..........................................................JUNE 14: KGB Red Room | 8pm..........................................................
OSEKRE || ANYA MARINA || JULIA WELDON
(to support arts-education for undocumented young people)
With an open-throated rasp, Afro-indie artist Ishmael Osekre commands a beautiful chaos that is at once local and global. The Afrobeat verse. The shout-along punk chorus. Bursts of ska. Even a soulful croon here and there. The pieces fit better than they should, causing you to wonder why no-one has really tried this before.
Best known for "Satellite Heart" from the platinum selling soundtrack to Twilight, New Moon, and her provocative cover of T.I.'s "Whatever You Like," Anya Marina mixes “Liz Phair sex appeal with a dash of Carl Jung." (Rolling Stone) By turns wise and witty, her songs offer rapier-sharp insight into human relationships as well as begrudging nods to uncertainty. She’ll be the first to tell you, “we know nothing,” and then throw in some casual observation that so totally nails it! Marina released her fourth LP, Paper Plane, last year on her own Good Rope Records (through Tone Tree). Recorded in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, Paper Plane was produced with help from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Eric Hutchinson, Leo Sidran and Gary Philips. Deeply felt yet approachable, it marked Marina’s first independent release since her 2005 debut, Miss Halfway. Anya’s finishing her next album, which drops later in May and she’ll be touring behind it. Catch her before she hits the road.I
On the verge of starting their next album, Brooklyn indie-folk-pop artist Julia Weldon instead found themself waking up from a coma after a gender affirming surgery. One year later after a fortunate recovery and songs to tell the story, the self-taught, nationally recognized musician went across the pond to England to record their new material with Drew Morgan (producer of Perfume Genius).
As a follow-up to their critically acclaimed album, Light Is a Ghost, Weldon describes their new work as a contemplation of polarities: heartbreak and new love, life and death, connection and loss.
Weldon tours nationally and their music has been featured in The Village Voice, Buzz Feed, Bitch Magazine, Autostraddle, AfterEllen, SheWired, The Advocate, Deli Magazine, and The Washington Post.
Weldon's 2013 album Light Is a Ghost is produced by Saul MacWilliams (Ingrid Michaelson, Dan Romer) and features Adam Christgau (Sia, Tegan and Sara) on drums. The album showcases Weldon’s storytelling, voice, and unmistakable charisma.