Please note: $9.50 advance | $15.00 day of show
Mikhael Paskalev is pop music with roots in indie and alternative country rock, inspired by names such as Paul Simon, The Shins, Edward Sharpe, The Mamas And The Papas and The Everly brothers. Paskalev’s set is dynamic and varies from songs accompanied only by his nylon-strung guitar, to a six-piece band with the occasional trumpet and a circus of energy. The songs are mainly recognised by the instrumentation and the strong melodies, at times shamelessly catchy, but never leaves a lovely and raw soundscape.
COUNT THIS PENNY
In late 2009, Count This Penny’s Allen and Amanda Rigell cancelled their cable, wrote three songs, and played at an open mic inside the wide-hewn walls of the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. Within three years, they relocated to Madison, WI, released an EP and recorded a full length at Madison’s legendary Smart Studios just before the doors there closed for good. After their national radio debut on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, their EP took the #6 spot on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart. This year, amidst sold-out hometown and regional shows, they’re writing new songs that ring out shinier — and sharper around the edges — delivering on the promise of their first steps onto the stage.
PETER MICHAEL MILLER
At first glance, Peter Miller, the burly and stone-faced lead singer of We Are the Willows, seems the least likely candidate for delivering the soft, strained, high-register vocals on his band’s promising debut. More than once Miller’s voice has been mistaken as coming from another gender altogether, but the androgynous nature of his voice and lyrics makes the Willows’ music all the more alluring. Over sparse, hollow drum samples and acoustic guitars, Miller’s quavering, winged wail is the main focus of the band’s album, A Collection of Sounds and Something Like the Plague, as well as their live shows. Even at a crowded club on a chatty weeknight evening, Miller’s voice captivates, forcing the audience to shut up and direct its attention to the pin-prickling beauty of his emotive, eerily childlike delivery.