Thursday, May 30, 2013

Show Preview - Interview - Old Time Machine - 6.10.13 - Garfield Artworks - Concert Preview

Old Time Machine will be appearing Monday, June 10th at Garfield Artworks. They are touring behind their self titled album released this past October. The Yukon based duo made up of Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen formed the band in 2009 after meeting while working on an art project. Using a combination of live instruments and vintage analog electronics, the band recorded their album with producer Jordy Walker and arrived upon a "sound that feels like it should be heard playing on a tube radio in a dimly lit bar." Kyle was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about the origins of the band, song writing process and the Yukon.

You all are from the Yukon. How is the scene there? How does the atmosphere play a part in your music?

Yeah, It's a pretty tight knit community up there so I think the place gets into everything you do whether it's on a conscious or unconscious level. The connection for us is pretty direct - We're both from other provinces in Canada, we never would have met and started playing together if we didn't live in Whitehorse at the same time.  The scene is amazing - bands and musicians like Jordy Walker, Sarah MacDougall, Blue Hibou and Old Cabin are inspiring to be around. 


There is a great deal of instrumentation on your record. How does this translate into a live setting? Or is it more stripped down?

When we made the record we did it pretty much live off the floor. We ended up overdubbing a couple things here and there but mostly because of bleed issues or because they were after thoughts during mixing or whatever. Initially we were super conscious of trying to make recordings true to how we sound live.

But when we recorded All The While for this single we just released we wanted to experiment with multi-tracking and adding textures and things that we don't recreate exactly live. I don't know if there's a better or worse approach, we just want to keep trying different things. And songs end up growing over time, we have been touring some of those songs for years so it's sort of inevitable that we tweak them.

I guess a more direct way to answer your question is that one of the limitations we put on ourselves as a band from the start is that we are a duo of one-man-bands. So we do what we can with four limbs and a voice each

How did the duo form? How did you guys come together?

There used to be an arts collective in Whitehorse called Red Wagon Union. One of the things RWU did was put on this art show that lasted for a week and was supposed to reflect on the darkest days of winter in the Yukon. There was the added element that the work was supposed to be made with an unlikely collaborator - to push people out of their comfort zones or whatever.

Anyway, there were two performance nights in this thing and RWU asked Ryan and I to try working together because they thought it would be weird and challenging and cool for us to do. We felt the same way, so we decided to make it a band.


How does your songwriting process work? Do you enlist others to assist with lyrics/structure? Or does one of you bring the lyrics to the table and then you workaround that?

All the songs are a bit different. The way that the first batch worked was that Ryan would come up with a skeleton, a chord progression with a melody, maybe a verse and chorus, then we would hunker down in my music room and muck around with different ideas until we had arrangements. Then we finalize lyrics, often Ryan on his own, but sometimes together.

I guess all the songs follow variations of that basic process.

What are your upcoming goals? What would you like to accomplish?

We never actually planned to keep going as a band. After we had been together for a few months I moved to Vancouver, Ryan was in town for some shows and we thought we may as well record what we had done, as like an archive, for posterity or whatever. Anyway, it turned out to sound more like a record than we expected so I sent it over to File Under: Music, who I had previously worked with in my old band, and they dug it so we put it out and started touring.

So pretty much everything that happens from there is so amazing and unexpected, our minds are blown that we get to play music for people every day. It's the best.

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

I think there were a lot of things, it was really sort of a progression of experiences that sucked me further and further in. When I was young I didn't really have much exposure to music, but I took lessons on different instruments when I could and tried to get my grubby paws on new music all the time. I remember getting a mix tape from a friend of mine that had The Velvet Underground, and a local band called The Plan, and The Wooden Stars. That cassette completely changed my life. That sounds super melodramatic.

 

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

I was just checking out the band we're playing with, Free Time, they're wicked cool and they just released a record. I think they're from New York. Anyway, it looks like it'll be a really fun night, we're looking forward to checking out Pittsburgh and meeting some new folks.

You can find more information about the band at these sites:

oldtimemachinemusic.tumblr.com/‎
oldtimemachine.bandcamp.com/
http://oldtimemachine.com/

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Interview - We Were Promised Jetpacks - 6.6.13 - Hard Rock Cafe - Show Preview - Concert Preview


We Were Promised Jetpacks will be making another appearance back in the burgh Thursday, June 6th at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Edinburgh, Scotland quartet play a brand of indie rock that is in close resemblance to their label mates Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit (two bands who have traveled through our fair city). They played here almost three years ago at Mr Smalls and put on a fabulous show of which you can read our review here. Again the band was kind enough to answer a few of our questions with regards to what they have planned in the coming year, progress on new material and their song writing process.

