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WAX IDOLS & KING WOMAN: LEVITATE TOUR, PRESENTED BY NOISEY

Drusky Entertainment Presents

WAX IDOLS & KING WOMAN: LEVITATE TOUR, PRESENTED BY NOISEY

Illusion of Joy

Fri, June 3, 2016

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

Smiling Moose - Upstairs

Pittsburgh, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Wax Idols
Wax Idols
You could say that a lot has happened since the release of Wax Idols' critically well-received 2013 album, Discipline + Desire, and if you're steeped in the shorthand of music criticism go-to narratives, it would be dangerously easy to get reductive about what happened next: The band's singer-songwriter, Hether Fortune, supported the album as best she could, spent some time in 2014 as a touring player in White Lung, went through a heartbreaking divorce, and then sat down to make American Tragic – the band's long-awaited third album and first for Collect Records. But that's not exactly how it went.

"Divorce is a part of this record, yes, but this is not an entirely sad album," Fortune explains. "The whole spectrum of grief is represented here — shock, pain, anger, loneliness, and then finding a way to work through all of that and not only survive, but thrive. That's what I was going through."

In that sense, American Tragic stands out in the Wax Idols catalog for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. Songs like "Lonely You" and "Goodbye Baby" divide the line between kiss-me and kiss-off, while others, such as "At Any Moment" or "Deborah," provide deep emotional contrasts between their upbeat musical approach and downright icy lyrical counterparts. To say, then, that this is simply a break-up album is to sell short an idea that Fortune has been playing with over the entire arc of Wax Idols' discography, and that is the notion that identity is neither fixed nor consistent: We can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. As Fortune points out here, even America, for all its symbolism and mythic value, also rests in tragedy.
King Woman
King Woman
Bay Area's King Woman are heading out on this Flenser tour in support of their newly unveiled, highly-praised debut Doubt EP. Released this past March, Doubt touches on some heavy topics and allows vocalist/lyricist Kristina Esfandiari's ingenuity to really shine; with nods to issues like religious abuse, sex, metaphysics, heartbreak and more. The band wears their musical influence on their sleeve: "We love bands like Black Sabbath, OM, Neurosis and Jesu", said Kristina, and with her lush and dramatic vocals not unlike Mazzy Star and even Beth Gibbons, King Woman has created a sound all their own. Rolling Stone called Doubt "…part gauzy Mazzy Star-esque fever dream, part lumbering Sabbathian nightmare" and Pitchfork described it "…as dreamlike as it is suffocating."
Venue Information:
Smiling Moose - Upstairs
1306 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
http://www.smiling-moose.com/