recently uncovered wall in Harlem, New York City has given residents and visitors to the neighborhood a brief look into its past. Wooden panelling that has apparently been covering the wall since the 1960s was peeled off to reveal an array of posters and flyers, with the most intact advertising a show from the AJASS Repertory Theatre Company that took place on May 22nd 1965 at the King Solomon Grand Lodge. The wall itself advertises Jack Sobel's Pawn Shop - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 28th August 2014
Prince Harry takes his US tour to Manhattan where he watches the Harlem RBI, an inner-city youth baseball team, training on the Field of Dreams. He chats to one coach who leads him round the pitch where he is presented with a baseball shirt by two other coaches who he poses for photos with.
'The only band we like is Nirvana.
The only album we like is Nevermind.
The only song we like is Smells Like Teen-Spirit.'*
So say self proclaimed Thrash-Punk band Harlem, who are apparently, 'covered in bbq sauce'. Currently residing in their adoptive home in the 'Live music capital of the world', that is Austin, Texas, Harlem are originally from Tucson. Having been on a rather lengthy journey that has taken in LA, Tennessee, San Francisco and Nashville, where they are 'barred everywhere', Harlem have eventually found appreciation in The Lone Star State.
Michael Coomer and Curtis O'Mara have been playing together since they were fourteen. Both men share the egotistical duties of front man and band conduit equally, swapping guitar, vocals and drums as and when required. Helping to rationalise any potentially problematic situations in the desire to hog the limelight is the newest recruit, and psychology major, Jose Boyer on bass.
'Hippies' is the second album from Harlem and is a follow up to their self released debut, 'Free Drugs'. Having settled and signed (to Matador) the boys have tirelessly and painstakingly sweated over their new release, which they started recording back in July 2009. Harlem have previously drawn comparisons to The Kinks, The Shins, The Pixies and also their zip code neighbours White Denim. Clearly they are not just a Thrash-Punk band.
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