I saw you are planning to release a live album later this year. What should we expect? Are these outtakes of live shows? Behind the scenes of travel, green rooms and the like? Or?

We are indeed! it's the audio and video of show we recorded in philadelphia a while ago. we're still putting together everything, but it's coming along nicely! i like the idea of outtakes in the same way that tv shows put outtakes on dvds. just endless takes of us fucking up and laughing about it. we should do that instead.



Your last album was released back in 2011. Should we expect any new material soon?

Probably. it all depends on your interpretation of "soon". we're working hard though, don't worry!

How are crowds responding to your new material? I am assuming you will be testing this to our US audiences?

we've only got one new song that we play and we've been doing it for about a year. people responded really well to that, though! recently we've been saving up the new ones. we'd like to play a few on this coming tour, but we don't want to rush them. not rushing is kind of a motto this time round.

What have you all been up to the past few years since your previous albums? Are you working on other projects? Or were you just taking a break?

Well we played a lot of shows when the album came out in 2011, then played loads more all through 2012. so we took a couple of months at the start of the year to recharge and get excited again, then started writing.

How does your songwriting process work? Do you enlist others to assist with lyrics/structure? Or does one of you bring the lyrics to the table and then you workaround that?

The lyrics are always last. adam will bring a guitar part to the room, maybe a couple of parts (this for the verse, this for the chorus for example) then we all jam together and work out a rough structure and try and figure out what we want the song to be. then once we have the idea and know what we want we'll just play it together over and over. the lyrics are usually last!



What are your upcoming goals? What would you like to accomplish?

To make another album. always to be able to make another album. and to make just enough money from it that we don't feel like we're going to become pathetic 30 year olds who have to ask their parents to buy them things. those are the two! 

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

Like probably 90% of other bands, it was not wanting to have to get a proper job. that and basically just feeling like we could. if we have a bash at this maybe we'll be lucky enough to get away with it for a while? maybe nobody will notice that's what's happening until it's too late to kick us out?

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

Erm, hello! uhhh not really. we like pittsburgh, though it's pronounced "pitts-burg" which is one of the reasons people from america (understandably) have trouble pronouncing where we're from, edinburgh. it looks the same at the end, but it's not. we say "edin-bu-ruh". so i guess what i'm saying is that we hold you guys pretty much responsible for that.

Show begins at 8p with tickets only $13 and can be found here

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Cold War Kids - 6.8.13 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Cold War Kids will be appearing at Stage AE on Saturday, June 8th. It's been several years since they made their last appearance in Pittsburgh at Mr Smalls. The Long Beach, CA based band burst onto the scene back in 2006 with their debut album Robbers and Cowards retiring from house shows and performing in large venues. The band is now touring behind their fourth LP Miss Lonelyhearts recently released this past April. We are happy to be giving away a pair of ticket giveaway to the show. As usual just email us your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From their press:

The record takes its inspiration from a smart work on self-examination, Nathanael West's novel "Miss Lonelyhearts." "'Dear Miss Lonelyhearts' is taken from a book about an advice columnist who has a crisis about his readers suffering and his inability to truly help them unless he examines himself," vocalist Nathan Willett told HuffPost. "The struggle of his character worked their way into many of the songs."



On "Tuxedos," Willett opens with a simple series of thoughts ("I think about eyes that watch you, I think about changes I've made, I think about all this fancy food poured down the drain...") spoken plainly. The song eventually takes off, but it's quiet moments like these that stand out on the disc (a similar moment of dissolution occurs on "Jailbirds," when the frenetic track drops out to once again leave almost nothing but Willett's charming wailing). The album's title track is an especially well-paced, almost elegiac masterwork that sounds like a slightly less "post"-rock take on Explosions in the Sky.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Doors can be found here

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Passion Pit w/Cults - 6.6.13 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview

A very good double bill happen on Thursday, 6.6 at Stage AE. Cults, the 60's infused rock duo on Columbia Records, will be appearing with dance instilled Brooklyn based Passion Pit (also on Columbia). Passion Pit was here not too long in November and played to a sold out crowd at Stage AE. We had the pleasure of seeing Cults play a sold out as well back in 2011 at the Brillobox with their brother act Guards. Like Passion Pit, a fun live performance is always in the cards. 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 to enter.



