Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa, Jessica Risker, Fran

Fri Mar 30 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

Ages 17+

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Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa, Jessica Risker, Fran

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  • Emily Jane Powers

    Emily Jane Powers

    Pop

    Marriage and career have failed to make Emily Jane Powers feel settled. Her new album Restless, written during a period of what Powers describes as “restlessness and discontent” is a bracingly intimate meditation on the strains that monogamy, work, and family place on identity and desire. Whether she’s leading a hard-charging rock arrangement or singing quietly to herself, Restless is united by a confrontational level of honesty and vulnerability.

    The product of three years of writing, arranging, performing, and rearranging, Restless is a diverse but cohesive statement. Much of the record is heavy on Powers’ looped and layered guitar, which has simultaneously grown more formally ambitious and somehow more slangily loose. But there are moments of quiet piano, lush woodwinds, and soaring strings. Sonically, listeners will hear touches of everything from Courtney Love to Sade, but unified by the emotional intensity of Fiona Apple or Cat Power.

    Powers’ music has been a well-kept secret for over a decade. New listeners who stumble upon her back catalog will be overwhelmed by its size and richness. Starting in Michigan in the early 2000’s, Emily wrote and recorded an album nearly every year, honing a bedroom pop sound that was simultaneously lush, intimate, and playful. Fiercely independent, her albums were generally DIY in spirit and technique, reaching perfection with 2009’s Undertone, a joyfully luxuriant assembly of sugary and multilayered pop. 2014’s Part of Me introduced a more collaborative and polished approach, paving the way for the sonically-intimate and emotional explorations of 2018’s Restless.

    Restless, was recorded by Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings) and features performances from Jenn Romero (The Jellies), Chris Smith (Luno), Alec Jensen and Eric Brummitt (Dream Version).

  • Half Gringa

    Half Gringa

    Indie Rock

    Half Gringa is a long, hard look in the mirror. She writes songs about multicultural identity, domestic disputes, and genuine hope set to rowdy rural rock music.

  • Jessica Risker

    Jessica Risker

    Pop

    Jessica Risker is an American musician and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.  Risker also performs under the name DEADBEAT.  

    Risker’s music fluctuates between electro-psychedelic/experimental albums and psych-folk songs.  From the dream-soaked harmonies of ‘Moon’ to the neopsychedelic/garage rocker ’Won’t You Meet Us In Vegas?’, Risker’s continuous genre shifting is inspired by dual desires to 1) experiment with soundscapes made possible by modern recording techniques, and 2) craft melodies, lyrics, and structures pared down to their most basic elements.  

    Frequenting open mics, serving as an engineer’s assistant at a recording studio, and an active participant in Chicago’s DIY music scene, Risker has spent the past decade developing her sound and honing her recording/engineering skills. In 2012, Risker was named Chicago’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” by The Deli Magazine. In 2015 and 2016 Risker was awarded two independent artist grants from the city of Chicago, resulting in two 2016 releases: Big Forever, an ever-shifting continuous eighteen-minute piece of electro-psychedelic music released via Already Dead Tapes & Records, and Soft Moons: Twenty Lullabies, a self-released album of original instrumental music-box lullabies.

    In 2017, Risker was again awarded an independent artist grant from the city of Chicago, marking 3 consecutive years Risker has won the highly competitive award. The funding went towards recording a new psych-folk album with engineer Dave Vettraino of Public House Sound Recordings. The resulting album caught the attention of Austin label Western Vinyl, who will release the album in Spring 2018.

  • Fran

    Fran

    Pop

Kickstand Productions Presents

Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa, Jessica Risker, Fran

Fri Mar 30 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Beat Kitchen Chicago IL
Emily Jane Powers, Half Gringa, Jessica Risker, Fran
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Ages 17+