Sonya Kitchell w/ Howard + Arc Iris

/ Feb

Sonya Kitchell w/ Howard + Arc Iris

Front Room
07:30 pm

Friday February 21st

7:30pm Doors || 18+



Two time Grammy Award Winner, Sonya Kitchell is a songstress with a voice that is unadorned and true. Weaving folk and psychedelia with unbridled pop, Kitchell’s melodies blend a raspy rock ‘n roll spirit together with a modern twist. Based in Brooklyn NY, she has toured the globe many times over in support of her first four internationally acclaimed records, Words Came Back to Me (2006), This Storm (2008), Convict of Conviction (2010) and self-produced We Come Apart (2016). Kitchell spent a life-changing year collaborating with the legendary Herbie Hancock on his Grammy Award winning album, River: The Joni Letters, winning two Grammys — the first for her work on River: The Joni Letters as a vocalist and later for her work on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator as a writer.
Her prolific, illustrious career is marked by collaborations with respected artists, including Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Jackson Brown, Reggie Watts, Blake Mills, The Barr Brothers, Dap Kings, Ben Harper, Tal Wilkenfeld, Stewart Lerman, Malcolm Burn & Damien Rice. In 2012 she became a permanent touring member of legendary Danish shoegaze band, Blue Foundation, penning several songs on their latest release Bloodmoon (2017). Kitchell has graced the stage at numerous landmarks & festivals among them; Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Central Park Summerstage. Her televisions appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS Morning Show and Live at Abbey Road.


Since Howard’s debut Religion, the indie auteurs have racked up over 10 million streams, toured the US and Europe, while constantly expanding their artistic journey — a creative progression that’s more than represented in their latest release, the two-track EP “Saturn Return” b/w “Modern Love.” Stepping away from the gently psychedelic chamber-pop of its predecessor, the release marks Howard’s latest artistic evolution, with classic-sounding songwriting and a newly linear embrace of melodic and musical structures.
The new stylistic direction showcased on these two songs was partially informed by Feibusch’s work composing music for TV shows over the last two and a half years — a creative endeavor that’s included work contributed to documentaries on David Cassidy and John F. Kennedy Jr. for A&E’s biography series. “I’ve been thinking differently about instrumentation and been forced to break out of my box,” Feibusch states about how working in a slightly different musical medium has expanded his own artistic approach — and, in a way, forced him to think smaller. “It informed the music I’ve written, because composing for TV needs to be so lush that I craved a more core aesthetic in my own music. For these songs, I tried to be more specific with my sound palette.”
Co-produced by band member Alex Chakour, who’s also spent time between these releases performing with Brittany Howard and the Dap- Kings, these two new songs were written and recorded over the last few years: “I had these grooves and production ideas, but it took me a while to flesh these out into whole songs,” Feibusch explains regarding the creative process behind them. The sparkling piano-driven pop of “Modern Love” takes cues from the Beatles’ White Album-era songwriting approach as well as production hints from more modern psychedelia, like Spiritualize’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. “I put a painstaking amount of time and energy into finding the right arrangement,” Feibusch recalls while discussing the song’s creative gestation and influences.
Inspired by the cinematic expansiveness of Air, “Saturn Return” plays on the horoscopical concept referenced in the song’s title, expanded to fit the existential crises faced by the creative mind. “It’s a do-or-die moment for a lot of people,” Feibusch explains. “Being a musician and having done it for ten years at this point, it’s a weird age to say to yourself, ‘Should I still be doing this?’ I was influenced by those themes and felt like I made it more universal — talking about people whose lives are on the payroll, stuck as cogs in a machine.”
“The band as a whole is maturing and finding its groove,” he continues while discussing the future direction that the EP represents as a whole. “We’ve always searched in a way that I’m proud of. There’s always been musical exploration, even as we’ve sometimes come back to the same sounds.” And this latest release from Howard is ample proof that the journey has just begun.


Providence, RI art-pop trio Arc Iris fuses story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements. The group, which began as the solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem, includes keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli. Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In late 2017, Arc Iris teamed up with Guster’s lead singer, Ryan Miller to form the offshoot band, Bwahaha, and in early 2018, Arc Iris joined Kimbra on her North American tour. Later that year, the trio released back to back records, “Icon of Ego”, on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records, and “Foggy Lullaby”, their re-imagining of Mitchell’s ‘Blue. Their latest project, iTMRW is a dance-theater piece that satirizes a utopian/dystopian future.