Elizabeth and the Catapult / Clatter Clatter / Keegan DeWitt

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Thursday / June 25, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Elizabeth and the Catapult

Elizabeth wrote her first song at 6, banging out melodies on an old upright in a Greenwhich Village laundry room. A born romantic, Elizabeth transformed the music of Chopin and Debussy, molding it to the driving rhythms of the washer and dryer. The Catapult's "Baroque Pop" songs have frequently been compared to those of Rufus Wainwright, David Byrne, and Leslie Feist. Clatter Clatter is a band that proves age and longevity are not a prerequisite for a polished, professional sound. Traditional rock harmonies are tinged with pop sensibilities that blend the cheery and soulful. Keegan DeWitt offers something truly unique to the musical landscape. His textured voice speaks to the folk-like immediacy of the work but the classic structure of the material shows a deep love for artists as timeless as Sam Cooke, the Faces, or Brian Wilson. 

"Elizabeth and the Catapult have managed to hurl themselves pretty far through word-of-mouth buzz. The unsigned local trio, led by vocalist Elizabeth Ziman and her Aimee Mann-like drawl, has built a loyal local fanbase via jazzy, buoyant pop songs; they're now making frequent appearances on NPR's Studio 360. Check out jaunty earworm 'Momma's Boy,' off their self-titled EP—these three won't be flying under the radar for long." —The Village Voice

"The self-assured Elizabeth and the Catapult prove what a sultry-voiced Greenwich Village habitue with a Norah Jones jones should do: Just let it flow" —The Boston Globe

"The jazzy/funky voice of Elizabeth and the Catapult's Elizabeth Ziman caught my ear immediately, their 'Waiting for the Kill' is one of the discs standouts." —Pop Matters

Elizabeth received the ASCAP Leiber and Stoller award in 2001 for her song "Like Water is to Sand." For two years, she toured across the U.S. with Patti Austin, who kicked off her tour at Lincoln Center in 2003. 

The Catapult has performed in New York, Boston, and L.A. (faves include Rockwood Music Hall, Joe's Pub, The Paradise, Hotel Cafe). The group has promoted its EP on NPR's Soundcheck, Studio 360 and Fair Game w/Faith Salie.

Also Appearing: Clatter Clatter and Keegan DeWitt.