Liily is comprised of five Los Angeles teenagers hailing from deep in the San Fernando Valley to the edges of the Inland Empire. Emerging from a new and burgeoning youth culture in the city, their wildly frenetic shows point to a new vision for alternative and hard rock music, one which creates a space for their generation. Liily makes music that draws on all the jagged stimuli of their upbringings to make something distinctly Los Angeles in 2019.
An evening of the best hip hop Boston has to offer, curated by Boston's own Dreamer.
Cakeswagg is a Roxbury, Boston native and lyricist most known for her freestyles. Cakeswagg has been rapping for almost a decade. She releases a freestyle every Tuesday (in a series she calls “Talk That Talk Tuesday”) where she raps over a wide variety of fan-suggested instrumentals. Most recently Cakeswagg dropped her project, Cakeology vol. 1, and is currently in the production phase of her second album, Cakeology Vol. 2.
Dreamer is a first-generation American rapper, producer, songwriter and audio engineer based in Boston. Originally hailing from Connellsville, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, Dreamer got his start looking up to local talents Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa. Since 2016, he's been tearing up Boston's underground hip hop scene, selling out The Middle East Upstairs and Lilypad Inman. In 2019, Dreamer released his debut single, "Chicano", which was quickly followed by his 4/20 single, "Dutchies". The rising status of this local artist is an indication of big things to come.
BOREGARD is an artist hailing from the south side of Atlanta. The Henry County product has been on a coast-to-coast US tour and has released multiple projects and singles with much critical acclaim. His sense of humor shines in his music videos and witty word play.
An accomplished guitarist and burgeoning songwriter, Annabelle Lord-Patey blends 1960s folk sensibilities with an aching amount of Elliott Smith, creating a haunting form of indie folk. Her much-anticipated debut album Polaris, released in the summer of 2016, featured guest appearances from Phillip Jamieson and Mary Lou Lord. The album and her live shows have thrilled listeners in her native New England and on the West Coast, where she completed a successful tour in 2017. Annabelle has become a regular fixture at the legendary Passim Folk Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The New Yorker described her music as "striking," Rolling Stone called her "the show's standout," Billy Bragg said her music "has a lovely, knowing quality," and Shawn Colvin says listening to Annabelle Lord-Patey will remind you "why music made you smile in the first place."
Matt Minigell is a Boston–based songwriter, musician, and busker. His lyrical, emotive brand of folk music and whispery, fingerpicked playing style have been compared to artists such as Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, and Nick Drake. When he's not on the road or in the studio, Minigell can be found beneath the streets of Boston, performing at one of the city's many subway stations.
Sakura is a teenage singer-songwriter from Japan. She started playing guitar at the age of 12, and at 16 she uploaded her first video on Youtube. In November of 2018, Sakura released her second CD, Whereabouts, which she toured across Japan over the span of 2 years, playing shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Hiroshima, and in her home town Fukui.
Matthew and the Atlas, the project led by British songwriter Matt Hegarty, has traversed a range of musical territories from classic acoustic folk, to dramatic synth-laden electronica, and urgent guitar led alt-rock. The common thread across Hegarty's three LPs (Other Rivers, Temple, Morning Dancer), and the four stripped back EPs that preceded and followed them has been a songwriting style that marries a subtle melodic sensibility with lyrics full of natural imagery and dark emotional heft. In the process, Hegarty has quietly built a major cult following in Europe and the US, which has seen Q Magazine dub him the "British Bon Iver".
As part of the Communion Records family (Matthew and The Atlas’ debut EP was the label’s first ever release), Hegarty toured his early releases extensively and internationally with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Bear’s Den, Civil Wars and others around Europe and the US. That early touring, and a passionate word-of-mouth fan base, has taken Hegarty’s music around the world and close to 100m streams across all his releases.
