Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Tim Kaye, piano, guitar and vocals; Dave White, drums; Matt Kropkowski, bass; Mat McLaughlin, guitar

Founded in: 2000

Style: Gothic jazz

Influenced by: David Bowie, Challenge Club, Matt Pless, Rufus Wainwright

Notable: Several years ago, Kaye started playing gigs in the Midwest. He hooked up with friends of friends and wound up performing in outdoor festivals, coffeehouses and living rooms, he said. His next string of Midwest shows starts next month.

Quotable: "When we play in New York, we might not have a big crowd in New York City, but when we play in the middle of nowhere, a lot of people come out," Kaye said. "Maybe it's because there's not that much to do."

For more information about the band, visit myspace.com/timkaye



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