From Cults press:

New York City based duo Cults have announced their first set of 2013 tour dates in anticipation of their sophomore release. Cults will join Passion Pit for an east coast string of dates starting June 3rd at Cains
Cults is Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion. The duo is currently finishing the follow up to their critically-acclaimed, 2011 debut release. Heralded by the New York Times for playing “a simple, entrancing and intuitive strain of indie rock indebted to clean-cut ’50s rock with flashes of ’60s haze,” Cults will be performing with their five-piece live act that includes Gabe Rodriguez (guitar), Nathan Aguilar (bass) and Cory Stier (drums).



Passion Pit press:

The band's first full-length studio album, Manners, was released in 2009. The song "Let Your Love Grow Tall" was featured in the TV series Ugly Betty. The album's second single, "To Kingdom Come," was used in the Rhapsody commercial for its iPhone application. The song "Moth's Wings" was used in the CW teen drama Gossip Girl and in the closing credits of HBO's Big Love.Gossamer, which was released on Columbia Records, debuted at #4 on the Billboard top 200 and immediately earned rave reviews from the New York Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone magazine.

"We did the vast majority of the vocals for the record with the Copperhead," continued Chris Zane. "It has a super-natural and very pleasant curve to it. Warm, but clear — not jumpy or spiky, just very smooth. It sounds like the way you want a vocal to sound without having to do anything to it. I’ve been using it ever since Gossamer on a bunch of records, with great results every time."

Show begin at 8p and doors at 7p. Tickets can be found here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mr Smalls 10 Year Anniversary Giveaway - May 28 - June 14 - Bloc Party & Anti-Flag - Show Preview

Mr Smalls is celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary in the upcoming weeks stretching from May 28 through June 14. The theater has curated quite a line up for this special occasion including Louts, Metric, The Dandy Warhols, Alt-J, The Starting Line, Baroness, Frank Turner and Bloc Party. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to two of the shows: Bloc Party 6.1 and Anti-Flag 5.30 & 5.31 (your choice). To enter just email us your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com and which show you would like to attend.

From Bloc Party Press:



Bloc Party will release their first new album in four years, entitled FOUR, on August 21st via Frenchkiss Records. Produced by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Polysics), the album was recorded and mixed in New York City, and is the band’s first full-length since 2008's acclaimed Intimacy.Bloc Party has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Silent Alarm, helping to shape the sound of modern British guitar music. The announcement of the band's forthcoming album and return to the road mark the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a very special year.



On Anti-Flag: 

Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, formed in 1988. The band is well known for its left-wing political views, focusing on anti-war activism, imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments. The line-up includes singer/guitarist Justin Sane and drummer Pat Thetic, who founded the band; later members are guitarist Chris Head, and singer/bassist Chris Barker (#2) who replaced Jamie "Cock" Towns, who had replaced original bassist Andy Flag in 1997 following his departure one year prior. Anti-Flag is known also for their advocacy of progressive political action groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Most recently, the band has declared solidarity with the global Occupy Together movement.

More information about these upcoming shows can be found at these sites:

www.mrsmalls.com
www.facebook.com/MrSmalls‎
https://twitter.com/MrSmallsTheatre‎

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ticket Giveaway - Silversun Pickups w/Surfer Blood, Blondfire - 6.9.13 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Silversun Pickups will be making a stop in Pittsburgh at Stage AE Sunday, 6.9. The band has not made an appearance here since October 2009 at the old Ches-A-Rena. Also making an appearance is Surfer Blood and Blondfire, two much hyped bands in the blogosphere (unfortunately Foals dropped off the bill). Silversun Pickups is touring behind their latest LP Neck of the Woods which was released this past year. We were lucky enough to the see the group back in 2009 and they put on one heck of a show, plus one of the most dedicate fan bases. We also had the fortune of seeing Surfer Blood in North Carolina who also put in a solid performance. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From our previous review of SP:

Silversun Pickups followed CTE with a pretty lively, rocking set. I had seen these guys almost 4 years ago(?) when they played on Coachella's main stage in the early afternoon. They have definitely become even tighter since then with a look and feel of confidence that oozes from their stage presence. Lead Brian Aubert has a swagger that lead the rest of the band through a ferocious set along with a bit of over the top banter. They started everything off right by a few tunes from their new lp "Swoon". They mixed it up a bit with a spattering of songs off their previous albums.


