Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - First Aid Kit - 7.31.12 - Altar Bar - Show Preview - Concert Preview

First Aid Kit will be performing at the Altar Bar Tuesday, 7.31. The Swedish female duo are touring in support of their new LP The Lion's Roar released this past January. Sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg make up the group, playing there own brand of folk music with influences from Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Joni Mitchell. Their music captures the wanderings (what I could imagine) of their home in Sweden walking through the desolate woods, with snow crunching under your feet. The Lion's Roar was produced by Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes in the Omaha with their father Benkt participating in the backing band. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com

From their press:

First Aid Kit’s first US-recorded album, The Lion’s Roar, juxtaposes sadness and beauty in the best traditions of folk and country music. They even cite the Louvin Brothers’ cheerfully brutal version of the old murder ballad “Knoxville Girl” as the perfect example of the sweet and sour they adore. And this new carefully constructed collection deftly succeeds in setting references to their hometown of Stockholm and long, dark Scandinavian winters against a backdrop of country-rock swing.

Initially signed in 2008 by The Knife-owned label Rabid Records (they are now signed to Wichita), First Aid Kit have gone from faraway teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording a Blue Series 7-Inch single of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” with Jack White at his request in his Nashville, TN Third Man Studios. “I think of it now as like a dream, too good to be true,” says Johanna of the session, happily and hurriedly squeezed into last autumn’s tour schedule.

Where 2010’s debut The Big Black and the Blue was starkly intimate,The Lion’s Roar, recorded in Omaha by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, millions more), is a full band record. The girls’ father Benkt takes the bass, Mattias Bergqvist drums, while Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, and a cast of Omaha-based musicians round out the sound. From the dynamic title track onwards, the album is a rich and stirring affair that expands upon the keen and sophisticated country-tinged pop of their debut.

Show is at Altar Bar and begins at 7p with doors at 6p. Tickets are $15 and can be found here

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