Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mild High Club

Part of Northside Festival

Mild High Club

Cut Worms, Aerial East

Thu, June 8, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$16 advance / $18 day of show

This event is 16 and over

Mild High Club
Mild High Club
Following on the underground buzz generated off 2015’s debut LP Timeline, Mild High Club returned in 2016 with their latest effort, Skiptracing (Stones Throw), a thematic, psychedelic jazz-pop odyssey whose story arc follows a private investigator attempting to trace the steps of the sound and the spirit of American music.

Originally hailing from Chicago, Alexander Brettin, who writes and records under the moniker Mild High Club, relocated to Los Angeles in 2012, where his demos caught the ears of prominent local musicians and labels. After signing with Stones Throw Records, Mild High Club released their debut LP in September 2015, which Pitchfork described as “a record full of psychedelic soft rock that draws strongly from White-album era Beatles and T-Rex, with swirls of '80s-indebted synthpop.”

The band quickly became a preferred supporting act on the road, touring with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Allah-las, Quilt, Youth Lagoon, Wire, and appearing at festivals across the globe, their live act described as “hypnotizing and ethereal”.

The release of 2016’s Skiptracing was a major step forward for the band, which Aquarium Drunkard described as a “cool, grooving blend of lo-fi psych, lounge, and exotica” and was followed by sold out club tours across North America and Europe, as well as festivals in South America and Australia, and continue to tour regularly.
Cut Worms
Cut Worms
“The cut worm forgives the plough.” – from William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell

Cut Worms is the nom de plume of Max Clarke, assumed while studying illustration at Chicago's Columbia College. Relocating to New York City in October 2015 shortly after releasing a collection of demos via Chicago's Dumpster Tapes, Cut Worms soon began generating tremendous buzz with the stark, timeless honesty of the demo recordings as well as incomparable live performances, showcasing a powerful vocal talent equally compelling for its vulnerability, that calls to mind greats like The Everly Brothers, Harry Nilsson, and Buddy Holly. Cut Worms spent 2016 supporting dates with The Growlers, Foxygen, Steve Gunn, Jessica Pratt, and more, quickly becoming an opening act of choice in New York City, while preparing a forthcoming debut LP.
Aerial East
Aerial East
Aerial East isn’t a stage-name. “My Mom wanted to name me Ariel but didn’t know how to spell it,” she explains. “So she looked it up in the dictionary.”

East’s dizzyingly ambitious debut album, Rooms, was released in May 2016; as unpredictable and undefinable as her name. With its classic vocal style, vintage melodies, and full orchestral arrangements, Rooms sounds like the lost huge budget opus of a forgotten 1960’s pop genius. It begs the question: who is Aerial East and how did she manage to make this huge, eccentric album?

After graduating high school, Aerial and her best friend moved from a small town in Texas to New York, knowing no one, and without specific aspirations or expectations. Aerial got a job waitressing at an Olive Garden in Times Square. Their first week in New York, they met some older musicians who invited them to a weekend at a house upstate. These musicians eventually started passing a guitar around, singing each other songs in the dark woods. “I didn’t play an instrument yet, but I made up songs, just singing, just for myself,” Aerial says. “I used to sing Katherine to sleep, but I didn’t plan on being a musician. Where I came from no one became a musician. So, I wasn’t planning on even telling these intimidating New York people I’d just met that I sang or wrote songs, but Katherine forced me to sing them one of my songs a cappella in the dark.” The moment she finished singing, everyone present asked to produce her.

She’d fallen into a scene of musicians that included Sharon Van Etten, Here We Go Magic, Reggie Watts, and Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches. Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic recorded an unfinished album with her and Adam Green cast her in his experimental film Adam Green’s ALADDIN. Through Adam’s social group of musicians, she met producer Gordon Minette and drummer/producer Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors, Glass Ghost). “I had an impossible fantasy of making 1950's Disney orchestral music like from Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland but also channeling Pet Sounds, Burt Bacharach, and Nilsson,” Aerial says. “It turned out Gordon had always wanted to make an orchestral album with all real instruments. I still can’t believe I was able to make this album. It’s my masterpiece.”
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/