Copal on NPR!

News flash! NPR included our song Shadows on today’s Morning Edition! Y’all sound great on the radio: thanks to the musicians who were featured on the studio version of Shadows–Karl Grohmann, Isabel Castellvi, Christopher Brown, Engin Kaan Gunaydin, Hannah Thiem! And thanks to Garrett Baker and FlipSwitch PR for getting it placed there! Click on the NPR logo to listen (last few seconds of the news brief.)


Rakkasah Spring Caravan

Awesome weekend at Rakkasah Spring Caravan! We had such a lovely time performing with such beautiful amazing dancers. Sera Solstice, Rio, Lauren Robbiani, Aria, Surraya, Yame, Charo.. And we enjoyed bringing up special guest musicians Liron Peled (Raquy and the Cavemen) and Pete List (Beatbox Guitar). Thanks to Michelle for having us there again this year!


photo: RavenWolfe Photography

I [heart] my gypsy valentine.

Won’t you be our gypsy valentine? Saturday, Feb. 11, Copal cruises to Lower East Side’s Mehanata Bulgarian Bar to offer a gritty grungy high-intensity gypsy crossover dance party–par for the course from those orchestral debutantes in pinstripes and combat boots.. Also, featuring the darling dangerous dancer RIO!

[note: this party is also a sendoff for our fiercely badass bass player Lorenzo Wolff who is heading to Boston to be part of a major 2.5-month musical operation with the Lisps.]

Saturday, Feb. 11th
doors: 8:30p
Copal dance party featuring dansah RIO: 9p
tix: $10 at the door, 21+

@ Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
113 Ludlow Street (btw Delancey and Rivington) LES, NY

Vintage Vagabond Xmas Ball with Sxip Shirey MCing + This Way to the Egress!

where vintage meets vagabond in a curious pairing for the wayward adventurous folk. make merry and dance the night away with fabulous musical acts, be entertained by darling dangerous dancers, all with a vagabond steampunk flair.

::Wed. Dec. 14::

Vintage Vagabond Xmas Ball + Xmas Jewelry/Vintage Market

orchestral vagabond debutants in pinstripes: COPAL
vaudeville musical transgressors: THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS
your host, a singular unexpected genius: MC SXIP SHIREY


dangerous damsels with flair: RIO + ALI LUMINESCENT



Opulent Antiquity [Layna Roberts]


vagabond characters…


doors 8p, show 9p
$12/door, 21+

@ R Bar
218 Bowery (btw Prince and Spring)
Soho, NYC

Dorian’s Parlor Fall Masquerade, November 26th

Dorian’s Parlor, the world’s premier Steampunk Event, returns in glory on November 26!

Tickets on sale:

Featured Performers:
Fashion show by The Leather Lair:
Special appearance by The Cavalcade of Fancy Ladies
Release party for Steampunk, by Brute Force:
Special Fashion Show by Fume Noir
DJ for the night, DJ Kiltboy:
As always, your MC for the night, G.D. Falksen:

November 26th

Dress to the nines in Dandy, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Neo-Vintage, Black Tie, 18 Century, Victorian, ball gowns, and creative attire, and dance the night away.

This is an event worth the travel, as there will be nothing like it elsewhere. Dorian’s Parlor is located at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia right on the corner of Broad and Locust St., 3 blocks south of City Hall. Easily accessible from the Broad Street line and Septa Bus 27 and 32, and a short walk from Suburban Station.

$25 gets you admission, a drink ticket, and Hors D’oeuvres.

Darkwave Friday Night with Copal + Black Tape for a Blue Girl

For the best Friday night on the town ever, get your American darkwave, ethereal ambient and neo-classical experience with Black Tape for a Blue Girl, progenitors of the ethereal “darkwave” sound in the 90′s, and staking out new territory with their 10th studio album “10 Neurotics” featuring Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, with more of a rock/dark cabaret sound. Expect sassy breaks and class with Copal, an orchestral world-steampunk band described as “artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing” (Maximum Ink). Jaggery, a Boston-based art-rock collective weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, lead by Mali Sastri with one of the most beautiful voices in modern music. Closing the night is Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Boston’s 2010 Live Artist of the Year nominee, and Deli Magazine’s pick as Best Indie band of 2010, this band is “wildly unusual and diverse in material and presentation” (Boston Survival Guide).

Friday, June 3 @ Littlefield (Gowanus, Brooklyn); 622 Degraw Street, btw. 3rd and 4th ave [near Atlantic Terminal] doors 8p, show 9p

advance tix:
$10/adv, $12/day of

click here for directions to Littlefield.

Jaggery 9p
Copal 10p
Black Tape for a Blue Girl 11p
Walter Sickert + the Army of Broken Toys 12a

[::Steamcrunk Party::] Copal + Not Waving But Drowning + Joro Boro

This Thursday, May 12th @ Drom, 85 Ave A, Lower East Side, NYC…

Expect sassy breaks and steampunk class with Copal, an orchestral world-steampunk band described as “artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing” (Maximum Ink), and Not Waving But Drowning, joyful gypsy cabaret described as a “rollicking steampunk hoedown” (New York Magazine), as well as glitch-folk and post-national bass with DJ Joro Boro. Beautiful tribal dancers Irina Akulenko, Rio, and Darlinda Just Darlinda add fierce glamour to the stage.

Get advance tix here.

$10/adv, $12/door and day of show

doors: 10p

More details: FB event.

Oh Philly how we do love thee…

What a beautiful thrilling evening we had at L’Etage on Sunday nite in le’ ol’ Philly. This Way to the Egress were particularly entertaining with their gad-about gyspy songs and tales and theatrics. Awesome to see Taylor equally rocking it out on cello, accordion, guitar and voice. Impressive. Rio was entrancing with them, especially on a puppeteer/marionette act with Sarah–that was very entertaining and I totally didn’t see that coming.

Sidetracked were hilarious. I got to hear them rehearse and warm up their lines in the green room, and couldn’t stop laughing, while I applied spirit gum to my face to apply my lace mask. Needless to say, Kimberlie (of Sidetracked) goes to all gigs equipped with spirit gum–and it usually is generously used by burlesque dancers who arrive with pasties but no glue with which to affix them. Sidenote… and unimportant in this case. But regardless, that mysterious mask that Hannah was wearing, was indeed affixed with pastie glue. Anyway… moving on…

We LOVE Rio. Let’s just interject that here. She is a dynamic and lovely performer, and has boundless amounts of energy–and her goal for every evening is to get the crowd dancing. Well, we certainly had that at the end. We managed to get everyone to push back the chairs and embark on a dance fest as only fans can do to Amulet–the drummer from This Way to the Egress did some very fancy moves, lots of great dancers who were getting down with our most upbeat song of the set. Fun! Philly, we love you, and we’ll definitely be back… after we catch up on our beauty sleeeeeep…. <3