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Mary Timony, Birthday Girl DC, Quattracenta

  February 28, 2024 8:00 PM

Doors Open: 7:00 PM
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $22.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: November 10, 2023 10:00 AM to February 27, 2024 11:59 PM
DAY OF Public Onsale: February 28, 2024 12:00 AM to February 28, 2024 6:00 PM
Mary Timony 
with guests
Birthday Girl DC 
Quattracenta

For more than 30 years, singer-songwriter and guitar hero Mary Timony has cut a distinctive
path through the world of independent music, most recently as vocalist and guitarist of
acclaimed garage-pop power trio Ex Hex (Merge) but also as a member of seminal post-punk
band Autoclave (Dischord), celebrated leader of the deeply influential Helium (Matador),
multifaceted solo artist (Matador, Lookout!, Kill Rock Stars), and a co-founder of supergroup
Wild Flag (Merge). Described by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein as “Mary Shelley with a
guitar” and dubbed “a trailblazer and an innovator” by [Mary’s former guitar student] Lindsey
Jordan a.k.a. Snail Mail, Timony has distinguished herself as one of her generation’s most
influential guitarists and songwriters. Although she has remained a cult hero and critical
favorite since the early ’90s, appearing everywhere from 120 Minutes episodes to Coachella sets,
Timony’s many triumphs have long been counterbalanced by crippling doubt and
self-nullification.
Her fifth solo album, Untame the Tiger, approaches these emotions head on. Her first solo
release in 15 years is a startling document of an artist fully coming into her own power during
the fourth decade of her career. It is the product of lessons learned during life-altering struggle.
The mystical, acoustic-driven Untame the Tiger emerged after the dissolution of a long-term
relationship and was bookended by the deaths of Timony’s father and mother. The album was
recorded during a two-year period during which she was the primary caregiver for her ailing
parents. “This was the hardest thing I’ve been through. Every week I had to manage a new
crisis.”
“I started realizing that I gotta control the things that I can,” says Timony, who would write songs
while going on mind-clearing walks and bike rides around her native Washington, DC. “Because I
was making impossible decisions on behalf of my parents, creative choices now seemed more
manageable. Since I had to confront the reality of loss, I realized what was important to me
about being alive, and I became less scared. The record became my anchor in a time when I was
losing so much around me. It felt like all I had—a guide that helped me through, and gave me
hope."
The tectonic psychic shift Mary experienced due to the loss of a long-term relationship and also
of her parents informs many of her lyrics. Standout track “No Thirds” “is a song about losing
everything and having to keep on going,” says Timony. “I wanted the verses to sound like a
wide-open barren space, like driving across a desert, because that is what the song is
about—losing people and the feeling that your future is a giant, wide-open blank space.” The
stripped-back acoustic instrumentation of “The Guest” conjures Sweetheart-era Byrds. Timony
describes it as a song sung directly to loneliness: “I was imagining loneliness as a house guest
who keeps knocking on your door. I thought it would be funny to say loneliness is the only one
who always comes back.”
 
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