Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
Friday November 18
7:30PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• ALL AGES
Jeff Rosenstock & Laura Stevenson
“Playing some Neil Young songs and also some other songs”
The Albert Square
Jeff Rosenstock & Laura Stevenson
-from Brooklyn & Saugerties, NY
-A prolific D.I.Y. enthusiast, Long Island native Jeff Rosenstock first built his name fronting 2000s bands like Bomb the Music Industry! and the Arrogant Sons of Bitches, turning his frenetic talents to create blown out punk, pop, ska, and lo-fi rock.
Laura Stevenson is a songwriter living in New York.
Laura Stevenson grew up with a Neil Young obsessive for a father, but her friend and former Bomb The Music Industry! bandmate Jeff Rosenstock didn’t really get it for the first three decades of his life. There were things that Rosenstock liked about Young’s legend — ”He didn't give a shit,” he states over a phone conversation — but it took years of Stevenson grinding Rosenstock down for him to finally engage with the elusive legend’s back catalog. Shortly after realizing he liked Young's music, Rosenstock went out on a solo tour, where a friend had a copy of Young’s 1970 classic After the Gold Rush. “A lot of stuff just clicked for me,” he remembers about listening to the album on that tour. “It was one of those records I listened to non-stop and started diving into from there.”
Eight years later, Stevenson and Rosenstock are celebrating Young’s 74th birthday with a four-track EP, Still Young, on which they cover some of his standout ‘70s tracks. For the most part, they’re pretty faithful reproductions, though with the exception of “Through My Sails” they’re all more frazzled than the originals. “Harvest Moon” has a constant hum of distortion at its back; “After The Gold Rush” sounds almost euphoric, while “Ambulance Blues” gets a shock of electricity. It’s a reflection of Stevenson and Rosenstock’s divergent styles in the wake of Bomb The Music Industry!, with the former writing brittle and brutally beautiful solo songs and Rosenstock blowing angst out into punk operettas. Combining those two things is easy enough for two artists who know each others’ work so well; they didn’t spend much time in the studio, they were just having fun, and that’s immediately apparent.
-from Philadelphia, PA
-A Queer dreamer born in the Colorado prairie to working class parents, I learned the world with an impossibly tender heart, a kinship with nature's splendor, and a keen grasp of class politics.
Many know me as the front person in the short-lived but well-loved Chumped or the feminine exploration power pop project katie ellen. In February of 2021, I released my first solo record - Wild River - a mix of song and spoken word poetry paying homage to my late father who died suddenly in 2019. The record explores failure, shame resilience, intergenerational trauma, and how to find hope after grief.
I have performed on three continents and in 43 of the 50 United States, recorded and written songs for film and television, and by merging art and activism, have helped raise over $15,000 for transgender youth, undocumented families, sexual assault survivors, pro-Black progressive policy, and more.
I believe, as Georges Braque once said, that "art is a wound turned into light." It is a healer and a herald; in it we find our unsung truths and a communion with the world. In making and sharing my truth, I strive to help others to feel less alone in theirs.
-from San Jose, CA
-A pop-punk band from San Jose, signed to Jeff Rosenstock's quoteunquote records. Formed in 2007, the band has evolved into a more singer-songwriter format in their creative process.