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03/24/16 10:45am

Hailed by VOGUE as one of five bands in the country “guaranteed to keep your party going until the wee hours of the morning” and who will take your wedding “from just lovely to legendary,” MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters has set out to evolve a stagnant industry by offering a fresh and fetching approach to rocking weddings in every way—from the way they engage clients, to their look, and most importantly to the songs they play.

MIXTAPE’s infinite repertoire sounds nothing like your parents’ wedding band, and yet they’ll still be a band your parents will love. Their range spans from modern indie darlings like Phoenix, MGMT, and Beck, to Motown and soul classics like Sam Cooke, Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder, to classic and glam rockers like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and Queen, to ’80s and New Wave gems like The Cure, Billy Idol and Talking Heads, to ’90s and grunge favorites like Weezer, Pixies and Nirvana and of course those special pop hits that we all can agree are awesome like Paul Simon, Daft Punk and, of course, Michael Jackson. (more…)

02/15/16 2:31pm
A happy bride and groom who booked MIXTAPE: A cover band for hipsters for their wedding. Photo: Chellise Michael Photography

A couple who booked MIXTAPE: A cover band for hipsters for their wedding. Looks like the right choice. Photo: Chellise Michael Photography

If you’re booking live music for your wedding, the last thing you want is a cheesy, Adam Sandler-sounding wedding band. But unless you can afford the $100,000 and up price tags of your favorite singers, you need to do a little digging to find musicians to gush about.

We get that. So much so, that along with our annual wedding fair, we also showcase what’s known as “anti-wedding bands," filled with musicians who have rocked more than just receptions and who can play everything from Beyoncé to AC/DC to David Bowie. The four bands you'll see at Wedding Crashers LIVE this Monday, Feb. 22, at The Bell House–45 Riots, MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters, The Affections and the Dexter Lake Club Band–include members who have performed with Bruce Springsteen, the Cars, David Byrne and Björk; who play holiday parties for the likes of Macy's; and attract the attention of glossies like Vogue. This is who you want to get Aunt Diane and your best friends on the dance floor. 

If it’s a master of the decks you’re after, we’ve got two great DJs as well—Colleen Crumbcake of Sugartown Industries, whose clients include Madewell and the Renegade Craft Fair, and Phonograph DJ Mac, whose two turntables are vintage gramophones. (You may have also heard him on WFMU.)

You’ll also meet original vendors who will set your event apart, from a GIF photobooth from The Booth, to live poets the Haiku Guys and Gals to tarot reader Naomi Rosenblatt. She may not be able to predict how your marriage will work out, but we can help you throw an unforgettable celebration of it. Tickets are $10 in advance, and doors are at 6:30pm.

02/11/16 11:26am
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Cover art by Maya Renfro

A YouTube link landed in our inbox last night, and the first clue of its content, prior to watching it, was an album cover mashup of Elton John and Bernie Sanders, with Bernie’s name above the years spanning his (potential, two-term) presidency, 2016-2024. The second was the song name, “Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders.” If you thought that Tony Danza riff on ‘Tiny Dancer’ was funny, watch this.

MIXTAPE: a cover band for hipsters—who is playing our Wedding Crashers Live showcase Feb. 22—came up with the parody after a recent gig. When their set was over, Elton’s classic song came on, and lead singer Melanie Flannery’s husband, Danny Sher, the drummer, started singing, “Hold me closer, Bernie Sanders…” Flannery says she rolled her eyes, then laughed hysterically. “You know,” she said at the end of the night, “I think there’s something there and I think we could really do something with it.”

This wasn’t much of a stretch for Flannery and her husband, who may be feeling the Bern now, but have always been politically active. Flannery worked for Amnesty International earlier in her career and her husband, she says, “follows politics like most people follow sports.” They were at Obama’s first inauguration, but it never occurred to them to write a song for him as they have for Bernie.

“We love to make music, and we’re all really inspired by Sanders. It just made sense.” Flannery wrote the lyrics, and together with her husband, their sound engineer, Alex Wernquest, Wesley Nichols and Wernquest’s girlfriend Lindsey Poleck (who helped fine tune the words), they recorded the whole thing in Wernquest’s Catskills studio, Basement Floods, on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. It’s up on their site, holdmecloserberniesanders.com, where there is a link to donate to his campaign, too.

“We wanted to launch it as the New Hampshire primary results were coming in. We knew he was going to win, and we wanted something to rally around. We want people to celebrate with it, be inspired by it and I wanted people to have a bit of a laugh.”

Asked if she could imagine writing a similar song for Hillary if she were to get the nomination, Flannery emailed back, “That’s a tough one. I can imagine it, because I don’t think she’s an awful candidate, just not my preference, and certainly better than any option on the right. I think the first line would be, ‘Chicago baby, was First Lady, now the first femme president.'” That works, but it doesn’t have the same element of surprise as the first line of her Sanders tribute, when Flannery switches “seamstress for the band” to “Polish-American Jew.”