Desert Stars

Desert Stars

Rubbing Alcohol, Howth

Sat, February 9, 2013

8:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Desert Stars
Desert Stars
Desert Stars is a 5-piece band from Brooklyn, New York formed October 2008. Built on the creative output of classically-trained violinist Janelle Best, the band dispatches its own brand of shoe-gaze psych-pop with intricately-layered instrumentation, lush harmonies and atmospheric guitar topped by Best’s dreamy tenor. The effect is reminiscent of the album we only wish Phil Spector had produced for The Jesus and Mary Chain: infectiously melodic, pop-eccentric, and deliciously lo-fi.

The band’s origins weren’t particularly auspicious: front-woman Best was going through a major life change and came across a keyboard in the trash. Locking herself in her room for three months, she started composing what would become Desert Stars’ first songs. Friends, many with minimal musical background, came over and, compelled by the material, began to play.

Three years later, Best’s outfit has evolved to include Carrie Ashley Hill, Gregg Giuffre (Hunters), and Eric Altesleban (x touring keyboardist interpol, mofo)
Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing Alcohol is the solo project of Val Acton Loper III.

The project was born out of a general ennui perpetuated by financial instability and mounting social

Val Acton Loper III is not interested in having children, working a job or living in the suburbs.
His hobbies include: apocalyptic nightmares, wasting valuable time, and eating every meal like it's his

After much trial and error, his debut EP, "Behavior" will be released in 2012.
No longer the bedroom folk duo of their early years, the Brooklyn quintet is slowly revealing their new identity as a sonically adventurous band. The inspired songwriting and lyrical storytelling of Carl Creighton remains a central focus for Howth while the surrounding sounds created by Blake Luley, Neil Acharya, Aviva Stampfer and Jeremy Duvall continue to grow into a a swelling, dynamic force.

Indulging on the melodies and sentiment of 90’s indie rock, Howth also reaches for the soaring heights of classic ’70s rock while adding in dynamic ambient textures inspired by Eno and minimalism.

Within Howth’s new songs, Creighton gives a voice to the soul-searching outsider attempting to find a place within claustrophobic environment of the urban landscape. Like a weed pushing through a crack in the sidewalk, their music reflects the perseverance of organic over artificial.
Venue Information:
Cameo Gallery
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211