The Wandas / Krief / Rabbit and the Hare
Named one of the "50 Best Albums of 2011" by Guitar World magazine, the new self-titled album from The Wandas, out August 30, has been praised for its exceptional songwriting and forceful performances. Singer-songwriter Patrick Krief will open the show. USA Today raves "'Do or Die.' Ooh, I can't get tired of this one — and after the first chorus, I couldn't get tired of singing it, either. The Wandas may remind you a bit of early Wilco, although they hail from Boston." My Old Kentucky Blog goes on to say "The Wandas' breakthrough may be upon us. ['Forever And Ever'] is both effortless and timeless, the kind of thing Tom Petty used to knock out at will, and a slice of music so perfect that you need not be surprised if you end up standing next to your parents the next time the Wandas swing through your town." Spending the last two years relentlessly touring America, the Wandas were able to enter the studio and successfully record their new album live with minimal overdubs, most of the songs completed in three takes or less.
Writing intensely personal music is nothing new for Montreal's Patrick Krief, either as a solo artist or as the longtime guitarist for the Dears. Upon completing his recent release, Hundred Thousand Pieces, Krief had to step away from the project for nearly six months. The self-produced, self-mixed Hundred Thousand Pieces was his first concerted attempt to create music that was strongly evocative and inspired by his work scoring films.
California born singer Marisa Duchowny (the Rabbit) and New York-native Neill MacCallum (the Hare) have been playing music together for just over a year. Fresh off recording their first album together, this sweet and nostalgic indie-folk-pop duo bring an intimacy to their music that can hush a room to silence. Vulnerable, honest, and relatable, the Rabbit and the Hare's music transcends the typical music spectrum and reaches more classic and timeless depths with their personal lyrics and catchy tunes. Drenched in inspiration from the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cat Stevens, their music draws you into their soothing and dreamy world.