From our review of SF:

All five members took the stage and I immediately was caught off guard on how young the band members looked. I was amazed how lead singer John Paul Pitts's voice echoed when he sang compared to when he spoke to the crowd. If you saw him on the street you would never think he was the lead singer of this indie surfer band. He would twist his torso from left to right staring straight forward while the rest of the Floridian youngsters started into opener "Fast Jabroni" then into of one of my 2010 favorites, "Take It Easy". Pitts after each song would banter with the crowd about their college campus and how great Chapel Hill was considering they had only been there once when opening for the The Pains at Being Pure at Heart.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $25 and can be found here

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Show Preview - The Dandy Warhols - 5.28.13 - Mr Smalls - Concert Preview

The Dandy Warhols will be appearing next Tuesday, 5.28 at Mr Smalls Theater. This will kick off Mr Smalls 10th Anniversary Celebration which includes many larges acts making an appearance at the venerable old church. For the first show the Dandy Warhols will be play their seminal album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia which will be played in its entirety. This is the thirteenth (as the album suggests) release year which makes the anniverary coincidence even better. The Portland based band has produced over seven proper LPs, this one reaching their most commercial success ever.



From their press:

2013 marks the thirteenth anniversary of The Dandy Warhols’ Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. To celebrate the occasion, the band has overseen a newly remastered and expanded 13th Anniversary Edition of the album, to be released June 11 in 2CD and digital audio packages by Capitol/UMe, and in a limited edition deluxe vinyl box set, available exclusively on www.thedandywarhols.com. The new edition adds ‘Thirteen Tales’ session outtakes, early and alternate mixes, and home demos of songs from the album. The remastered original album will also be released by Capitol/UMe on 180-gram vinyl with replicated original packaging.


The Dandy Warhols’ third album, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia hit The Billboard 200 and reached No. 12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart upon its 2000 release. The single “Bohemian Like You,” propelled by active radio play and a memorable music video, reached the Top 30 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart. Singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor fronts the Dandys with winking, irony-laced lyrics accompanied by a versatile range of arrangements, from space-rock jams to synth-driven popscapes.

Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia begins with the 16-minute opening suite of “Godless,” “Mohammed,” and “Nietzsche,” leading to signature songs including “Get Off,” “Cool Scene,” and the aforementioned “Bohemian Like You,” which, Rolling Stone praised, “combines a particularly wry sociocultural vignette with what may be the most muscular Stones guitar riff of the last 20 years.”
The shows begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $35 and can be found here. More information about the band can be found here:

http://store.dandywarhols.com/pre-sale/
http://dandywarhols.com/
The Dandy Warhols | Facebook

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 pghmusicreport@gmail.com 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.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Show Preview - The Shivas w/ Dandy Warhols - 5.28.13 - Mr Smalls - Concert Preview

The Shivas will be performing next Friday, 5.28 at Mr Smalls theater in Millvale. This event begins Mr Smalls 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, with the Dandy Warhols kicking things off performing their entire album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia. The Shivas, based on K Records, are opening the show touring behind their new album Whiteout!. The four piece hails from the Portland area and has produced a few albums along the way to their release on K Records.T he album is pure spring time fun with 60's rock pop and surfer rock. There is a fuzzy overtone sound that transcends the album throughout that makes it great for a day on the porch and beer in hand.



From their press:

The Shivas are friends and sweethearts who grew up playing music together, launching kickstarters for a tour van and then coming of age driving that van around the country. Having played literally hundreds of shows together just after high school, The Shivas’ joy and serious performing chops set them apart from other surf-pop bands in the swarming Portland music scene. Jared Molyneux (guitar; vocals), Kristin Leonard (drums, vocals), Eric Shanafelt and Robert Mannering are tight, precise, and deliciously fun, and debut their sweet,
reverb-laden hits on their first LP Whiteout!. 



In Calvin Johnson’s write-up for his Believer mixed-tape, he likens The Shivas to the Black Lips—“they both play unmistakably contemporary music that draws lovingly from the Brill Building aesthetic and draws blood from Cavern/Reeperbahn primitive rock”--but The Shivas 60’s pop acumen accomplishes a feat that Calvin Johnson himself has been aiming at for decades: their grooves make people dance. In this way The Shivas have created their own kind of magic: they give real, and conspicuously absent fun, back to the scene. On Whiteout! turn your ears to the satisfying pop harmonies of “Gun In My Pocket” and the sweet underwater tune “Baby I Need You.” Recorded in Portland, Oregon by Collin Hegna of Federale, and of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Shivas captured their raw, high-energy live show. Whiteout! features performances by members of SexyWaterSpiders, Dandy Warhols. and other friends and neighbors.
The show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $35 and can be found here. More information about The Shivas can be found at these links:

www.theshivas.com/
theshivas.bandcamp.com/‎

Friday, May 10, 2013

Show Preview - Hunters w/ Jeff The Brotherhood - Brillobox - 5.24.13 - Concert Preview

Hunters will be opening for Jeff the Brotherhood at the Brillobox, next Friday, 5.24. The young duo makes music reminiscent of Pretty Girls Make Graves with alternating male and female vocals over some punk infused dance sounds. Touring behind a self released EP entitled Hands On Fire, the band performs a lively show that has received glowing reviews from multiple music outlets. They have also have been a much buzzed about band at SXSW and other online blogs.

