Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tangina Stone at Rough Trade NYC

    Good friend of mine and amazingly talented musician, artist on the rise, Tangina Stone headlined at one of the hippest new in-the-cut venues in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Rough Trade is a record shop, bookstore, ping-pong hangout in Williamsburg where there is also a performance venue in the back fully equipped with a bar and balcony for additional seating. The space is dope and so were the performers. Stone was joined by, other femme music artists, Sonic and Polly A, as well as a femme DJ DJ Whitney who kept the crowd dancing before and long after the show.

Sonic
 
 Opening up was Sonic. "A former contestant on The Voice Season 8, Sonic's soulfully versatile and dynamic sound secured her a spot on Christina Aguilera's team and ultimately catapulted her to a spot in the show's top 20. Inspired by artists past and present like Pharrell Williams, Billie Holiday, Chaka Khan and Sade, Sonic incorporates these influences into her abstract r&b soulful sound. She released her three track mixtape titled 'WAV' in the summer of 2015, and is set to release an original, more in depth project, later this summer."  Sonic's music is alternative and sultry, the band backing her and her voice brought on such a mood. They were able to hype up the crowd and make people dance, with soft melodic tones reminiscent of Sade meets Nelly Furtado. A phenomenal kick-off to the performances this evening.


Polly A
   Next up was Polly A, who's style was unmistakably significant from her hair to her voice. "LA-based singer/songwriter Polly A has written for the likes of Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez and J. Cole ("Crooked Smile"). She was one of only three female artists to perform at this year's Rolling Loud Festival annd has been in-studio with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Salaam Remi. Polly A will release her sophomore EP later this summer and her new single, "Just Like That" is out now!"



  and of course, closing out the show was Tangina giving us a full set of her music old and new, including her latest single "Anxious" and her first ever recording "Reasons", and even a cover. This has been my third time seeing Tangina Stone live in the past month and I am always impressed. Her band never disappoints and it is always an experience. This evening I was the photographer, but that did not slow me down from having a good time. Her album will be releasing very soon and more info is available for upcoming shows on tanginastone.com/ . For now here are a few moments I captured of her set.











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