Monday, May 13, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Yeasayer - 6.25.13 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Yeasayer will be making a stop on Tuesday, 6.25 at Mr Smalls. They are touring behind their third LP Fragrant World released this past August 2012. The trio made up of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf-Tuton and Anand Wilder are based in Brooklyn and recorded their latest album there. The band made self described sci-fi sounds often utilizing electronic textures, bleeps and traditional instruments. The band is known for their vivid live show. Pgh last saw the band way back in 2010; it's nice they are making a stop on their second tour. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us your name at to enter.

From their press:

Across Fragrant World's 11 tracks, genre mashing is taken from a broad spectrum of sources: updated takes on dusky pop, jittery funk, exotic keyboard experimentation, haunting whirs of backward organ, exuberant bass, etc. "I wanted to make a record that was legitimately, to use a bad word, funky," Chris Keating told Under the Radar magazine. Even at it's darkest, that statement holds true. On their first single and album centerpiece, "Henrietta," Keating is in great form. The track is loosely based on Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cells were cultured by a doctor in the 1950s without her permission. Those cells would later go on to be the most commonly used human cell line for medical research. Keating teases out universal ideas from bizarrely specific moments in history, repeating the refrain, "we will live on forever," referencing Lacks' story directly, contrasted against a darkly optimistic worldview. It's a risky move, but it pays off.

It's a testament to their sound and the unique identity they've carved out for themselves in the music community. They've managed to grow and expand into what they are now without losing touch with what made them so compelling in the first place: their willingness to pull from every musical source imaginable. Whether it's the warped and clipped alien-dancefloor banger "No Bones" that has strong ties to Timbaland's most experimental work for Aaliyah and Missy Elliott, or the gothic, almost industrial pulse of "Reagan's Skeleton," Yeasayer are truly making 21st century music. Couched in healthy fear, yet unafraid to move forward and expand, pulling in new influences just as frequently as new worries, Yeasayer have created a difficult, dense and beautiful record. It's as much a synthesis of the last three decades of pop music as it is a new way of grappling with the end of time.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $20 and can be found here.

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