7/22 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
7/23 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
7/24 - Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
7/25 - Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
7/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
* w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som
Jay Som recently announced that she has signed to Polyvinyl. Her debut album is set for release in 2017... in the meantime, she will reissue Turn Into, a collection of finished and unfinished songs written, recorded, and mixed between March 2014-October 2015. The collection is available digitally for purchase, but will also be available on vinyl, cassette and CD on November 18th.
The music was Japanese Breakfast seemed to be a bit more experimental than the music of Zauner’s other bands but had the energy you would want from a punk band. Zauner was joined on stage by a drummer and bassist who also did backup vocals and keyboards on some select songs.
The songs were chilling yet up-beat. At times Zauner's voice was haunting and beautiful and other times you could really hear her punk side come out as she screamed into the microphone. Her set was ended with her song about falling in love with a robot. This song really stood out due to the electronic feeling and auto-tune on Zauner's voice. It felt completely different than the rest of the set and she even got down in the crowd to jump around a bit. Although it was completely out of leftfield compared to the rest of the set, it worked and showed just how versatile Zauner could be.
Japanese Breakfast recently released Psychopomp on Yellow K Records/Dead Oceans in April of this year.
Mitski is known for being gutsy yet gorgeous when it comes to her music and that's exactly what she was as she performed on stage with nothing more than her voice, a guitar, and a drummer. She is currently on tour in support of her fourth studio album, Puberty 2, which was released on June 17th on Dead Oceans. She played songs from this album but also dug into her catalog to play some of her old songs. It was hard to tell what song was from what album due to her consistency which is a truly remarkable thing to hear.
It was hard to take your eyes off of Mitski as she sang through her set with more power than a single person should be able to have. Her music had a hint of being complicated but still understandable. It was dark but the performance of the music turned the light on it. There was a mixture of slow and fast songs. 99% of Mitski’s set was of originals but she did slip in a beautiful cover of “How Deep Is Your Love” by Calvin Harris. It was recognizable but had her own touch on the song with made it truly special and different.
Mitski at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (19 July 2016)