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Welcome once again to Rock on the Bronx.

Once again we turn you on to another eclectic band from New York. This band is called The Snow. This band is on the Vermillion Music Label. The Snow are Pierre de Gaillande (guitar, vocals) Hilary Downes (keys, vocals, pianohorn) Dave Spinley (clarinet, saxophone) Jeffrey Schaeffer (drums) Justin Hosek (bass). The sound of The Snow is kind of like being in a dream state slowly being surrounded by millions upon millions of light beautiful flakes that envelope you. Before you know it you are covered in the snow.

True to its namesake, The Snow is a constantly changing form. It covers up what is ugly and painful and – at least temporarily – makes everything beautiful. The Snow began with Pierre de Gaillande and Hilary Downes when their relationship of many years was transformed into one of pure musical collaboration. Born in Paris, France and raised in California, Pierre started his New York musical adventure in power punk band the Morning Glories in the  90s and went on to play with Melomane, Vic Chesnutt, and  others.

At one point, Pierre began to supplement his income writing and recording made-to-order songs as wedding gifts. Ironically, these wedding songs became the first joint project of Pierre and Hilary. After years of working with Pierre in his studio, singing backup vocals on his bands’ recordings and the very occasional public performance, Pierre coaxed Hilary onstage for a musical tour of Russia and Eastern Europe in the summer of 2006, during which Hilary learned to sing and play keyboard simultaneously.

The Snow was born! Their record label says this about their discovery: “The Snow is dark and smoky folk-rock featuring songs of spiritual yearning in a post-religious world, cleaning products, and love between an octopus and a starfish.” You can catch the very original sounds of The Snow on June, 18 at Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan Street, New York, New York. They are playing with another band called Linfinity on the Secret Canadian Record Label. Get the debut CD from The Snow, TRUE DIRT, on Vermillion Music: http://www.melomane.org/vermillion/index.php

ITEM: The Throggs Neck Clipper on E. Tremont Avenue is having its 9th Annual Clipper Hawaiian Luau! On Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Music by DJ Vic, Clipper Super Buffet, Hula Hoop and Limbo contest, Blue Hawaiins and everyone gets lei’d. Grab your grass skirt and join the fun. Also be on the lookout for the Carmen Avenue Band on May 31 at 10 p.m.

Rock on. Rock out.

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