still photo & edit by joe perez / shot by muggsy and koster

We’re up to episode 4 in our ‘Do It Yourself‘ vodcast series and we’re going doco with a portrait of Market Hotel during its infamous “shut down” in February 2010. During a private shoot with QC last year, members of the bands Real Estate and These Are Powers, along with Market Hotel pioneers, broke down the venue and its importance in the Brooklyn music community.

Market Hotel served as a birthright for aspiring indie musicians in NYC and will forever remain a landmark for those who have passed through its walls and frolicked in the sweaty hipster-dancing and cheap beer. Though the venue remains currently shut down, plans have long been in the works to make it a co-opted art space with help from government and private grants. To get more information or to get involved email We leave you now to enjoy the piece, and as an added bonus you can check out a live mp3 from These Are Powers’ private Market Hotel session, featured in episode 2 of our series.

Artist: These Are Powers
Song: Powers Engage (Market Hotel Session)



by alex p. (pics by cam & ben for qc)

Connecting with a song, artist, or city can be uniquely rewarding. Connecting with all three at once is special. The Perth Festival makes that possible through the Beck’s Music Box, alluringly assembled on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.

With a wealth of incredible artists set to grace the stage over the coming weeks, the bandshell by the The Bell Tower is set at icon status for the likes of Caribou, Jack Dejohnette, Joanna Newsom, Wildbirds and Peacedrums, Os Mutantes, and Best Coast. An incredible curation effort by the longest tenured international arts festival in Australia.

Quiet Color made its Music Box debut for The Books show on Feb 16. The duo (turned trio) created one of the top albums of 2010 in The Way Out, so just heading to this show felt like a secret trip out of town. The set opened with the first track of the album Group Autogenics 1, a song littered with perfectly articulated, life balancing sentiments (“Whoever you think you presently are.. .Thank you.”). The carefully placed video and sound samples form a road map to consciousness that have navigated me through mornings, and on this day set me on proper course for this show.

Artist: The Books
Song: Group Autogenics 1



by pelly (photos by stuart sevastos)

Australia in the summer is pretty nonstop, blurry, and a sh*tload of fun. That description would fit Southbound Festival in Busselton, Western Australia and it works for power duo Sleigh Bells. We caught up with Derek from the band, amidst the 3-day fest down under which also featured hometown favorite Tame Impala (Perth), Joan Jett, Public Enemy, and The National.  On the fest’s final afternoon, crowds were still singing along to Sleigh Bells lyrics as Derek and Alexis set it off, an occurrence that has been constant since the band’s formation, regardless of location…

Quiet Color: SB has toured globally over the past 12 months, at any point do you miss the obscurity? Does popularity f*ck with your creative process?

Derek of SB: We never really had a moment of obscurity. We were pretty awful our first few shows, but we had a little crowd by the third one, and I think by our 20th show we were playing before Bone Thugz at the Fader Fort. We were by no means ready or deserving, but it happened quickly…a little more obscurity might have been good for us!

……….…Popularity has little do with the creative process. It’s an internal thing, like a battle I have with myself. I’m rarely impressed with anything I do, and I’m always trying to prove to myself that I have even an ounce of talent somewhere in my body.

Artist: Sleigh Bells
Song: At The Beach

QC: Sleigh Bells has traveled lightyears since you guys played the QC show at Market Hotel in Oct. 2009. What’s been the biggest life change for you personally since the band blew up?

Derek: The biggest changes have happened outside of the band, in my personal life. The real challenges have put the music thing in perspective. Sometimes it’s hard to find meaning in circling the globe, playing the same songs over and over. But most nights I enjoy it. And it’s better than my old job. I’m thankful.


edit by joe perez

Episode 2 of our Do It Yourself series is here as we continue our survey of the underground music scene in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We were fortunate to get the inside scoop on the Market Hotel shut down last year (a future episode fyi), but during the process we got Market alumns These Are Powers to rock out a private live session in the Hotel entrance. Check out the cut of “Powers Engage.” More episodes coming very very soon :)



edit by chris mulligan

We at QC spent a fair chunk of our 2010 creating and producing an 8-episode video series reflecting on Brooklyn’s precious D.I.Y. scene and some of the influential artists that pass through. After almost a whole year of planning and promising, the series is complete and ready for air. We’ll be releasing these videos week by week over the next 2 months to give you a closer look at what we got into over the past 10 months. In episode 1, we visit Bushwick’s legendary House Of Yes for what was truly an epic evening back in February 2010. Quiet Color’s sloppy circus raged with live performances by Javelin, Ava Luna, Dinowalrus, and The Shivers (not to mention aerial acrobats and fire breathers). Enjoy this snapshot of the special venue, wild party, and unique combination of Javelin and aerial acrobats who executed a seamless collaboration during the track  “Moscow.”



