Ryhmesayers artist Grieves and Budo will be making a stop at Stage AE this Saturday. The Seattle based duo creates quick witted lyrics over substantial beats. They are touring behind their new album Together/Apart released this year. From their bio:
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Benjamin Laub, better known as Grieves, was exposed to music at a young age by his father, who would take him to Jazz and Blues clubs. As he moved about the country he began to expand his listening to include the sounds of punk and Hip Hop. In 2003 he ended up in Seattle and completely immersed himself in the art form, honing these varied influences into songwriting. Alone and in a new city, he secluded himself in his apartment where the only furniture was his bed, a TV, and an MPC 2000XL. Finding opportunities to perform in small clubs and venues around town, he began funding and booking his own regional tours. After self-releasing his debut album Irreversible in 2007, Grieves took that momentum out on the road, developing an ever growing fan base from the west to east coast.
Grieves would eventually hook up with a talented producer and multi-instrumentalist by the name of Budo. In 2008 the duo created 15 tracks of sample-free, melody-driven, analog warmth titled 88 Keys & Counting, a combination of singing and rapping tethered together by guitar, horn, and keyboard driven instrumentals. Mainly a digital release, 88 Keys & Counting was welcomed with rave reviews and earned the attention of Minneapolis based label, Rhymesayers Entertainment, who have reissued the album, released The Confessions of Mr. Modest. as well as the duo’s new LP Together/Apart.
The show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are only $10 and can be found here.