Matthew and the Atlas' new LP, Morning Dancer, sees Hegarty recording for the first time with his full five-piece touring band and Bristol-based producer Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, Youth Lagoon, Gruff Rhys). Recorded and mixed in an intensive six-week stint, the record has familiar elements - the energy and intensity of the live show, stripped and delicate confessional moments, and touches of the synth heavy drama that characterized his debut. To that mix, Chant and Hegarty have added flourishes of brass and woodwind and a playful looseness to the production and arrangements that takes the songs and Hegarty’s voice to a new place altogether.
A Hand Through the Cellar Door is, in many ways, Luke Temple’s most straightforward collection of song-storying tunes to date. There are tales of dysfunctional, broken homes and of dysfunctional, broken people. In both “Maryanne Was Quiet” and “The Case of Louis Warren” we follow two characters whose lives unravel in very different ways, though their central question is the same: After you shed all the things you think make you who you are, what is left? Album standout “The Complicated Men of the 1940s” is a thought experiment concerning the sacrifice of a passing generation, where the heroes of yesterday seem like the stuffy, old guard to a new generation that’s grown just a bit too entitled to their comfort.
But this being Temple and all - the creative mind behind Here We Go Magic - nothing is really ever so straightforward. The arrangements, kept to a minimal drums/guitar/bass/string set-up here, expand and contract in unexpected ways. Temple will often add a guitar hiccup or a just-behind-the-beat string section to create a sensation of everything being slightly off. While the tales Temple weaves are bleak, the aura of hope never quite fades from the picture. He turns the tragedies of human folly into a celebration of our eccentricities.
On their first full-length release, Heart Hunger, Oakland-based Meernaa (Carly Bond [vocals, guitar], Rob Shelton [keys], Doug Stuart [bass], and Andrew Maguire [drums, percussion]) plumbs the depths of indigo waters. Celestial and soulful, Meernaa’s songs manage to remain grounded in the natural world. These songs are reckonings, revelations of secrets, and lonesome wanderings. They are portraits of emotional evolution, rich illustrations of painful pasts and hopeful futures.
Tasha, a native of Chicago, Illinois, has dreamed of a better world for years, working with local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and being on the front lines for protests around the city. Returning to the guitar, an instrument her mother taught her to play when she was 15, Tasha began exploring how music can be a powerful force for healing.
On her debut album Alone at Last, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. “These songs are bed songs,” Tasha notes. “Songs about the place that one might go when they finally need to be away from whatever it is that might be causing them stress or anxiety or sadness or fear.”
Songwriter Christelle Bofale, based in Austin, Texas, infuses hints of the Congo into her music, bridging the musical influences of the diaspora with juxtaposed elements of indie rock, soul, and jazz. From singing and dancing with her mother as a child to praying to Congolese music with her grandmother, Bofale’s journey as a musician has been defined in tiny intervals throughout her life.
Growing up in a small town in the periphery of London, guitar and piano were always a big part of Charlie Cunningham’s life.
After a few years gigging and finding his feet in Oxford he left for Seville, where he developed a fresh technique that served as a catalyst for his creativity. Taking the percussive qualities of flamenco, his playing became sharp enough to craft songs laden with delicate flourishes, intricate melodic turns, and moments of stark introspection. His work continues to be both expansive and intimate. “I guess the reason that it took so long for me to put something out was that I couldn't play the way I wanted to play” he explains. “I knew how I wanted it to be, but I just couldn't do it. I gave myself quite a tough time." Cunningham’s enormously suggestive songwriting is sonically beautiful while also packing an emotional punch. "I love all sorts of music, as long as there is an honesty to it" he says. "But it’s hard, really, to let yourself be exposed like that.”
Cunningham’s artistic development, mapped by his three EPs Outside Things, Breather, and Heights, took another leap forward with his debut album, Lines. His deft touch and restraint have produced a work of compositions that sound fresh and yet eerily familiar. Although his celebrated flamenco nods and vocal hooks are still present, his musicianship and songwriting ability now takes center stage. The popularity of Cunningham’s music is highlighted in over 4.7 million Spotify plays across his three EPs, tens of thousands of views for his captivating online sessions, and two sold out headlining tours of Germany, which reflect the public's enthusiasm for his live performances.
