My theme-song during the pandemic was “Zen” featuring grandson, K. Flay, and X Ambassadors. Although X Ambassadors won’t be at The Palace on June 12th, grandson and K. Flay will be and I am so excited for these two unique and amazing voices to serenade me through the evening just like they did during the pandemic.
This time around, grandson wasn’t pulling any punches. He’d always been a fearless artist, one unafraid to take aim at authority, fight the power and let his listeners know exactly how he felt. But in recent times, the genre-mashing rock artist, who has long released soul-baring music, decided to reveal himself like never before. “My whole career and my whole relationship to songwriting has been driven by this real need to leave a mark and to feel understood,” says the Canadian-American artist born Jordan Benjamin. “And yet I felt that I had been doing myself and my fans, who have now been on this journey with me for half a decade now, a disservice. I felt like we didn’t even have an honest conversation the whole time. I didn’t feel like I was bringing all of me to the table.”
To that end, grandson wrote, recorded and is set to release his most personal and vulnerable album to date. Where his past work tackled big-tent issues — often political and social in nature — I Love You, I’m Trying, released May 5 via Fueled By Ramen, turned the lens definitively inward.
The Chicago-born K.Flay’s near-undefinable combination of dark-electro soundscapes, art-pop sensibilities, spitfire lyrics, industrial rock backbone, and versatile vocals has led the songwriter/artist/multi-instrumentalist to two GRAMMY nominations (Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Every Where Is Some Where, and Best Rock Song for “Blood in the Cut”), tours alongside Grouplove, Imagine Dragons & Thirty Seconds To Mars, and festival appearances at Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Outside Lands, Firefly, and Riot Fest. On top of her own music, she has written original music for Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and Tomb Raider, and penned songs for Two Feet, Walk the Moon, Bishop Briggs, Fitz and the Tantrums, Misterwives, Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, and more.
Jack Kays will be opening up the night so get there early!
Tickets are still available HERE!