Joe LeDoux and Colin Dempsey are “So We Are.” The duo are members of The Amygdaloids, and play acoustic versions of the band's songs, as well as other material from the heavy meNtal songbook. LeDoux’s musical roots are in rockabilly, country, British Invasion, and contemporary Americana, while Dempsey is steeped in Irish folk and indie rock. Rosanne Cash described “So We Are” as a kind of "post-modern Everly Brothers."

The Beautiful Brain by Joseph LeDoux

I Got a Mind to Tell You by Joseph LeDoux



My Mind’s Eye – Controlling Our Fears: An Interview with Elizabeth Phelps

Director&Producer : Alexis Gambis |Editor: Leo Ghysels LABOCINE ORIGINAL 2017

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to learn about brain and mind from leaders in the field, and be entertained at the same time? Welcome to My Mind’s Eye, a series of interviews about topics such as the mind-body problem, free will, memory, emotion, and on and on, each themed with a song from the rock band, The Amygdaloids. My Mind’s Eye is hosted by NYU neuroscientist, Joseph LeDoux, and directed by Alexis Gambis.

In this fourth episode, we all with Elizabeth Phelps, cognitive neuroscientist known for her research at the intersection of memory, learning, and emotion.

So We Are & The Rock Valley Retinue at HiFi

In April So We Are and the Rock Valley Retinue took over a room, 19th century schoolhouse in upstate New York and turned it into a recording studio. This live-performance video is from their record release for their album, “Things We’ve Learned”. Joseph LeDoux and Colin Dempsey are So We Are. Rock Valley Retinue band members include Don Piper, Matthew Horn, Jeremy Chatzky, Cliff Westfall, Julia Greenberg.

Preview “Things We’ve Learned” by So We Are & the Rock Valley Retinue. Listen@cdbaby

Preview “Things We’ve Learned” by So We Are & the Rock Valley Retinue 

Last summer, So We Are took over a 19th Century one-room schoolhouse in the Catskills (Rock Valley NY) and turned it into a recording studio. Colin Dempsey and Joseph LeDoux were joined by some friends upstate, including Matthew HornCliff Westfall Jeremy Chatzky Julia Greenberg and Don Piper (who played and produced). The result was “Things We’ve Learned” by So We Are & The Rock Valley Retinue. We’ll be doing a record release show at HiFi Bar on Monday Nov 21 at 730p. The record is available from CD Baby.

So we are is joining NYU inauguration celebration event

So We Are will perform songs about mind and brain in The Mind – one of NYU Inauguration Celebration Week events.  LeDoux will moderate the event and Colin Dempsey will be speaking in the even too.

THE MIND [Kimmel 802, Thursday, September 2211 – 12:30pm]

Odyssey of the Mind

(April 21, 2016) Odyssey of the Mind: In this event, Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux will be joined by Colin Dempsey  under the duo name So We Are , to give a musical performance related to the topic of his talk: The Unconscious Is Less Mysterious But No Less Important Than You Thought

Music on the Mind: Rocking Out for CNS 2016

(March 30, 2016) Rocking Out for CNS 2016 :Three bands made up of CNS members – The Amygdaloids, Pavlov’s Dogz, and The Shrinks – are playing this Sunday, on the occasion of the CNS annual meeting in New York.

Anxious (the CD) by The Amygdaloids – Upcoming Album Release on July 14 !

On July 14, Anxious the book and Anxious the CD will launch. The book offers a new view of fear, anxiety and other emotions, and how problems with fear anxiety can be more effectively treated. The CD explores some of the same psychological themes of the book, but through music.  The CD was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig (Eric Ambel, producer, Mario Viele , engineer). Cover art by Colin Webber at Viking and CD Design by Amanda Thorpe. Purchasers of the book receive a free download of the music (download code in the Preface).


NeuroRock: An evening of neuroscience and music with The Amygdaloids

June 22, 2015 – SciArt Center presented ‘”An evening of neuroscience and music with The Amygdaloids” at Cornelia Street Cafe .

<Photos from the event> <Highlights of the music from the show>

“So We Are” at Sidewalk – Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 16, 2015- Colin and Joe performed at Sidewalk, NYC last night.  Rather than facing the audience when performing, they faced each other. Interestingly, with the musicians in this kind of intimate connection the audience felt vicariously connected.

Rosanne Cash

Nov. 18, 2014 – Rosanne Cash joined Joe and Colin on stage at the NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life for the 3rd Annual Emotional Brain Institute Emotion in the Arts and Sciences Event. The event was hosted by Judith Regan, host of Sirius-XM Stars Channel’s “The Judith Regan Show,” and will be broadcast soon. Details to follow.

Joe and Colin performed ‘Inside of Me’ and ‘My Mind’s Eye’ and Rosanne Cash then joined them on stage to sing ‘Mind Over Matter’. Rosanne Cash then closed out the event with a few of her own songs.


Colin, Rosanne Cash and Joe


Colin, Joe & Rosanne Cash

“So We Are” at Sidewalk, NYC – Jan. 15, 2015

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