Her debut release with 4AD, Party (produced with the award-winning John Parish; PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) introduces a new pulse to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where the likes of Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.
Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Aldous Harding quickly became known for her charismatic combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd wit. The album drew attention and accolades from some of the most illustrious corners of the music industry, receiving 4 stars in MOJO and Uncut, while UK blog The 405 hailed her a "toweringly talented song writer".
Created in Parish's hometown of Bristol, Party saw Harding depart her New Zealand base in the antipodes for an intensive two-week immersion in the studio. Articulating her ambitions for Party to Parish was a galvanizing process for Harding, met with stunning results. The pair developed a near non-verbal shorthand, audibly evident in a raft of musical contributions from Parish. Alongside such special guests as Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas (having worked with Parish and toured with Aldous, it only took asking once), there is an exhilarating sense of risk throughout the record as Harding's muscular wingspan extends. Teased out with inflections of experimental instrumentation and arrangements; Party is always anchored by Aldous's intimidating command of her own songs.
Renowned for the captivating state of possession she occupies in live performance, Aldous Harding has won crowds the world over playing alongside Deerhunter, Frankie Cosmos and Perfume Genius, as well as to hoards of eager crowds at SXSW, Festival Les Indisciplinées, Rolling Stone Weekender, Visions Festival, The Great Escape, Golden Plains and more. Aldous' 2017 touring schedule spans Europe, the US and the United Kingdom for much of the year, with Green Man, End of the Road Festival, Latitude Festival, Nelsonville Music Festival and more on the horizon.
All online ticket buyers can redeem a free download or physical version of the upcoming MAX album. The email will be sent by Sony RED and will go to the same email address that was used when purchasing tickets.
Nominated as best new pop artist of 2019 by iHeart Radio, MAX also has been identified by Billboard as a pop star to watch. Born in New York City, the artist, actor, and dancer has toured the world many times, been featured in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign with Madonna, and starred in critically acclaimed films and television shows.
His 2016 album Hell’s Kitchen Angelenjoyed breakout success, including the hit single “Lights Down Low.” The song generated 500 million streams globally and earned double-platinum certifications in the U.S. and Canada. As the track took off, MAX delivered seismic renditions of the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Good Morning America, and TRL.
“What people loved about ‘Lights Down Low’ was the story—I’d never been more honest,” notes MAX. “It just clicked. I only scratched the surface on Hell’s Kitchen Angel, though. I’m taking even more risks on my next album, House of Divine. I want to be as authentic as possible, whether it is about losing people in my life or just who I am as a person.”
A Brandeis graduate and native daughter of Massachusetts (from Manchester-by-the-Sea), Kristen is thrilled to be making her debut performance as a jazz artist in her home city.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy returns with his brand-new LP, The Gus, which will be available July 5th. The Gus is Mulcahy’s sixth solo record and follows 2017’s dynamic The Possum in the Driveway and his celebrated 2013 return record, Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You. Long heralded by contemporary luminaries like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and covered by touchstone artists such as The National and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Mulcahy refuses to rest on laurels and turn out the same type of album twice.
Inspired to “up his lyrical game” while reading a collection of short fiction by George Saunders, The Gus finds the songwriter channeling his eclectic voice and ear for melody into the role of storyteller more than ever before. The result is ten infectious songs that combine Mulcahy’s unique window on the world with stories that absorb listeners more with each spin.
In addition to his celebrated solo career, audiences may also know Mulcahy as the frontman of seminal ‘80s rock band Miracle Legion or as “Muggy Polaris,” ringleader of Polaris, the fictional house band of the beloved ‘90s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Both Miracle Legion and Polaris have reunited in recent years to tour and will likely do it again.
Tom Speight is making up for lost time. Laid low by illness, beset by personal and professional problems, the songwriter returned to what he does best: writing songs.