Hunters - Acid Head from Daniel Martens on Vimeo.

From the Brooklyn Vegan:

As soon as Derek Watson's thunderous, crunchy, two-chord guitar chug starts, Isabel Almeida's arms go slack; she hunches over at the waist, stares at the floor, and begins a kind of fevered hop. The drums and bass kick in, and she becomes fully possessed, tossing her body on the floor, flopping over amps, and crawling on all fours atop the monitors downstage. At times, half her body seems to have failed her, and she looks like the world's most rhythmic stroke victim.



Watson and Almeida head up the Brooklyn band Hunters (filled out on bass and drums by Thomas Martin and Gregg Giuffre, respectively), a fuzzed-out, Melvins-by-way-of-the-Vaselines rock outfit with a kiss ofSonic Youth and a punch from the Stooges. Live, they have no regard for their personal safety, which they put at risk for your entertainment. You can't help but be touched by the gesture. "They just lit something inside of me from the very first time I saw them," says the band's producer, James Iha, on a couch in the lobby of the Stratosphere Sound Recording Studio in Manhattan (he co-owns it with Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and IVY's Andy Chase). Iha is recording Hunters' as-yet-unnamed new full-length, out early next year on a label they're in talks with, but won't discuss until the ink on the deal has dried.

Show begins at  10p with doors at 9:30p. More information about the show can be found here. More information about the band can be at these sites:


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Show Preview - Lady Lamb The Beekeeper - Garfield Artworks - 5.17.13 - Concert Preview


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will be performing next Friday, 5.17 at Garfield Artworks. Aly Spaltro is the sole artist who creates the music under this moniker. I cannot remember the last time I promoted a show at Garfield Artworks; it's been that long. This album was sent to me this past week and it simply just blew me away. The 20 something musician has taken her art seriously for only the past 5 years, but has quite the buzz and rave reviews. Pitchfork gave her debut album Ripely Pine an astonishing 7.8 rating, although missing out on 'best new music' (shame).



From her press:

More than anything, Aly Spaltro has 20,000 second-hand DVDs to thank for her first album. Despite being recorded at a proper studio in her recently adopted home of Brooklyn, Ripely Pine showcases songs conceived during her tenure at Bart’s & Greg’s DVD Explosion in Brunswick, Maine. Little did customers know, the same store they’d drop off their Transformers movies was providing the ideal four-year cocoon for the development of a major musical talent. During those nightly creative spells, Spaltro tested out multiple techniques, approaches and instrumentation. She brought whatever state she was in that day to the music, which served as raw expressions of her lyrical thoughts. Anger, confusion, love, happiness, and sadness reigned, and the songs ran rampant, with little form or structure. Isolated for those many hours, Aly let melodies morph together, break apart, and pair up. This is how she taught herself to write music and sing.


At 23, with five years of taking music seriously under her belt, when she ventured to the next milestone—recording an album. This would be the first time she did so in a professional studio (not just her and her 8-track) and the first time she shared the process with anyone else. Luckily, she met Nadim Issa at Let ‘Em Music in Brooklyn. He was taken enough by her abilities to dedicate nine full months towards the recording of Ripely Pine, and she with his producing abilities to ease comfortably into making him a part of her recording process. She wrote everything. All the songs, most of the arrangements. And the two of them assembled an album that finally fit what existed in Spaltro’s mind. Keeping the songs’ stark rawness, the record is a pure representation of her sound. Ripely Pine shouts the introduction of a new talent from every groove. Here, finally, are recordings of Lady Lamb that come as close as possible to conveying the intense majestry of her live shows. And, much like her performances live, a narrative breathes through the record’s progression. The album opens with urgency and anger, settles into reconciliation and reciprocation, and ultimately reaches towards resolution, realizing infatuation leads to a loss of self; instead, embracing one’s own strengths is the most powerful thing of all.

Show begins at 8p with doors at the same time. More information can be found here. More information about the artist can be found at these sites: