Geographically speaking, Brooklyn and Queens are as much a part of Long Island as are Nassau and Suffolk counties, but when it comes to music the sounds found on either side of the Cross Island Parkway differs drastically.
In parts of Queens and much of Brooklyn, indie rock – bands that are represented by smaller labels and tend to appeal to fans who move away from straightforward or popular music – has been the hot sound for the better part of a decade. Not only do many youthful indie bands hail from New York City, but are out playing numerous shows around the five boroughs throughout the year. However, while LI does have some of its own homegrown indie bands, for the most part in Nassau and Suffolk the live music scene is dominated by local cover acts and older musicians playing blues and classic jams.
Nonetheless, there is absolutely an Island audience for what is musically happening around the Gowanus Canal, and if you are a fan of off-the-beaten-path types of rock, one of Brooklyn’s busiest acts is making a rare appearance at Stony Brook University on Tuesday: Radical Dads.
The ‘Dads (Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin; radicaldads.com) produce a sound analogous to 1990s alternative rock, delivering a crunchy, fuzzy, potent effort; think Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Sleater-Kinney and Dinosaur Jr. as sound-style compatriots. The trio hails from the instrument-powered side of indie, so don’t expect much in the way of electronic enhancement, but rather a lively, personal, earthy and blissfully noisy performance. The Radical Dads perform frequently so they possess a veteran stage presence and anyone looking for a solid taste of the Brooklyn scene should consider stopping by and checking out this free show (which will also be broadcast live on the college’s radio station WUSB 90.1-FM).
Doors open at 10 p.m.; just head over to Room 237 in the Union Building (across from the WUSB studios). The night also includes a set from fellow Brooklyn band The Mad Doctors; for more information head online to wusb.fm or the WUSB Facebook page (facebook.com/WUSBfm).
Stony Brook University: 100 Nicolls Rd Stony Brook, 631-632-6000