by pelly

The 16-hour flight from L.A. to Sydney can be extremely entertaining (especially if you fly on Virgin), but after watching your third movie in a row, you start thinking “this trip better be worth it.” With shows booked at the Falls Festival, Southbound, and Sunset Sounds, yank bands Sleigh Bells and The Soft Pack appear to be capitalising on their trek down under. Why do we care? Well, aside from being huge fans, we’ll be catching up with the bands firsthand when Southbound hits Busselton (near Perth) on January 1st. QC will get up close and personal to see if Sleigh Bells can rock an AU show with the intensity they bring to Brooklyn blowouts. Our guess is yes, but check back in week one of 2011 for a complete wrap of the set and some f’d up stories from Southbound, QC style.



by rex hilliard

The tradition continues. After the success of last year’s QC Anti-CMJ party which featured break out performances by Sleigh Bells and Surfer Blood, we’ve decided to host a loft party throw down next Friday, 10/22 at Kisses Loft on North 6 Street in Willie B. Free Moral Agents (Isaiah Ikey Owens of Mars Volta) will be our first special guest, sandwiched between performances by Carnivores, Dinosaur Feathers, and Sisters, plus a special secret surprise to end the night. Cover is a suggested $3 donation and the party will go until the wee hours of the evening. If you haven’t rocked a party at Kisses Loft, you are seriously missing out on a raucous Brooklyn experience. Get full details of the show here and catch the full flier by d sherm after the jump.

Artist: Sisters
Song: Highway Scratch
Artist: Dinosaur Feathers
Song: Teenage Whore



by rexxy

This Saturday will undoubtedly play host to a raucous affair at the infamous Kisses Loft on N. 6th Street in Williamsburg. GunFight! will join Shark? for a fittingly epic punctuation to an era at the longstanding Brooklyn party space. Named Kisses for inhabiting the expanse above the bar formerly known as Hugz, Saturday 9/25 will tentatively serve as the last free and wild show scheduled for the soiree landmark. Come take a picture with the historic Hugz sign, catch live bands in the living room, and spray alcohol on your fellow party guests. Also on tap are performances by Nasty Ness and other special guests, so plan for a perpetual dance party till sunrise. RSVP and get all the party info you need right here. To wet your appetite, here are two tracks off  GunFight!’s debut album Frontier Land. The record is packed with high energy but thoughtful rock that’s hard not to play over and over again.

Artist: GunFight!
Song: Empties
Artist: GunFight!
Song: The City Put A Bus Between Us


by chelsea mannella

I moved blindly from Miami to Portland about 11 days ago. I started law school 10 days ago. I’ve barely had time to breathe, let alone truly explore this city and its diverse set of characters that I’ve heard so much about (zoo bombers?).  Fortunately for me, and the greater Pacific Northwest, Portland’s 10th annual Musicfest NW is less than a week away.

Artist: Surfer Blood
Song: Twin Peaks (Allen Bickle Remix)

is Portland’s answer to Austin’s SXSW; it’s become the third largest indoor music festival in the United States. This year’s line-up includes more than 170 bands; noteworthy acts include Panda Bear, Akron/Family, The National, Surfer Blood, Phantogram, and Menomena among many others. Artists will be showcased across 20+ venues throughout Portland between September 8-12.  This smorgasbord of local and national talent couldn’t have come at more opportune time, figuring as it will provide for a pretty fair representation of the city’s music scene.  Leaving all apprehensions (& civil procedure casebooks) behind, I’m looking forward to being fully engulfed by the city, the music and the experience that is MFNW. Check out the full lineup here.


by john intrater (

Outside Lands 2010.  Golden Gate Park is the home to the festival since the beginning (’08). The park is located on the outskirts of the Richmond district, on the west side of San Francisco.  Check out the full festival photo gallery after the jump…

Artist: Al Green
Song: Simply Beautiful (George Lenton Remix)