Music Hall of Williamsburg
Pinegrove

Pinegrove

Half Waif, Hovvdy

Sun, April 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$15 advance / $19 day of show

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Pinegrove
Pinegrove
After a number of different releases and years of touring, Montclair, New Jersey’s Pinegrove have offered their finest work to date with their newest LP, Cardinal. The band’s captivating blend of indie rock, pop and country elements is more vivid, fine-tuned, and addictive than ever before. Vocalist/guitarist Evan Stephens Hall along with brothers Zack Levine (drums) and Nick Levine (guitar) form a core that has been playing together since early childhood. Painting his emotions onto these songs with colorful and kinetic strokes, Hall moves through Cardinal’s eight songs with unforgettable energy and passion, with a vocal performance that is pleasantly reminiscent of Will Oldham and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch. Highlighted by the downtrodden nostalgia of twangy opener “Old Friends” and the climactic refrain of “Size of the Moon,” where the confession “I don’t know what I’m afraid of,” is just as much of a sing-a-long as it is an emotional breakdown, moods don’t stay in one place for very long on Cardinal - they are carefully crafted and revisited throughout to continually evoke the album’s central themes of memory, language, and home.
Half Waif
Half Waif
Half Waif is the project of Nandi Rose Plunkett, based in Brooklyn NY.

In the home of her Indian mother and Irish/Swiss/American father, Nandi grew up listening to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt, and traditional Indian bhajans. In college, she studied classical singing and became enamored with the inventive works of Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy. A lover of synthesizers and pop tunes, her resulting work as Half Waif features richly layered compositions of various origins. Placeless, and yet the product of many places: the imaginative wilds of Northern Massachusetts; Ohio's stark fields; Brooklyn buzzing at night; and ancestral homes
across the ocean.

As Nandi tells it, “Half Waif was born at a time when all my identities were fracturing and shifting. A waif is someone without a home, but here I was with too many homes, a half waif by virtue of feeling unattached to any specific place, but to many places at once. I took up the torch of Half Waif to make sense of all of the sounds and stories that have made me." Indeed, Half Waif brims over with sounds: underwater echoes of Celtic melodies; mossy, blinking electronic soundscapes; and the ultra-sad chord changes of 19th-century art music - a carefully crafted glass menagerie of song. Half Waif's first release was a split 7" with avant pop heroes Deerhoof. Her debut LP KOTEKAN, released in July 2014 and produced by Devin Greenwood (Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Sufjan Stevens), is a kaleidoscopic blend of contemporary classical music and experimental pop, with melodies that range from Top 40 pop to ancient Celtic/British folk song.

With the addition of bandmates / longtime friends Zack Levine and Adan Carlo, Half Waif's compositions have taken on a more immediate pulse live, rooted in the meeting of acoustic and electronic elements: booming drums & bass surging against a textural wall of pitched digital blips & sparkling synths, creating a lush sound that belies their compact trio format. The project released its second full-length album Probable Depths in May 2016, an ambitious collection that boldly displays Half Waif's unique brand of mood ring pop. The trio has since toured nationally and will make their debut in Europe in early 2017.
Hovvdy
Hovvdy is Charlie Martin and Will Taylor — a duo from Austin, Texas crafting home-recorded melancholic pop and rock songs. In April of 2016, they released their debut LP, Taster.

"… it feels like Will Taylor and Charlie Martin have found themselves as songwriters. Here, everything coalesces, noise works in tandem with itself, and the melody is given force." - Noisey

"Hovvdy's music feels like sunbathing—instantly warm, soothing, granting ample time for hard reflection. The Austin duo of Will Taylor and Charlie Martin have grown their sound from the seed of tender, fuzzy bedroom pop into something more nuanced, more expansive in instrumentation and feeling." -Impose

"There's something about Hovvdy's quietly-remarkable new album that shifts this oft-found perspective; the dim light it radiates almost framing the stark sense of solemnity rather than illuminating those darkened, shadowy corners." -GoldFlakePaint
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/