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The music of Jenna Nicholls has been turning heads since she arrived on the door step of the Lower East Side of NYC. Whether shes crooning a jazz standard, belting out a New Orleans style dirge or plucking her 1920s style original ballads on her Ukulele, shes giving a vintage genre a new spin with her own lush nostalgic style and melodic sensibility.
Recently, Jenna has toured with Ingrid Michaelson, shared the stage with Oscar Winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Lucius, Joan as Policewoman, Gerry Leonard (Spooky Ghost/David Bowie). Shes performed in venues all over the world including the Beacon Theater NYC, and Carnegie Hall.
Spare Tire comedy has been seen performing all over the north eastern region! With their own individual style and comedic sense they bring keen observations and hilarious experiences to the stage for all ages!. Come and join them for their first late night show live at Club Cafe
Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with 60s soul, tapped by KEXP as one of the most exciting and joyous acts to emerge in recent years. The group quickly gained notoriety throughout the Pacific Northwest for their eminently danceable live shows that feature vocals from frontman Tom Eddy (Beat Connection), an effortlessly deep pocket, and the melodies of the The Honeynut Horns. Hard-hitting but sensitive, The Dip harkens back to the deep soul roots of decades past while sounding undeniably relevant. The band's 2015 self-titled debut, recorded to tape at Avast! Studios, propelled them to notable appearances at Sasquatch! Music Festival, High Sierra Music Fest, Summer Meltdown, and Capitol Hill Block Party and built anticipation for their 2016 release, Wont Be Coming Back (EP). Now, the band prepares to arrive on the national stage with their second LP, The Dip Delivers. Theres a certain alchemy to The Dip that unites music fans of all ages and backgrounds and leaves everyone smiling ear to ear.
Anna Tivel and Maya de Vitry are teaming up for two months of touring with dates spanning the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast. Tivel is touring behind her release The Question, which NPR called one of the most ambitious folk albums of 2019. Earlier this year, Maya de Vitry released her debut solo album Adaptations. Rolling Stone Country lauded the effort by saying, "de Vitrys songwriting balances her intensely personal, microscopic style of storytelling with a straightforward, accessible delivery.
When Fruit Bats announced its new album and signing to Merge Records late last year, singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson did so by Getting in a Van Again. The 15-minute mockumentary presented a surrealist view of the music industry, while teasing the very real themes explored on Gold Past Lifedue out June 21, 2019.
I know I said Id be around this year, but here I am getting in a van again.
Gold Past Life marks both an end and a beginning. Its the end of an unintentional thematic trilogy of records that began with 2014s EDJ (a solo record by name, but a Fruit Bats release in spirit) and hit an emotional peak with 2016s Absolute Loser. They encompassed years of loss, displacement, and the persistent, low-level anxiety of the current political climate. They were written in the wake of friends who left these earthly confines and families that could have been.
I wrote music to comfort myself, says Eric D. Johnson of those times. It was a soothing balm.
But these salves, these songs on Gold Past Life, also represent new beginningsthe journeys that await after making it through troubled times.
In fact, the notion of getting in a van to move onliterally and metaphoricallyis exactly what Gold Past Life is all about. Its about rejecting notions of idealized nostalgia (Gold Past Life) and the process of grounding oneself in the present, both geographically (A Lingering Love, Ocean) and spiritually (Drawn Away).
That spiritual sense of place is particularly important to Johnson, who has always been fascinated by dreams and the subconscious stories they can tell. Some of these songs are directed at specific people, some at amalgams of people, and lots at myself, or the subconscious version of myselfthat version like how they say youre every single character in your dreams, he says. Even the artwork represents the notion that were all the characters in our dreams. Heres me looking at you: Im a deer on a beach looking you dead in the eye and licking my lips.
Even as he works through these journeys, Johnsons falsetto still shines atop the bopping folk-rock of Gold Past Life. The new record also features more keyboard influences and a range of guests including Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore, Vampire Weekend), Neal Casal (Circles Around the Sun), Trevor Beld Jimenez and Tim Ramsey (Parting Lines), Meg Duffy (Hand Habits), and more. It also sees his working relationship with producer and engineer Thom Monahan (Neko Case, Peter Bjorn & John, Devendra Banhart) hit its stride.
According to Johnson, Fruit Bats has been a cult band for a long time. With Gold Past Life, he hopes to bring more immediacy to the music and share positivity, hope, and motivation to keep on keepin on with a wider audience.
