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Mary Timony, Birthday Girl DC, Quattracenta

  February 28, 2024 8:00 PM

Doors Open: 7:00 PM
ADVANCED: $20.00
DAY OF: $22.00

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 

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
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
“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
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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