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Saturday February 18 2017
 8:30PM doors -- music at 9:00PM ••• ALL AGES
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Chad Valley
 Chillwave, Synthpop
Computer Magic
 Electronic, Indie rock, Synthpop

Chad Valley
Hugo Manuel
-from Oxford, UK

-After increasing his profile over the course of two well-received EPs, Oxford's Chad Valley (aka Hugo Manuel) delivered a sparkling debut that reached beyond his Balearic/chillwave foundations into big, bright slabs of late-'80s and early-'90s pop. The LP was also somewhat of a star-studded affair featuring numerous guest spots from electronic indie luminaries like Active Child, Glasser, and Twin Shadow. His follow-up, 2015's Entirely New Blue, while no less colorful, is a far more solitary and revealing effort than its predecessor. Written partly in London during love's full bloom and concluded back in Oxford where he retreated alone, Entirely New Blue is, in large part, a breakup album. Assisted by producer Joel Ford (Oneohtrix Point Never, Young Ejecta), the dissolution of Valley's relationship with his longtime girlfriend plays out across these nine tracks with a heartfelt earnestness rather than outright melancholy. His soulful tenor opens the album with an impassioned plea on the a cappella "Understand," which, while bereft of instruments, is masked in harsh layers of Auto-Tune. It's a far cry from the slick, romantic dance-pop that opened 2012's Young Hunger and even when he picks things up a bit with "True," it's still a more intimate and subdued version of Chad Valley than before. The lush, rainy "Labasa" stands out as a highlight with its gentle refrains and inviting amber glow. Flashes of his big '80s pop ambitions reappear on tracks like the springy "Arms Away" and "Good Brains," which comes across like a sort of Balearic, Seeds of Love-era Tears for Fears. In all, Entirely New Blue is a nice follow-up for Valley that is evolved, personal, and subdued without resorting to excessive moodiness.

Computer Magic
-from Brooklyn, NY

-Computer Magic consists of Danielle “Danz” Johnson. She is based out of New York State and was born and raised in the Catskills in upstate New York. She moved to Chinatown in New York City to attend Hunter College.  In 2010 she moved to Tampa, FL to get away from city life. There, she taught herself how to make music and put up several EP’s for free online under the moniker of Computer Magic.

Danz has released 8 EP’s worldwide and 4 LP’s in Japan. She has written and produced numerous songs for commercials in Japan and tours there frequently. Her newest self-produced EP entitled Obscure but Visible comes out October 7th on her own label Channel 9 Records. Currently, Danz resides in upstate New York and has a music studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Mick, Jon, David, Scott
-from Washington, DC/Los Angeles, CA

-'Los Angeles by-way-of DC band BRETT began releasing music in 2013. They have released two LP's with Brooklyn label Cascine, and they recently released an EP on LA label 10K Islands. They have shared the stage with the likes of Sky Ferreira, Holy Ghost!, Youmi Zouma, and many others.

On their new EP, 'Die Young,' Brett experiments with new soundscapes, choosing to blend early new wave with noisier guitar elements and western notes. Paying homage to the songwriting brilliance of Robert Smith and Tom Petty, 'Die Young' paints a melancholy portrait of fleeting youth, wounded regrets, and the reckless and dreamlike qualities of love.'