Fruit Bats makes existential make-out music, he describes with a chuckle. But youre also welcome to dive into it deeper if you want. Good pop music should be sublime like that.
The third full-length from Boston-based trio Palehound, Black Friday, is a finespun exploration of all the forms that love can take: love between friends, love for people no longer in your life, love in the face of self-hate, love that endures through major life changes or through many tiny catastrophes. With her thoughtful narrative voice, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner imbues each song on the album with a radical sensitivity, an unchecked depth of feeling that ultimately sparks a greater open-heartedness within the listener.
Co-produced by Kempner and Gabe Wax (Beirut, Soccer Mommy), Black Friday follows 2017s A Place Ill Always Go -- a widely acclaimed release that landed on many year-end best-of lists. In creating the album, Kempner and her bandmates Jesse Weiss (drums) and Larz Brogan (bass) recorded at Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, California, tracking most of the songs live and breathing a new vitality into Palehounds elegantly detailed sound.
Unrestrained in emotion but subtle in sonic flourish, Black Friday opens with the stripped-back intensity of Company, the first of many songs conveying a profound longing for a lost friend. From there, Palehound shift into the joyful wonder of Aaron, a song Kempner wrote for her partner in the midst of his transitioning process. Its about the past year of him coming out and me helping him through that, and just watching him grow so much, she says. With her hushed yet urgent vocals, Kempner reveals her ability to draw so much power from a single word, turning Aaron into an indelibly tender expression of devotion and love.
Palehound examine the intricacies of friendship and partnership all throughout Black Friday, handling the subject with a level of attention rarely found in pop songs. On the quietly hypnotic title track, Kempner captures the specific ache of uneven emotional investment between friends, framing her plaintive acceptance in particularly barbed lyrics (Youre Black Friday and Im going to the mall). And on Worthy, Palehound speak to the challenge of navigating self-confidence issues in relationships, and delicately showcase Kempners lyrical finesse (And Ive won over your mother, darling/And Ive won over your sister too/And I won over your father, darling/And I still dont feel worthy of you).
While much of Black Friday unfolds with palpable compassion, Killer takes on a vengeful mood as Kempner recounts a fantasy of doing away with a friends abuser. It came from being so fed up with people who feel like they can take advantage of others sexually or physically or emotionally to get ahead or get what they want, and just wanting to destroy that culture in general, she says. On the following track, Palehound continue their contemplation of abuse with Where We Live -- a striking piece of spoken word from New York City-based poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva; its gritty yet dreamlike storytelling set against Kempners sprawling guitar work.
In bringing Black Friday to life, Kempner spent much of her time holed up in the practice space she shares with a wrestling troupe, pursuing a songwriting process thats often emotionally fraught. For me songs usually start with some really strong anxiety or other bad emotion, says Kempner. I generally dont pick up a guitar when Im feeling super-happy. Originally from Connecticut, she first started writing songs at age 10, several years after taking up guitar. My dad wrote songs and played guitar and were really close, so I always felt inspired to make music too, she notes. After playing in a punk band in high school, Kempner began putting out songs under the name Palehound at age 18, then released the projects debut EP Bent Nail in 2013 and full-length debut Dry Food in 2015. Arriving in June 2017, A Place Ill Always Go earned praise from outlets like Pitchfork (who hailed Kempners voice as specific and visceral) and NPR (who stated that Palehounds unflinching songs are also a celebration of life and embrace of love, and an empathetic reflection on how endings usually lead to beginnings).
With Black Friday building off the emotional complexity of its predecessor, Palehound hope that the album might help others to work through their own troubles in life and love of all kinds. Making musics always been a therapeutic thing for me -- thats such a big part of the reason why I do it in the first place, says Kempner. What I always want to do with my songs is to help people heal in some way, or come to some new understanding about whatever it is that theyre going through. Even if its just hearing a song and feeling less alone than they were before, that would mean so much to me.
Trophy: (tro·phy /ˈtrōfē/) noun. a cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.
Kate Davis picked up a violin at age five, a bass at age thirteen. She entered the Portland Youth Philharmonic before puberty, the Grammy Jazz Ensemble before adolescence. By the time she graduated high school, Kate won the Presidential Scholar in the Arts Award and a full ride to the Manhattan School of Music. By the time she graduated college, ASCAP's Robert Allen Award and slots at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a young adult, the virtuoso claimed enthusiastic endorsements from NPR, MTV, PBS and BBC as well as coveted invitations to the stage from Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, Jeff Goldblum and the like. Most recently, she co-wrote Sharon Van Ettens hit single Seventeen and contributed to the soundtrack for blockbuster Five Feet Apart.