Using his convalescence as a musical break, Speight found that music simply tumbled forth in a torrent of ideas and a flood of melody. “I wanted to do it,” he says. “I came out of a big relationship—four or five years—and then I was pretty low. I’d just come out of two major operations, so it was a good, cathartic way of getting on with things.”
As a child, Speight listened endlessly to early Leonard Cohen albums, even going as far as to borrow his older sister’s classical guitar. That element of simplicity remains in his music, but his recent work feels more inclined towards Ryan Adams’s autumnal romanticism, or even the simple yet affecting Celtic soul of Damien Rice, where each note has its own place driven by a deeply personal connection to the music.
Armed with some of his finest songs to date, Speight released four EPs in a span of 12 months, receiving more than 12 million Spotify plays, earning support from BBC Radio 2, and landing a high-profile session on Jo Whiley’s show. Eager to play live, he chalked up more than 80 shows in less than 12 months, from London to Poland, from the Scottish Highlands to the continent.
Cat Clyde is a brand new artist out of Stratford, Ontario with a fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear. With influences ranging from Etta James to Janis Joplin to Lead Belly, her velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide-guitar-infused style can instantly transport you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon. No longer do you need to reach for your trusty sifting pan and river boots to find gold. You just need to know one name.
Upon moving to NYC, and just a freshman at The Juilliard School, Braxton met Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott and became a long term member in Christian's band honing his skills on the road. He also toured and performed with Christian McBride Big Band and Marquis Hill among others. During this time Braxton was also selected as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
The following year Braxton released his debut EP Sketch (2014) and sophomore release Braxton Cook Meets Brown (2015) launching his solo career and bringing him festivals and venues across the country. In April of 2017, Braxton released his debut album Somewhere In Between, which allowed Braxton to tour both nationally and internationally to the U.K as well as Japan.
In 2017, Fader Magazine called Braxton Cook a "Jazz Marvel" and "Jazz Prodigy." Most recently, Braxton was listed as Top Five Jazz Artist To Watch (alongside Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Butcher Brown, and Kris Bowers) in the 2018 June Issue of Ebony Magazine.
Outside of the Jazz sphere, Braxton has worked alongside Rihanna at the 2016 VMAs and Solange Knowles; contracting the horn players involved in her live shows at the Guggenheim, Radio City Music Hall, Afro Punk Festival, Panorama Festival, and Made in America Festival. Most recently, Braxton was featured on Tom Misch's 2018 U.S. Domestic Tour which started with a 2 performances at Coachella and culminated with a very special Tiny Desk performance.
Braxton has most recently released his sophomore album entitled No Doubt (2018) which debuted at #2 on iTunes Jazz Charts and amassed 1M streams in its first month. Now working on his third project which is set to release Fall 2019, Braxton is excited to continue expanding his musical concept and growing his fan base worldwide.
Despite major success, Dotan hid behind his music, choosing not to appear in artwork and videos. He then went on to use his attention to help showcase upcoming singer-songwriters through his 7Layers brand, rather than focusing on new music for himself.
After a long period of not releasing new music, Dotan is back with his boldest sound yet.
In search of himself and a deeper connection with his music, Dotan left Amsterdam for California, finding some key new collaborators to truly express the colourful sounds living within his head. "Numb" is the first of many powerful songs to come and signals a true return for Dotan.
"Numb" is an evolved, eclectic and vulnerable sound with influences from electronic and pop music, whilst retaining the emotion of a true singer-songwriter talent.
Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Kentucky, not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but she’s not a folksinger. Shelley's disposition aligns more closely with that of Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hal. Shelley's work wrestles with the possibility of reconciling, if only for a moment, the perceived “natural” world with its reflection—sometimes, relatively speaking, clear; other times hopelessly distorted—in the human heart, mind, and footprint.
Since the 2015 release of her album Over and Even, Shelley has crossed the country and toured Europe several times as a headlining artist, sharing shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Doug Paisley, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, and Michael Hurley. She has opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Andrew Bird, and Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy produced her previous record at The Loft in Chicago.