Monday we welcome critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Patrick Park to the Entry, which should be a natural fit for Park’s stripped down style and intimate approach. Following his We Fall Out Of Touch EP this past fall, Park released his fourth full-length album, Love Like Swords, on April 22. Mixed & produced by Patrick Park and Dave Trumfio (Wilco, OK Go, Built To Spill), and with contributions from Jenny Lee Lindberg (Warpaint) among others, the LP finds Los Angeles-based Patrick taking an introspective yet innovative approach to his solo acoustic style.
Joe Purdy, Brett Dennen, Bon Iver, The Perishers, Joe Pug
London five-piece and celebrated genre-benders Breton are really going to liven up the Entry on Tuesday. It’s going to be some blast beats and tropical steelpan solos coupled with Breton’s hip-hop lyricism. Their second album, War Room Stories, has them focusing more on instrumentation and blending of drum kits, vocal loops, strings and synths for a more melodic and more accessible production that lends itself to some dance floor friendly build-ups and dance beats.
Alt-J, Metronomy, Polica, Foals, The 1975, Django Django, Temples
Little Hurricane describe their live performances: “By the end of our set the ‘home’ we’ve created on stage [speaking of the set design] is literally wrecked,” CC and Tone explain, “with both of us dripping in sweat and looking like a hot mess. It’s more rock ‘n’ roll than a record. With all the rattling that comes from our homemade speaker cabinets, you really feel the dirtiness live. We give it all we’ve got and we never hold anything back.” Although their latest record lends itself to a more casual listen suitable for a coffee shop, the San Diego duo let loose during their live sets and might break a few things other than your expectations.
Cold War Kids, Atlas Genius, Wye Oak, Local Natives
Some musicians know where they’re from and where they’re going, and why. Others, such as Connan Mockasin, can only work from instinct, not only disinterested in the bigger picture but somewhat unable to see it. Take Mockasin’s first album, Forever Dolphin Love, which he only wrote and recorded because his mother suggested it. Or his new album Caramel, triggered because he liked the onomatopoeic quality of the word, and the music and words just followed. “To me, the word ‘caramel’ sounded so nice,” Mockasin muses.
Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, DJ Koze
One of last year’s most pleasurable break through artists, Jessy Lanza is going to bring her breathy vocals and bold minimalism to the Entry, as well as what Pitchfork calls “an admirable level of restraint and a good ear for the larger sonic picture,” which might be an apt description of her debut album. When performing live, Lanza surprises with her precision and studio-like sound. Her sets are often a bit more improvised, but the sound is often very accurate, and the improvised bits usually come about in an impromptu dance trap.
FKA Twigs, Glasser, Blood Orange, S O H N, Grimes, Nite Jewel
Just watch this band live in this video, and you’ll know what the Chicago Afrobeat Project is all about. The joyous Chicago Afrobeat Project, emerging in 2002 from an industrial, urban Chicago art community, has established itself as leaders in the non-traditionalist side of the afrobeat movement. The 7-14 person ensemble energizes the classic afrobeat influences of juju, highlife, American funk, and afro-Cuban music with a formative infusion of experimental jazz and rock elements that thrive in the Chicago music scene. Inherent in the group’s sound is an expression of world cultural unity and social awareness within a medium of music, dance and rebellious celebration.
Fela Kuti, The Darktaris, Antibalas, Nomo
Mother’s Day in the Entry will feature an all local line up. Apollo Quad has just recently released a new record, The War On Mediocrity. Electric Children are set to disband sometime soon, and regroup under the new name Sonic Intention, and The Premiums are a drums-for-your-ear-funks band riding their exciting EP release from earlier last year. All together they are a diverse group and a fine sample of Minneapolis local music at the grassroots level. The Entry could be pretty packed for this show, if each member intends to have their mom there.
Strange Names, Aesop Rock, Aby Wolf