Yet, Kate Davis considers her debut indie rock album her hardest-earned accolade to date.
Kate grew up as a jazz darling, but she grew into something significantly more dynamic. Days spent practicing and performing became nights spent writing -- cathartic indie rock -- music simultaneously informed by and rebutting of her training. Forbidden chord progressions emerged like diary entries, documents of an internal reaction to routine. Time intended for technique slipped into secret listening sessions of Beach House, Elliot Smith and TV on the Radio. In the same bright, arresting croon that ignited her youthful stardom, Davis created confessionals.
Now 28 and audibly matured, Kate is prepared to properly share the artifacts from her late-night craft, a full-length reaction to ritual required of perfection, an outburst from the pedestal. Throughout twelve tumultuous tracks, she poetically reflects upon the intricacies of what it is to live, ruminating on topics too close to her heart -- identity, self-worth, loss. Trophy will be released November 8, 2019 on Solitaire Recordings.
Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances.
With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Jeffrey Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining audiences everywhere he goes.
Raised in Harrisburg, PA by parents more inclined to spin soul classics by Aretha and Otis than the New Wave and Brit Rock blasting from their sons room, a teenaged Gaines began singing and playing guitar in several local garage bands. He soon decided to set out on his own and quickly landed a record deal, releasing Jeffrey Gaines, the first of his five studio releases. The album garnered four stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer, describing Gaines as an ethereal soul insistent, impassioned, full of self-knowledge. Somewhat Slightly Dazed, and Galore followed. Interview Magazine called Gaines music soul-searching and refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or cliché.
Jeffrey Gaines released Always Be (Artemis) to both critical and commercial praise. Featuring his emotional interpretation of In Your Eyes and his own soaringly beautiful Always Be, the album hit #5 on R&R Callout America CHR/Pop list, also reaching #45 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. The New York Post proclaimed Always Be as a dozen-song mix that completely illustrates the depth he is capable of.
Gaines impressive catalogue grew with Toward The Sun, produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Crowded House). The Boston Globe declared that Gaines soulful, wounded vocals make a case for his being one of pops finest singers an artist who deserves far more attention than some of his more hyped, yet less talented peers. Mojo noted, This established soul-folkies sexy growl has an underlying edge, making it a memorable album. Heartfelt unpretentious.
Throughout his career, Gaines has built a rapport with his fans unlike any other in popular music today. Gaines goes as far as letting his fans influence the songs he performs each night. When its just me playing, I only know the first song Im going to play, but from there the energy and the vibe tell me what the next song is going to be. Someone may yell a song, and Im like Exactly! Good call. Thats so fun to me, keeping it exciting and spontaneous. I dont even know what's around the corner, and the crowd doesnt either. Based on that relationship with the audience, Gaines released Jeffrey Gaines Live (CD / DVD) followed by Live In Europe, which was recorded during his 25-city tour with Joe Jackson. JGs 2016 return to Europe will be accompanied with long-awaited new music, with a release to follow in early 2017.
Joe Bartnick was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA where he learned to eat, drink and be funny. He moved to San Francisco and began his career as a standup comic working his way up from performing in coffee shops and laundry mats to play prestigious venues around the world such as The Chicago Theater, The Ryman Auditorium, The Forum and Madison Square Garden.
Joe moved to Los Angeles and jumped into writing and acting. In LA Joe has written on many television projects including the ESPYS, The NFL on FOX, Snoop After Dark and Eddie Griffins Going for Broke. As an actor Joe starred in Dirty Jokes the Movie. Joe created and starred (fully clothed) in the Playboy TV series King of Clubs.
Joe performed a closing set on AXS-TVs Live at Gotham. For many years Joe wrote and opened for the Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli. He can now be seen opening for Bill Burr or headlining on his own.
One of Joes biggest thrills was roasting Motley Crues Tommy Lee his cable show Battleground Earth. Joe wrote the best- selling book You Might Be a Douchebag and collaborated with Don Jamieson on You Might Be A Metal Head.
Joe has parlayed his love of hockey into the highly successful podcast Puck Off and writes a column for Pro Hockey News.
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