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Astraea Records is based in New York, and was founded in 2002 as an independent record label run by artists for artists. The label’s roster features Camomile, Mobile Wash Unit, The Looking, Parmidian One,and Puracane; The concept behind the label: Astraea is the third-person singular present of the Italian verb astrarre, to abstract. Yet as much as the atmospheres in this new type of space exploration are indeed abstract and angular, it was actually the personification of justice — the daughter of Zeus – that we were first thinking of. We want to promote celebration and dancing


April 5, 2013


327 Bowery at 2nd Street New York, NY 10003 7:30pm

Fresh off February’s sold out performance at Symphony Space, The Looking (aka Todd Carter) presents the official release party for his newest album, Songs For a Traveler, at Bowery Electric on Friday April 26th at 8pm. Carter will be joined by his regular band of New York luminaries whose collective credits include playing with everyone from Norah Jones and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to Andrew Bird and DJ Logic. Although Carter embraces the serenity of performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, and Symphony Space where he frequently sings opera, he is thrilled for his debut at one of New York City’s premiere rock clubs.

On Songs for a Traveler Carter takes American music from the Plains of the 19th century (“Sail Around”) as well as songs from the 1950′s (“Long Black Veil”), and spins them into lush, dreamy soundscapes that climax in full rock fashion. As a performer and vocalist Carter has been called “intriguing….fascinating” (Collected Sounds), “eclectic and provocative,” (The Chronicle), and “like nobody else you have heard before….majestic” (

For this exciting night Carter will be joined by NYC Ukulele Troubadour Roger Greenawalt and Violin Virtuoso Ernesto Villa-Lobos. His backing band featuring John Andrews, Gerald Menke, Chris Morrissey, Adam Kromelow, and Bill Finizio will form selected American classics from Songs for a Traveler into other-worldy rock songs led by Carter’s signature compelling and arresting voice. “I have been interested in American folk songs since the time I started playing music in Indiana,” Carter says. “It was the thought of mixing my love for 80′s and 90′s alt-pop with these old songs that resulted in Songs For a Traveler.”

Opening the show at 7pm will be Loudboy, led by John Andrews (Botanica, Angela McCluskey, Morley) and featuring Brian Viglione (The Dresden Dolls). Closing the night will be experimental indie-songstress Alyson Greenfield who has recently found fans in WNYC, Converse, and AOL.

Tickets here:  

Get your tickets early! The Looking’s last show was completely sold out and they were turning people away at the door!

900 Miles – The Looking