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at 7th Street Entry
Thursday, 11/19/2015, 7pm ($10)
Mitski, an identity and solo project from New York, is coming to First Avenue’s side room, the 7th street entry on November 19th. I did not know about Mitski when I saw her co-headline with Elvis Depressedly in Colorado. I was not ready for what I was to hear; she delivers an ardent, raw and beautiful shredfest of a set. She rounds out her band with a drummer and bassist from what I gathered, but the bassist could not be at the show I saw her at last. I have been listening to her 2014 release; Bury Me at Makeout Creek, and have tried to make sense of the visceral, unhinged, yet incredibly poetic set I saw. The Mitski live experience is something that just cannot be captured by the recorded music. If you want to see and hear a moving performance like none other, I encourage you to seek out a Mitski show.
Opener, Palehound, a project by singer, guitarist and songwriter Ellen Kempner from Boston, MA, compliments Mitski’s raw and evocative style with her own, haunting confessionals. She is on tour with Mitski in support of her August 14, 2015 release: Dry Food... an album she says was made during an unstable transitional time. “I was struggling in college, and with mental health issues. The album is a snapshot of a weird time for me, where I was transitioning from being in college to getting a job.”
Last but not least is opener PWR BTTM. A queer punk band made up of Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce. They will most likely be playing songs off of Ugly Cherries. The album is full of real life accounts of their experiences with their queer and gender identities while living in upstate New York.
11/14/15 Athens, GA Caledonia Lounge
11/16/15 Nashville, TN High Watt
11/17/15 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
11/18/15 Madison, WI The Frequency
11/19/15 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
11/20/15 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
11/21/15 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe
11/23/15 Toronto, ON Smiling Buddha Bar
11/24/15 Montreal, QC Casa De Popolo
11/25/15 Kingston, NY BSP Lounge
12/05/15 Saratoga Springs, NY Skidmore College
at Cedar Cultural Center
Thursday, 11/19/2015, 7pm ($16)
If you look at Lera Lynn's Wikipedia page, the only information it lists is her work with HBO's True Detective in 2014. The truth is, Lynn's career started a few years earlier with her debut album Have You Met Lera Lynn?, which spent some weeks on the Americana Airplay radio charts. There was a 2012 tour and she stopped by the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis in April 2012. Originally from Athens, Georgia, but I think she's currently residing in Nashville.
Of course, like I said, her reoccurring role as a depressing singer at the dive bar in True Detective really made an impact on viewers of the gritty drama. Love it or hate it, you couldn't ignore Lynn's songs "My Least Favorite Life" and "The Only Thing Worth Fighting For".
Plus, it is pretty amazing to be on True Detective Soundtrack, featuring some amazing songs by Leonard Cohen ("Nevermind") and Nick Cave ("All The Gold In California"... technically a cover song, but HBO used the Cave & Warren Ellis version).
Joining Lynn for this show will be Dylan LeBlanc.
11/14/15 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
11/16/15 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
11/17/15 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
11/19/15 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
11/20/15 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
11/21/15 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
11/22/15 Goshen, IN Sauder Concert Hall
12/10/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
12/11/15 Charleston, SC The Pour House
12/12/15 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
06/25/16 Big Barrel Country Music Festival
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at Walker Art Center
11/19/2015-11/20/2015, 8pm ($25)
Innovative vocalist Tanya Tagaq will be performing a special concert with Nanook of the North 1922 controversial film. Vocalist Tagaq, along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, will be performing a live accompaniment to the film’s silent images of life in an early 20th-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec. The Walker Art Center and Cedar co-presented show will take place from Thursday–Friday, November 19–20, 8 pm in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater.
About Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North:
Working with composer Derek Charke (whose Tundra Songs Tagaq performed with the Kronos Quartet), Tanya Tagaq employs exquisite improvisations with traditional roots, a style she has perfected over a decade of performances on major stages worldwide, as well as with collaborations with everyone from Björk (Tagaq joined her on the Medúlla tour) to Mike Patton (who contributed to Tagaq’s 2009 Juno-nominated album Auk/Blood).
Commissioned by the Toronto Film Festival for their First Nations Film Festival, Tagaq’s work with Nanook and with Charke began with a sonic exploration of the film’s imagery, images that spoke deeply to the vocalist. “The film expresses a lot of what I’m thinking and feeling,” Tagaq reflects. “It softened my anger about some of the great difficulties facing my community and put some beauty in there. It’s so hard to capture the absolute vastness of those places with visual elements alone. You can look at it, and it looks beautiful, but it’s also spacious and terrifying. The sound is very expansive. You can hear people talking from so far away. A single duck flying over you has the loudest sound in its wings. I have it in me, because I was born and raised up there.”