Music Hall of Williamsburg
Laura Marling

Laura Marling

Jarrod Dickenson

Sun, September 8, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$25

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This event is 18 and over

Limited seating available.

Laura Marling
Laura Marling
In her native England, singer-songwriter Laura Marling, who just turned 21 in February, has often been described as an old soul, wise beyond her years. Her work is indeed preternaturally mature in its worldview and self-assured in its execution, but -- as her third album and Ribbon Music debut attests -- it's equally informed by a youthful sort of fearlessness. On A Creature I Don't Know, Marling is forthright about her emotions, frank about her desires, and she's not above having a bit of fun before the going gets too rocky. For example, the album's final track, "All My Rage," has a purposely misleading title: it's an exorcism, a celebration, dancing away accumulated trouble on the disc's liveliest arrangement, a disarmingly upbeat climax to an engrossingly candid journey.

While so many artists of any age attempt to locate their inner child, Marling, with a sometime steely gaze, measures the prerogatives of youth against the looming realities of adulthood, the spectre of mortality, the betrayals of love, the balm of sex, the yearning for companionship, the need for independence. Of late, England has produced some impressively sophisticated young pop artists like Adele, James Blake and the XX, but the folk-oriented Marling remains in a class of her own. As the Times Of London recently posited, "Who else is making music as ambitious, as haunting, as centuries-straddling, as thought-provoking and artistically tenacious as this? And the answer is: nobody. No, really. Not a soul."

Marling, who started out -- briefly but auspiciously -- with a stint in the group Noah and the Whale, was a mere 16
when she independently released her first singles and almost immediately gained serious stature as a key figure on
Britain’s burgeoning young folk scene, alongside such artists and friends as singer-actor Johnny Flynn and Mumford
& Sons. The two startlingly self-assured albums that followed -- Alas I Cannot Swim (2008) and I Speak Because I
Can (2010) -- brought the self-effacing and relatively shy Marling an extraordinary level of acclaim in her
homeland, with each of them in turn being nominated for the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize. She subsequently
won a 2011 Brit Award, England’s equivalent to the Grammy, as Best British Female and an NME Award as
Best Solo Artist.
Jarrod Dickenson
Jarrod Dickenson
"Texas-born songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson's slightly spooky melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades...and nothing is better or worse right now than it's ever been."
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/