Live: Showpaper Hosts a Benefit at Silent Barn with Dan Friel and Starring

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Starring. All photos by Georgia Kral
While Baltimore-based one-man guitar chorus Ecstatic Sunshine never made it to Ridgewood, Queens for Friday's Silent Barn-hosted benefit for the local DIY broadsheet Showpaper, Dan Friel of experimental Brooklyn act Parts and Labor did. Those in attendance didn't seem to mind--it was a mellow night that just happened to feature one of the weirdest sounding bands we've heard in awhile. Let's call Starring--a Brooklyn avant-garde super-group of sorts, featuring members of Pterodactyl, Skeleton$, Talibam!, and more--"circus metal."

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The electric viola adds the oddest mid-level notes to the mix.

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Singer and guitarist Clara Latham. On Friday, she poured beer over her head more than once.

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The new Showpaper.

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Silent Barn: hipster art commune when the lights are on; grimy, smoky, disco-ball lit DIY den when the lights are out.

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Silent Barn is on the outskirts of Bushwick, but where'd these guys come from?

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Dan Friel played heavy and loud, all with gear he could fit on his lap.

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The guy in the Wayne's World cap loved it.

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During Friel's set the house mascot came through.

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The bill also featured DJ Dott, aka Pat from These Are Powers.

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The scene in the basement of Silent Barn.

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The crowd was so into Starring that after it was announced Ecstatic Sunshine was a no show the band played a second set with Friel guesting on keys and effects.


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