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Don’t doubt Brooklyn four-piece Shark? despite their unusually punctuated name. They blend scruffy garage-rock and riotous post-punk for music that swerves from catchy lo-fi hooks to wild distorted yelping in the blink of an eye. The band — made up of Kevin Diamond (vocals/guitar), Andy Swerdlow (drums), Andy Kinsey (bass), and Chris Mulligan (guitar) — have toured relentlessly in and around New York City for years and finally, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, were able to release their first full-length album, True Waste, this past summer.
Brooklyn-based Gunfight! play rowdy, stomping “post-country” — or what Serious Business’ host Travis Harrison jokingly re-dubs “Creedence-core.” Having formed while attending Boston’s Emerson College, the quartet sticks to rollicking arrangements, completely free of any digital bits and sampling (they claim to even avoid “Applebee’s samplers”). Whatever the genre or instrument preference, the band’s music, with its twangy roughness and whiskey-soaked, barking vocals, sounds like a boisterous brawl.
This week on Art Uncovered: Brooklyn-based painter Jamie Powell. In her paintings Jamie takes advantage of everything her canvas has to offer, painting on both the front and back sides and then cutting into the canvases to expose colored strips of canvas that would usually be facing the wall. The results are playful abstractions inspired by the colors of cartoons and sugary children's breakfast cereals. Jamie has shown her work at FLUXspace in Philadelphia, the 92nd St Y in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
This week on the show I'm joined by Bushwick-based painter Rebecca Litt. Rebecca's paintings filter bits of autobiography and vignettes from everyday life into surreal scenes set on Brooklyn rooftops, in swimming pools and around vacant lots. Among these scenes Rebecca paints male and female characters who seem to externalize their inner frustrations and anxieties, sometimes hiding among large nests of bright orange construction netting or a wind blown mass of bubble wrap. Rebecca describes her work as a kind of fictionalized autobiography -- and i sat down with her in her studio in Bushwick to find out more.

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