Two Nights of Brazilian Girls at Rough Trade NYC This WeekendDecember 28th, 2016
Combining reggae, jazz, bossa nova, tango, house and electronic music, Sabina Sciubba (vocals), Jesse Murphy (bass), Didi Gutman (keys) and Aaron Johnston (drums) formed Brazilian Girls 13 years ago in the East Village. Beginning in 2005, they released three full-length albums—the last of which, New York City (stream it below), came out in 2008. “Brazilian Girls’ latest record artfully mirrors the city it honors with its title,” according to Paste magazine. “It’s diverse, multicultural, and just when you think you have it figured out, it switches its style up completely and throws you for yet another loop.” Pitchfork rang in, too: “New York’s dance-fusion pranksters Brazilian Girls broaden their already broad horizons and have a blast in the process.” But following the tour in support of the album, Brazilian Girls (above, doing “Bala Bala” live in studio for KCRW FM earlier this year) took an extended hiatus when Sciubba gave birth. Of course, you can’t keep a good band down, and so the local quartet reunited in 2012, recording new material and continuing with their frenetic live shows. And this weekend, they ring in the New Year over the course of two nights at Rough Trade NYC, on Friday and Saturday.