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Guitar World Presents Girl Rockers at CBGB Festival in New York City


The third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival will take over Manhattan October 8 to 12 — providing five days of incredible concerts, art exhibitions, movies and entertainment-industry shoptalk.

And Guitar World will be right in the thick of things.

On Saturday night (October 11), we're hosting a kick-ass evening of music featuring four of the most exciting up-and-coming female-fronted alternative and punk rock bands in New York City at Manhattan’s legendary R Bar on 218 Bowery (right across from where CBGB used to be).

C’mon out and join Guitar World Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski, have some beers and watch these women work it!

The bill includes:

9:45 p.m. Wise Girl
With a sound somewhere between Nineties alternative and riot grrrl, Wise Girl is a sharp, power pop foursome that draws from the past but produces something wholly modern. 2013 marked the release of the band’s first, full-length, debut, You’ll Just Have To Wait. The album is a 10-track LP filled with power chords, driving beats and fabulously quirky lyrics.

9 p.m. Izzy Zay & The Inmates
Vocalist/guitarist Izzy Zay is a very strange and mysterious girl. She speaks fluent English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, so it’s often difficult to pin down where she’s from or where she’s been. With her beautifully resonant voice and evocative lyrics, she explores the same subconscious landscapes and symbolic terrain as the Doors or perhaps Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd. The band features Guitar World’s Brad Tolinski on guitar and violin.

8:15 p.m. Sharkmuffin
Sharkmuffin's name fits. The Brooklyn three-piece outfit crafts adorable pop music with jagged, garage-aged fangs. With lyrical subjects including incest, mythical bestiality and homicidal heroin using femebots, girl group-esque hooks are paired with heavy Seventies-inspired guitar riffs to create the raw sound of these punk-rocking debutants. With these guys, it's no secret the end goal is fun

7 p.m. Party Lights
Party Lights unabashedly wears their power pop hearts on their sleeve. The bastard child of Cheap Trick and the Go-Go's, the Brooklyn quartet doesn't see a problem with worshiping at the altar of the Knack and the Real Kids every now and again (and again and again). Songs about revenge, heartbreak and bad choices might be bad for real life but are songwriting gold, and luckily — depending on who you ask — Party Lights has been through it all, surviving by the skin of their teeth.

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