Looking to see interesting music next week? Here are some shows that are happening and are worth checking out.
Lisa Anne at The Entry – TICKETS
“Growing up, people would always say I was too happy to be depressed, or too social to have anxiety,” says Liza Anne Odachowski, the critically acclaimed songwriter better known these days by her stage name Liza Anne. “In their eyes, because I was one thing, I couldn’t also be something else. I think we all exist in duality, though. I can be everything and nothing all at once.”
Duality is at the core of Liza Anne’s arresting new album, Fine But Dying, her debut release for indie powerhouse label Arts & Crafts. Synthesizing the elegant sincerity of Angel Olsen with the wry lyricism of Courtney Barnett and the unapologetic candor of Feist, the music is both tough and vulnerable, bold and withdrawn, a helping hand and a middle finger. Firing on all cylinders with distorted alt-rock guitars and explosive drums one minute, hushed and delicate the next, it’s an eclectic collection that reflects the messy complications of growing up in the modern age, as the 23-year-old grapples with the fallout of falling in love, reckons with the patriarchy, and stares down the panic disorder she refuses to let define her.
Fine But Dying is the sound of an artist taking total control of her life and her art, a proud misfit crafting an aggressively infectious kiss-off to an industry (and a society) that’s tried to box her in from day one.
New Kingston at The Cabooze – TICKETS
Assimilated into music at an early age thanks to father and bassist Courtney Panton Sr, New York-based trio of brothers New Kingston have emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the reggae scene. Their prolific nature, both on the road and in studio, is once more on display in the form of their new release A Kingston Story: Come From Far, out August 25th, 2017 on tastemaker label Easy Star Records, accompanied by more extensive touring.
Comprised of brothers Tahir (keys), Stephen (guitar), and Courtney Panton Jr (drums), New Kingston’s latest offering encompasses the organic roots the band has built while adding a sonic narrative that takes the listener on a journey through carefully constructed soundscapes and genuinely entrancing arrangements. In an attempt to capture the live energy built off the band’s lifelong chemistry, the entire album was recorded out of their home studio, with some help from GRAMMY Award Winning-engineer Fabian Cooke. Courtney Jr. summed up the album title’s message, stating “There’s always a moment in life where we subconsciously show gratitude to where we are now by reflecting on where we came from. Come From Far is our experience; as a family, as musicians and as human beings living in a world where anything is possible.”
Preoccupations at 7th Street Entry – TICKETS
Preoccupations’ songs have always worked through themes of creation, destruction, and futility, and they’ve always done it with singular post-punk grit. The textures are evocative and razor-sharp. The wire is always a live one. But while that darker side may have been well-explored, that’s not quite the same as it being fully, intensely lived. This time it was, and the result is New Material, a collection that broadens and deepens Preoccupations to a true mastery of their sound. In it lies the difference between witnessing a car crash and crashing your own, between jumping into an ocean and starting to swallow the water.