Big Thief

Big Thief (10:00 PM)

Fell Runner (9:15 PM)

Henry Jamison (8:30 PM)

Wed, March 8, 2017

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

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Big Thief - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Big Thief
Big Thief’s music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says Adrianne.

Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album (Saddle Creek), is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne’s voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks “the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they’re grounded in simple things.

Adrianne met her longtime musical partner, guitarist and singer, Buck Meek, in Brooklyn a few years ago, and they quickly formed a creative bond tempered by the experience of traveling and performing for months on end in old dive bars, yards, barns, and basements together. They recorded a pair of duo albums (A-Sides and B-Sides), and Adrianne showcased her songs on a solo album, Hours Were The Birds.

Now, as a full rock and roll band, with Buck on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums, they bring a steady wildness, giving the songs an even deeper layer of nostalgia. “These guys feel like a pack of wolves at my back,” says Adrianne, “they make the songs howl and bark with a fierce tenderness that gives me courage.”

After spending last July in an old house that they turned into a studio on Lake Champlain with producer Andrew Sarlo, the resulting collection soars on what Big Thief fan Sharon Van Etten calls “… a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies.”
Fell Runner - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Fell Runner
"Their music is unique. Jagged, but also soulful and melodic. A noted West African influence surfaces in many of the guitar constructions, but I also hear fragments of sound reminiscent of Ian Williams and co. via Pittsburgh through Don Caballero, Chicago thru Storm and Stress and finally Brooklyn thru Battles. There are moments of abstract harmonic complexity (Cobwebs) and beauty (Fall Back) that are unmatched, to my ears, by any bands around today." — Jeff Parker (Tortoise, AACM, Brian Blade Fellowship, etc.)


When timber falls it makes a sound. Or, some sounds. It cracks then slams. It likely reverberates, echoes too. Stiff matter resolves. There is a sense of danger, of tension and resolution, of impact. But the experience of logging is quite inwardly directed. One faller recounts one such moment in a 1943 letter: "I feel the wood give and break. It usually tilts in and sounds like nothing else as it does. When it lands it makes a sound like nothing else I've ever heard. You wouldn't believe it." The sounds of timber are distinct, beautiful, and powerful.


At once understated and astonishing, Fell Runner's blend of a garage-cool attitude and complex virtuosity is declarative of a unique voice on the L.A. rock scene. The four-piece take guitar rock and infuse it with literary sensibility, vibrant vocal harmonies, and expressive polyrhythms borrowed from West African studies. Fell Runner executes these embelishments without ever breaking the uninhibited drive that serves as the band's foundation, keeping their sound edged and urgent.


Centered around the collaborative relationship between singer-guitarists Steven van Betten and Gregory Uhlmann as well as close friendships to bassist Marcus Hogsta and drummer Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM), Fell Runner formed in 2012. The band was conceived to satisfy a need to vent using the most primary and instantaneous effects of music. In it, its members found a space for visceral musical connection and honest lyrical exploration.


The band's self-titled debut was released on Orenda Records in August 2015 and it showed them crafting an exciting meeting point between bands like Dirty Projectors and TuneYards, tinged however with the dark moodiness of Deerhunter or Xiu Xiu. Of it, Record Rewind Play states, "what they've produced comes across as spontaneous and living, growing and evolving as the songs progress, with melodies and the rhythms that underpin them criss-crossing in a constant search for a stable center.” Lyrically, the album delivers cautionary musings and vivid Southern Californian landscapes which are bound up into introspective experiential snapshots. Fell Runner presents a picture of Los Angeles that minds the smog and clutter, maintaining an affinity for the organic.


Fell Runner has frequented Los Angeles clubs including appearances at The Troubadour, The Echo, The New Parrish and a month long residency at The Bootleg Theater. They have opened for artists Julia Holter and Tortoise. Their debut album is out now on Orenda Records (https://orendarecords.bandcamp.com/album/fell-runner).
Henry Jamison - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Henry Jamison
Assuming that a pedigree in such things has any relevance at all, which is certainly unclear, Henry Jamison was perhaps predisposed to songwriting. His great-great-great-great-great-great-great (etc.) grandfather was the 14th century poet John Gower (friend to Chaucer and Richard II) and his great-great-great-great grandfather was George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era. Probably more relevant is that his mother is an English professor and his father a classical composer, who gave him a Korg 8-track recorder and his first guitar.

Henry attended a Waldorf School near his hometown of Burlington, VT, sang in a traveling folk choir and played viola in local youth orchestras. After an academically turbulent stint as an English major at Bowdoin College in Maine, he left on tour for two years with a band of bearded friends. This period was full of joys and sorrows and ended in a move back home. After a few attempts at recording a solo debut with a cadre of talented players, Henry decided to demo some new ideas on his old Korg 8-track, which would go on to become The Rains EP. These songs show a central interest in exploring inner worlds, observing their treasures and holding none in contempt. They run the gamut from an earnest reckoning with romantic upheaval ("Real Peach"), to a knee-jerk and distorted view of the same ("Through a Glass"), to storm-driven dreamscapes ("The Rains" and "Dallas Love Field"). Finally, in "No One Told Me," Henry stands metaphorically on his own "Galleons Lap" (the summit where Christopher Robin says Goodbye-for-Now to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's House at Pooh Corner) and looks out, with a newfound composure born of relationship, to the horizon of the Who-Knows-What that is the life of a musician.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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