Rachel Platten / Katie Costello / Nick Howard

Friday / July 8, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Rachel Platten

Beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. New York City singer-songwriter, pianist and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos, and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

Katie Costello is a unique and timeless example of an authentic artisan shining amidst the frequently clouded backdrop of modernity. Almost as if her spirit has been frozen in another day and age, her perspective is one that far exceeds her surprisingly young age. She writes about the human condition—our ever-present desire to find peace, identity, home, and understanding. Costello's most recent release, Lamplight (2011), produced by Los Angeles–based music guru Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn), reflects her distinctively conversational, yet poetic lyrical approach. Deeply personal, her songs are impressionistic and beckon to the lonely, disconnected nature of our times.

Nick Howard is an award-winning British singer-songwriter who achieved mainstream success with his critically acclaimed debut album Something to Talk About. Songs from the album have been featured in scores of television shows and films, and received heavy rotation across radio networks in the United States and in Europe. In the last two years, Howard has toured with or supported artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Lifehouse, Jack Johnson, Boyce Avenue, and Counting Crows.