BIG RIFF

OAK’s multi-talented stylist Stephanie Niedospial not only has a magic way with clothes (check out the OAKNYC editorials to see her handiwork), but also has a magic way with the guitar. Her band, Big Riff, with Charles Dodson and David Smilow, delivers good old-fashioned garage rock jams that are taken next level by Stephanie’s caterwauling, fierce female vocals. If you like Elastica, L7, or Vercua Salt you’ll love Big Riff. According to Stephanie, “Music is my second love, behind fashion, but like fashion I’m influenced by people who have done great things before me or are doing it now. And I learn a lot from my bandmates, who have been playing music a lot longer than me. Typically I take pieces from bands I like and try to make it my own.” Above, Big Riff playing Lit last week.

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