Harsh Crowd

Harsh Crowd

Last May, I headed to Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Show. I was really only there for the Tom Tom Magazine Festival, which was a collaboration with artist Naama Tsabar. For those who do not know, Tom Tom Mag is a magazine dedicated to female drummers. Back in May, Tom Tom’s organizers found a slew of sweet bands (with female drummers too) to play their festival.

One band that I happened to see play was called Harsh Crowd. Their set included some super sweet sounds. They did covers of Le Tigre and Foster the People that sounded flawless, and their original material (which far outnumbered the covers) was brilliantly filled with energy as well as being pleasing to the ears.

Harsh Crowd is made up of Dea, Willow, Rihana, and Lena. The four met at Willie Mae Rock Camp in 2013. The camp was an experience they thoroughly enjoyed and the band felt very supported by Tom Tom Magazine, including their editor-in-chief Mindy Abovitz. 

Each member of  Harsh Crowd is 12 years old—a fact they don’t think people should focus on. They also don’t want to be called an all-girl band. The members expressed how people might say, “they’re pretty good for kids.”  Just say they are musicians, musicians that don’t want it to matter whether they are young or girls.

The members feel like sisters. They also said they’re awesome.

As evident from their energy on and off stage (the interview kept getting interrupted by them running and dancing in the rain), Yes, I agree they are indeed awesome.

Above video: “Dirty Rotten Parents” at the Tom Tom Festival on May 10th, 2014.

Maura Filoromo

Lianne La Havas // World Cafe Live

Last night, after the Ladies Rock Camp Showcase, Attia and I saw Lianne La Havas at World Cafe Live. The UK soul singer’s debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize and was just named iTunes’ ‘Album of the Year’. The show was sold out and absolutely incredible! She was flawless in every way. Her voice leaps into your heart, her guitar playing is never overly complicated and is always beautifully arranged. She played everything we wanted to hear, tracks from “Is Your Love Big Enough” and my personal favorite, a cover of “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”. To put it simply Lianne La Havas is fantastic, proving to be a natural talent with unlimited potential whose charisma is matched only by her musical fierceness.



Baa Ram Ewe at the Barbary


Not only is Maura apart of our LBB family but she is also in an awesome band with her blood family Meghan (sisters)! Her band Baa Ram Ewe is playing the Barbary tomorrow with a band I’ve been knowing about since highschool, Harry and The Potters. Of course you’re going to this, look at that flyer, duh! It’s a 4:30pm, all ages show with spells and dancing so bring your pups. Check out their music and future shows here!