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Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers Record Release Show

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers Record Release Show

Saturday, January 22

Though they hail from New York City, it seems like Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers would feel more at home in some obscure bar in the middle of nowhere, somewhere like the bar that Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney visit in From Dusk Til Dawn, just before they are torn to shreds by vampires. That is not to say that the four piece indie blues-rockers haven’t spent much time in bars lately. Since their formation in 2009, front-woman Shilpa Ray has led the Happy Hookers to bars and lounges around the country to perform their fiery brand of indie-punk rock. Now, less than a year since the release of their debut, self-financed full-length album, A Fish Hook, An Open Eye, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers have hooked up with Knitting Factory Records to release an acclaimed follow-up titled Teenage and Torture. The new album is a fast paced and schizophrenic joy ride, one moment scratching through fuzzed out blues guitar riffs, the next soaring with bouncing Johnny Marr-like chords, while Shilpa bangs on her woozy, accordion-like harmonium throughout. “Hookers,” the opening track on the album, is a red-light district anthem with an invitation to “click on me, boy, click on me,” words that Ray belts out with a passionate shriek. If Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pulled up to a sleazy burlesque house, this is the music that would be playing inside. Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers will pull into Mohawk Place on Saturday (Jan 22) to celebrate the release of their new record with openers Handsome Jack, Arctic Death, and the Mordaunt Sisters. —cory perla

8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (465-2368 / $10

  • Stephen

    Attended the concert/party at Brooklyn Bowl last night. Shilpa & the boys put on a great show for the couple of hundred enthused fans, friends, and curious folk. If you’re in Buffalo, girls, come out tonight and dance to the sound of her tune!