Strand of Oaks
Saturday July 30th, 6:30 - 8:00PM
From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of "Goshen '97" puts you right into Tim Showalter's fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family's basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. "The record is called HEAL, but it's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better." HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic.
Press: SPIN // NPR // Pitchfork
Saturday July 30th - 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
QUILT was formed in late 2008 in Boston, MA.
Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski and Taylor McVay met at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and spent the next couple of years honing a strange yet magnetic ramshackle sound in the smoke-filled basements and living rooms of Jamaica Plain and Allston. They released a home-made tape in 2009, touring DIY style around the northeast in a 1993 Buick Roadmaster.
In Spring/Summer 2010, the trio recorded a collection of seven songs in the home of Jesse Gallagher, in Cambridge. The following winter, after Taylor’s amicable departure from Quilt, John Andrews was recruited and subsequently plucked from the suburbs of New Jersey to join the band on a tour to SXSW.
It was around this time that those seven songs had made their way to the big guy’s desk at Mexican Summer records in Brooklyn, via former Captured Tracks label manager Katie Garcia (a friend from the college years in Boston). The band returned to Cambridge and recorded three more songs, now with the songwriting input and drumming from John.
Saturday July 30th - 4:15 PM - 4:50 PM
Hailing from the Brazilian city of Goiania, Tropicalia-psych act Boogarins was formed by friends Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz while they were still in high school in the early 2010s. The project began as an untitled, recording-only entity, taking inspiration from the sunny weirdness of '60s Tropicalia pop, and transplanting it into the decidedly more D.I.Y. context of teenagers recording songs on borrowed gear and shambling computers in the basements of their parents' homes.
Press: NYTIMES // NPR // Pitchfork
Saturday July 30th - 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Every once in a while, a band comes along that leaves expectations, cynicism, and emotional distance ruined in a heap on the floor. Brooklyn's Big Thief is that band. To hear songwriter Adrianne Lenker's lilting narratives and twisted, fuzzy guitars is to love them. Lenker's lyrical storytelling is equally grounded and autobiographical as it is surreal and cabalistic.
Press: Paste // NPR // Pitchfork
Urban Guerrilla Orchestra
Sunday July 31th - 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The URBAN GUERILLA ORCHESTRA is simply untouchable. Consummate professionals with decades of experience, World class musicians that record and tour with major label artists. Undoubtedly they are one of the best bands performing throughout the United States today. Directed by trumpeter Henri McMillian,The URBAN GUERILLA ORCHESTRA is comprised of instrumentalists and vocalists who have worked with artist such as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Kool & the Gang, The Roots and countless others.