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Monday, June 09, 2014

Alt-soul band Aabaraki compete in the 2014 Brooklyn Battle of the Boroughs

Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Brooklyn's best?

The Greene Space's 2014 Battle of the Boroughs continued on Friday, June 6 with a showcase of the borough's most exciting hidden musical talents. From hip hop to cabaret pop, 12 acts representing the energy and diversity of Brooklyn's music scene competed for their borough title. Now, the votes are in! Here are the five finalists...

UPDATE: Voting is now closed. See which band voters chose to represent Brooklyn in the Ultimate Battle.

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Orphan Jane
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Describing themselves as "circus tents and gypsies, traditional blues and vaudeville," the cabaret band wowed our audience and judges with their cheeky, entertaining act. "You guys are so much fun to watch...but you [also] have wonderful musicianship to back it up," said Battle judge and producer Bob Power. Soundcheck host and Battle judge John Schaefer agreed, saying the band had all the right ingredients: a front woman with charisma, a sense of humor and the musical skill to pull it all off. 

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Blending progressive rock with elements of electronic, Western and Indian classical music, the band gave an instrumental performance that Battle judge and "hardcore-soul queen" Tamar-kali said was bold, but skillfully handled. "Brother was definitely rocking the tablahs," said judge Bob Power. "You kind of channeled [guitarist, singer and songwriter] Randy California, and if you know who he is, that's a very high compliment."

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The alt-soul band describe their sound as "Gnarls Barkley meets The Black Keys." But their Battle performance was more "meets The Kinks," with their up-tempo song paying homage to the English rock band's "You Really Got Me." The judges agreed the band was tight and displayed great musicianship. Judge Bob Power lauded the group for its inventiveness and a bass player he called adventuresome. "And you also had a great song," he said, "which is the thing in the shortest supply these days."

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The funk-soul group gave a high-energy performance that won high praise from all three judges. "You have a wonderfully big and powerful and soulful voice...and a funky bass player with a big, funky bass sound," said Tamar-kali. John Schaefer said the six-member band's song arrangement, with all its instruments to consider, worked really well together. "You guys, you found the right people," said Bob Power. "That's a beautiful, beautiful marriage in this band."

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The three-member alternative band describe their sound as "shoegaze meets beats and synths." Judge Tamar-kali praised the band for creating "an awesome soundscape that...built up over the length of the song." Judge Bob Power called the performance, "startlingly beautiful" and lauded the musicians as "beautiful texturalists."  He added, "popular music needs more people like you guys to move things along."


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Comments [49]


hey lady you got the love i need...

Jun. 16 2014 11:57 AM
Adam from Brooklyn, NY

HEYLADY till the end!

Jun. 15 2014 11:02 PM
nancy from ewb

All the way with Orphan Jane!!!!!

Jun. 15 2014 09:56 PM

My vote is for Heylady

Jun. 14 2014 01:34 PM
Margie from Manhattan

Orphan Jane has wonderful musicianship. And so entertaining. They have my vote!!

Jun. 13 2014 06:50 PM
Ruth G. from Manhattan

Heylady has my vote!!

Jun. 13 2014 04:57 PM
Christen Sachse from NJ


Jun. 13 2014 09:01 AM
Aishah from Bushwick

Go Orphan Jane!!!!!

Jun. 12 2014 11:39 PM
Pria from New york

Go Pontus go !

Jun. 12 2014 11:11 PM
Meher H from Kolkata

I enjoyed the Pontus blend, its new and invigorating.

Jun. 12 2014 09:54 PM
Mike from Brooklyn nyc

Bahhhh humbug my vote goes to werewitch

Jun. 12 2014 08:30 PM
Missy from NYC

Wow. Orphan Jane for sure.

Jun. 12 2014 06:48 PM

HeyLady killed!

Jun. 12 2014 03:27 PM
Super Baby from NEW YORK

Go Werewitch, go

Jun. 12 2014 02:40 PM
desraine from New Beige

Orphan Jane is the best!!

