KEVIN DEVINE

Psyko Steve Presents

KEVIN DEVINE

CHRIS FARREN, UPSAHL

Sun, June 11, 2017

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

The Rebel Lounge

Phoenix, AZ

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

KEVIN DEVINE
KEVIN DEVINE
KEVIN DEVINE is used to living life in the gray. For the past 14 years, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has oscillated between As and Bs: intimate acoustic moments and bombastic rock songs; deeply introspective lyrics and sociopolitical charges; the storm cloud and its silver lining. Produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) and released via Brand New’s Procrastinate! Music Traitors label, INSTIGATOR is Devine’s ninth full-length album and comes on the heels of a busy few years: In addition to recording two albums with Bad Books (the indie-rock supergroup he formed with members of Manchester Orchestra), he released the Kickstarter-funded double-album collection BUBBLEGUM and BULLDOZER in 2013 along with the wildly ambitious 2015 DEVINYL SPLITS 7dz series with the likes of Brand New's Jesse Lacey, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. Devine is a master storyteller, and he imbues Instigator - from the biting power-pop of "Both Ways" and DzNo Whydz to the angular, Nirvana-esque "Guard Your Gates" & gorgeously finger-picked DzNo One Says You Have Todz - with intricate details and often-uncomfortable truths. Their meanings are personal, but their themes are universal. It’s a skill that makes both his albums and his live show so alluring: Even when Devine’s writing about the world at large, he’s pointing a mirror back at himself. That sensibility is present on DzFreddie Gray Blues,dz a harrowing portrait of the events surrounding the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police officers. Over haunting acoustic-based talking blues, Devine pays tribute to Gray before digging deep into his own past to reconcile both his privilege and social status as the son, grandson and nephew of NYPD officers. DzI don’t think there’s a way for a person in my position to sing that song credibly without talking about why I’m in the room," he says. And it’s there on DzNo History,dz a string of personal vignettes centered on the September 11, 2001 attacks. It’s a song made much more meaningful by both the din of the 2016 presidential election and current global climate—a cautionary tale that one moment in time has wildly lasting repercussions. When Devine’s past lives meet his present-day self on the career-defining DzI Was Alive Back Then,dz the beautiful duality of his art takes center stage: Life is never all peril or perfection, a country ripped apart by war and social injustice or the joy of holding your child for the first time. The extremes might be easier to define, but it’s in the middle where life really happens. DzThat’s how I write records,dz he continues. DzYou want to write about real shit. It’s really trying to communicate what I think it’s like to be me—even though I don’t know that all the time—and in the process help people touch a little closer what it’s like to be them, too.dzXX
CHRIS FARREN
Chris Farren will be the first to tell you he's a "musician's musician" although he's not really sure what that means. Maybe it means that the Florida-based musician has been grinding it out for over a decade, making endless friends along the way. The charismatic frontman of the Naples band Fake Problems has toured with everyone from Against Me! to The Gaslight Anthem to Say Anything.

While not touring and recording with Fake Problems, Farren has been branching out and dipping his toes into other waters. He recently unveiled his two-man project with Bomb the Music Industry!'s Jeff Rosenstock called Antarctigo Vespucci, a refreshingly unpretentious pop machine. He's also been stripping things down and experimenting with solo material. Farren recently released a split EP with Grey Gordon, Ducks Fly Together. Without the comfort of a backing band, the self-made songwriter is seeing how far he can get on his own, with nothing but a ton of inspiration and a good reputation. After all, Chris Farren is a musician's musician. Ask anyone, just not him.
UPSAHL
UPSAHL
"For lovers of Feist, Regina Spector, Tori Amos, or Ellie Goulding this is your Jackpot."- Mitchell Hillman Java Magazine
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/