Arc Iris, Duke McVinnie Band

/ Mar

Arc Iris, Duke McVinnie Band

Front Room
07:30 pm

Friday March 3rd

BSP Kingston presents:

Arc Iris + Duke McVinnie Band!

$10 adv / door | 18+ | 7:30 Doors / 8PM Show

Tix are on-sale now ::
also available locally (cash only, no fees) at
outdated: an antique café // Rocket Number Nine
Jack’s Rhythms // Darkside Records // Woodstock Music Shop (HV Mall too!)

Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road and the Rolling Stone Weekender.

Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US and, Arc Iris drew admiration for its innovative style and distinctive sound. “It’s hypnotic,” said the Boston Globe. The New York Times wrote of “songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness.” The Guardian talked of “a shape-shifting treat” while new music site The Line of Best Fit proclaimed, “Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new.”

“Moon Saloon,” due to be released on Bella Union in August 2016, constitutes a natural progression from the first album’s whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronica producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Jamie xx fame, the album showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. It developed from the band’s distillations of musical influences, combining traditional elements with percussive structures and dense, beguiling harmonies.


To different degrees all art is dangerous. It is this danger that makes it exciting and seductive. Like riding a train: even though the possibility is remote the idea that it could derail,jump the tracks and tumble from a trestle into a deep ravine or just become dislodged without any carnage or real damage, it is the idea of danger the ears seek,that quickens the pulse, to catch the thrill.
Like a audio danger junkie we sometimes with furious purpose discard the rules and tip the train over to one side,too fast around the bend, to almost certainly crash but at the last second tip back onto the track with a jolt and a shudder.
And sometimes we seek the highest trestle, the deepest ravine to plunge the whole train: engine, cars caboose and passengers over and and in a suicidal moment let the crash take us away. These can be our favorite moments, even on great recordings it is the supposed “mistakes” that become our favorite parts.
I am lucky, blessed, to have artists on this train that follow my routes without pause, with little resistance, they enjoy the challenge of making it around the next blind curve just to hear what happens next.