Ian Axel / Bess Rogers / Allie Moss

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Wednesday / September 21, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Alli Moss, Bess Rogers, Ian Axel

On his debut album This Is the New YearIan Axel celebrates relationships, personal transformation, and fresh starts. While examining ties to family, friends, and significant others, Axel has created an album full of playful anthems extolling these human connections and rediscovers that all-important, yet under-considered, link to one's younger self along the way.

Is Bess Rogers a folkie with punk instincts or an indie-rocker with an acoustic bent? Her EP, Bess Rogers Presents Bess Rogers, makes it hard to place her in a neat category—and that turns out to be a source of strength for this eclectic singer-songwriter. Rogers—a member of Ingrid Michaelson's touring band—likes to surround her sweet lyric sentiments with a tough outer coating as she recounts tales of fumbled romance and fragile happiness.

Allie Moss makes sandwiches. She's from Jersey, which means she has curly hair and says the word "yeah" weirdly. She is a word game aficionado and has studied with some of the best 30 Rock scholars in the nation. She also writes songs and tours with Ingrid Michaelson and such.

$12, general admission