Jun. 12 2014 12:43 PM
Arindam Bhattacharya from New Delhi

Definitely Pontus all the way

Jun. 12 2014 12:01 PM
Brooklyn is for everyone from Brooklyn

OMG Werewitch !!

Jun. 12 2014 10:51 AM
Brooklyn is for everyone from Brooklyn

OMG Werewitch !!

Jun. 12 2014 10:51 AM
mary miss


Jun. 12 2014 10:33 AM
Vidya from Charlotte

Pontus all the way

Jun. 12 2014 12:15 AM
P Pan from Brooklyn

Voted! Orphan Jane all the way baby!!

Jun. 11 2014 11:16 PM

Orphan Jane!

Jun. 11 2014 10:23 PM
Ariel from LES


Jun. 11 2014 05:42 PM

Orphan jane!!!!!

Jun. 11 2014 05:34 PM
Blood Moon from Brooklyn

Brooklyn reign begins: Werewitch

Jun. 11 2014 05:04 PM


Jun. 11 2014 05:02 PM
Dudley Do-Right from New Beige

Orphan Jane goes all the way!!!

Jun. 11 2014 04:45 PM

The full moon shines... the cauldron bubbles... the WEREWITCH in me reveals itself

Jun. 11 2014 04:07 PM
Rajeev Varma

Orphan Jane rocks! Wooo Hoooo!

Jun. 11 2014 03:42 PM
Wilson from Brooklyn


Jun. 10 2014 04:38 PM

Werewitch rules!
I also loved Hue-Man Ethnic Movement. BUT have to shout out to WEREWITCH - close ties there...

Jun. 10 2014 12:53 PM
Flo B from Harlem

Heylady killed it!!! Such nasty musicians

Jun. 10 2014 12:34 PM
Brian from NYC

Orphan Jane rules!!!

Jun. 10 2014 12:00 PM

Werewitch will destroy them all, mortals

Jun. 10 2014 12:00 PM
Bboy from brooklyn

Heylady brought it! They should go all the way!!

Jun. 10 2014 09:15 AM
Tee from Philly

I agree with Kobra. The Hu - Man Ethnic Movement was awesome!! And why did it take everyone a whole ten min before anyone applauded them @ the end?? The story was original and coincided with the lyrics. The lead vocalist was really good!! Come to think of it, did anybody even vote for them at all??

Jun. 10 2014 12:38 AM
Kobra Oden

I'm still trying to find out why nobody liked The Hu - Man Ethnic Movement??? I mean, was I watching the same show? ? True they didn't use instruments or have six extra ppl on stage like all the other bands and the props and musical concept apparently went over sum folks head (smh) but they were both original in their music and the rhymes as well as the vocalist was amazing!!They get my vote for Brooklyn's finest! ! I could care less who disagrees w/me

Jun. 10 2014 12:27 AM
Ruth from Brooklyn

Orphan Jane KILLED it!!!

Jun. 09 2014 11:17 PM
Sonia from Brooklyn

HEYLADY brought it!! Love when Bob Power said they "Just about broke my funk bone"

Jun. 09 2014 10:51 PM

heylady all the way!!!!!!!!

Jun. 09 2014 09:56 PM
Christine from Ridgewood

I love you Orphan Jane!

Jun. 09 2014 09:43 PM
Barbara from BsAs, Argentina

Heylady the best funky band of Brooklyn!

Jun. 09 2014 08:12 PM
James from Brooklyn, NY

HEYLADY all the way! Super-funky, love the energy!

Jun. 09 2014 07:40 PM
Robin from Providence


Jun. 09 2014 06:27 PM
Suzanne Weisman

Go orphan Jane

Jun. 09 2014 06:00 PM
Dave from Brooklyn


Jun. 09 2014 05:28 PM
Paul from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Yay, Orphan Jane! We love you!

Jun. 09 2014 05:24 PM
Katie from Brooklyn

Orphan Jane!!!

Jun. 09 2014 04:07 PM

Go Pontus!!

Jun. 09 2014 02:11 PM

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