Ian Axel / Alicia Lemke / Rose and the Thorns

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Friday / May 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Ian Axel

On his debut album, This Is the New Year, Ian 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 rediscovering that all-important yet under-considered link to one’s younger self along the way.

Alicia Lemke, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, is an energetic young singer-songwriter. Her unique set of interests—which range from canoeing, snowshoeing, and all things nature to making theater and adventuring with friends—inform her writing and performing of music. Lemke's drive and passion have earned her a scholarship at Berklee College of Music, a growing fan base, and most recently a sponsorship from Gibson Guitars.

In a decade when superficiality and electronic music prevail, Rose and the Thorns are truly keeping it real. Hailing from New York City with the spirit of the '60s/'70s, their honest and soulful music is extraordinarily refreshing and raw. Rose and the Thorns reveal their deepest desires and emotions with an intensity that will surely connect with their audience.