As you might know, our monthly Bands + Brews Session Series was quite the soiree last summer, throwing down monthly at Industry City in Sunset Park Brooklyn. The first hint of a nip in the air didn't give us a reason to stop the party, so last Fall we took the series inside Gowanus' classiest venue, The Bell House, celebrating our new home in style, with an intimate evening with R&B superstar Mario, rapper OnCue, and up-and-coming singer/dancer, Kayla Brianna.
We've already ripped the wrapping off our set with Kayla Brianna
. Today we're kicking off the New Year with a set from Connecticut born, Brooklyn based rapper OnCue
. Where Brianna's set popped with glitz and club-ready energy, 'Cue's on a darker, more anguished trip here. His songs are steeped in personal and emotional lyricism, his production cinematic, perfectly suited for a gathering that was ready to bump and sway and hang on to his every word. "Every Last Dollar" is a highlight, equal parts hip hop and emo-tinged rock, rolling and building towards an honest proclamation. "If I had all the money in the whole wide world/I wouldn't buy you shit/If I was filthy rich/I'd spend it all on me, I'm a spend it all on me". It's not a selfish sentiment, but rather the end result of feeling hurt, wanting to take care of yourself, and seeing brighter days to come. He's an emotional rapper and this set is an emotional ride.
Geoff "OnCue" Sarubbi is a 22-year-old Connecticut native/Brooklyn based Hip-Hop artist who is known for his unique way of blending Hip- Hop and Alternative Rock creating a fresh and eclectic sound. "I was the only kid I knew growing up who listened to both Wu-Tang Clan and Death Cab for Cutie," says OnCue, "the fact that I listened to a variety of music when I was younger definitely influenced the music I create today."
On September 7th, 2010, OnCue released, Cuey Sings the Blues presented by 2dopeboyz.com, Mick Boogie and Terry Urban. Its first single, "Crashing Down," garnered thousands of YouTube views and downloads in a matter of weeks, and had college students and tastemakers alike talking about OnCues fresh new sound. Goodmusicallday.com says, " This is one of the best 5 mixtapes of the year". Since then OnCue has released, "Leftovers", a mixtape based around songs that didnt make, "Cuey Sings the Blues", and has been booking shows all over the Northeast. Hes shared the stage with a variety of artists such as Kid Cudi, Pittbull, and 3OH!3.